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August 31

Hardware Bargain Deals during the Masters Closure Fire Sale

Posted by on August 31, 2016 at 8:29 AM

Woolworth’s adventure into the hardware DIY market has come to an end because it recently announced that it will be closing Masters down by 11th December. This date defines the end of the hardware company and the anticipated date to have all stores closed down and remaining stock sold, so expect there to be plenty of hardware bargains and deals.

Hardware Bargain Deals during the Masters Closure Fire Sale

The company’s aim is to clear all of it shelves by the time the stores close so expect Buckscoop to keep you in the loop of the items prices that are heavily cut along with the large discounts that we are expecting to see. This also means that we can anticipate Bunnings will be willing to compete on price in order not to miss out on sales during the Masters closing fire sale.

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August 30

Say Goodbye to Excessive Credit Card Charges on Thursday 1st September 2016

Posted by on August 30, 2016 at 8:37 AM

It’s finally happening, the Turnbull government passed legislation to rid us from excessive credit card charges when using our plastic. The ban comes into effect this Thursday 1st September that should be a relief for many Australian families across the country.

Say Goodbye to Excessive Credit Card Charges on Thursday 1st September 2016

The ban will immediately prevent large businesses from charging excessive fees on credit cards and if they don’t stop they will face substantial fines for doing so. Smaller merchants will be given 12 months to make alterations to comply, so watch out for the large companies which haven’t reduced surcharges after Thursday. A few companies have already made announcements about changes e.g. Qantas and Virgin Australia.

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August 29

The General Store from Aussie Farmers Direct to Beat Coles and Woolworths

Posted by on August 29, 2016 at 8:38 AM

Everyone loves saving money, but there’s no better bargain than one that directly supports Australian farmers and producers. That’s what the new major player in the Australian supermarket industry is offering. Aussie Farmers Direct started in 2005 as a small delivery only service specialising in milk, but now things have grown up.

The General Store from Aussie Farmers Direct to Beat Coles and Woolworths

The company announced last week that it will be taking on the supermarket giants Coles and Woolworths with its new online grocery platform, The General Store. Expect to see a full online supermarket shop with prices matching Coles and Woolworths and beating IGA and ALDI whilst still supporting local Aussie farmers.

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August 26

Weekly Scoop of Top Life Hacks: Quick Meal Prep Tips

Posted by on August 26, 2016 at 8:04 AM

As August comes to an end you may feel like taking advantage of the colder weather before it ends to do some baking and indoor cooking. Today we have a variety of food hacks that will help you improve your cooking processes, plus reduce the amount of utensils required and even offer some healthier options to conventional foods such as crisps.
Weekly Scoop of Top Life Hacks: Quick Meal Prep Tips
Saving money is always on our agenda so expect to learn some money saving tips during the process too. One video below includes how to make numerous freezer meals for the week so there is no pressure to eat healthy on a work night. If you would like to see themes here that are more applicable to you, feel free to drop us a comment with a request at the bottom of the blog article.

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August 25

Money Saving Father’s Day Gifts He Will Actually Want

Posted by on August 25, 2016 at 8:53 AM

In under 2 weeks on Sunday 4th September most of us will be seeing or speaking with our fathers and maybe giving them a gift too. On the 15th August I wrote an article containing some wacky fathers day gifts but these may have not been ideal. Therefore if you want to get ahead of the curve and allow plenty of time for delivery then here are some more serious gift ideas he will actually want to receive.

Money Saving Father’s Day Gifts He Will Actually Want

Seeing as the previous article contained gifts that were gimmicky, this week you can expect to see items that will help you save money whilst still getting a rock star present that impresses the big guy. Expect everything from discount cards to Blu-ray home entertainment systems and even a machine that will chop his food for him.

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August 24

How Does New Woolworths Rewards Compare to Coles Flybuys?

Posted by on August 24, 2016 at 8:07 AM

Woolworth has announced that it will be dropping its ‘Woolworths Dollars’ after a dreadful run that saw the program drop like a lead balloon. The supermarket will now use a points system underpinned by a partnership with Qantas Frequent Flyer. In response to customer feedback, the supermarket will overhaul the program as soon as possible, meaning it goes live on the 31st August.

How Does New Woolworths Rewards Compare to Coles Flybuys?

At the end of this month you will now collect ‘Woolworth Points’ with one point earned for every dollar spent at the supermarket, plus affiliated Caltex service stations and BWS bottle shops. To give you an overview, $2,000 dollars spent or 2,000 points earned will equate to either $10 instant discount at checkout or 870 Qantas Frequent Flyer points.

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August 23

Fuel Prices Lowest in 14 Years but Large Retailers Still Have Highest Margins

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

It’s been a rollercoaster year so far with a number of businesses closing and prices reducing all over the place due to global oil costs dropping. Now our prime minister is left with the difficult decision of getting the large corporations to explain why are taking advantage of the current market conditions to benefit their own pockets.

Fuel Prices Lowest in 14 Years but Large Retailers Still Have Highest Margins

Malcolm Turnbull should be summoning the CEO’s of Coles and Woolworths to question them on why their companies haven’t passed on the full cut of lower prices for fuel to customers. According to consumer watchdog, fuel stations across the country are realising record margins despite fuel prices being the lowest they have been in 14 years.

