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July 26

Lightning Broadband Brings High Speed Internet to the Suburbs

Posted by on July 26, 2016 at 8:58 AM

Millions of Australians around the world are waiting for the National Broadband Network (NBN) to reach their door, but whilst they wait, another company is taking advantage of the demand and offering a wireless network with fibre-like download and upload speeds. Lightning Broadband is starting its empire in Melbourne’s inner suburbs with healthy plans to expand to other state capitals.

Lightning Broadband Brings High Speed Internet to the Suburbs

Lightning Broadband will be connecting homes and businesses to the Internet via a 5.8GHz microwave link that will be capable of delivering 100 Mbps upload and download speeds to residential properties and a 1,000 Mbps line to corporate customers. That is enough to outperform the current connection speeds of the NBN fibre-optic network.

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July 25

How Inflation Works and Why It’s Important to Understand When Saving Money

Posted by on July 25, 2016 at 8:11 AM

Buckscoop is a money conscious blog that focuses its activities around saving money and getting better value on your purchases. Yet, a quick scan across our blog showed that there was little explanation about one of the biggest changes that happens to money as it ages, inflation. Most of us, including myself, have a good idea about saving money, but probably a little less about inflation and why stuff gets more expensive. Particularly when our salaries do not increase at the same rate.

How Inflation Works and Why It’s Important to Understand When Saving Money

There’s no denying it plays a fundamental role in our day-to-day finances affecting the cost of milk, how much you will earn and how healthy your retirement savings are. So, the aim of today is to provide a little more information around the subject of inflation to help you align your efforts to save money more effectively.

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July 22

Weekly Scoop of Top Life Hacks: Healthy Food Hacks

Posted by on July 22, 2016 at 8:25 AM

During those wintery, lazy days indoors about the house, it’s easy to resort to foods that are more convenience based, especially when we’re feeling lethargic. Sleeping in later doesn’t help either because it knocks our routine out of sync, but if you plan on fighting the urges with some healthy eating thrown into your weekends then you will find plenty of food hacks here. 

Weekly Scoop of Top Life Hacks: Healthy Food Hacks

Whether you are trying to eat more healthily for your own benefit or because you’d like to teach the kids, the fact that you are motivated is the most important part. We want to help feed this enthusiasm by providing some video walkthroughs on a variety of different hacks for creating healthy food showing different ways to prepare snacks. Click on the videos below or add your own suggestions in the comments box at the end.

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July 21

The Best VPN Services to Access Netflix US from Australia

Posted by on July 21, 2016 at 8:04 AM

The best VPN providers will always change because Netflix has been blocking VPNs all over the world, emphasising why privacy has become more of a concern than ever before in the past 12 months. It’s now time to look at the parameters of a good VPN for Aussie users, because they have shifted and will no doubt continue to. Those hot choices a year or two ago will probably no longer be viable options to use in Australia.

The Best VPN Services to Access Netflix US from Australia

Therefore, today we will look at the VPNs being used by Australians across the country to give you the best chance of choosing a good one, especially as winter is here are you are more likely to be spending time indoors with the box set. A big concern may be price, but we haven’t simply based the results on that, we have also considered the ability to unlock international Netflix libraries and connection speeds.

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July 20

Car Brands With the Highest Maintenance Costs over the First 10-years

Posted by on July 20, 2016 at 8:31 AM

Owning a car is expensive business in today’s world. Road tax, fuel, insurance and maintenance are only some of the costs associated with owning a 4-wheel motor vehicle. The sticker price is only the beginning though, because as soon as you start driving, the value begins to decrease with some brands doing so more aggressively than others.

Car Brands With the Highest Maintenance Costs over the First 10 years

Websites such a YourMechanic.com have large databases full of useful information about how much vehicle brands cost over a period of time to maintain and keep on the road. A recent set of data was released to show drivers how much a specific brands would cost over time in relation to each other. The data examined provides insightful information consisting of the types of maintenance completed, the model of cars, the frequency and which are most likely to break down.

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July 19

Tax Affairs and Money Fitness in the New Financial Year

Posted by on July 19, 2016 at 8:29 AM

The new financial year has arrived and if you wished you had improved the ways you had managed your money, there is no better time than the present to right those wrongs. Start the year the way you intend to finish it by getting your taxes in order so that the process is as painless as possible next time around. Whilst in problem-fixing mode, it’s a good idea to iron out any other financial headaches too which are currently causing you issues.

Tax Affairs and Money Fitness in the New Financial Year

Similar to a New Years resolution of improving fitness, the end of a financial year is the ideal time to do the same with your financial fitness. To help get you off to a flying start, here are some of the best ways to immediately begin turbo-charging your bank account this July.

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July 18

How Much Is Your Private Data worth to Coles and Woolworths Through Their Loyalty Programs

Posted by on July 18, 2016 at 8:21 AM

Coles and Woolworths are notorious for collecting data on their customer’s shopping habits, but you would have thought that this data would have at least stayed within Australia. Wrong. Some of that data is being sent as far as South Africa and the Philippines. The main culprits for collecting data is Coles’ Flybuys and Woolworth’s Rewards programs which recently have been cautioned for sending shopper’s information abroad, discovered by Australia’s privacy watchdog.

How Much Is Your Private Data worth to Coles and Woolworths Through Their Loyalty Programs

You’ll be happy to hear though that the privacy check ups didn’t reveal mishandling of customer data, but we all know the saying “nothing in life is free”. If this comes as a shock, perhaps you didn’t read the privacy policies because both Coles’ and Woolies’ programs make their data sharing practices clear in accordance with the Privacy Act. What I wanted to find out though, was how exactly are these companies using our data?

