Money Man

Can I ask what gives Money Man the right to tell people what to do with their money? First off, he is not an accountant and therefore has no knowledge of anything financial. Second of all, if people want to spend their money on whatever they want knowing that they will put themselves in debt that’s their choice. They don’t need some military guy with no financial backing telling them what to do. Finally people should use their brains a bit more without having this big bald dummy telling them what to do…Lemme guess, does he have to memorize lines before a show? I am guessing he does. And you don’t have to turn to HIM for advice. Use your brains and do budget. YOUR WAY. NOT THE WAY OF THE BULLY

8:00pm – Tuesday, June 23 on TV 3

Don’t you always wonder what happens to people who appear on television reality shows? When the episodes end, people are all smiley and they claim their lives will change forever. But does it last?

This week Money Man Brendon Johnson answers these burning questions when the hit local series Money Man concludes its fourth season on Tuesday, June 23rd at 8pm on 3.

Over the last four seasons Johnson has met a number of troubled couples, and this week he’s revisiting some of last year’s biggest spenders and revealing whether they have in fact heeded his advice and changed their wicked ways.

TV3’s Head of Factual Programming Sue Woodfield says the episode will be an intriguing look into the lives of past Money Man couples, detailing what went on once the cameras stop rolling.

“It’s amazing seeing what people are up to now and whether or not they’ve really taken on board Money Man’s advice,” she says.

When asked about the successes of these big spenders, Woodfield is careful not to give anything away, simply saying: “It’s never quite what you expect.”

However she is quick to point out that like many viewers she herself could be considered a Money Man success story.

“This is the fourth series of Money Man but I still laugh out loud at what he gets up to,” she says.

“I laugh, but then I take note, because it’s incredible how much even the smallest spending adds up to. I reckon I’ve saved thousands of dollars by watching Money Man.”

Can the same be said for last year’s favourite couples; Abbey and Fraser, Brad and Stacey, Ashley and Dawn, David and Jan, and Scott and Debbie? Find out when Money Man Brendon Johnson discovers where they are now on the season finale of Money Man, screening on Tuesday, June 23rd at 8pm on 3.

Tough economic times call for tough measures so ex-marine, and straight-talking financial motivator, Brendon Johnson aka Money Man is returning to TV3 for a another series of the hit television show Money Man, premiering on Tuesday, April 21st at 8pm on 3.

With a deteriorating economy, jobs under threat and a sharp downturn in property prices, New Zealand has never needed Money Man more, and Johnson says the new series will certainly not disappoint.

“There will be some great ideas for saving money in all parts of your life, and plenty of action,” he explains when asked what’s coming up in the latest series.

Within the current economic climate it seems the average New Zealander is now losing the war with money, so how will the upcoming series differ from previous years?

“Many people know that the financial situation is changing around the world, so instead of dwelling on that, the series will concentrate on helping people set some goals and showing them how to budget for their needs (not wants!),” Johnson explains.

But despite constant warnings, and what seems like no signs of relief on the horizon, New Zealanders keep borrowing, and we are still a nation with serious financial issues. In your opinion what affects has the recession had on New Zealanders?

“The news is starting to get through to real people on the streets,” he says, “and it’s beginning to affect them directly – whether its pay cuts, a cut in hours or the threat of redundancy.”

“Many people are much more aware of how precarious their position is… especially if they have high debt levels.”

With such a gloomy economy what advice would you give the average New Zealander in surviving the recession? “Don’t bury your head in the sand and hope it will go away,” he says.

“Remain positive and do whatever it takes to cut out unneeded expense and raise some more income.” And watch Money Man of course? “Of course!”

Make sure not to miss the advice that will help you get through these tough times when Money Man returns with a brand new series on Tuesday, April 21st at 8pm on 3.

Tuesday, June 17th at 8:00pm

In these tough financial times, Money Man Brendon Johnson shows one family how they can save a little extra cash, and how we can, too. The final of Money Man screens on Tuesday, June 17th at 8:00pm on 3.

“Although the Mataio family were already pretty budget conscious, there were always ways to cut back on costs around the home, and this episode is crammed with ways for all of us to save a few extra dollars – that adds up over time,” says Johnson.

“A busy mum running around after three great kids, an overworked Dad who after a week of 12 hour shifts and a game of league is too exhausted to enjoy his family – sound familiar? I show them how to not only manage their money, but how to manage their time, and ways to save a little money that involves the kids having fun.”

In these turbulent financial times, it is not surprising that the Mataio family, like so many other Kiwi families, are feeling the stress of debt due to soaring financial costs. For the last ten weeks, Johnson has been around the country helping other people, just like the Mataios, to manage their money.

“This has been a great series for me. I have met loads of interesting people from all over the country and have enjoyed working with them and guiding them towards better money management. As well as this I would like to say a big thanks to all the support I have been given by well wishers around the country; it’s great to hear so many have been inspired to take a long hard look at their finances!”

So for those of us not lucky enough to receive a personal visit from the Money Man, what does Johnson recommend we can do to help us through this economical slump?

