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January 10

A Value for Money Comparison of Australia’s Biggest Gym Chains

Posted by on January 10, 2017 at 9:09 AM

The average price of a monthly gym membership across the country is $65 with people in their 30’s spending the most at $70 per month. However, what defines a good value for money gym when there are so many to choose from. We want to look at our usage, what the gym has to offer and other key areas to determine value for money.

A Value for Money Comparison of Australia’s Biggest Gym Chains

Our personal goals will also dictate value for money because whilst some may love to put their head down and jump on the treadmill, others may enjoy the social aspects of the gym. We define value by looking at equipment, staff, social atmosphere, membership perks and a range of others and how the gyms compare against each other with help from an industry professional. Our aim is to help you understand if you are at the best gym available, whether you could save money by changing company and what deals and discounts are available to take advantage of.

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December 28

Ikea’s Home Delivery Service and How to save Money at Their Stores

Posted by on December 28, 2016 at 8:14 AM

IKEA in Australia for the first time in Australia have launched a new service allowing customers to receive their products delivered to their front door. The service will go into action first at their Canberra store, with the service rolling out to other stores later. The ‘click-and-collect’ service costs $20, whilst home delivery starts at $79, depending on location.

Ikea’s Home Delivery Service and How to save Money at Their Stores

David Hood, IKEA’s country manager plans to roll the service out in efforts to boost sales by 10%. Ultimately, IKEA do not charge for size, weight or number of items, delivery prices are driven by location, so when combining the money saving tricks below and bundling them all into a delivery, their $79 shipping cost can save you a whole lot of stress and even your back.

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December 12

How to Avoid a $300 Energy Bill Increase in 2017

Posted by on December 12, 2016 at 8:43 AM

Victoria residents will be well aware of the pending closure of the Hazelwood power station and the aftermath that may result in skyrocketing gas and electricity bills for households. The closure could cost us all an extra $300 per quarter.

How to Avoid a $300 Energy Bill Increase in 2017

That’s on top of AGL Energy increasing prices by 10% already, meaning NSW, Tasmania and Southern Australian will have to find a new provider to replace the cheapest electricity generator the country knew, Hazelwood. These are the money saving options to consider before you begin to panic.

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December 6

Woolworths and Australia Post Partnership save Customers Money

Posted by on December 6, 2016 at 8:22 AM

Woolworths has partnered with Australia Post in efforts to encourage more customers to visit their stores. Aldi is applying immense pressure on the industry and with the announcement of Amazon Fresh hitting our shores next year, it’s no wonder Coles and Woolies are going to great lengths to retain our attention.

Woolworths and Australia Post Partnership save Customers Money

Woolworths will be the first supermarket to offer customers the ability to combine their online shopping with their supermarket run. The plan is to roll out 500 Australia Post 24/7 parcel lockers into stores across the country, to allow you to collect your deliveries from instore.

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November 24

Masters Fire Sale Heats up with Closure Date Nearing

Posted by on November 24, 2016 at 8:18 AM

Masters is planned to shut down within 4 weeks, but liquidators have come under fire for running a lousy closing down sale. In efforts to improve the situation liquidators have supposedly improved discounts by up to 70% off. Bargains are also being offered on last minute summer items such as BBQs and patio furniture.

Masters Fire Sale Heats up with Closure Date Nearing

The closure date is set for 11th December but Mike Whitfort, spokesman for the liquidators, GA Australia believes it will be a miracle if the store lasts that long. Yet, is this just more wool being pulled over our eyes to put some last minute dollars into the liquidators hands or are the prices actually as discounted as the store says?

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November 21

Australia’s Supermarket Industry Is under Fire Again from Germany

Posted by on November 21, 2016 at 8:17 AM

Australia should prepare itself for cheaper products and more money saving opportunities in the wake of the new supermarket, Kaufland’s arrival. The German discount brand is heading down under because it wants to stop Aldi having all of the fun.

Australia’s Supermarket Industry Is under Fire Again from Germany

Kaufland is owned by Aldi’s rival, Lidl as well as the Schwarz Group who control $49.4 billion worth of the German grocery market and they are planning on an expansion into Australia. It appears that Coles and Woolworths have a big battle ahead of them, with Aldi only being the tip of the discount shopping iceberg.

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November 8

Amazon Waves Aussie Retail Industry Goodbye

Posted by on November 8, 2016 at 8:20 AM

This time next year we will have already had a months worth of the new Amazon, it claims will destroy the Australian retail industry. The e-commerce giant plans on launching in Australia as we know it elsewhere in the world with prices it claims will be 30% cheaper than local stores.

Amazon Waves Aussie Retail Industry Goodbye

This doesn’t seem to simply be a marketing threat either, because a special briefing with the Australian Financial Review last week revealed that the company will be researching and collecting price points on everything before setting prices at a 30% discount. Their motto for Australia’s high prices is, “your margin is our opportunity.”

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October 27

How Nokia Will Offer Better Value for Money by Speeding up Your DSL Internet

Posted by on October 27, 2016 at 5:25 AM

Nokia has announced that it will be teaming up with Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN) in efforts to push out 8 gigabits per second of Internet speeds via an ordinary twisted-pair copper telephone wire. The use of the new Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) protocol will be called XG-FAST and it will be an extension of Nokia’s current G.fast technology.

