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June 29

Reserve Bank of Australia Worries about Retail Inflation Rates as ALDI Helps Push Them Lower

Posted by on June 29, 2016 at 8:13 AM

Low retail prices across the market have been a cause for concern at the offices of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), with many of them having started wondering if there is reason for concern across Australia. As a result, the RBA launched an investigation into this which concluded in the penultimate week of June.

Reserve Bank of Australia Worries about Retail Inflation Rates as ALDI Helps Push Them Lower

Their statement related to the investigation claimed that they had seen a large downward shift in the average rate of retail inflation that isn’t explained by labour costs or import costs. The RBA has concluded that the primary factors are due to technology / Internet and increased competition from overseas retailers (e.g. ALDI).

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June 28

Food Preservation Hacks That Will save You Loads of Money

Posted by on June 28, 2016 at 8:26 AM

Food is one of those things you either love, or you love in my opinion. We all enjoy eating, but there is nothing worse than spending money on good food and having it spoil because we didn’t look after it properly. Think back to how many bananas, for example, have gone off that you bought, or the amount of salad that has perished before you could eat it all. Collectively, these little bits of food that continuously get thrown away will certainly add up over the years costing you thousands over time.

Food Preservation Hacks That Will save You Loads of Money

Rather than waste food for no reason, I wanted to help you save money by avoiding these wasteful habits. But instead of getting you to monitor your food every day, however, to ensure that they aren’t perishing needlessly, here are a collection of clever food hacks to help with this. These little tricks will ensure that you preserve food for longer so that you don’t waste as much money in the future.

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June 27

ALDI Joins the Supermarket Price War with Meat Cheaper than Ever

Posted by on June 27, 2016 at 8:24 AM

Amidst all the supermarket turmoil in Australia recently, ALDI has now joined the battle to compete for customer business by dropping the price of its meats too. Supermarkets such as Coles and Woolworths previously decided to reduce meat prices in efforts to become loss-leaders and to attract more customers into their stores. But now ALDI has joined the race turning the supermarket landscape into an even more fruitful money saving opportunity for us, the customers.

ALDI Joins the Supermarket Price War with Meat Cheaper than Ever

Cut legs of lamb and other fresh meat products in a basket comparison revealed that Woolworths is still sitting behind Coles in the rankings. However, as of Wednesday 22 June ALDI opted to join the battle and slashed its prices too. Expect to find their legs of lamb reduced by 50¢ per kilo, chicken drumsticks by 50¢ per 2kg and whole chickens by 20¢ per kilo – and that’s just the beginning!

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June 25

Woolworths Re-work Their Loyalty Program Only 8 Months Are New Release

Posted by on June 25, 2016 at 8:31 AM

Talk about national embarrassment, Woolworths have only just released their new loyalty programme when it once again gets dropped like a lead balloon. So badly so that they are now having to reconsider their entire stance. The latest iteration of their loyalty program cost the company €500 million to deploy and so far its looking like a huge waste of money.

Woolworths Re work Their Loyalty Program Only 8 Months Are New Release

Woolworths is now planning to give the scheme a makeover including revisions on how to make it more attractive to grocery suppliers in efforts to slow it’s struggles. As I currently understand things, over the coming months Woolies will broaden the ranges of products to customers so that they can earn more ‘Woolworths Dollars’. But how exactly will this benefit you?

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June 24

Weekly Scoop of Top Life Hacks: Quick and Easy Cooking Tricks

Posted by on June 24, 2016 at 8:55 AM

With that outdoors summer vibe over, many are probably looking for more ways to entertain ourselves indoors at home. And what better way that through one of the greatest joys, cooking. A meal can bring a family together or create new friendships and it’s always much easier when you know how to cook well.

Weekly Scoop of Top Life Hacks: Quick and Easy Cooking Tricks

If you feel like a fish out of water once you’re away from the BBQ and stuck in front of a stove, then these food hacks will help you become a master of the kitchen with suggestions for quick and easy (yet tasty) recipe ideas. We are not looking to create gourmet food here, simply great tasting meals that require minimal effort to put together along with some tricks on how to improve your culinary skills overall.

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June 23

How to Increase Tax Rebates from This Years Tax Return

Posted by on June 23, 2016 at 7:59 AM

That time of year is approaching quickly when we must all file out tax returns. It’s guaranteed that you will have to pay your taxes, but not necessarily that you will receive a refund. Do you know all the various ways to beat the taxman at his own game, legally? Today I’ll take a look at some of the tricks of the trade to help you increase your returns.

How to Increase Tax Rebates from This Years Tax Return

Doing your taxes isn’t simply about keeping your receipts and a log book, it’s more about knowing what is claimable in the first place. You may not be able to claim your rent or an entire phone bill, but there are plenty of other legitimate ways to increase your returns – some of which we’ll be exploring here today.

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June 22

Debunked Washing Machine and Laundry Myths That Could save You Money

Posted by on June 22, 2016 at 8:32 AM

Washing, we either hate it or we hate it but it’s just one of those things that needs to be done on a regular basis. Generally speaking, most of us just bundle our clothes into the washer, fill the detergent drawer and press the start button. Wasting any more mental energy on this boring chore seems pointless for many.

Debunked Washing Machine and Laundry Myths That Could save You Money

However, did you know there are actually many things that you could be doing better to improve this tedious task and making it easier and more effective? Whether you have given this any thought in the past or not, here are the top debunked myths about washing that you must know if you want to improve your washes as well as save money at the same time.