“Remember, if you are feeling the pinch at the moment TAKE SOME ACTION. Ask for a pay rise, go check to see if you are entitled to any government help or benefits, sell stuff you don’t need and above all, learn to ‘live below your means.’ Although these are turbulent times, remember, the Chinese symbol for chaos is the same as the one for opportunity!”

Tune in for the educational final of Money Man, Tuesday, June 17th at 8:00pm on 3.

Tuesday, April 29th at 8pm

Homeowners Scot and Debbie are in for a serious financial overhaul as Money Man Brendon Johnson teaches then a few lessons when Money Man screens Tuesday, April 29th at 8pm on 3.

As a nation we have embraced a culture of debt and overspending and we don’t appear to be letting go any time soon.

Consumer debt in the year to December 2006 grew by 15% to a whopping $132 billion, 90% of which was in mortgages. New Zealanders now owe $68 billion dollars in residential mortgages.

Homeowners Scot and Debbie are struggling to keep their heads above water and are adding to this terrifying statistic by borrowing against their house, the only asset they have, to fund their overspending.

Now it’s time to throw them a lifeline in the form of Money Man Brendon Johnson.

So how does Brendon feel about the current economic climate that New Zealand is in? “The timing of this third series is perfect as now that the ‘economic clock’ has turned from growth to decline many people will start to feel the pinch with high interest rates, house prices slipping (possibly drastically) and a lot of uncertainty in business circles… if you don’t watch the show you need a check-up from the neck-up,” says Brendan.

The hardest thing for people like Scot and Debbie is getting out of the vicious cycle that they have found themselves in. “The old saying ‘look after your money and your money will look after you’ is so true – its clear to see that when you don’t control your finances how quickly they turn around and bite you especially now in these times of high interest rates.”

As viewers have seen in previous seasons Brendon is almost always successful in turning people’s financial troubles around, so what is his recipe for success?

“It’s always great fun making the program it takes 4-6 days to film which goes to show just how much information is given to the people who come on the show – this is why we have such good results with the turn around of these people’s finances,” he says.

Find out if Brendan will prove to be just as successful with Scot and Debbie as he’s been in the past, Money Man screens Tuesday, April 29th at 8pm on 3.

Tuesday, April 15th at 8pm

Crippling interest rates, unaffordable petrol, and food prices going through the roof, now is the time to get rid of your debt. Financial motivator Brendon Johnson returns to solve these and other financial problems in the brand new series of Money Man, premiering Tuesday, April 15th at 8pm on 3.

Over-spenders, under-savers, and general financial no-hopers beware; Johnson and his team of financial advisors give people a total budget makeover in the return of this popular series.

As a nation we have embraced a culture of debt and overspending and we don’t appear to be letting go any time soon.

Consumer debt in the year to December 2006 grew by 15% to a whopping $132 billion, 90% of which was in mortgages. New Zealanders now owe $68 billion dollars in residential mortgages.

But the signs are now apparent that the property bubble has burst and the fall out from an economic downturn could be huge. New Zealand’s addiction to overspending combined with an aversion to saving has created a ticking time bomb.

As well as the economic downturn New Zealanders are also facing less evident problems such as inter-generational debt, whereby kids are learning bad financial management skills from their parents; bad credit ratings; and young couples being unable to even get on the ladder and start saving for a house.

These financial obstacles prove that the average New Zealander needs Money Man’s help now more than ever.

In series three, Money Man will not only dispense advice but motivate a wide range of Kiwis to make real and long-lasting changes to their finances before it’s too late.

This time Money Man will travel around the country to tackle financial issues facings the smaller cities and communities around the country.

Brendon Johnson will continue with his hard-nose approach where needed, but we will also see a softer side to his character as he cajoles and motivates the participants towards their financial goals.

This season will also see his advice expand to cover everything from credit card debt to revolving overdrafts, paying off mortgages and high interest loans, and finding the right bank accounts and consolidating debts.

As always the expert advice will include cutting-edge cash management strategies, debt reduction advice, specific savings plans, mortgage reviews and plans to make your money grow.

So whether you’re in serious financial trouble or just want some extra spending money, make sure to tune in to the season premiere of Money Man, screening Tuesday, April 15th at 8pm on 3.

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Three part-time models get their budgets refashioned!

Tuesday, August 7th at 8:00pm

Three part-time models and office workers are in for a serious financial overhaul as Money Man Brendon Johnson teaches them a few lessons on Tuesday, August 7th at 8:00pm on 3.

Patrina, Marjka and Kristy are the original glamour girls who just love the highlife. Unfortunately for these girls though, they have had too much fun. After racking up a combined deficit of $30,000, the ‘It’ girls are now the ‘Debt’ girls.

For Patrina, being on Money Man was definitely an eye-opener.

“I find it hard to look after myself with my lifestyle so really wonder how the average family can live. Money is such a huge stress with many people and it affects so many of us.”

The hardest thing for Patrina was sticking to the budget and having to go without luxuries and things she is used to. She was forced to give up a few things that she didn’t think she would be able to learn to live without.

