Math 2.0 Day

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8 July, 2020

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Today, Wednesday 8th of July, is Math 2.0 Day.

Math 2.0 Day is a celebration of the blending of mathematics and technology. Think of calculators, cars, computer programs, airplanes, the self-serve check out at the supermarket …the list goes on.

As a financial counsellor, I use math every day - I have 2 calculators on my desk!

I use math when I complete a budget and when I analyze a person’s income and expenses. I use math when I go through statements, utility bills and when I work out affordable payment arrangements and hardship options. Math pops up everywhere during my day.

On this day, Math 2.0 Day, consider combining math and technology to help your financial situation.

On the Moneysmart website is an interactive Budget Planner where you can enter your income and expenses to create your own budget. By combining math and technology, the Budget Planner allows you to view your expenses annually, quarterly, monthly, fortnightly or weekly, to help you take the first steps towards getting on top of your finances. 

To access the Moneysmart Budget Planner follow the attached link to the Moneysmart website.

By Sam

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Moneycare Day

This year, during ‘Anti-Poverty Week’ (October 11-17), The Salvation Army’s Moneycare is running events across the nation to help everyday Aussies get on top of their finances.

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The theme of this year’s event will be ‘Disasters don’t Discriminate’, with The Salvos seeing the devastating financial impacts of the year that has been, from bushfires to the economic turmoil of COVID-19.

“We have seen in the past 12 months the wide-ranging impacts that these disasters have had. They haven’t only impacted the most vulnerable in society but have reached people who never thought that they would ever find themselves in financial hardship. The Salvation Army is encouraging anyone who needs a hand with their finances to get help early, and reach out to a Moneycare financial counsellor,” Sharon Maslen said.

To access the online resources or to register for the free financial coaching webinars taking place at 12.00 noon (AET) each day and 2pm on the Tuesday and Thursday of Anti-Poverty week (12-16 October), visit https://www.salvationarmy.org.au/get-involved/anti-poverty-week/

​The free, 20-minute webinars will help you to master your money essentials, covering topics such as buying your dream car, how to track your money, insurance, navigating loans and getting your finances back on track.

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For more information or to contact The Salvation Army’s free and confidential Moneycare service, please visit https://www.salvationarmy.org.au/get-involved/anti-poverty-week/ or call the Moneycare Intake Service Line: 1800 722 363

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