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June 21

The Future of Retail and Technology Is Getting Personal

Posted by on June 21, 2016 at 8:11 AM

The future of retail has a very interesting outlook when you consider the current technologies available to consumers and retailers. Imagine a scenario like this. You decide to stop off at your favourite retailer on the way home from work while wearing a wristband which tracks your stress levels, quietly alerting shop attendants to your current state upon arrival. To help ease you into your shopping experience, a staff member greets you at the entrance with a cold glass of water and shows you to a comfortable seating area.

The Future of Retail and Technology Is Getting Personal

Whilst you relax in a chair, a shop attendant pulls up a large display on a projector form their tablet showing you through their latest arrivals in your size. With wearable devices, your every interaction could be tracked and analysed by the store to build a long-term relationship that encourages you to spend more money with them. The future may evolve to monitor success by sales growth per customer, rather than the old fashioned way of simply measuring total sales.

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June 18

The Best Budget Smartphone Buys in Australia for 2016

Posted by on June 18, 2016 at 8:07 AM

Buying a good smartphone these days doesn’t need to cost you the earth anymore. Smartphone prices have decreased globally bringing cheaper, more affordable options to the mass market. But with no shortage of models to choose from, how do you define what’s both a good quality and competitively priced smartphone?

The Best Budget Smartphone Buys in Australia for 2016

Many phones these days can cost you over $800 when bought outright and in some cases they can even surpass the $1,000 mark. Therefore, to determine whether a device should fall into the “budget” category or not, I’ve chosen to focus on models costing $550 or less. So let’s delve into which are the top models available within this price range as well as why.

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June 17

Weekly Scoop of Top Life Hacks: DIY Health and Beauty Products

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

This may be more applicable to the ladies of the community but the cost of health products is still a subject that should be revisited considering how expensive some can be. Whether it’s products that you use around the house or ones that you put on your skin, it’s important to know that there are money saving alternatives which you can create in your home for far less money.

Weekly Scoop of Top Life Hacks: DIY Health and Beauty Products

Products that make us beautiful, or that we use to clean with, have some very basic functions and can therefore be replicated easily within your home. You simply need the recipe for creating them. In today’s post you will find a compilation of recipes in the form of videos which will show you how to create products such as skin care, stretch mark cream and ones that fight oily skin.

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June 16

Samsung Pay Launches to Rival Apple Pay in Australia

Posted by on June 16, 2016 at 8:28 AM

It’s official, Apple Pay’s competitor has launched its service in Australia. Samsung Pay works on a range of different smartphones including the Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. Due to the service being available on multiple devices, it has the potential to become the countries leading contactless payments system.

Samsung Pay Launches to Rival Apple Pay in Australia

Samsung Pay wants to take things a little further with intentions of replacing the cards that we hold in our wallets for all manor of payments, e.g. gym, loyalty, library and even public transport cards. During its Australian launch event Samsung hinted at the idea that it was working on technology that would hopefully replace the Opal or Myki card too, but for this we will have to wait and see.

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June 15

An Ideal Method to Repay Credit Card Debt

Posted by on June 15, 2016 at 8:39 AM

It’s so easy to get a credit card these days that it’s very likely you have more than one card sitting in your wallet or purse. Although, how high is the priority of paying off the debt on each card to you? It’s a great feeling to use your card to get what you want when you want it, but ridding yourself of credit card debt altogether should give you an entirely new level of satisfaction.

An Ideal Method to Repay Credit Card Debt

You may have a few cards with small balances and a few with large balances, but there is no doubt the biggest problem is tracking what and who you owe money too. Another problem is that they will all have different rates of interest, payment dates and balances owing. In this article, I will show you how to avoid the headache of managing all of this while making it very simple to keep up with the payments.

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June 14

Online Storage Comparison: Google Drive vs Dropbox vs OneDrive

Posted by on June 14, 2016 at 8:09 AM

Cloud based storage is vital these days for a seamless experience of being able to access our documents wherever we are and from any device. The practicality of this is something I love, especially as it means we’re unlikely to lose all of our information if a device gets stolen or we accidentally delete a file stored locally on it. I’m sure you have an opinion on which of the major services offering cloud storage is best, but have you done a comprehensive breakdown of them to ensure that the one you’re using is most suitable for you?

Online Storage Comparison: Google Drive vs Dropbox vs OneDrive

Today we will look at the three leading companies offering these services and try to evaluate which is the best option for your particular needs. The contenders today include Google Drive, Dropbox and OneDrive. All three are recognised as leaders within the file sharing industry with OneDrive being the youngest, launching in 2014 and Dropbox the oldest, formed back in 2007. So let’s find out which is best for you, shall we?

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June 11

The Cost of Owning a Pet in Australia

Posted by on June 11, 2016 at 8:40 AM

The Cost of Owning a Pet in Australia

 

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June 10

Weekly Scoop of Top Life Hacks: Smart Ways to Repair and Preserve Wood

Posted by on June 10, 2016 at 8:18 AM

Wood was one of the first materials that humans were able to master, building all manner of things inspired by our imaginations. Fast forward a few millenniums and this material remains as popular in today’s modern living as it was back then.

Weekly Scoop of Top Life Hacks: Smart Ways to Repair and Preserve Wood

Considering its prevalence around us, question is, do you know any clever ways to repair or protect wood to keep it looking newer for longer? In today’s hacks post I’ve decided to cover some insightful ways to look after and treat the wood in your home, most of which are incredibly easy to do.

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