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May 4

Australian Airlines Crack Down on Baggage Allowances – Know your Limits

Posted by on May 4, 2015 at 8:32 PM

Travelling with airlines, for many, is one of the most stressful experiences, even if you get yourself to check-in and boarding on time. The entire process from driving, to parking, to queuing, to waiting and then the cherry on the cake – delays. In spite of this we still pay premium prices to be herded around like cattle in many cases.

 Australian Airlines Crack Down on Baggage Allowances – Know your Limits

To dampen the mood for travellers even further, airlines are now cracking down on hand baggage and suitcase allowances again. The majority of us know that its easier to take hand luggage for short trips away, firstly for ease of boarding but secondly (and arguably more importantly) to save on costs. In light of this, below is a list of these recent changes to airline weight restrictions which I’ve summarised in tabular format to help you know what these new limits are. This should hopefully allow you to avoid getting stung by as much as $70 for one overweight bag.

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May 1

Weekly Line-up of the Top Australian Freebies (May Week 1)

Posted by on May 1, 2015 at 8:12 AM

As Friday rolls round it’s not just the weekend you can look forward to as Buckscoop’s weekly lineup of freebies has also arrived.

Weekly Line up of the Top Australian Freebies (May Week 1)

This week we have a selection of five freebies today, which are made available to us from the likes of the big telecom companies, Qi tea, Hello Kitty, Target and Harvey Norman. Everything from green tea samples to Star Wars posters, so keep reading to find out more.

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April 30

Buying Things You Don’t Need and the Illusion of Demand

Posted by on April 30, 2015 at 8:26 AM

Companies across the globe continually try to dream up ways to replicate the marketing tactics and demand-generating activities of Apple. Apple is somewhat of a specialist in generating a desire for a product before it’s even been released. A great example recently has been the Apple iWatch, which sold more items on its opening day than any other smartwatch across the duration of 2014.

Buying Things You Don’t Need and the Illusion of Demand

Creating an illusion of demand for a product can work in a number of ways but a classic example can often be found in infomercials. During the pitch it’s common to hear a phrase like “If you cant get through right away, we are experiencing high call volumes, Please try again.” This builds a desire by basing our decisions on the behaviour of others, otherwise known as “Herd Behaviour”. So, what are the tactics used by big companies which we should be aware of to understand how they pressure us into buying something that you don’t really need?

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April 29

The Apple iWatch – How Does It Stack up Against the Competition and Is It worth Your Money?

Posted by on April 29, 2015 at 8:32 AM

The Apple iWatch was one of the most anticipated products to hit the market this year ever since its news of its development were announcement by Apple in 2014. During its pre-order phase Apple took more orders of the iWatch in the first day (10th April) than Google sales for the Android Wear watches during the all of 2014.

The Apple iWatch   How Does It Stack up Against the Competition and Is It worth Your Money?

If the release of the iWatch has captured your attention, then there’s a good chance you’re asking yourself is it really worth the money, how much does it cost, and what’s it like to use and how does it compare to the competition? Although one question in particular that’s baffling me is how they’ve come up with the staggering valuation of $24,000 for the gold plated ‘Watch Edition’?!

These are all things I am going to look into to understand what caused people to go so crazy about the iWatch, when products like the Pebble and Samsung Gear haven’t sold nearly as well.

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April 28

How To Save More Money with these Thrifty Saving Techniques

Posted by on April 28, 2015 at 8:04 AM

Life in modern times is incredibly busy compared to what is used to be even 100 years ago. Distractions from all walks of life are around every corner to lead us astray. Frugal living can be a tough enough task on its own, but with so many different people giving conflicting advice about how to live this way it’s often hard to know what’s really worth taking onboard and what’s not.

How To Save More Money with these Thrifty Saving Techniques

This huge influx of information can cause even the most switched on individuals amongst us to miss the smaller, often very effective money saving techniques which enable us to make significant savings. Carelessness, whether it’s done intentionally or subconsciously, is one of the biggest factors in causing our bank accounts to feel as if they’re emptying themselves. Here are a some suggestions that I found particularly useful in helping improve my bottom line by learning how to live and spend more frugally.

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April 25

How to Save Money and Unlock the Bargain Potential of Second Hand Shops

Posted by on April 25, 2015 at 8:23 AM

Shopping at main retail outlets can sometimes be monotonous and boring, which may be one of the reasons why second hand stores attract buyers. Besides the obvious money saving potential offered to customers when visiting second hand brokers, consumers still need to be vigilant to consider themselves a successful second-hand shopper.

How to Save Money and Unlock the Bargain Potential of Second Hand Shops

Big box stores give you exactly what you want, even when you don’t want it, and are designed to get you spending. Unless you are on top of the latest deals and offers you can end up over-spending, but this can also be the case at second hand stores too. It takes time to find the perfect bargain and like I have shown many buckscoopers how to save with recent deals on our deals page, it’s time you also knew the best ways to save money and find bargains hidden in second hand stores as well.

