Budgeting, Lifestyle, Money Mindset, Personal Finance, Wedding

Life, Love & Money: An Update

Hello friends,

It feels good to write again after 3 months of working through some shit. And while it is by no means over (is the journey of personal growth ever complete?), today I am back, I am inspired, and I would love to share with you a life update as well as some exciting news & money wins!

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Budgeting, Money Mindset, Personal Finance

How I Got 10% More of My Pay

Hi friends,

Recently, I discovered a way to get 10% more of my pay. Not to be confused with getting 10% more pay, I made a few simple changes over the last few months to get 10% more of what I already earn. Today I’d love to share with you how I did it, and how you can too.

It all started when I made a mindful habit of reading my payslips. One day, I realised that there was a large discrepancy between my gross income and my take-home (net) income – specificially that I was receiving about 74% of my salary in my weekly pay. To give you an idea, here’s the same percentage based on different salaries:

If your salary is $52,000, making your gross weekly salary $1000, you would be receiving a net weekly salary of $740.

If your salary is $60,000, making your gross weekly salary $1154, you would be receiving a net weekly salary of $854.

If your salary is $45,000, making your gross weekly salary $865, you would be receiving a net weekly salary of $640.

Quite a difference, isn’t there?

With some easy steps, I managed to close the gap and lessen the difference between what I ‘earn’ and what I receive. I’d like to make a small disclaimer and highlight that these were personal decisions. With that, here are the steps I took.

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Lifestyle, Personal Finance, Wedding

Creating Our Dream Wedding | Chapter 2

Hi friends,

Welcome to Chapter Two of my wedding series!

May was an expensive and eventful month, one full of wedding accomplishments. Some of these include:

  • paying off our honeymoon
  • booking our florals, lighting, decor, and photography
  • ordering my wedding dress

…And attending two amazing wedding shows!

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Budgeting, Homeownership, Lifestyle, Personal Finance

The Cost of Owning a Home | My Personal Experience

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Hi friends,

It’s been a while! I want to thank you all for the incredibly positive, warm and supportive feedback I received on my last post, How I Save Money on an Inconsistent Income. It means a lot to me to know that I’ve helped and inspired some of you with your own finances!

Today I’d like to share with you all the costs & expenses I’ve come across as a homeowner. Of course, everyone’s experience is different, so this is tailored to my personal expenses – after all, my house is no luxury beachfront villa; it’s a modest, free-standing house in a safe and sensibly priced suburb. I thought it would be interesting to share what I pay for now that I own a home vs. when I was renting, and hope it will be helpful to both other homeowners and future homeowners with my transparency.

What do you think of when you think of buying a house? Personally, I think it’s so easy to simply think of the purchase price and mortgage payments – plus mortgage protection if you want that peace of mind. I obviously knew there was going to be more, but now that it’s been two years, I truly have a fuller picture to share with you all.

But first, some background..

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Homeownership, Personal Finance

How to Buy a $650,000 House in NZ

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Hello friends,

Today I will be answering a big question: how might two people earning an average salary buy an average priced property in New Zealand?

Writing this out of curiosity and to inspire & inform, I need to make a few disclaimers. The first is that I will be making assumptions. The second is that I will be over-estimating and simplifying numbers & figures. Banks and financial entities have this disclaimer when presenting their calculators – and creating hypothetical scenarios here is no different because it’s not realistic to personalise this to everyone’s individual situation.

In saying that, I’ve chosen what I believe to be realistic – of the average millennial earning average dollars buying an average house – based on my experience, my knowledge of others’ experiences and good ol’ fashioned research!

I hope this helps to give you an idea of how two people in New Zealand might buy what is officially called an ‘affordable home’ in New Zealand, at the humble price of $650,000.

Let’s call them Jessica and Noah!

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Lifestyle, Money Mindset, Personal Finance

Is the Entertainment Book worth it?

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Recently, my partner and I made the exciting yet slightly unsure decision to buy an Entertainment membership. You may have heard of the Entertainment book, which claims that you can “discover thousands of valuable 2-for-1 and up to 50% off offers for many of the best restaurants, cafés, arts, attractions, hotels, travel, shopping and much more.”

How true is this? Today, I’d like to share with you our experience so far.

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Homeownership, Money Mindset

First Steps You Can Take Today Towards Buying a Home in NZ

Hi friends,

Recently, I shared my personal home buying experience in Auckland, and at the end, I share a few helpful resources that I used. Today I’d like to expand on these, and share a few steps I’d recommend if you are an aspiring homeowner in New Zealand.

It can be overwhelming with the amount of information out there, so hopefully I can condense and simplify some of it for you. Some of these, like Kiwibuild, are extremely new developments that didn’t exist when I was looking to buy a home, but now do, thanks to our government. Aren’t we blessed to have access to such a wealth of resources and support?

Without further adieu, here are steps you can take today towards buying your first home. I hope they help!

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Lifestyle, Purpose & Passion

What’s on Your Reverse Bucket List? | My Goals & Dreams

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Hi friends,

Have you ever heard of a reverse bucket list? While a bucket list is a list of everything you want to do before you die, a reverse bucket list is simply the opposite. It’s a list of amazing things that you’ve already achieved and experienced.

My kikki.K bucket list book is very dear to my heart. A brief stay in hospital in 2015 inspired me to purchase a timeless journal to write down all my goals, dreams and aspirations – where I want to travel, milestones I want to achieve, concerts I want to go to, and more.

It’s fun to read over it when I’m going through a rut and feeling ‘blah’, sometimes adding to it – but now, I realise that it tends to constantly keep me focused on the future. Future goals. Future plans. Future achievements. Why not also count and celebrate everything I’ve already achieved?

If you’ve got 5 minutes, I invite you to take a moment to be mindful and grateful with me. Here’s my reverse bucket list; I’d love to hear what’s on yours. ❤

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My Personal Home Buying Experience (Auckland, NZ)

Last year, I ticked off one of my bucket list goals: buy a freehold property. And by tick off, I mean literally – it’s long been written in my Bucket List Journal, alongside goals like ‘Go to Japan’, ‘Try anti-gravity yoga’, ‘Go to Tomorrowland in Belgium’ and ‘Fly a plane’. Needless to say, it was a dream come true!

After I shared the news, I got asked more or less the same questions from friends & acquaintances. So today I’d love to share my home buying journey, as a recount of my personal experience – ie. I’m not writing this from a place of trying to give financial advice, but from human to human to share what it was all like.

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The first thing I did was educate myself on KiwiSaver and how it can help you to buy your first home. I researched the eligibility criteria and house caps, then went ahead and applied for the HomeStart Grant. Since I’d been contributing to KiwiSaver for over three years, I was confident I’d be accepted. So when I received my pre-approval, I was ecstatic!

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Why I Quit The 9-5

Put a value on your time, and start measuring your wealth not in money but in freedom. – The Financial Diet

Hi friends, and welcome to Mindful with Money! 

I created this blog because I’ve always been curious about all things personal finance, as well as minimalism, mindfulness, and conscious living – which are all, of course, holistically connected back to you and your relationship with money. You’ll get to know me really well on this blog, but I thought a good place to start today would be to introduce me – or rather, my life – as a whole, and what it looks like.

I’m currently in my 20’s, living in Auckland, New Zealand. I used to work full-time, but now, I work part time/casually and find myself with what feels like endless amounts of free time. Just a year ago, I was working full-time in the Auckland CBD; the regular 9 to 5 in a corporate office environment, and now I can not see myself doing that again – at least, not for a while.

“But, why?”

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