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Alyssa and Pete have less stress and more money. This is how they did it.
By MyBudget Editor

Brisbane couple, Alyssa and Pete, were dealing with the stress of raising a young family, working hard to pay the bills and never getting ahead. But in a couple of years, they turned all that around and are now more flush than ever. The pressure is off their marriage, the kids are happier, and they’re excited about the future. The best thing is that anybody can do what they did. Watch the video below to hear Alyssa and Pete talk about their journey or keep reading.

Alyssa is the global director of information strategy for a software company. She travels the world for her job, while Pete works at a golf shop and holds down the fort at home. When they’re not juggling work, they’re juggling three cute kids: Jemima (7), Hamish (5) and Lulu (3).

Like a lot of working couples, when it comes to the house, Alyssa and Pete divide the duties between them. Pete handles the housework and rug-rats while, between work trips, Alyssa takes care of the cooking and paying the bills as best as she could.

“It didn’t matter how hard we worked.”

The challenge of having three kids and busy jobs is that things fell through the cracks. Rather than planning out their money, Alyssa and Pete found themselves, like most people, reacting to bills as they arrived. Instead of getting ahead, they found themselves overspending little by little. Despite having good household income, it got to the point that their credit cards were becoming unmanageable.

“We had no family life at all.”

“We had no family life at all because we were both working so hard to try to beat the anxiety,” Alyssa explains. “We figured the harder we worked, the better we would be. But because we didn’t have any oversight or control of our finances, it didn’t matter how hard we worked.”

Not surprisingly, it caused tension in their marriage. Pete adds, “It didn’t take much to set off a bit of a tizz around the house…Because we were living on such a knife edge, it didn’t take much to set things off.”

Tired of feeling stressed, having no savings, fighting about money…

Looking at their bank accounts one day, Alyssa decided that enough was enough. She was tired of robbing Peter to pay Paul. Tired of feeling stressed every time a new bill arrived. Tired of having no savings. Tired of fighting about money. Tired of feeling tired.

She picked up the phone and called MyBudget. “The initial phone call was free,” says Alyssa, “And that relief I felt when I hung up the phone… I knew there was a plan. For a free phone call, that’s a pretty good feeling.”

“In three years, we’ve paid off nearly all our debt.”

MyBudget helped Alyssa and Pete create a detailed budget that provided them with complete visibility of their financial situation. It included all of their bills and income for the next 12-months— from petrol to Christmas presents. Suddenly, they could see exactly where their money was going. At the same time, their MyBudget money coach was able to show them how to make the most of their income to pay off their debts faster and start building up savings.

“It’s a great feeling to know when you get out of bed in the morning, that you’re actually going to achieve something,” says Pete “In just three years, we’ve paid off nearly all of our debt,” adds Alyssa.

MyBudget helps Alyssa and Pete stay on track by paying their bills for them directly from their budget, setting aside money for savings and future bills, and making sure they always have enough money in the bank for living expenses.

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“We’ve never had so much money.”

“The money that we earn is our money now,” says Alyssa with a smile. “The money we were paying off credit cards and loans, we can now spend on much more interesting things, like holidays and stuff for the family.”

But is MyBudget expensive? Alyssa answers, “The value we get from MyBudget is incredible. I use the app on almost a daily basis and, if I need more support, I chat to a MyBudget consultant, who are completely amazing. People ask us all the time what kind of fees we pay and my answer is I honestly don’t notice because we’ve never had so much money.”

“Our relationship is better, the kids are happier and everything is a lot more stable.”

Pete points out that the value of having control of your finances goes well beyond money. “Now that we’re not living in a house full of stress, it’s great how things have blossomed. Our relationship is better, the kids are happier and everything is a lot more stable.”

Alyssa agrees, “To see our children so happy and enjoying the things they love is the most rewarding thing we can give them. We genuinely have MyBudget to thank for that.”

Get your own customised budget for free

Would you like to pay off your debts? Eliminate financial stress? Take the worry out of money? Taking control of your money has never been more important or a better investment in making sure you emerge from these unprecedented times ahead of the curve.

MyBudget has a proven system to help you achieve your financial goals faster. It starts with a free phone or video consultation. Just like Alyssa and Pete, you’ll get a fully customised FREE budget plan that shows what you can achieve with your money for the next 12 months and beyond. It’s yours to keep.

Find out more by calling MyBudget on 1300 300 922 or enquire online.

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