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Save $4000 A Year By Quitting Alcohol

A recent article in Fairfax caught my attention. It was the story of Kate Robertson who saved $4000 a year by quitting alcohol. Forced to quit because of medication, Kate recalls “after a few dry months, I realised there was a benefit I hadn't considered – I had a lot more money.”  We all know how much you can save by cutting out the daily coffee, but cutting back on alcoholic beverages? Sur... Read more

The Steaks Have Never Been Higher!

The steaks (pun intended) have never been higher when it comes to meat prices..beef prices at an all time high with eye fillet at $50 a kilo, mince has doubled and Australia is the 5th largest meat consumer in the world on a per capita basis.  When you’re trying to save money at the checkout, you may find that meat is your most expensive purchase. We love a traditional lamb roast once a week... Read more

Good News and Bad News

As the financial year draws to a close, there’s good news and bad news. Bad news you’ll need to file a tax return if you’re working. The good news is, this time of year is one of the two best times to save money on a buying a car. Remember, though, Australian car companies are beholden to the financial year of wherever their parent company is based, not our own. The Japanese financial year, for... Read more

Top 5 Money saving tips from Michelle

If you're looking to save a little more cash and clear up your debts it might be time to look back at what you're spending your money on.  Having the wrong home loan or car insurance and not paying your bills on time could all be contributing to that widening hole in your wallet. But even smaller things like not writing a shopping list or buying lunch at work each day could also worsen yo... Read more

MONEY SAVING TIP – KEEPING VET BILLS DOWN

One area of life that can quickly put a hole in your budget is your pets.  6 months ago my family adopted a beautiful old Labrador called Bella. She is 14 and has significant arthritis issues. Anyone who has ever owned a lab will agree that they will eat anything. I try to monitor what she eats but my dear old mum often takes pity on her and feeds her treats during the day whilst I’m at w... Read more

Money Saving Tip - Saving On Flights

Flight search website CheapFlights has released a new report on Australian flight trends this week. Airfares are one of those costs that have actually gone down over time.  The annual analysis of over 13.5 million searches found that booking more than six months in advance is more expensive, while three months was the sweet spot. Here are some tips to get your money's worth next holiday: ... Read more

Fine Tuning Your Mortgage

Many people (like me) take out a mortgage when we buy a house and then forget about it. It’s only when interest rates rise or fall do we consider the impact on our wallets and take another look.  Recently I decided to consolidate 3 loans I had taken out and I enlisted the help of Rob Projevski, the Founder of Australian Mortgage Options and a regular on the Daily Drive Radio Show. Rob had... Read more

Surviving Divorce, Financially Speaking!

In a perfect world, a marriage would last a lifetime. Unfortunately, that is not the reality for nearly half the population according to ABS stats.  I know from first hand experience that the emotional turmoil of a split can be extremely difficult but then having to unravel your finances with your partner can be just as devastating and time-consuming. My marriage ended quite suddenly ten ... Read more

Incredibly useful kitchen hacks

My poison of choice these days is white wine, in fact, I’ve been dragged kicking and screaming out of the 90’s with my bottle of chardonnay. I never did get the whole Sav Blanc thing.  Trouble is, if I want to stay awake for more than 2 drinks, I need to water it down. I’ve been doing this for about 10-15 years now and it makes a big difference in how you feel. I use a ratio of a third wine,... Read more

5 TIPS FOR SAVING ON YOUR GYM MEMBERSHIP

Whilst driving past my local gym yesterday (driving past it is something I do often even when I have my gym gear in the car) I noticed they are aggressively marketing at the moment. I wondered why this would be given it’s the beginning of the year and I would have assumed, business would be booming – apparently not. New Year's resolution crowds are on the wane and so gyms are looking to get ... Read more