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April 29

Knowing When It’s the Best Time to Buy the Latest Technology

Posted by on April 29, 2016 at 8:20 AM

We know we don’t need the latest flagship smartphone, yet the intriguing new features and sleeker designs make them irresistible to many.  It’s important to consider though that it’s the exact device you currently own which should ultimately determine whether you need to get a new phone or not. For example, an iPhone 6S owner won’t receive get value for money if they upgrade as soon as the new iPhone 7 comes out.

Knowing When Its the Best Time to Buy the Latest Technology

Saving money is exactly the opposite of what the big smartphone manufacturers want you to do and they will try everything they can to lure you into spending more than you probably need to with them. So how can you know with a high degree of certainty when the right time to upgrade is and how long should you really hold off for when considering a second or third opinion before buying?

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April 28

How Mojo’s Subscription-based Electricity Bills Could Save you Money

Posted by on April 28, 2016 at 8:37 AM

There’s a new electricity company in NSW and it’s called Mojo Power. They are promising lower energy bills for households which comes with its radically improved way of billing you for your energy consumption. The method behind the madness enables customers to purchase electricity at wholesale prices rather than retail.

How Mojo’s Subscription based Electricity Bills Could Save you Money

If your household keeps running up a large energy bill every month then this could be the answer to reducing your monthly costs and saving you money. So how does this new Mojo service work, who is it most suitable for and are you eligible to use their service? If so, how do you get this money saving service into your home? These are some of the questions I’ll be answering in today’s money saving orientated post on the Buckscoop Bargain blog.

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April 27

Outsmart the Scam Artists When Travelling Abroad

Posted by on April 27, 2016 at 8:46 AM

Outsmart the Scam Artists When Travelling Abroad

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April 26

Top 5 Tips to save Money on Your Home Loan

Posted by on April 26, 2016 at 8:02 AM

If you ever lost focus on saving money in the past and found yourself in a position trying to figure out what you’ve spent it all on, then you’ll agree that saving is often much easier said than done. Things like home loans are a great place to start due to the large sums of money involved, but many of us will complain that we don’t have the time to compare loans or cross reference interest rates.

Top 5 Tips to save Money on Your Home Loan

While this may feel like a chore, it’s also important to realise that taking the time to dig into this particular aspect of your financial affairs could pay huge dividends. So to help you along, here are our suggested top 5 ways to save money on your home loan.

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April 23

Weekly Scoop of Top Life Hacks: Money Saving DIY

Posted by on April 23, 2016 at 8:25 AM

In light of the good response we had last week from the weekly scoop of top life hacks I thought I would revisit it with a more DIY focused approach this week. Below you will find some of the most interesting DIY hacks that I managed to come across doing some research from the digital expanse of the Internet.

Weekly Scoop of Top Life Hacks: Money Saving DIY

The focus today is not going to be as specific as last week, it’s simply going to be on things you can do or use around the house to replace costly shop bought items. All of these tips should hopefully help you save money by doing things yourself rather paying retail prices them elsewhere.

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April 22

Supermarket Prices Continue to Drop as ALDI Forecast $15 Billion Turnover

Posted by on April 22, 2016 at 8:19 AM

The supermarket wars are heating up again as the titans of the industry see their empires crumble slowly from beneath them as underdog ALDI continues to ramp up its services. In recent months, Coles and Woolworths have begun aggressively dropping their prices to lure customers away from one another. But whilst they try to stop customers leaving to ALDI, customers continue to search for cheaper prices.

Supermarket Prices Continue to Drop as ALDI Forecast $15 Billion Turnover

A wide variety of selected product categories have already been reduced at the large chains and saving money at the supermarket has certainly become easier. At this stage it seems very likely that as Coles and Woolworths try to compete with ALDI, customers can likely expect to see more heavily discounted prices appearing across the board as time goes on.

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April 21

How to save Money by Avoiding Mechanic Call out Fees

Posted by on April 21, 2016 at 8:32 AM

If you don’t happen to drive the newest vehicle or you are simply very cautious when it comes to breaking down because you travel many miles on out back terrain, then there are things you can do to reduce your worry. Cars are supposedly built to the best of the manufacturers ability, but sometimes even new cars can become problematic after their first year.

How to save Money by Avoiding Mechanic Call out Fees

Breakdowns can happen to anyone at anytime, anywhere, it’s those who are prepared for it that recover the quickest from the setback. All it requires is some preparation in advance so if that unfortunate day arrives, you can minimise the affect it has on your day.

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April 20

Save Money with Woolworth’s New Product Price Drop

Posted by on April 20, 2016 at 8:40 AM

Woolworths have been coming under fire from all angles recently with Aldi taking the market by storm and Coles playing the price game very aggressively too. Despite Woolies revamping its rewards program recently to now include Qantas points, many customers are still disgruntled by the fact that discounts are only provided on selected products.

Save Money with Woolworths New Product Price Drop

However, as of today they have changed tact by slashing the prices of everyday products which it considers to be Australian grocery staples. The chain will focus on one category per week for the coming month. If you haven’t shopped at Woolworths in a while, then it could be a money saving exercise to do so whilst these discounts are active.

