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.... Show More

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September 23, 2020 46 sec
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September 22, 2020 25 min
Each week the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's how to get yourself on firm footing so you can handle a career change. Hosted by Frances Cook.

The world tipped upside down recently, which means many of us are considering changes.

Not all of this is voluntary of course – many people have lost their jobs, and now are having to scramble for something else to pay the bills.

But 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's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's the rise in self-employed New Zealanders, and how to do it with more success. Hosted by Frances Cook.

What do you do when you lose your job, through no fault of your own, but because the world has gone into meltdown?

Well, for a certain slice of New Zealanders, the answer seems to be that you create your own job.

It makes sense...
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Each week the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's how to master your mortgage whether your finances are going well, or are under stress. Hosted by Frances Cook.

If you have a question about this podcast, or question you'd like answered in the next one, come and talk to me about it. I'm on Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/FrancesCookJournalist/ Instagram here htt...
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Each week the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's how Covid-19 has shaped money management for a new generation. Hosted by Frances Cook.

Here’s the thing. Many people were already struggling financially before all of … everything .. hit us.

In the 12 months to February, research from Kiwi Wealth showed young people, Maori and Pasifika, and those who were renting, had low level...
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Each week the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's where to put any extra money so it's working hardest for you. Hosted by Frances Cook.

Covid-19 shocked many of us into paying more attention to our money, with recent research from Sorted showing that more of us are talking about it, and wanting to handle it better.

Now, these are weird times, but for those of us who still ...
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Each week the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's how to build a budget that improves your life instead of restricting it. Hosted by Frances Cook.

For this year's Money Week Sorted has pulled together research to see how we’re all doing after the impacts of Covid-19.

As you might expect, it’s a bit of a mixed bag. Let’s start with the bad news.

Increased numbers of us are ...
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Each week the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's what your KiwiSaver is trying to tell you, and how to use it. Hosted by Frances Cook.

It's been a trial by fire lately, as the market nosedived, giving many KiwiSavers or young investors their first taste of what a market downturn can look like.

So you might expect these less experienced investors are quaking in their boots...
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July 29, 2020 25 min
Each week the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's top tips to reduce your food bill. Hosted by Frances Cook.

Food is one of those core expenses that soaks up a lot of our money, but that we can feel powerless over.

Now you do have to pay something for food, obviously, but there are ways to reduce both your cost, and your effort.

You don’t want to be only eating beans and rice,...
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Each week the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's why the sharemarket is acting strangely, and how to adapt your investing to that. Hosted by Frances Cook.

There’s a weird split at the moment for those of us watching the business news.

On the one hand, businesses and economies around the world are getting absolutely hammered by the fallout of Covid-19.

Even in New Zealand, whi...
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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 whether a UBI could work in NZ, and what the alternatives are. Hosted by Frances Cook.

A rather radical idea has been getting more mainstream attention lately – the idea of a Universal Basic Income, or UBI.

There are lots of different variations of it, but in its simplest form it's the idea that everyone get...
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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 a smart side hustle that could be easier than you think. Hosted by Frances Cook.

When you’re trying to manage your money, of course you first need to get a handle on what’s leaving your wallet every month.

But just as important is figuring out if you have enough money coming in, and whether there are ways you ca...
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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 latest data and what could happen next for the housing market. Hosted by Frances Cook.

Property is traditionally a favourite investment for many New Zealanders.

Whether it’s their own home, or expanding to include a rental, it’s how many people plan to boost their wealth.

That’s why so many were worried by t...
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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 why your KiwiSaver will probably go down again, and what to do about it. Hosted by Frances Cook.

Many of us got quite the fright in March, when markets nosedived around the world.

It hit pretty much everyone. Some of us invest in shares directly, while almost everyone else has a KiwiSaver with shares in it.

So b...
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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 a shares investing strategy to give you the best of both worlds. Hosted by Frances Cook.

Here’s a conflicting issue. History and research shows that the best way for most of us to invest in shares is to invest widely in index funds.

It’s not only the easiest, it has the track record to show it’s the best way for...
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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 reducing one of your core expenses by starting a garden. Hosted by Frances Cook.

When it comes to cutting down your budget, the biggest bang for your buck comes from three core areas: housing, transport, and food.

This is where stats show we spend the most of our money, and so it’s where we have the biggest pote...
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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 increase in contract workers after Covid-19, and what you need to know before trying it. Hosted by Frances Cook.

When we talk about investing, you’ll have heard me say many times that you don’t put all your eggs in one basket.

The idea is that you diversify, so that if there’s a problem with one investment, ...
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June 10, 2020 17 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 everything you need to know about your rights as a renter, and what financial help you can get. Hosted by Frances Cook.

Keeping a roof over your head is one of the most important things in life, particularly as we head into rough economic waters.

A lot of the public discussion so far has focused on mortgage help...
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