As we say goodbye to 2019 and welcome in 2020, it's a good time to catch up on the very best of the Herald columnists we enjoyed reading over the last 12 months. From politics
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As we say goodbye to 2019 and welcome in 2020, it's a good time to catch up on the very best of the Herald columnists we enjoyed reading over the last 12 months. From politics to sport, from business to entertainment and lifestyle, these are the voices and views our audience loved the most. Today it's the top five from money and careers columnist Diana Clement.
While taking out a mortgage is considered a rite of passage for many Kiwis, being refused a bank loan can take some people by surprise. This can be the case even for buyers who have previously had no trouble getting a mortage - criteria can change regularly and Clement explains the "fish hooks" to watch out for.
In February, Diana Clement echoed the advice of Japanese clutter guru Marie Kondo - does that spending bring you joy? Can you thank your old ways and say goodbye to them? She presented eight helpful ways to be more shrewd and resourceful with your money.
When spending money overseas, there are a number of ways banks rip us off along the way - from exchange rates to fees. However, in August, Transferwise launched its Mastercard debit card in New Zealand - which offered a much better deal for travellers, those who send money overseas and those who buy online from international websites.
Thousands of garages in Auckland house teens, grandparents, tenants, businesses, games rooms, media rooms, home gyms and more. Converting "wasted space" into a more usable space makes sense - but doing it legally can be tricky. Diana Clement explains the two types of garage conversions homeowners can undertake.
Kiwis love collecting Fly Buys, Airpoints rewards, hotpoints, True Rewards and others. But points aren't free money, Diana Clement writes, and once you've earned them, spend them wisely. And making a purchase because the retailer offers FlyBuys or Airpoints can be a bad idea.