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10 Ways To Save Money On Your Wedding

This post is brought to you by Bride.com.au

Planning your wedding is a super exciting time but it is so easy to get carried away and have your budget blown out of the water.  There is a whole industry set up to help you spend your money on a raft of things to make your day ‘perfect’.  Add the ‘W’ (Wedding) word to any conversation and it is amazing how fast the costs escalate.  So what is the best way to have the day you want without being saddled with debt that lasts far longer than the big day?

Firstly, you need to set a wedding budget (or spending plan if you like that term better :-)).  Sit down with your partner and anyone else who is helping you pay for the wedding and be clear who is contributing what and how much the total […]

By |December 3rd, 2013|Budgeting|15 Comments

How I Saved Big On My Electricity Bill

I hate to think about it, but our electricity bill is high, really high.  I opened it recently and was shocked to find it was $1400 for the last quarter!  Ouch! Okay our house is all electric with no gas, but really?  It is not even a big house, it is a small house.  We don’t even have hordes of people living with us.  It is just the 3 of us.  Yes, the bill was for over the winter period but even then it seems ridiculous.  Surely I could get a better deal?

With my mission set, I went off in search of more spark for my buck.   My first stop was the Australian Government website called ‘Energy Made Easy’ (click here to check it out)   This site is designed to help you compare all the electricity and gas retailers in your […]

By |December 3rd, 2013|Budgeting|19 Comments

Road Safety This Christmas Will Also Save Your Wallet

This post is brought to you by Prime Lawyers.

Last week I popped out to my letterbox to see what the postman had brought.  No bills; fabulous, a few pieces of junk mail; ok, but then I saw an ominous looking envelope.  You know the sort, official looking but you can’t tell who has sent it.  I started to get nervous.  Could it be the dreaded Tax Department?  No, we already had a pay up notice from them and it wasn’t even due yet.  The Department of Social Security or Human Services or whatever they call themselves nowadays?  Nope.  It didn’t look good.  So with great hesitation I opened it.

It was a speeding fine!  Agggggghhhhhhhhhh!!!!!  I didn’t realise the main road next to my new job was a 50 km/h zone and I had been caught by a speed camera doing 64 km/h!!   The […]

By |November 28th, 2013|Christmas|19 Comments

How to Outsmart the Supermarkets and Save Big on Your Weekly Shop – Guest Post

                                                                                                                                                                         Written by Cassandra from This Is Wellbeing

Are you fed up with the amount you spend on groceries? Me too! I refuse to accept that prices are rising and am determined to take control of my weekly spend!

My grocery shopping has always been reactive and mindless. I go to the supermarket on autopilot and buy what I think I need. This usually results […]

By |November 25th, 2013|Budgeting|9 Comments

Chrisco Hampers: Are They Good Value?

To be honest, I have always wondered whether it is worth purchasing a Chrisco hamper.  Every year around Christmas time when the glossy Chrisco TV adverts appear, I wonder whether it would work for me and my family.  You see, there are many parts of the Chrisco concept that really appeal to me.  The simplicity of choosing your hamper at the start of the year, then making automated payments weekly/fornightly or monthly and then ‘ta da’ a bunch of branded food products arrive at your door just in time for Christmas.  It does sound like it takes some of the hassle out of Christmas.  Yet, I have never done it.  So this year, I decided to do the math and figure out whether the value really stacks up.  This is how I went about it and what I found out.

I went on to the Chrisco site and I chose the […]

By |November 21st, 2013|Christmas|65 Comments

10 Ways To Save On Your Children’s Christmas Presents

Can you believe it?  Christmas time is creeping up!  I was stunned when on a trip to my local Woolies, my daughter picked up pink tinsel and put it in the trolley.  Really?  Christmas stuff already?   After a bit of debate, mainly consisting of me saying the words “put it back”, she insisted it was on my shopping list.  I told her that despite wearing glasses, I was sure I could see the list clearly and that I was sure that pink tinsel was not on the list.  Oats, yes, milk, yes, eggs, yes and even bread but pink tinsel, no it was definitely not there.  Welcome to Christmas!

This unexpected run-in with Christmas made me realise it really isn’t that far away, so I had better get organised.  A Peppa Pig play house is the main request in our household.  They are not particularly cheap so here are some ideas […]

By |October 23rd, 2013|Christmas|33 Comments

How To Teach Your Children About Money

There are so many things I want to teach my daughter but money smarts is very close to the top of my list.  It is an essential life skill and I am very aware that it is my responsibility to teach her.  Many parents feel the same way, and I often get asked “What is the best way to teach my child about money?”   The truth is, like with many things, there is no one correct way.  Each child is an individual and some ways will work well with some kids, but not with others.

I believe there are two essential elements you need to help your children learn about money: you need to talk to them about it and you need to show them about it.  The following are some practical ideas of how you can combine talking and showing, to give your children a solid real-world foundation in the […]

By |October 10th, 2013|Children|32 Comments

10 Easy Ways To Save Money

Ok, here is a confession.  I am not very good at sticking to a strict budget.  For me, it’s like being on a soup diet, it is just not possible!  However, on my journey from being a spender to a saver I have learnt several tips that have helped my bank balance to grow.  Most of them are small things but the best part is that instead of being a chore or a punishment they have simply become a part of the way I live my life.

So today I would like to share them with you:

  1. I always write a shopping list and stick to it.  Supermarkets are the land of temptation.  They are deliberately designed that way.  Where and how each product is placed is planned to get you to spend more.  They call it the “theatre” of the shopping experience.  Have you ever wondered why the milk is always […]
By |August 2nd, 2013|Saving|21 Comments

Is Costco Membership Worth It?

For quite a while I have been wanting to check out a Costco store.  They promise big savings but I find it hard to stomach the concept of paying a $60 yearly membership fee for the privilege of shopping at their store, without knowing whether the savings stack up.  After much consideration, I decided to take a leap of faith and sign up for a year to find out what all the fuss was about.  So I powered off down Parramatta Road, handed over my cash and added an extra card to my wallet.  But the big question is was it all worth it?

In a word, I think, yes.  But let’s start at the beginning first.  For those who haven’t been Costco it is true American shopping experience.  Everything is super sized!  In terms of the store itself, think Bunnings with food!

But it is not just food you can buy […]

By |July 10th, 2013|Budgeting|47 Comments