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What you need to know: Four questions to ask before you get your first mortgage

So you’re in the market for your first mortgage. It’s a lot of money, right? You’re about to borrow hundreds of thousands of dollars, and no doubt you’ll want to know you’re not paying more than you need. We’ve put together a checklist for you. Have you shopped around as well as you could? Don’t forget this: the interest you’ll pay on your mortgage over the next 10, 20 or 30 years is worth a lot of money to someone.…

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How to make your mortgage work better (and harder) for you

For most of us, there’s nothing we spend more on each month than our mortgage. So there’s never a month where it’s not worth asking: “Could I be doing better? Could I be getting closer to paying it off? Could I be paying a bit less in interest?” Here are our top tips for making sure you’re putting the least in and getting the most out. Push your bank a bit harder It’s always worth bearing in mind that banks…

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Mortgage Help: How to refinance your home loan

A mortgage can easily end up costing you thousands more than it needs to, maybe tens of thousands, if you’re not always looking for the best deal. Sometimes you can do better by refinancing to a mortgage with a lower interest rate. But it’s not something you want to be doing without some careful preparation and homework. What do you need, and what will it cost you to change? Before you start refinancing, find out exactly how much you need…

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Eight ways to dine out on a budget

Saving money doesn’t mean saying no to dinner dates. It’s totally do-able to dine out without spending big. Here are eight tips to spending small when dining out: 1. Avoid share plates. It’s hip to share, right? Well, not when it comes to your wallet. If you’re eating out with a group and everyone is sharing food tapas-style, it’s all too easy to blow out your budget. Those delicious dishes at $15 a pop may seem like a small amount,…

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Six ways to save money while on holiday

Living life large while on holiday doesn’t mean blowing your budget. It’s possible to enjoy every minute of your well-deserved break and possibly come home with cash to spare. Here are our tips to travelling well while spending less: 1. Package it up There was a time when the phrase ‘package deal’ made us think of budget airlines, cramped hotel rooms and noisy, sunburnt tourists. Now, thanks to companies like Luxury Escapes, it’s easy to nab a great deal to…

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Tips to save everyday on technology

Technology has become a crucial part of our everyday lives. Whether it’s talking, texting, catching up with family on social media or searching for the latest recipe to cook for dinner. However technology is increasingly becoming more expensive. Here are some tips to save money. 1. Understand your bills Understand the plan you are currently on. What are the fees and charges? Go through your bills and make sure you understand what the items are you are being charged for. If…

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How to refinance your home loan and get greater value (yes please)

A home loan is the biggest financial commitment most Australians ever take on, yet too many have a set-and-forget approach that can cost us tens of thousands of dollars. Research from RateCity.com.au shows that many Australians stick with their initial lender – usually one of the big four banks – for way too long and for all the wrong reasons. “It’s too much effort,” we tell ourselves. “Paperwork is boring. It’s probably too expensive. I like having an ATM on the…

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