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  • Published: 1 October 2019
  • ISBN: 9780143773801
  • Imprint: Random House NZ
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $35.00

Tales from a Financial Hot Mess




The realest guide to money ... and how to have more of it.

Forever wrestling with annoying debt? Clueless about where your pay cheques go? Want to get ahead?

Journalist, podcaster and reformed money mess Frances Cook is here for you.

Tales from a Financial Hot Mess is the story of how Frances got her money sh*t sorted. She learned the hard way so you don’t have to, and details how you can:

Change your money mindset
Set up a do-able budget
Avoid being fooled by banks and retailers
Understand investing (starting with what you have)
Reduce your debt
Save more
Sort your KiwiSaver
Make smart housing decisions (whether renting or buying)
Fix a mortgage that works for you (with your coffee and smashed avocado)
Negotiate a pay rise
Simplify your life
. . . and loads more

This book is the real deal – not another bulleted, tabled, graphed lecture from a financial advisor who’s never had issues with money.

Delivering laughs and smarts, proven financial advice, handy how-tos (and please-don’ts) and numerous expert insights (from 22 actual experts), Tales from a Financial Hot Mess will guide you along the rocky path to financial freedom.

  • Pub date: 1 October 2019
  • ISBN: 9780143773801
  • Imprint: Random House NZ
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $35.00

About the Author

Frances Cook

Frances Cook is a reformed money mess, currently managing podcasts for the New Zealand Herald, Newstalk ZB, and RadioSport. She is best known for hosting the personal finance podcast 'Cooking the Books', one of New Zealand’s top podcasts.

Gaining a Master’s in Media Studies from Victoria University of Wellington, Frances went on to work as a journalist, first at RadioLive then NewstalkZB, before moving to cover politics for ZB. She more recently made the switch to work at the Herald, first as a senior multimedia journalist, and now in her podcast role.

As well as hosting ‘Cooking the Books’, Frances also hosts ‘The Front Page’, which goes behind the scenes of the biggest investigations out of the Herald newsroom. She is the executive producer of podcasts ‘Speaking Secrets’ and ‘Trip Notes’, with others in the pipeline. She is a regular commentator for Newstalk ZB radio shows, particularly on politics and personal finance matters.


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