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April 24

Weekly Lineup of the Top Australian Freebies (April Week 4)

Posted by on April 24, 2015 at 8:45 AM

We are back again after a dismal performance from Australian retailers last week having little in the way of decent freebies to offer. To make up for the previous week’s lacklustre freebie count, we have more than our usual five offers to tell you about today. A bit of advice for the future though to anyone who feels like they’re missing out on their weekly freebie fix, don’t forget to head to the Buckscoop deals page. I assure you that some of our bargains are so good that they’re almost on a par with getting stuff for free. Just click here to see the latest list of deals.

Weekly Lineup of the Top Australian Freebies (April Week 4)

Deals aside and without further ado, today we have a good variety of freebies being given away. Toluna is making yet another appearance, whilst there’s also a free cat tracker (of all things!) available to South Australia residents. Then there’s Hoyts kiosk who’s giving away free movies, Jim’s Jerky offering free samples – possibly to enjoy with your free movie – and finally bringing up the rear is Aveda (with free hair thickening tonic) and Amazon.com (offering free credit for music downloads).

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April 22

How to Stack T.M. Lewin Promo Codes to Get 52% off Business Shirts plus Free Shipping

Posted by on April 22, 2015 at 8:34 AM

We have found a way to stack three offers together to help you save 52% off the original price of formal shirts from renowned UK fashion retailer T.M. Lewin. The stacking consists of a 20% off site wide code, plus a free shipping code which can be applied on T.M. Lewin’s multi-buy offer on business shirts. The result means you will be paying just over $30 for top-notch quality shirts, including delivery from the UK, which is pretty unbeatable compared to elsewhere.

How to Stack T.M. Lewin Promo Codes to Get 52% off Business Shirts plus Free Shipping

T.M. Lewin’s shirts are the same, if not arguably better quality than those of Charles Tyrwhitt (a main competitor). To put things into perspective, when Charles’ shirts go on sale they’re commonly reduced to between $40 – $50 each with shipping. Normally we only get excited though when they’re discounted to $39, which only happens once every couple of months usually (incidentally they have an offer on like this right now). However, it’s the first time in a very long time that we’ve seen T.M. Lewin’s shirts reduced to this extent – hence the blog post to bring this to your attention.

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April 21

Deutsche Bank Report Offers Fresh Perspective On Prices Australians Pay Compared to Abroad

Posted by on April 21, 2015 at 7:31 PM

Deutsche Bank is known for producing annual reports on the global economies and on the 14th of April they released one in particular titled ‘Mapping the World’s Prices 2015’. It wasn’t surprising to see its statistics highlighting that famous old gripe amongst Australians about the fact that we’re being substantially over-charged compared to the rest of the world on many things.

Deutsche Bank Report Offers Fresh Perspective On Prices Australians Pay Compared to Abroad

Although Aussies generally end up paying higher fees on products, commonly referred to as the “Australia Tax”, its not all bad though. The opening statistics within the report actually state that Australia has had the highest ‘Purchasing Power Parity’ globally for the past four years. While this helps to some degree with offsetting the sting of inflated prices, it’s always intriguing to see how much exactly we pay for common goods compared to other countries.

My aim in this post was to highlight a few of these examples and then offer suggestions of where to get them currently at the most competitive prices locally (sticking with the main objective of the Buckscoop blog).

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April 18

Appliances Online Coupon Gets You $100 Off Latest Tech Samsung WaterWall Dishwasher

Posted by on April 18, 2015 at 8:22 AM

If you are in the market looking for a new dishwasher at the moment, there is a great deal to be had over at Appliances Online. In my opinion there is nothing particularly interesting about buying a dishwasher, yet this Samsung WaterWall model (DW60H9950US) has certainly spiced things up a bit with its cutting edge cleaning technology.

Appliances Online Coupon Gets You $100 Off Latest Tech Samsung WaterWall Dishwasher

 

Using Appliances Online’s current coupon, you can get $100 off this dishwasher saving you roughly $500 off market prices elsewhere. Besides its impressive 5 star water efficiency rating, it also happens to be one of the best-looking “plate cleaners” I’ve seen (besides the girlfriend of course). Inside it features Samsung’s awesome WaterWall technology which offers unparalleled cleaning capabilities.

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April 17

7 Easy Online Shopping Tactics That’ll Have You Saving Money Instantly

Posted by on April 17, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Online shopping 20 years ago was a distant fantasy only dreamt of by tech enthusiast geeks. To be able to buy something without even seeing it or trying on, in most women’s minds, seemed farfetched at the time. Now however, 20 years later and online shopping has taken the world by storm with every industry under the sun planting their flag in the digital land of the Internet. 

