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End of financial year, your credit card and you

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The end of financial year splurge: your guide

The end of the financial year is nigh and the sales we know and love are around the corner, so here's Finder's guide on how to make the most of it all.

The 2012 - 2013 financial year ends on June 30, signalling the return of tax time for individuals and businesses around Australia.

It also means retailers will be trying to push as many items as they can out of their doors using sales and discounts, and most of us will be sending off our tax statements and hoping for juicy returns.

Follow the tips below to make the most of the sales and get your financial year on track. We also spoke to James Gerrard, a certified financial planner, to help you get your bearings this end of financial year, so get reading!

Use an interest free credit card. Going overboard on sale items is one thing, but going overboard on sale items when you don't need them and paying interest on them is another. Do some soul searching and make sure the purchase is something that'll get you to your goals and is within your means. If it is, you may want to consider paying for it using a credit card with an interest free promotion, especially if you don't think you'll pay off your balance within your regular interest free days. Interest could see you lose much of the savings you made in the first place, so be sure you can pay your purchase off before interest is due.

Before you apply for any card with an interest free promotion take ten minutes to compare what's in the market. It's not difficult, and could see you get a card with better features than what you already have.

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Credit cards can make it easier next end of financial year. If the thought of organising your tax deductions is already frustrating you and you're disciplined enough with your spending, there's a simple remedy - a credit card. Having a designated credit card you only use to pay for deductible expenses is one way to provide proof of these purchases when it comes to scoring some deductions. If you don't already have one you can compare them here.

Reap rewards. If you've got a rewards card, you can pay for your end of financial year purchases with it rather than cash, and earn rewards points. Just be sure you'll be able to pay off the balance before interest kicks in or those rewards points will be worth nothing.

Rewards program offers. Credit card rewards programs also have sales at the end of financial year. The Qantas Frequent Flyer program is usually strong in this regard, and has previously offered as many as 10,000 bonus points for booking discounted holiday packages through Qantas Holidays. We're hoping Virgin's Velocity program also has its fair share of end of financial year discounts this year too, so check out your respective program's website for more information.

Look at all of your options. End of financial year sales aren't limited to department and retail-chain stores. Online stores and smaller retailers are also gearing up to clear stock, so get a list of what you need and be sure to compare the retailers before you pull out your hard-earned money.

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Use your tax return wisely. If you're one of the lucky ones who gets your tax return early enough to use during the sales, spare a thought before you do. If you didn't need the item before the sales chances are you don't need it now.

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James Gerrard

  • James Gerrard is a certified financial planner.
  • James was a finalist in the Australian Financial Planning Association of Australia’s 2009 Value of Advice Awards.
  • James was a member of the AFR Smart Investor Magazine’s 2010 Masterclass for Financial Planning.
  • You can find out more about him at www.financialadvisor.com.au.

How can consumers avoid going financially overboard at the end of year financial sales this year?

Just remember that sales occur several times [a year] and it's usually end of season and discontinued items that are substantially discounted.

Most desirable it ems are usually excluded from the sales or only marginally marked down, so most of the time, if you research and shop around, you'll be able to get a great deal (and better than the sales) any time of the year.

What's the ideal way to make use of the end of financial year sales?

Go to the sales with a list of what you want, a budget and discipline. Don't be the person who goes to Myer for a new pair of jeans and come out with handfuls of bags and a new wardrobe.

Go to the sales with a list of what you want, a budget and discipline. Don't be the person who goes to Myer for a new pair of jeans and come out with handfuls of bags and a new wardrobe.

So if you're after a new pair of shoes for example, and are not too fussed about a specific brand or style, going to the sales might be a good way to save money and buy a pair while the sales are on.

Also, some shops offer interest free finance which you can take advantage of. The only disadvantage is the massive interest rate that applies if you do not pay for the item by the end of the interest free period. But as long as you plan for this properly and don’t go beyond the interest free period, this can be a good way to purchase items.

How can those in debt use the end of the financial year to get their finances back on track?

Make a new financial year resolution!

Look at how much you earn, how much you spend, and set goals for each month about how much money you could put aside. Once you have determined this amount, every time you get paid, the first thing you do is transfer money to the debt so you don't 'miss' that money after a while.

How can you decide what to do with your tax return if you receive one?

That's a hard one and depends on specific situations, but generally pay off the highest interest debt, work your way down, and if anything is left, save.

Generally the order from highest interest to lowest is as follows:

  • credit cards
  • personal loans
  • car loans
  • home loan
  • savings account.

Any other tips for consumers this end of financial year?

The Australian dollar is falling and expected to continue to fall which will make it more expensive for importers to bring items into Australia over the next 12 months. These increases are generally passed onto consumers. So if you're looking at buying a larger item like a fridge or washing machine over the next 12 months, the current sales may be a good time to purchase.

Also remember, if you spend more than $1,000 overseas on an online purchase, that item will attract duty and taxes when received in Australia so you need to factor that into the total purchase cost as you would shipping.

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2 Responses to End of financial year, your credit card and you

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    graham | June 20, 2013

    can age pensioners get a credit card

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      Marc | June 20, 2013

      Hello Graham,
      thanks for the question!

      Age pensioners are able to apply for most credit cards. The credit approval process will take into account your income, debts and liabilities, and your credit file to assess whether or not you’ll be able to make your minimum monthly repayments. One option is to consider a credit card with a lower income requirement, and these can be found here.

      I hope this helps,
      Marc.

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