Today's Big Stories

'Employees use their 13th cheque to pay for the previous year's financial sins'

Some employees have been waiting all year for that 13th cheque to pay off debt accumulated from the last 12 months.

But before you blow it all away in one single transaction or repayment, you might consider investing a portion of it or using it to permanently clear unnecessary store accounts.

Personal finance journalist Maya Fisher-French offered this and more advice on how to make the best use of one's bonus.

Listen to the full conversation from The Midday Report:

We get our bonus cheque and settle our credit cards and all other debts, and all we do is go back in to it the following year.

Maya Fisher-French, personal finance journalist

Many of us have absolutely nothing to show for our bonus. We're starting to use our bonus to supplement a lifestyle that actually happened last year.

Maya Fisher-French, personal finance journalist

This year we should focus on using the bonus on starting to create wealth, rather than paying off debt from last year.

Maya Fisher-French, personal finance journalist
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