I hope that all of you had a great Christmas and have enjoyed a safe and happy New Year with lots of family around and a lot more great and happy memories stored away! School restarts this month and so too the inevitable cost for those of you with children. For those of you without children but wanting to spend money on loved ones there is Valentine’s Day.
February for me is a time for taking stock of the family coffers, to decide when to start the next supermarket Christmas club and to make sure that I work hard on relationships because in the end I know that my money is not only going on me but on those I care about. I know this sounds a bit soppy but if you sit back and think about it, I am sure you can remember times where you spent money that helped someone else and usually it’s someone close to you.
During 2017 I noticed an increase in people begging on the streets of Rotorua. One enterprising young tourist had a sign stating that by giving to him you were allowing him to continue his travel around New Zealand! New Zealanders have always been a giving people and for the most part are willing to reach into their pockets to help those less fortunate than themselves however they also don’t like to feel that they have given hard earned cash to an unworthy cause. So if you don’t believe in the cause, it is all right not to give.
Now that 2017 is in the past and we are at the beginning of 2018 it is a great time to take stock of where you are at and plan for changes that will make your life better. Come on in and see us…. it’s free.
Pakanui Tuhura – Rotorua Budget Advisory Service Inc