“Going to parties, daily protein bars for me [laughs], just going and buying – spending what I want when I want. Having friends who want to catch up with me and then I ended up having to say no [because] absolutely every time someone wanted to catch up I could guarantee that it would cost money.”

Patrina, Marjka and Kristy may look familiar to you, and not just through their modelling work. This is not the first time TV3 has been on hand to help them out. Earlier this year, WA$TED! (which is set to begin filming its second series) went to their house to show them how they could be more environmentally friendly, and how to cut down their gigantic power bill! Do the girls still stick with what they learned on the show?

“We do still try and stick to many things they taught us. I really hope that in time New Zealand will be a lot more well-educated on saving our planet, and that it becomes a lifestyle for people.”

Sounds like WA$TED!’s Francesca Price and Tristran Glendinning got through to them, but did Money Man’s Brendon Johnson?

“Overall the show taught me that yes, while we may be in the social “in crowd” of Auckland and get invited to many parties and so on, the type of people we mix with means in five years time we will be five years older, and the younger newer girls will take our place,” says Patrina. “That is unless we start to set ourselves up now and use our assets.”

So can we assume the girls have made life-altering changes?

“Different things are important to me now,” Patrina tells. “If anyone else had the opportunity to do the show they should so they can learn from it; swallow their pride and take some advice.”

Tune in to see these glamour girls have their budgets refashioned when Money Man screens on Tuesday, August 7th at 8:00pm on 3.

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This air hostess is having financial turbulence

Tuesday, July 24th at 8pm

Air hostess Emily Butters has dreams of flying higher, but first she will have to change her ways to secure her future fortune. Taking charge of Emily’s flight plan is Money Man, Brendon Johnson, screening Tuesday, July 24th at 8pm.

Financial motivator Brendon Johnson has returned with a brand new series of Money Man – where he puts couples or individuals through financial boot-camp, offering real and achievable solutions for day-to-day money-management problems.

This week, international flight attendant Emily Butters is living the high life, but she’d like to fly even higher. She has big plans to own her own home and climb the property ladder.

But every time she travels, she spends hundreds on food, drink and shopping. Unfortunately being a flight attendant, she spends thousands on her appearance -regularly shelling out on expensive make up and keeping her blonde hair in perfect condition.

The high roller is only 22-years-old, but Money Man Brendon Johnson says whatever your age, you need to start putting a financial plan into action for your future.

“The sooner you start saving, the more time your money has to grow. Devise a plan, stick to it, and set goals for yourself. Start now, whatever your age!”

Butters is already $11,000 in debt – and going backwards fast. With her spending spiralling out of control, her financial dreams could be grounded – permanently.

Tune in to the brand new series of Money Man to see if financial motivator Brendon Johnson can end Butters’ turbulent spending, on Tuesday, July 24th at 8pm on 3.

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Money Man is back to whip out-of-whack finances back into shape!

Tuesday, July 10th at 8:00pm

Ex-marine and tough-talking financial trainer Brendon Johnson is back to fix up some severely messed up budgets when Money Man returns on Tuesday, July 10th at 8:00pm on 3.

Over-spenders, under-savers, and general financial no-hopers beware; Johnson and his team of financial advisors give people a total budget makeover in the return of this popular series.

Eighty thousand dollar debts, working families always broke, couple and singles addicted to a lifestyle beyond their means… as a nation we have embraced a culture of debt and overspending and we don’t appear to be letting go any time soon!

With an addiction to credit cards, an obsession with keeping up with the neighbours and a national pastime known as retail therapy, we really are a nation with serious financial issues.

Even warnings from the Reserve Bank to stop spending and start saving are falling on deaf ears. We’re living on borrowed time and these trends simply can’t continue. The average New Zealander needs Money Man’s help now more than ever to set them on the right path toward their financial goals and a better future.

In the second series of Money Man, some lucky Kiwis will get just that as Johnson and the team not only dispense advice but motivate a wide range of Kiwis to make real and long-lasting changes to their finances before it’s too late.

This time the net will be cast much wider to include families, cashed up baby boomers and small business owners, all of whom have found themselves in financial strife.

Money Man will also venture out of Auckland to tackle financial issues facing the rural community and smaller cities around the country.

Johnson will continue with his hard-nose approach where needed, but we will glimpse a softer side to his character as he cajoles and motivates the participants towards their financial goals.

His expert advice will expand to cover everything from credit card debt to mortgages, GST issues, managing student loans, finding the right investment to tax, turning around a small business, and how to shop wisely to how to live within a low weekly budget.

For the viewer, the expert advice will include cutting-edge cash management strategies, debt reduction advice, specific savings plans, mortgage reviews and plans to make your money grow.

Money Man takes a holistic approach to the role of money in people’s lives, looking not just at their bank accounts but how a family interacts, the psychology behind their spending and how they live their lives.

Don’t miss the return of Money Man, premiering on Tuesday, July 10th at 8:00pm on 3.