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July 15

Weekly Scoop of Top Life Hacks: DIY Car Travel and Cleaning

Posted by on July 15, 2016 at 8:17 AM

Living in such a large country can mean that many Australians depend on their vehicles to get to and from work as well as to other destinations. As a result, there is a large demand for comfortable, reliable vehicles that make the journey more enjoyable for those travelling. Yet, with all of this time spent in vehicles and potentially being stuck in traffic jams, it begs the question, are we doing all that we can to make travelling as easy as possible.

Weekly Scoop of Top Life Hacks: DIY Car Travel and Cleaning

Today we have a variety of hacks that will help keep order in our vehicles, speed up things such as cooling the car down, preventing them from getting disorganised or uncomfortable. Hauling around the kids or performing daily tasks can mean that we may disregard the state of our transport, but now you no longer have an excuse as these hacks should help you solve these issues with minimal effort.

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July 14

Become a Pokemon Go Master: Extended Gameplay Preparation and Gear Advice

Posted by on July 14, 2016 at 8:29 AM

One of the smartest moves Nintendo has ever made is to release Pokemon GO onto smartphones using augmented reality technology, which has taken the world by storm. Considering it’s already surpassed Twitter in terms of daily active users, and that’s only on Android, it’s simply a topic that cant be ignored. So I’m here today to give you tips and advice on how to avoid the heavy battery and data draining impact that playing a game like this will have on your device.

Become a Pokemon Go Master: Extended Gameplay Preparation and Gear Advice

To become a Pokemon GO master quickly you’ll need to capture/fight with as many Pokemon’s as possible. To do this you should be kitting out your mobile with supportive gear and making certain configurations to ensure that you can continue exploring for longer periods of time. The tips here focus on prolonging battery life, keeping comfortable whilst playing as well as providing you with online bargains for the required supportive gear to maximise your game play with fewer disturbances (and saving money).

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July 13

The Legalities around an Employer giving you a Pay Cut

Posted by on July 13, 2016 at 8:27 AM

There is no hiding the fact that most businesses look to reduce staff levels in order to cut costs during harder times. Certain companies who can’t afford to lose staff may try other means to lower their expenses. This still often leads to reducing the amount they pay in salaries to their employees. The main question we want to ask, is under which scenario is this actually legal or not?

The Legalities around an Employer giving you a Pay Cut

You’re probably wondering which laws out there are in place to protect our wages from being cut in these sorts of scenarios. More common than a outright pay cuts is getting a “pay freeze”, probably as companies are dubious of falling foul of the Fair Work Commission’s (FWC) guidelines. Unfortunately though, pay cuts are still legal under certain circumstances.

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July 12

Haggling for a Bargain like a pro and Without Regret

Posted by on July 12, 2016 at 8:17 AM

Haggling is an art and when done at an optimum level, it can make the difference between a great bargain or a bad one. Whether you’re buying a small single item from a market stall or a large expensive product, haggling can have its uses in most situations. All that’s required on your part, is simply the ability to learn the technique.

Haggling for a Bargain like a pro and Without Regret

Co-authors of “Women Don’t Ask: Negotiating and the Gender Divide”, Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever, report that women are 2.5 times more likely to feel apprehension when negotiating compared to men, so much so that they were willing to pay as much as $1,000 or more to avoid haggling over a car. It doesn’t have to be hard though, and when paired with a few haggling tips, you can sweep up bargains all over the place.

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July 11

Ultimate Guide to Storing and Reheating Leftover Food

Posted by on July 11, 2016 at 8:13 AM

 Ultimate Guide to Storing and Reheating Leftover Food

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July 8

Weekly Scoop of Top Life Hacks: DIY Spa Treatments

Posted by on July 8, 2016 at 8:33 AM

Treating ourselves every now and again can do us the world of good, especially as winter makes us spend more time indoors than we are accustomed too. If you feel like a bit of pampering this weekend then it’s time you tried some of these money saving home spa treatments.

Weekly Scoop of Top Life Hacks: DIY Spa Treatments

Don’t go out splurging money on expensive pampering sessions or buying expensive products when you can achieve the same results for a fraction of the price at home. Today I’ll share with you five methods that can easily be done at home to make you feel younger, more relaxed and a little spoilt.

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July 7

Save Money by Avoiding Electricity Leaks Around the House

Posted by on July 7, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Would you leave the house with the tap running or the air-conditioning on? Most likely not, but I bet with a closer look many of us will find we are doing something similar every day. “A leak” at home generally refers to water coming out of your taps or pipes. However, what you could find is that it’s actually electricity that you’re “leaking”, caused by power flowing from electrical appliances or similar.

Save Money by Avoiding Electricity Leaks Around the House

These hidden leaks can cost households thousands of dollars per year in wasted energy. Generally, most of us would call a plumber if we noticed a tap leaking, but because we cant see an electricity leak, it’s very difficult to know when we even have one. A household’s average energy bill in Australia is $1,690 per year, but as electricity prices continue to rise across the country, leaks are a growing problem that you need to search for and stop sooner rather than later.

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July 6

Save $2,500 per Year by Avoiding Unecessary Bank Fees / Charges

Posted by on July 6, 2016 at 8:34 AM

Let’s put things into perspective here first. Last year Australians paid over $4.33 billion in bank fees, all of which could have been avoided. This data has been brought to light by new analysis conducted by the Reserve Bank. Supporting this theory, comparison website RateCity did the math too and worked out that people were unnecessarily paying additional money for an array of products that they didn’t need.

Save $2,500 per Year by Avoiding Unecessary Bank Fees / Charges

The $4.33 billion is a result of credit cards, home loans, saving accounts and everyday banking. This is also a staggering increase from figures released in 2014, to the tune of an additional $121.7 million being charged in 2016.  The silliest thing is that these fees could all have been avoided simply by not getting caught out by late payments or switching to products that charge no monthly fees.

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