7 Easy Online Shopping Tactics Thatll Have You Saving Money Instantly

2015 is no different to the last three years in that it’s not showing any signs of online purchases slowing down. In 2014 Australian online shoppers spent a collective $16.7 billion on the Internet, primarily due to more people becoming familiar with the online shopping trend. Yet, unlike other westernised countries that have more favourable shipping rates, we still get plundered by high delivery and return fees. So, as a true money-saving patriot I give you seven clever online shopping tips to fight against such gripes.

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April 16

What Price You Should Be Paying for a Chromecast Device and How to Get the Most out of It

Posted by on April 16, 2015 at 9:01 AM

When Google first released its superbly-simple media streaming device, the Google Chromecast, many rushed out to buy one in the hope of being able to take advantage of its cheap and uncomplicated approach to wirelessly streaming content onto their TVs. Unfortunately, there was a lot of disappointment which followed for those who quickly realised that you couldn’t stream any content which required a VPN to access it in the first place (e.g. Netflix and Hulu). Now that Netflix has officially launched in Australia last month, we suspect that those who held off buying one initially will be back on the hunt again and looking for a bargain.

What Price You Should Be Paying for a Chromecast Device and How to Get the Most out of It

Buckscoop and its community of deal hunters have been tracking the variety of Chromecast offers for some time now. The standard price on these is $49, however we’re seeing a higher frequency of deals this year at around 20% less than that. So if you’re in the market for one, make sure you don’t end up paying retail prices considering it’s now regularly available for less. Here’s the lowdown on where to get the Chromecast at a bargain, plus how to get a range of enticing free offers/bundles as well as learning how to maximise its usage and unlock hidden features too.

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April 15

Aussie Farmers Direct Continues to Test Major Supermarket Chains on Quality Organic Produce

Posted by on April 15, 2015 at 8:48 AM

Aussie Farmers Direct is a brand that has been catching our attention as it gathers momentum and popularity in Australia due to its provision of 100% organic Australian products. Eating trends within society today mean more and more people are looking for healthy and organic produce with little to no artificial additives or preservatives. 

Aussie Farmers Direct Continues to Test Major Supermarket Chains on Quality Organic Produce

Many of us often blindly assume that large supermarket chains are trustworthy enough not to try and cut corners in an effort to make bigger profits whilst disregarding the customer’s health in the process. Well, Coles was banned from advertising fresh bread for three years (whilst also being fined $2.5 million) due to falsely promoting “freshly baked” loafs on their premises when this wasn’t the case. In another case reported by The Daily Telegraph, it described how Woolies, Coles and IGA were all stung by the NSW Food Authority for trying to sell customers mouldy food.

So in an age where our personal health, the quality of our food, and the better treatment of farm animals is continuously under scrutiny, it’s no wonder that a company like Aussie Farmers Direct is managing to incrementally increase its customers base. Here’s a closer a look at what their service entails and how to go about getting a discount on your orders.

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April 14

Dan Murphys and First Choice Liquor Keeping Online Wine Prices Competitive in 2015

Posted by on April 14, 2015 at 8:12 AM

Buckscoop has been picking up on a trend within the online wine market recently, with two big players in particular kicking up a stir. The surge of activity from these retailers appears to be off the back of the respective campaigns which they’re currently running, making it an opportune time to pick up a wine bargain online.

Dan Murphys and First Choice Liquor Keeping Online Wine Prices Competitive in 2015

The first retailer, which isn’t necessarily a surprise, is Dan Muprhy’s with their “Nobody beats Dan’s” promo. The second is First Choice Liquor who appears to be stepping up their competitive pricing game drastically. Its good to see First Choice in particular making great strides towards reducing their prices, as last year we certainly wouldn’t have classified them as a place to shop for regular wine bargains. Their current campaign, titled “Better than Half Price”, is based around three bottle bundles and is proving to be very competitive indeed. Let’s take a closer look at exactly where you can find the best deals in each of these respective campaigns right now.

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April 13

Uber Co-Founder Launches New App ‘Ride’ Claimed to Save 100% of Commute Costs

Posted by on April 13, 2015 at 8:25 AM

Uber has become a bit of a big thing within the last couple of years as you may have heard in the news. Fortune website states that the company now has a valuation of US$41 Billion which is a phenomenal amount and now one of the co-founders responsible for bringing Uber to where it is today has started a new app.

Uber Co Founder Launches New App ‘Ride’ Claimed to Save 100% of Commute Costs

Oscar Salazar, previously Ubers CTO and third co-founder along with Garrett Camp and Travis Kalanick, left the company shortly after launch and has now started ‘Ride’ which could help you save money commuting, using the simple concept that has made Uber such a rock star. An alternative option to public transport is something that is likely to have great potential in Australia based on the spread out nature of our cities. Although, to date there’s been no mention yet of when the app will launch this side of the pond.

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