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April 19

The Golden Rules of Living a Life after Debt

Posted by on April 19, 2016 at 8:02 AM

At Buckscoop we love providing valuable information that helps Australians save money by finding great online bargains. However, the entire subject of debt can get a little heavy at times so this is an article takes a look at how to live debt free and resisting the temptations of going on precarious spending sprees.

The Golden Rules of Living a Life after Debt

Many websites out there offer advice on avoiding debt and how to get good value for money, but very few that I have found focus on those pivotal months following that final debt repayment after changing your spending habits to become debt free. I remember for me how it felt that as soon as I’d paid off my debt, everything I owned started to look tired, broken or old and in ‘desperate’ need of replacement? Well, those are the exact feelings you need to tackle head on in the early stages to avoid heading straight back into the red.

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April 16

Does an Interest-only Mortgage Make Financial Sense for You?

Posted by on April 16, 2016 at 8:23 AM

Does an Interest only Mortgage Make Financial Sense for You?

 

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April 15

Weekly Scoop of Top Life Hacks: Save Money & Calories

Posted by on April 15, 2016 at 8:12 AM

This week we decided to change topics to keep things interesting on Buckscoop’s Bargain blog. So instead of the usual roundup of Australian freebies on a Friday, instead I’ve went online to seek out some of the top life hacks being used by people around the world.

Weekly Scoop of Top Life Hacks: Save Money & Calories

Todays focus is going to be on how we can create some quick and easy snacks that taste delicious, are super easy to make and help you save money while you save on the calories too. So the next time you feel like pigging-out at a fast food chain or buying a meal out, remember that you can save yourself a few dollars and produce something equally tasty at home.

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April 14

The Best Smartphones of 2016 Based on Individual Preferences

Posted by on April 14, 2016 at 8:25 AM

When buying the latest phone 10-15 years ago, you could easily have ended up wasting money on an impractical device caused mainly by the lack of variety and features available. Lucky with the launch of smartphones and their meteoric rise in popularity, customers were given a much wider range of options that catered to vastly more individual preferences. The problem initially though, was that many of these phones (even the top end models) often came swamped with ‘bloatware’ (useless software) chewing up the device’s internal memory and battery life.

The Best Smartphones of 2016 Based on Individual Preferences

Market leaders would even sometimes miss crucial smartphone features and the customer would have to choose one brand over another simply to make sure they had the best compromise. Jump forward to 2016, however, and things are a lot different. Now, almost every major handset brand will have enough energy to run until bedtime, capture decent photos, display content on HD screens and be able to process tasks extremely quickly. Also, 4G has become more prevalent too so internet browsing has become faster than many broadband connections. Most importantly though, is that with the massive choice of handsets available, you shouldn’t have any problem picking out a model which matches your unique set of individual preferences very closely.

So, which smartphone offers the best value for money and caters to your individual needs? If you’re in need of some guidance on this topic, then this article is a must read for you.

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April 13

Woolworth’s Brings Back Qantas Points to Loyalty Scheme

Posted by on April 13, 2016 at 8:23 AM

Qantas points are back and Woolworths is beginning its roll out of the long awaited (and missed) points scheme. A decision that previously saw the supermarket lose a chunk of customers could now reverse that cycle, or so Woolworths hope. Customers who used to enjoy saving money on flights by shopping at their local supermarket became disgruntled when the chain stopped offering Qantas points last year. In December however, the food retailer decided to bring the scheme back under a new three-year deal.

Woolworths Brings Back Qantas Points to Loyalty Scheme

Customers will now have the choice to convert 10 Woolworths Dollars earned via the purchase of orange-ticketed items, into 870 Qantas points. This information was sent out to a select number of the supermarket’s rewards program mailing list over the weekend, but how will this change affect the chain’s struggling market position?

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April 12

Consumer Affairs Ministers Could Add Value to New Car Purchases

Posted by on April 12, 2016 at 8:11 AM

Did you know that two thirds of new car buyers find faults with their vehicles within the first 5 years of purchase? This is information that was made available from the largest Australian consumer awareness group, Choice. To make things even worse, customers are often asked to sign confidentiality agreements in order to get their vehicle fixed or replaced.

Consumer Affairs Ministers Could Add Value to New Car Purchases

In light of this information the consumer group is ramping up a campaign against defective cars and their dubious manufacturers who are taking advantage of innocent customers by peer pressuring them into not speaking out. How can you avoid getting caught out by ‘lemon’ cars in an effort to save money and add value to your next new car purchase? Keep reading to find out…

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April 9

The 10 Easiest Ways to Ensure You Pay Less Tax: Part 2

Posted by on April 9, 2016 at 8:43 AM

This is the second part of my how-to-pay-less-tax in 10 easy steps article. If you haven’t read the first 5 steps then head over to the Buckscoop blog now to get the first half of this article. In this part I’ll be covering important aspects like time control, investing to reduce tax, looking at your circumstance based finances, not forgetting about small value claims as well as the importance of considering capital gains before selling assets.

The 10 Easiest Ways to Ensure You Pay Less Tax: Part 2

 

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