Can salary packaging be used to get out of the Medicare Levy Surcharge?

Can I use salary packaging to avoid the Medicare Levy Surcharge?

In early June, my beloved and I received letters from the Australian Government outlining that as we were now 31 we would be subject to the Medicare Levy Surcharge (MLS) and Lifetime Health Cover (LHC) from 1 July this year. This notification has two potential implications for us.   Firstly, if our combined MLS assessable […]

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What’s the deal with salary packaging?

What is salary packaging? Salary packaging, also known as salary sacrificing, is an arrangement between an employee and employer whereby certain items are paid for out of an employees pre-tax salary.Typical items include superannuation, cars, computers, electricity, etc.   Salary packaging acts as an extra incentive for employee attraction and retention. Essentially, it’s a little […]

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Success in Day Trading: Truly easy, or is that a myth?

This article was written by Alexander from daytradingz.com | Alexander started investing back in 1999 and his fascination with the financial markets is still strong today. He started his blog in 2016, sharing his experiences in short term investing as well as revealing insights about major vendors in this segment.   Success in day trading – […]

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Bitch, Please! 9 Times I’ve Been A Dumb White Girl With Money

As I alluded to in my Spendy McSpender post, before discovering the Financial Independence movement I could be pretty shitty with money.   Unfortunately, throughout my 20’s, it could be said, I was a bit of a Dumb White Girl with money. I didn’t value it as much as I should have; and I wasn’t as […]

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What tools are in your wealth maximisation tool box?

Recently, I spoke about how the principles of negotiation are a great tool for your wealth maximisation tool box.   This begs the question… What is a wealth maximisation tool box? Good question, I say…   Wealth Maximisation Wealth maximisation is an accounting term primarily used in the context of stock price adjustment. Essentially, wealth […]

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The Final Curtain Call For Our Car Loan Debt

Where it all began… On July 31 2015, my beloved and I took out a $25,000 variable interest rate car loan for a used SUV with 7000kms on the clock. Throughout its term, the interest on this loan varied between 9.95% and 10.39%.   As I’ve spoken about previously, my beloved and I really didn’t […]

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How to negotiate a better deal using the principles of negotiation

Good negotiation skills are a key tool for your wealth maximisation toolbox

Recently, I wrote about how I negotiated a competitive discount with my electricity supplier. In this post, I spoke about how research, preparation and a little bit of courage are paramount to negotiating a good deal. Consequently, I thought I would elaborate further by sharing my thoughts on how to negotiate a better deal by […]

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30 Second Finance: 4. 8 June 2018 – Always get more than one quote for any work you get done!

Before I started working in my current team, I had no idea about best value practices. If I needed to get some work done on my car or buy an expensive item, I used to get a quote from someone and if it seemed reasonable, I’d do it.   However, if the quote seemed unreasonable […]

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How to save money on electricity: Don’t put off the awkward conversations!

Putting off the awkward conversations As part of my frugality adventures, I’ve been on a cost cutting mission for just over a year. In doing so, we’ve cut back our travel, groceries, alcohol, hobbies, takeaway and entertainment costs. These costs were easy for me to make a change to, as they were all self-imposed and […]

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Achieve Wealth The Easy Way: The Flawed Consumer turns 1.

The Flawed Consumer Turns 1!

Happy Birthday, well, Me! Today marks one year since I started The Flawed Consumer in my quest to Achieve Wealth The Easy Way.   To mark this occasion, I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite posts, achievements, failures and guest posts throughout year one of this financial independence adventure I’m on…   Favourite […]

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