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The best piece of financial advice I was ever given growing up was ‘you need to spend money to make money!’
My partner calls me "Esther the investor" as I always spend my money pretty wisely to ensure I have long-term security.
My dad bought me some shares as a birthday present when I was younger and I didn't know anything about the stock market at the time. However, I got to see that investment grow over time and it helped me understand the impact of long-term investing.
I have now received advice from a really good broker who has helped me grow my portfolio over the years. Whether it be shares or property or even the smallest of investments, putting a bit of your income aside so that you can make investments is a good habit to get into. It will serve you again and again down the track.
When I was on Celebrity Apprentice and had the opportunity to learn about the Guru calculator for financial planning, I was astounded at how much I still didn't know about my finances! I think speaking with a professional and getting advice specific to you, is more worthwhile than you can probably imagine.