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4 super smart ways to a more sustainable home 0

4 super smart ways to a more sustainable home

Sustainability has been a buzzword for many years but with ever-increasing capital growth and industry, living a more sustainable life is fast becoming a necessity for both present and future generations. The Australian dream was once ‘to own your own home.’  Now owning a home and minimising the costs associated with living in it have become a goal and priority. With soaring energy bills and the cost of living becoming more expensive, it is harder for Aussies to save money. While it is not always convenient or possible to create a completely eco-friendly home, there are many ways to reduce bills and one’s footprint on the planet at...

Saving tips | 5 reason to love thy postie 0

Saving tips | 5 reasons to LOVE thy postie

These saving tips involve loving thy postie. OK people. I’m not talking about inviting your Postie inside for tea, talk and truffles and making him or her your new bestie. I am talking about how Posties are not just beautiful people on bikes. Posties can actually SAVE you a large amount of time, money and sanity and I’m about to give you my top 5 reasons why. There are plenty more reasons why I love my Postie and the Post Office right now in terms of helping an extremely busy mum (me!) get all her jobs ticked off her multitude of lists. I’ve realised the...

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5 grouse tips for a successful garage sale

Holding a garage sale can be a minefield at the best of times. Nothing ever goes to plan and the people, patterns and prices are all so unpredictable. For much needed guidance on how to make the most of your efforts, look no further! I’m here to solve your garage sale woes and share some valuable insights on how to hold a successful yard sale so you can get more cash in your stash. Know your stuff at your garage sale Don’t just throw everything you possibly own out of your house and onto the front yard in the hopes that someone will pick...

5 Tips for Travelling with Kids on a Budget 0

7 tips for travelling with kids on a budget

Some families don’t let expense dictate their choice of holiday; they just choose their holiday movements wisely. Indeed, making careful decisions about what you pay for on holidays means your money can take you twice as far. Try these tips next time you want to travel beyond your family’s budget; whether it be booking Gold Coast accommodation, taking a tour in China or planning a weekend stay in a city. 1. Travel in the off-peak season Most destinations have peak seasons – often based on seasonal weather – with the region’s school holidays having an added effect. Shoulder seasons can...

10 great ways to turn clutter into cash! 0

Declutter! 10 great ways to turn clutter into cash

Stay-at-home holidays are a great opportunity to declutter. I spend most holidays bum-up and head down inside cupboards, boxes and crawling around rooms looking for junk. You’ll find me inside kitchen cupboards, pulling stuff down from our storage cupboard, fiddling in my kids toy boxes and digging around in bathroom cabinets on my BIG junk hunt! I’ll go on the hunt for throw-away items like old shoes and socks, ill-fitting clothes, worn manchester, old toys, chairs, tables, cushions, rugs, baby gear, electrical goods, hobby items and just about anything that I can get rid off that will give me a...

5 funky decor ideas to make your pad sing 0

5 funky decor ideas to make your pad sing!

Getting creative about home decor is a blast – especially when you save stacks of cash in the process. I love to leave my house and go on holiday but sometimes the best part of leaving is coming back. There’s nothing nicer than one’s own couch, the pressure of one’s own shower and being able to find a spatula or one’s favourite coffee mug that makes a house well – a home! But despite my love affair with my home, there are days when all that post-holiday positivity starts to wane and I start looking around thinking how I really...

How to make $350 extra each week without working

Make money | Make $350 in savings without working!

If you love to make money but you are tired of slaving over a desk each day in a job you don’t really like, you will love these hot finance tips! I’m about to show you how to make at least $350 in savings and how to do it without an extra minute or hour of working! Forget spending more time with a boss who micro-manages you! If your kids need clothes or you’d like to pay for that summer home extension – these savings tips will help you make money fast! Say hello to fat-free finance! Make money | Avoid making...

