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September 4

Weekly Lineup of the Top Australian Freebies (September Week 1)

Posted by on September 4, 2015 at 8:15 AM

It’s the first week of September and I’m happy to kick off the month’s Friday freebies post with a good variety of stuff. As everyone begins shaking off the winter in preparation for the summer, the first freebie in our lineup today should definitely help get you in the mood thanks to Ben & Jerry’s.

Weekly Lineup of the Top Australian Freebies (September Week 1)

We also have other interesting giveaways including a gift card from Target, a Schwarzkopf moisturiser from Toluna as well as an interesting offer from the Transperth Network in WA who will be offering free transport on the 28th of September. Keep reading though to find out more about each of these offers.

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September 3

Netflix: A Great Potential Fathers Day Gift with Its September Lineup of New Releases

Posted by on September 3, 2015 at 7:22 AM

Netflix is without a doubt the largest and most popular online streaming company to ever sprawl its web of content across the globe. If you are already a member then you’ll no doubt be aware of its extensive library, which has certainly helped make it the number one online streaming service in Australia. 

Netflix: A Great Potential Fathers Day Gift with Its September Lineup of New Releases

I previously touched on the topic of Netflix arriving in Australia earlier this year and how highly anticipated it was by deprived Australian customers who previously were between a rock and a hard place with the choice of local online streaming options. Now that it’s here, I believe that a Netflix subscription actually makes for a very generous gift to somebody, especially considering this month’s lineup of new releases. So with Father’s Day just around the corner, not only is it a unique gift but also one that falls into the “keeps on giving” category too.

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September 2

Which Cloud Based Storage Service Is Right For You?

Posted by on September 2, 2015 at 8:01 AM

There is no hiding from the fact that cloud based storage is big business, it’s practical, easily accessible from anywhere and can be connected to multiple devices. Besides easy access to your files are stored, having them stored in a virtual space online also means that if you lose your device then you won’t lose the data it holds. You may already be won over by specific cloud-based storage service, but the next thing you need to ask yourself is whether this service is actually the right one for you?

Which Cloud Based Storage Service Is Right For You?

Numerous companies who offer these services exist and you may recognise some of the bigger names such as Dropbox, Google Drive or Microsoft’s OneDrive. But, how do you decide on which one to choose? Who offers the most amount of storage for the least amount of money and which operating systems do these different services support? I’m going to explore these questions to hopefully help you to determine which service will be most suitable for your particular needs.

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September 1

Home Dry-cleaning Techniques That save You Money

Posted by on September 1, 2015 at 8:01 AM

I’m sure many of you can agree on what a great feeling it is to get your favourite garments back from the dry cleaners looking completely fresh, clean and crisp. Although, it can work out to be quite expensive if you use this service regularly. I personally don’t choose to dry-clean very often, however one thing I’ve noticed more of these days is the number of clothes I’ve bought which have a label stating “Dry-clean Only”.

Home Dry cleaning Techniques That save You Money

The majority of the time I just end up cleaning them in the washer with everything else, mainly because if I followed all the label instructions for each item I would probably be making the owner of my local dry cleaners a very wealthy man/woman. Additionally, the amount of toxic and carcinogenic chemicals they use during the dry-clean process puts me off wanting to have my clothes exposed to them every time I need them washed. Therefore, I present to you some top tips on how I reduce the amount of money I spend on dry-cleaning, whilst still achieving the same cleaning results.

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August 31

Supermarket Tricks Used to Make You Spend More Money In-store

Posted by on August 31, 2015 at 8:03 AM

The supermarket industry is huge and predominantly owned by the two super powers we know as Coles and Woolworths. These two companies pretty much own the entire supermarket industry with both of them holding roughly 40% market share. Companies such as these, spend millions and millions of dollars every year on store layouts. They work with psychologists to understand how our minds work in order to capitalise on this to maximise the amount of time we end up spending in their stores.

Supermarket Tricks Used to Make You Spend More Money In store

Think about how many times you have gone to the supermarket to buy some groceries and come out spending far more than you had initially planned to. Well don’t be too hard on yourself, because you may not have been aware of the methods in play designed to get you to spend more. I will highlight some of the tricks these supermarkets use so you can hopefully be aware of them next time you visit the store.

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August 28

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

Posted by on August 28, 2015 at 8:06 AM

Today I present the final freebies post for August 2015 with a feeling of amazement at just how quickly this year is flying by. The amount of free stuff we have offered you to date has already totalled over 175 different products or services and there’s more where that came from this week too.

