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A practical guide for preparing to enter the property market

When Emily Power declared online, 'I am 33 and my parents give me pocket money,' she started a national debate about personal finances and the challenges of breaking into the property market.

The Pocket Money Savings Plan has empowered Emily to move out of stifling debt and start scouting for her first property. It's a radical solution that won't work for everyone, so Emily, who is now editor of Domain magazines, has interviewed experts to devise other savings methods and household budgets to suit your situation, whether you're single, or planning to buy as a couple or a family.

How can you escape the debt trap? What is stamp duty? And where are the right suburbs to buy property? In the plain and motivating language of someone who's been there and done that, Emily takes you through:

How to save your pocket money
How to be a cheapskate and keep your friends
How to read the market like a pro
How to find the one
How to win the keys.

Along the way, you'll get tips on building a budget wardrobe, cooking healthy recipes on a shoestring, cheap and effective skincare products and economical wines. Before you know it, you too will be stepping over the threshold of your new home.


A vital conversation starter that will change your mind and get you on the right path.

Robert O'Hearn, Booktopia

Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback


    May 28, 2018

    Vintage Australia

    320 pages

    RRP $29.99

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  • EBook


    May 28, 2018

    Random House Australia

    320 pages

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Essential Living

Future home-buyer Emily Power offers tips on living within your means.


The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying
The 4-Hour Work Week
The $1000 Project
Think And Grow Rich
The Personal Mba
How to Buy Your First Home (And How to Sell it Too)
The Power of Focus
Perfect Money Saving
The Upstarts
The Index Card
Never Put All Your Eggs in One Bastard
Losing the Signal
Terrible Estate Agent Photos
Backyard Farming
The Butler Speaks
Family Trusts
Your Success In Five Years Or Less
How to Make Money
Think Bigger
Payback Time