Cooking the Books with Frances Cook

Cooking the Books with Frances Cook

Each week the New Zealand Herald and Newstalk ZB's Cooking the Books tackles a different money problem. Hosted by Frances Cook.

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September 21, 2021 18 min
Each week the NZ Herald and Newstalk ZB's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's the inside secrets to looking glam on a budget. Hosted by Frances Cook.

What's the point of a podcast, if not abusing it to simply find out things you want to know yourself?

There's no point, that's what. So today I'm hijacking the platform to give us the inside word on how the pros find the best...
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Each week the NZ Herald and Newstalk ZB's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's the best ways to start investing in New Zealand. Hosted by Frances Cook.

There’s been lots of chat about whether you should be investing these days, with my inbox flooded with people wanting to give it a try.

To recap, the answer is a cautious yes, as long as you do it in the right way – we’ve covered that in re...
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Each week the NZ Herald and Newstalk ZB's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's the good and bad of buying a house with a friend. Hosted by Frances Cook.

Money can be particularly difficult when you're flying solo. You don't have the luxury of pooling resources with someone else, buying the same thing for a fraction of the price.

Or don't you?

Particularly in the house buying wo...
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Each week the NZ Herald and Newstalk ZB's Cooking The Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's the things you need to know before maxing out your KiwiSaver. Hosted by Frances Cook.

KiwiSaver is a wonderful scheme. 

You get free money from the Government and your employer, it automates your retirement savings, and it has plenty of options to let you do what's best for you and your money. 

It's safe t...
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Each week the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's the woman who tackled $94,000 of debt in three years, and why she still side hustles now that she's debt-free. Hosted by Frances Cook.

There are all sorts of good reasons to want more cash on the side, especially these days.

You might have had your pay reduced, you’re working towards a big goal that needs more cash, you wan...
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Each week the NZ Herald and Newstalk ZB's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's how to figure out what insurance is worth getting, and what's not. Hosted by Frances Cook.

Insurance is one of those areas that gets murky even for the experts.

There are lots of different things you can insure, from your stuff, to your house, even pets or your health.

There's also insurance for your inc...
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July 6, 2021 16 min
Each week the NZ Herald and Newstalk ZB's Cooking The Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's how you can have fun without spending a cent. Hosted by Frances Cook.

A basic rule of personal finance is to live within your means. Spend less than you earn. Have some self-restraint.

Which is all well and good, but that's really hard.

The finer things in life are fun, and I'm as susceptible as anyone els...
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You need a will when you're still young - much younger than you expect.

Yes I know, none of us like thinking about death, and frankly many of us feel broke and like we don't have much to leave to loved ones, but you still should consider a will.

If you have sentimental jewellery that you'd like to leave to a particular someone, a few thousand dollars that might help out your partner, or even a car that you'd like to...
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Each week the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's how smartphones are changing the way we handle our cash. Hosted by Frances Cook.

We've all heard about how Covid-19 forced us to do years worth of digital adoption in just a few short weeks, and now, we've got some numbers on it.

The Financial Services Council carries out regular research on what's happening with o...
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Each week the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's an honest assessment of what's next for property. Hosted by Frances Cook.

We've just had one of my favourite times of year – Budget Day, where the government not only tells you where they're spending their billions of dollars, but also what they're assuming will happen in our country over the next few years.

Th...
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Each week the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's how to write a budget that doesn't make you miserable. Hosted by Frances Cook.

Budget.

Did you just get a shiver down your spine? Immediately clutch your takeaway coffee cup a little closer to your chest? Have a vision of yourself sitting on the couch on a Friday night, watching your friends on social media having fun with...
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Each week the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's the balance between money and happiness. Hosted by Frances Cook.

I'm a firm believer that managing your money is actually about anything but money.

Piling up cash just for the sake of it isn't just boring, it's pointless. Study after study has shown a big pile of cash on its own won't make you happy.

But decidi...
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Each week the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's the changes that could make our housing more affordable. Hosted by Frances Cook.

Something needs to change in our housing market, that much is clear. But what?

Prices have been spiraling up for a while now, and the last year has only seen things get more intense.

Increasing numbers of people feel locked out of buying their own...
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April 27, 2021 19 min
Each week the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's how to decide whether to flex your DIY muscles. Hosted by Frances Cook.

As first home buyers struggle to get a foot on the housing ladder, a suggestion you'll often hear is to buy a do-up.

Buying a rundown place for less money means you can use your own time and sweat to bring it up to standard, or at least, so the theory ...
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Each week the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's how to turn the job hunt in your favour. Hosted by Frances Cook.

We've all seen the news about how the economy is bouncing back faster than expected, and businesses are feeling cautiously optimistic about the future post-Covid 19.

Which is wonderful, not least because it means an opportunity for the rest of us to get a piece...
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Each week the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's how to make a career break financially possible. Hosted by Frances Cook.

Taking a career break sounds like a luxurious treat for the millionaires amongst us, but actually, it's more common than you realise. It also doesn't have to be financially ruinous.

There are lots of reasons to take a break, and research from Hays...
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Each week the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's how high house prices are changing the way we manage our money. Hosted by Frances Cook.

You'd have to be living under a rock to miss all the chat about housing, what with the soaring prices and the Government bringing in new rules to try to bring it under control.

While it's good that action is being taken, it's al...
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Each week the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's what financial help is available to first home buyers. Hosted by Frances Cook

So the government has had a jiggle around of what's available to help first home buyers, but is it enough?

We all know it's tough out there, and house prices just seem to keep racing away.

More people can now access free cash to boost their ho...
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March 23, 2021 25 min
Each week the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's what to know before you ask an expert for help with your finances. Hosted by Frances Cook.

It's something we'll often say on this show – we talk about the general rules of how money works, but after that you have to apply it to you own individual situation.

If things are complicated enough, you might want to look for a...
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