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I invested in shares for the first time this week: here’s how I did it
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I invested in shares for the first time this week: here’s how I did it

Hundreds of thousands of Aussies are dipping their toe into the sharemarket for the first time. Here’s how to join the investing revolution.

  • by Jessica Irvine

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Why shopping your mortgage is so daunting, but so important...
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Why shopping your mortgage is so daunting, but so important...

Government has stepped up to deliver shoppers meaningful price comparison websites on energy, private health insurance and, from July 1 this year, superannuation. Why not mortgages, too.

  • by Jessica Irvine
How low can super fees go? How new changes will affect what you pay
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How low can super fees go? How new changes will affect what you pay

Australians are paying, on average, about 1 per cent of their super fund balances in fees. However, mergers of underperforming funds could drive fees lower.

  • by Jessica Irvine
How to budget and save for a stress-free holiday
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How to budget and save for a stress-free holiday

As vaccinations roll out, we’re all being encouraged to get on the holiday spending bandwagon again.

  • by Jessica Irvine
Can spending money on your appearance really boost your income?
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Can spending money on your appearance really boost your income?

Research found below-average-looking females earn 12 per cent less than their above-average-looking peers.

  • by Jessica Irvine
How discovering the true meaning of ‘value’ will save you money
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How discovering the true meaning of ‘value’ will save you money

Society’s total happiness is literally resting on your ability, as a consumer, to know how much you are prepared to pay for certain goods and services.

  • by Jessica Irvine
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Six ways to save on private health insurance before the April 1 hikes
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Six ways to save on private health insurance before the April 1 hikes

With almost a month to go before the regular annual health insurance price rises there are steps you can take to help mitigate the costs.

  • by Jessica Irvine
Want to lose weight and save money? Try these seven steps...
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Want to lose weight and save money? Try these seven steps...

Individual preferences come into play when it comes to food but, if you’re looking to make savings, your food budget is a great place to start.

  • by Jessica Irvine
How far should you travel for cheap petrol? I did the sums...

How far should you travel for cheap petrol? I did the sums...

Transport costs make up the third-biggest chunk of household spending, so shopping around for fuel can save you money.

  • by Jessica Irvine
Your money questions answered: a Q&A with economics writer Jessica Irvine

Your money questions answered: a Q&A with economics writer Jessica Irvine

Jessica Irvine kicked off 2021 with a new weekly newsletter, Money with Jess, which is all about new ways to save your hard-earned dollars. She tells us a little bit about herself and the lengths to which she’s gone to save money.

How to dump your energy or telco provider this Valentine’s Day
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How to dump your energy or telco provider this Valentine’s Day

Kick your provider to the kerb, get a better deal and trim household expenses.

  • by Jessica Irvine