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

Our roundup today provides another mixed bag of freebies from the likes of GoPro, Harvey Norman, TENA, Google Play Music and Amazon. The products/services these guys have on offer this week range from unique fathers day gifts and stickers to music albums and meditation books.

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August 26

Choosing Refillable Coffee Capsules Could Cost You A Tenth Of Standard Nespresso Pods

Posted by on August 26, 2015 at 8:24 AM

Creating a good coffee in many people’s eyes is simply putting on the kettle and adding the desired amounts of instant coffee teaspoons into your mug. However, many more would argue that making a good quality, delicious coffee is more of an art which requires dedication and care.

Choosing Refillable Coffee Capsules Could Cost You A Tenth Of Standard Nespresso Pods

In the middle range of coffee consumers, and probably a large portion of Australians, are those who consider the coffee made at home via their Nespresso machines to be great quality, particularly considering its convenience. These machines don’t require you to grind your own beans, roast or blend anything and I personally really enjoy using my own machine. However, I wanted to know if there was some way to reduce my monthly expenditure on coffee capsules whilst also increasing the quality of coffee I was drinking. Good news is, I did!

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August 25

GST Will Be Applied to All Overseas Purchases from July 2017

Posted by on August 25, 2015 at 8:01 AM

Over the past 6 months I have covered the ever-changing topic of tax here in Australia, to try and help better inform our community about how the changes will affect us. Numerous discussions have occurred between parliamentary and governing bodies, but last week on the 21st August 2015 it appeared that some solidarity has been provided. State and territory treasurers this week have agreed to apply GST to all offshore sales for products entering Australia.

GST Will Be Applied to All Overseas Purchases from July 2017

The new law will come into affect from July 2017 and the tax will apply to all goods and services that are sold by vendors based overseas. Joe Hockey’s explanation in defence of this change was “this will ensure that there is a fair and equal treatment of all goods and services.” He continued to announce that there would be a $0 threshold, meaning this new tax will include every single product and service that enters Australia.

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August 24

Motorola Launches Three New Phones and They’re Coming Down Under

Posted by on August 24, 2015 at 8:31 AM

Motorola recently announced the details surrounding its latest 3 launches. All you Motorola fans out there can look forward to the new Moto X Style, Moto G and Moto X Play hitting our shores. The Moto G will be the third generation device released by the company whilst the other two will be new additions to the family. If you are looking to upgrade or simply change handsets, then September is the ideal time to do so as this is when they’re being launched.

Motorola Launches Three New Phones and They’re Coming Down Under

I’m sure that some of you will be aware that the Moto G is one of Motorola’s best selling budget phones and happens to be one of the company’s champions. Actually, the Moto G has featured in numerous blogs and reviews around the world for being one of the best budget-conscious top picks on the handset market. So get the low down on what these phones have to offer and when they are due to hit the market.

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August 21

Weekly Lineup of the Top Australian Freebies (August Week 3)

Posted by on August 21, 2015 at 8:11 AM

Freebies are always welcome news to our readers and on the topic of good news, another story that caught my eye this morning was the gang of 5 would-be terrorists being stopped at Sydney airport on their way to the Islamic state. The largest group of Jihadists to date, caught attempting to leave the country and bound for Syria and Iraq have been intercepted at Sydney airport and detained. That’s Australia 1, Syria 0.

Weekly Lineup of the Top Australian Freebies (August Week 3)

So to celebrate the capturing of these 5 Jihadists, I want to break free 5 freebies for you from around Australia. This week they’re brought to us from companies such as Google Play, Toluna, Advance, Secure-A-Spot and Poise. Simply click on the links in the sections below to get your free sample.

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August 20

5 Saving Habits Every 20 Year Old Should Learn for Financial Independence

Posted by on August 20, 2015 at 7:51 AM

The first 10 years of your life are spent learning about everything in your immediate surroundings, what’s edible, what’s safe, what’s good/bad behaviour etc. Your second decade is spent learning about yourself, who you are, what you want and where you want to go in life. However, the decade that can shape your future the most is potentially your 20’s. It is widely believed that as a (young) adult, you have all the skills required to begin planning for your future and by establishing certain foundations in your 20’s, you could successfully carry these throughout your life.