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August 22

Women and Money: Unique Challenges Faced by Women in Life

Posted by on August 22, 2016 at 8:21 AM

Women and Money: Unique Challenges Faced by Women in Life

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August 19

Weekly Scoop of Top Life Hacks: Fathers Day Gift Edition

Posted by on August 19, 2016 at 8:44 AM

Fathers Day is only 2 weeks away and if you haven’t thought of something to get that man you call dad it’s about time you started putting your mind to it. Events like this can creep up on you, but with a little preparation you can make this day more special with a some personal hand made gifts or simple presents that will assist his current hobbies.

Weekly Scoop of Top Life Hacks: Fathers Day Gift Edition

Those of you struggling for ideas on what to get will be happy to see that this week is dedicated to helping you come up with ideas for father’s day. Whether your dad is an easy or difficult man to buy for, there are examples here today that are suited to all types of dads, be it comical or serious. Additionally, if there is anything you would like to share, please use the comments section at the bottom of the article.

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August 18

Is Costco Australia Likely to Hike Membership Fees?

Posted by on August 18, 2016 at 8:32 AM

Costco bargain hunters could soon be paying more for their deals and discounted items, a UBS report reveals. The large discount retailer is expected to increase its membership fees by 10% next year in efforts to combat reduced revenue growth. Michael Lasser, a New York-based UBS analyst predicts that we will be expecting a large surge of growth from the company directly related to these price hikes.

Is Costco Australia Likely to Hike Membership Fees?

The main causing factor is that the international brand only increased its global turnover by 2% between this year ($89.44 billion) and last year ($87.67 billion). If you are unfamiliar with the company’s business model, they charge customers a membership fee that allows them access into their warehouse styled stores, which are several times the size of a regular supermarket. The company sells everything from fresh food to petrol, but how will the hike affect its current members?

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August 17

Extreme Budgeters and What You Could Learn about Saving Nearly Everything

Posted by on August 17, 2016 at 8:38 AM

Australia along with most of western civilisation is driven by consumerism, but there are two individuals by the name of Jasmine and Aaron Boothey and their two kids who fight the urges of retail. The family earn a decent income and they do not struggle to pay monthly bills, but they choose to live well below their means as a result.

Extreme Budgeters and What You Could Learn about Saving Nearly Everything

Saving money and living a savvy lifestyle enables the family to save up to $60,000 per year, which is nearly two thirds of their after-tax income. If you would like to adopt more of their lifestyle so you too can save extra money each year then learn about what habits help this family, so you can help yours.

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August 16

Amazon Fresh Plans to Launch Grocery Delivery in Australia

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

The international e-commerce giant known as Amazon has been giving signs that it plans to launch its Amazon Fresh service in Australia. Our country has already witnessed a huge shake up within the supermarket industry from the game changer ALDI, but now Amazon Fresh plans to take them on along with Coles and Woolworths too with its home delivery service.

Amazon Fresh Plans to Launch Grocery Delivery in Australia

There have been loose dates thrown around mentioning that the new Amazon Fresh service will start no later than early 2018, with a heavy focus on trying to get it ready for launch in 2017. The main perk of using the service will be same-day delivery of fresh groceries; the future looks bright in my opinion.

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August 15

Wacky Father’s Day Gift Ideas for 4th September

Posted by on August 15, 2016 at 8:30 AM

In just under a month we have father’s day across Australia and if you haven’t spent enough time with your dad recently then this is a great opportunity to remind him you’re thinking of him. Sunday September 4th may still seem like a while away but if you don’t act now then these things can creep up on you before you know it.

Wacky Fathers Day Gift Ideas for 4th September

Therefore if you haven’t applied any thought to your gift just yet, we have a selection of present ideas for you here today which are slightly different from the conventional ideas you may have had in mind. There should be enough here to get the creative juices flowing and to give you ideas. Check out our gift ideas for father’s day and if you don’t find anything, we will have more coming later in the month.

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August 12

Weekly Scoop of Top Life Hacks: DIY Adhesive on Different Materials at Home

Posted by on August 12, 2016 at 8:32 AM

We apologise for the absence of the hacks post last week, everything is back on track from today and you can expect more useful tips and tricks to continue as normal. The topic of our post this week will be on DIY around the house with a focus on how to use adhesive type products to aid these activities. If you have a bunch of odd jobs around the house that you have left to be sorted then today is the day you complete them.

Weekly Scoop of Top Life Hacks: DIY Adhesive on Different Materials at Home

The type of work you can expect to receive assistance on this week will be things like bonding common materials such as wood, treated wood and hardwood. If there are jobs in the kitchen or bathrooms then you can also learn how to bond flooring, marble, tiles, slate and ceramic as well as a host of other odd tasks that may require some professional DIY bonding experience applied.

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August 11

Save Money by Attempting to Control Your Financial Future

Posted by on August 11, 2016 at 8:27 AM

This new concept is derived from psychologists studying the impulsiveness of bad financial decisions and poor saving habits, and by counteracting them we can use the future to improve our saving ability. Psychologists found within their study that focusing our efforts more on the future is what can create better saving habits.

Save Money by Attempting to Control Your Financial Future

The survey was conducted on 700 American adults and their financial behaviour e.g. impulsiveness, materialism and financial literacy. These questions were then tied in with their thoughts on saving for the future to produce the conclusion to their thesis.

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