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How to enjoy a low-spend long weekend

As the long weekend kicks off, it can be all too easy to fill your time with fun and frivolous spending. But before you know it, Monday night rolls around and your bank balance is looking more than a little depleted. Luckily, it doesn’t take much to reset your default setting from ‘spend’ to ‘save’ for a few days, and the savings can be pretty significant. Read on for our tips to boost your savings in just a few days.…

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5 super fun (and frugal) school holiday hacks

If the school holidays have you fearing those dreaded words, ‘I’m bored!’ but you know you don’t have cash to spare, never fear – a quick Credit Simple brainstorm is all you need. Check out our top 5 tips to help you survive – and thrive – during these school holidays, with your budget and savings well and truly intact. 1. Get out and about – for free Whether you’re planning a vacation or a staycation, the school holidays are…

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How to build an emergency fund (and why you need one)

Last week I paid for an upcoming ski holiday in Canada. The trip isn’t until next ski season but it has to be paid in advance. Skiing in Canada is my idea of nirvana, so it wasn’t too painful to see the thousands of dollars flowing out of my account; after all, it’s going to a good cause. But this week, my car decided it needed a wheel bearing replaced plus a wheel alignment and new spark plugs. Then my dentist…

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Does it pay to be a loyal customer?

You don’t get much in this life unless you ask. That’s definitely the case with your bank, your insurance company and utility companies. There’s a lot of money to be made there. And if we’re lazy, companies can maximise their profits. Don’t let that be you. By playing hard to get, or by ‘rate tarting’ (that’s shopping around for a better rate), you can have your loyalty rewarded. Understand your spending Before you storm into your bank or phone your…

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Eight ways to waste your money

We all throw money down the gurgler. But some people have far higher chances of getting a Darwin Award for stupidity by paying too much idiot tax than others. Stop wasting your hard-earned money in these pointless ways: Lottery tax So you think you’re going to get rich quick? If you’re convinced you’re going to win you’ve succumbed to gamblers’ irrationality. Why not be happier with what you’ve got in life already and save that money for your future? If…

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Back to school spending tips to kickstart 2019 the right way

With back to school fast approaching, kids and parents alike may begin to feel excited to start the new school year fresh. For parents, this excitement then subsides when faced with the multitude of items required to prepare kids for the new school year such as school uniforms and shoes, books, stationery and technology to name a few – families are often left feeling very overwhelmed by the expense. As an example, at the beginning of every school year, children…

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Got a Christmas debt hangover? We’ve got tips to help.

The post-Christmas season can be a tough one, and our data shows Aussies are more likely to let their credit bills languish unpaid at this time of the year compared to any other. If you’re anything like the average human, you’re probably feeling the effects of spending up large in the lead-up to the festive season and in the wake of Boxing Day sales. “It’s easy to get caught up in spending over Christmas, but if you’ve used credit to get through the…

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How to turn your New Year’s resolutions into results!

For most of us, the New Year is a popular time to set personal goals and look back on the what we’ve achieved in the last 12 months. But with all the goodwill in the world, it can be hard to turn resolutions into results. People who study behaviour for a living reckon that for a resolution to actually work, it needs to tick five boxes. Happily, the five boxes spell “SMART,” making them not just easy to remember but…

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Why you need a budget to get ahead

Do you know where your money goes each week, each month, each year? Like, do you really, really know? I have to confess that I didn’t. I knew I was paying off my mortgage at a faster rate than I needed to, but I wasn’t sure if I was on track to pay it off within the time frame I wanted. And I didn’t know how much I was spending on food or fuel or … frivolities. So I got…

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What you need to know about balance transfer credit cards

A friend called me the other day in a panic because he suddenly realised he owed more than $2,000 on his credit card and had no way of paying it off in a reasonable fashion. “You work in finance,” he said, “what am I supposed to do now?” First I made him do the calculations to see how much interest he would pay on that $2,000. He’d blown it on dinners, drinks, and a new smartphone he didn’t need, and…

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