5 Saving Habits Every 20 Year Old Should Learn for Financial Independence

Your 20’s, I believe, are the years you should utilise to cultivate your financial independence through the implementation of certain simple habits. Success within certain rituals will help develop the foundations I mentioned previously for a more prosperous and less wasteful future. Years of careless spending will undoubtedly catch up with everyone eventually, regardless of how much you earn. So, if you know anyone in their 20’s (or who still spends like they’re in their 20′s) I would highly recommend that you suggest these tips, which I’ve found to be sound advice to take on board.

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August 19

Avoid High Data Charges as a Result of Microsoft Windows 10′s Forced Updates

Posted by on August 19, 2015 at 8:04 AM

Windows 10 is out and it’s creating quite a ruckus in the marketplace for a variety of reasons. TechRadar’s overall verdict was, “Feature-wise, Windows 10 is the new Windows 7. Its robust, pleasant to use and free.” The Start menu functionality is excellent, Action Centre features are very useful, the Settings App has finally replaced the Control Panel and everything is generally of a higher quality.

Avoid High Data Charges as a Result of Microsoft Windows 10s Forced Updates

If some of you are wondering whether an update to Windows 10 is a good idea, there are certainly a few things you need to be aware of. For example, Windows 8.1 users will likely miss certain features that they’ve become accustomed to, the possibility to upgrade for free is for a limited time only and expensive data charges may occur as a result of Windows 10′s forced update policy.

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August 18

Samsung Introduces the Galaxy S6+ and Note 5 Ahead of Schedule

Posted by on August 18, 2015 at 8:30 AM

The smartphone market was always destined to be incredibly competitive, but in recent years that competition has intensified exponentially. HTC, for example, one of the leading companies in 2011 sold more handsets than Samsung. However, this week the Taiwanese company’s shares dropped so sharply that the money the company has in the bank is greater than the value of the shares on the stock market. Intense competition and an abundance of choice have caused a number of manufacturers to suffer as a result.

Samsung Introduces the Galaxy S6+ and Note 5 Ahead of Schedule

Samsung created a whole new “phablet” market when it launched its Note series at IFA Berlin in 2011. Many questioned its enormous 5.1 inch screen especially when the average for that year across the industry was just 2.4 inches. However, the likes of HTC, Apple and LG have all since joined the bandwagon and launched their own phablet ranges. So in August 2015, Samsung have launched their latest additions to the phablet market: the Galaxy S6+, S6 Edge+ and Note 5.

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August 14

Weekly Lineup of the Top Australian Freebies (August Week 2)

Posted by on August 14, 2015 at 7:55 AM

Tension is in the air, not within the ranks of Buckscoop, but within the ranks of our government. A clear division has emerged within the federal government over the simple question of same sex marriages. Mark Dreyfus believes its up to the commonwealth parliament to legislate. Whilst Mr Morrison clearly stated on his Twitter feed, “Oz people should decide this not politicians, judges or lawyers.”

Weekly Lineup of the Top Australian Freebies (August Week 2)

Here at Buckscoop we believe that each and every person should be given the same social equality, regardless of his or her background. To us it’s as clear as sharing the top deals and freebies with our entire community every week, regardless of whether you’re a jet-setting millionaire or somebody trying to hold down two jobs to pay the bills. Every one of you should be given the same opportunity to visit our site and benefit from all the money saving advice and information. This week on the freebie front, for example, we have Google Play, Dirty Little Helper, Jamberry, Apple App Store and CyberLink all doing their bit to share the love with customers.

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August 13

A Family with Two Kids Can save over $2,000 Using Cloth Nappies Versus Disposables

Posted by on August 13, 2015 at 8:01 AM

I’m sure that many of you reading this post would have been babies during a time when cloth nappies were the order of the day. Well, over the past decade or so disposable nappies have become the norm, adding to the environmental woes caused by todays wasteful society. Did you know that it can take up to 500 years for one disposable nappy to decompose, and that’s ignoring all the energy and materials gone into producing it? Over the past 40 years disposable nappies have taken the world by storm because they are so easy to use and throw away.

A Family with Two Kids Can save over $2,000 Using Cloth Nappies Versus Disposables

The costs alone are something every parent must endure within modern society because until now, alternatives haven’t been viable. Of course you could go ‘full hippie’ and let your kid run naked around the house all day to save on costs, but within a month you and your home will probably begin to look and smell like a pig sty. Increasing concerns about the chemicals in disposable nappies and their proximity to a baby’s reproductive organs while wearing them, as well as causing nappy rash, are just some of the reasons parents are looking for modern alternatives. A result all-in-one cloth nappies are making a big comeback, primarily for reducing a child’s exposure to chemicals, secondly for value for money and finally for environmental reasons.

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