How buy now pay later services can affect your chances of loan approval

Buy now pay later (BNPL) services are on the rise in Australia. Around 1.9 million Aussies say they’ve used services like Afterpay or Zip Pay at least once over the

Silly season spending habits that can harm your credit score

Our wallets can really take a hit at Christmas. Between end of year celebrations, Christmas shopping and sales season, it’s easy to spend up a storm if you aren’t careful.

How do I check my credit score?

With Comprehensive Credit Reporting (CCR) being introduced in Australia, knowing how to check your credit score and what can impact it, is more important than ever before.  If you’ve ever

Car loan lingo explained

So, you’ve found your dream ride and now you’re looking at financing. Unfortunately, trying to understand some of the car loan jargon can baffle the best of us. Below we’ve

Spring clean your finances with a debt consolidation loan

Spring is officially here, making now the perfect time to clean up your finances. If you’ve started to amass debt throughout the past year or so, a debt consolidation loan

When is a personal loan better than buy now pay later?

  What would you do if you really needed to buy something but didn’t have enough money in your bank account? If Afterpay springs to mind, you’re not alone. This

Who offers the best small loans?

To answer this question, let’s start with what a small loan is defined as, and what the rules are around the amount of fees allowed to be charged. What is a

What side gigs can I do to earn extra cash?

Are you looking for ideas to help you earn some extra cash? Whether you’re trying to save some money or just want to pay off some nagging debts that won’t

If I’m financially struggling, what should I pay first? My bills or my loans?

Has a life event caused you to start struggling with your finances and you’re now wondering if you should prioritise one certain bill or loan over the others? Is this the only

Why choose a personal loan instead of a credit card?

If you are looking for a small cash loan between $500 and $10,000, you basically have two options; either choose a personal loan or opt for a credit card. At

Are you eligible to apply?

WARNING - DO YOU REALLY NEED A LOAN TODAY?*

It can be expensive to borrow small amounts of money and borrowing may not solve your money problems.

Check your options before you borrow:
For more information about other options for managing bills and debts, ring 1800 007 007 from anywhere in Australia to talk to a free and independent financial counsellor.

Talk to your electricity, gas, phone or water provider to see if you can work out a payment plan.
If you are on government benefits, ask if you can receive an advance from Centrelink.
https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/online-help/centrelink/apply-advance-payment-your-centrelink-online-account

The Australian Government’s MoneySmart Website shows you how small amount loans work and suggests other options that may help you.

* This statement is an Australian Government requirement under the National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009.