How Nokia Will Offer Better Value for Money by Speeding up Your DSL Internet

The new tech will provide fibre-optic like speeds but using telephone wires that can easily be installed into millions of Australian homes with ease. Lab tests within the NBN’s north Sydney facility on a 98-foot wire showed that speeds could reach 10Gbps, whilst longer 230-foot wires were capable of reaching 5Gbps.

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October 25

Stop Amazon’s Recommendation Algorithm from Ripping You Off

Posted by on October 25, 2016 at 8:07 AM

Amazon across the world has built a reputation providing an engine to buy cheap, reliable products from a vast array of suppliers. The company delivers three million packages per day across the globe but something fishy is going on with their pricing algorithm. The website advertises that it shows you the cheapest deal when you search for a product, but lately deal hunters have seen that this isn’t necessarily the case.

Stop Amazons Recommendation Algorithm from Ripping You Off

A new study suggests that the algorithm may be slightly skewed in favour of showing products from Amazon partners rather than simply the best deal available. ProPublica, a public interest journalism not-for-profit foundation conducted the analysis and found that simply relying on the Amazon buy box would cost you more money.

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October 24

Best Value for Frequent Flyer Points per 1,000 Spent?

Posted by on October 24, 2016 at 8:19 AM

Best Value for Frequent Flyer Points per 1,000 Spent?

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October 10

How You Pay $1,300 Extra for a Dodgy ‘Lemon Cars’ Inconvenience

Posted by on October 10, 2016 at 8:35 AM

Statistics released by Choice have revealed that two-thirds of new car buyers find faults with their motor within the first 5 years of ownership. As if this wasn’t bad enough, research also suggests that one in six of these consumers have to sign a confidentiality agreement in order for the manufacturer to fix or replace the vehicle.

How You Pay $1,300 Extra for a Dodgy ‘Lemon Cars’ Inconvenience

If you feel that you or someone you know is in the same situation and could be saving money instead of repairing a faulty car, maybe it’s time you go back to the manufacturer. National consumer laws will be reviewed and changed this year and we want to know what is being done to protect consumers money in situations like this and what faults classify your car as a ‘lemon car’.

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September 20

Masters’ Closing Down Sale – The Best Deals and Bargains Amidst the Chaos

Posted by on September 20, 2016 at 8:44 AM

In recent history we have seen the diabolical shambles that went on during the closing down sale of Dick Smith and you would have thought people were paying attention. That doesn’t seem to be the case with Masters based on their current actions, because the sale has melted down into a pile of chaos, confusion and customer frustration, but there are some bargains to be had.

Masters’ Closing Down Sale – The Best Deals and Bargains Amidst the Chaos

The greatest scandal during the Dick Smith closing down sale was that staff were being providing poor customer service and even hiding the best items away for themselves and by the looks of Masters’ Facebook page, it appears customers are feeling the same animosity due to the reasons. So, amidst the chaos are there any deals that you should be aware of and what are they?

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September 13

Afterpay – the New Style of Retail Fashion, Enjoy Now, Pay Later

Posted by on September 13, 2016 at 8:41 AM

Afterpay is a Sydney based company which started in 2014 with the sole purpose of changing the way people pay for their shopping. The launch of their first product was in 2015, which comprised of a simple interest free instalment plan that is made available to customers either in-store, online, or on mobile.

Afterpay – the New Style of Retail Fashion, Enjoy Now, Pay Later

Their aim is to create payment plans to suit your lifestyle so rather than buying a product for the full price there and then, you can choose to pay via Afterpay which breaks the total price down into 4 equal fortnightly instalments. If you pay on time then you won’t be charged any extra, nor will you have to do boring card applications to use their service.

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September 8

Replacing or Refunding your Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in Australia

Posted by on September 8, 2016 at 8:31 AM

Samsung Australia has revealed details about the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 safety recall after the news that certain devices had become unsafe. If you have purchased one of these devices recently and are worried your handset may suffer the same fate as the exploding battery stories that have been surfacing online, then continue reading to find all you need to know about returning or refunding your device.

Replacing or Refunding your Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in Australia

All customers are entitled to a replacement, repair or refund, including eBay purchases, post-paid mobile plans and grey market imports. This way you can ensure that you get a new device that is safe and can feel confident in charging it without it bursting into flames like other devices have. To put things into perspective however, there have been less than 100 reported incidents out of one million unites sold.

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September 1

David Jones Invests $100 Million to Enter High-end Food Sector

Posted by on September 1, 2016 at 8:10 AM

It’s not every day you hear a large company rewrite its game plan to enter a completely new industry. David Jones a well-known brand across the country has announced that it will be having a transformative few years ahead because they have decided to enter the food industry. Ian Moir, CEO of the South African parent company Woolworths Holdings has warned investors to expect large losses over the next two years.

David Jones Invests $100 Million to Enter High end Food Sector

Mr Moir’s vision to diversify the company into Australia’s best top end food business may be a shock to some, but if this move has grabbed your attention you can expect to see David Jones monetise on the supplier relationship it has from Woolworths. The end goal is to have a premium food offering to customers that helps David Jones stand out from the rest in the market.

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