Fix finances this week

Last updated 07:14 05/09/2012

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Next week is New Zealand's first-ever Money Week (September 2 to 8).

"Money Week is about helping kiwis learn about everyday money," says Raewyn Fox, CEO of the New Zealand Federation of Family Budgeting Services.

"Your everyday money is your household money - the money you need to pay the bills, feed your family, and pay your rent. It's essential to learn how to manage this money, but it's not always taught in school," Ms Fox said.

"Money Week is a great opportunity to think more about how you're managing your day-to-day finances. Are you thrown by small but unexpected jumps in prices? Does the occasional big expense mean you're going without, sometimes? If so, it may pay to attend a Money Week event or visit your local budgeting service."

Money Week events are advertised on moneyweek.org.nz. The New Zealand Federation of Family Budgeting Services is running free seminars in Auckland and a series of events around the country.

"There's a budgeting service in almost every community and we don't always get the chance to be proactive with our community education. Money Week gives us the excuse to get out there and be a bit more visible and proactive," Ms Fox said.

The New Zealand Federation of Family Budgeting Services is a network of community budgeting services offering free, confidential, non-judgmental budgeting advice.

Find a free budget adviser on familybudgeting.org.nz or by calling 0508 BUDGETLINE (0508 283 438).

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- The Marlborough Express

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