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I tried a 'zero-based budget' and here's why you should too

I tried a 'zero-based budget' and here's why you should too

The idea is simply that your income over a certain period, minus your expenses and savings, should equal zero.

  • by Jessica Irvine

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From purse strings to waistlines: why budgets and diets both fail
Money Makeover

From purse strings to waistlines: why budgets and diets both fail

Why do we so often fail at our money or body goals? The forces at work behind both are surprisingly similar.

  • by Jessica Irvine
What I learnt by tracking my spending for three months
Opinion
Money Makeover

What I learnt by tracking my spending for three months

While budgeting is not for everyone, it really is a great way to get on top of your personal finances.

  • by Jessica Irvine
How to get the best deal when buying a new car
Opinion
Opinion

How to get the best deal when buying a new car

Look at the recommended, undiscounted, drive-away price on the carmaker’s website and then offer about 10 per cent to 15 per cent less.

  • by Joel Gibson
How I cut my home insurance premium in half
Opinion
Money Makeover

How I cut my home insurance premium in half

You must consider what you would do if the worst should happen: total loss by fire, flood or theft.

  • by Jessica Irvine
It's not too late to change your mind on COVID-19 relief
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Coronavirus pandemic

It's not too late to change your mind on COVID-19 relief

Whether you put your mortgage repayments on hold or grabbed a chunk of your super using the government's financial hardship provisions, it's still possible to reverse those actions if you don't need the cash.

  • by Melissa Browne
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Five questions to decide if you should keep or kibosh your kids' activities
Opinion
Opinion

Five questions to decide if you should keep or kibosh your kids' activities

Post-isolation, almost every parent wants to cut the chaos of extracurricular activities as well as some of the cost.

  • by Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon
If you are doing it tough, relief for electricity bills is on offer
Electricity

If you are doing it tough, relief for electricity bills is on offer

There is an enormous pot of money in government concessions and rebates for concession-card holders, Centrelink recipients and those in financial hardship.

  • by Joel Gibson
Get the best deal on your NBN plan
NBN

Get the best deal on your NBN plan

The prices of the top-three fastest providers on the NBN Standard Plus tier range from $70-$80 a month – that’s the benchmark for a high-performing deal on the second-fastest tier.

  • by Joel Gibson
How to avoid getting ripped off by excessive super fund fees
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Money Makeover

How to avoid getting ripped off by excessive super fund fees

Paying too much in super fund fees can cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars in retirement. Look at the total fee amount you are paying on your account and, if it is more than about 1 per cent, it’s time to do something about it.

  • by Jessica Irvine
Bundling services: Do the numbers really stack up?
Planning & budgeting

Bundling services: Do the numbers really stack up?

Scratch the surface and you’ll find that sometimes bundles ain’t bundles. Here's how they sometimes unravel.