3 cheap home renovation ideas for a relaxing porch 0

Three cheap home renovation ideas for a relaxing porch

If you are undertaking a home renovation a relaxing porch is a must-have for any home. As the perfect place to entertain, relax, or eat dinner on a warm night, it’s important that your veranda is a place that you enjoy. There are several easy ways to spruce it up – you don’t need to be an experienced designer or artist. Here are three cheap and easy ways to make your veranda into something special. For small yards Having a small amount of backyard space can be frustrating. Everyone needs an outdoor area where they can relax and get some...

20 ways to pimp your money mindset 0

20 ways to pimp your money mindset

Pimp your money mindset and start loving abundance I say! I’ve always been a believer that attitude is everything. If you think ‘broke’ – you will be. The mind is an amazing machine for making a fear – such as ‘broke’ – materialise. On a positive note, I’ve thought myself into a lot of great adventures and wins. I started when I was a kid entering competitions. I won a heap of stuff including a dog, a swimsuit, $100 and then when I was at Uni I won $10,000! Yeah, believe it. Great things happen every day if you are...

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Are you a super housewife?

If you have not met me you might mistake me for one of those tight-lipped, spectacle-wearing mothers (I’m picturing The Nanny) who runs around her house with a clipboard in hand and with post-it notes hanging off her perfectly-ironed apron. And that in my dreams I whisper… checklist, checklist, checklist… while riding some magical feather duster. If you imagine my house you might conjure up visuals of a clock in every room so that I can time all these wonderful five-minute cleans I’ve been executing and writing about lately. Oh and they are wonderful speed-cleaning experiments and I am very...

5 tips for saving big on car servicing 1

5 tips for saving big on car servicing

Does the thought of paying for your next car service send you into a financial flurry?  Well fear not! Too-high mechanic bills need not add to your list of worries and that pile of bills sitting on your desk. Like all products and services in this savvy modern era we are living in, you can dig around online to ensure you find a little gold in your hunt for auto savings. Also, if you spend a little time learning how to get under the hood and you don’t mind a little grease on your hands, you’ll reap even more savings...

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How to get a FREE warm and woolly winter wardrobe!

Winter is a fabulous season for fast and frugal fashion and putting together a new winter wardrobe. There’s no better excuse than being ‘freezing’ (renovation story coming soon!) to pop on the latest and greatest fluffy earmuffs (with inbuilt headphones) to keep the cold in while you get your groove on. But before I give you a visual of those earmuffs I thought I’d jump straight to my two unusual ways you can pay for your winter wardrobe! Drum roll….here’s where the magic money happens How to get your winter wish list for FREE! Find an extra $400 a week by shaving down your...

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Loan Portability – A Guide To Portable Home Loans

If you’re thinking about making a move, you’re probably weighing all of your options when it comes to financing your new home purchase. Anyone who already owns a home should explore opting for a portable home loan when they’re planning a move. There are many benefits of this financing choice that can make the transition to a new home easier to manage. What Is a Portable Home Loan? Portability is a loan feature that allows a mortgage to follow you to your new home when you decide to move. The fact that most people have a mortgage loan that lasts...

5 weekend activity ideas for the family on a budget 0

5 weekend activity ideas for the family on a budget

I love secrets like eating a delicious caramel macaroon in my car when the whole world isn’t watching or slipping a secret note into my son’s lunchbox that says ‘I love you.’ These moments, whether they melt in my mouth or put a smile on my child’s face at lunchtime, are to be cherished any day of the week. But there are some moments in my day that I’m not cherishing at all. Such moments include overinflated electricity bills when it feels like my family and I are doing ‘all the right things’ to keep those costs down. When I...

6 simple steps to staggering world savings 0

6 simple steps to staggering world savings

  Little savings really add up. I’m always harping on to my kids about making sure they finish all the food on their plate. Over dinner we talk about children in the world who have little or no food. When I put my kids to bed I explain why they are so lucky to have a safe house, a cosy bed and necessities like warm blankets, clothes, shoes and socks. We discuss the homeless who are sleeping on the street tonight. When driving to school we talk about how many children in the world don’t get to go to school and...

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5 alternative investment opportunities you need to know about

Today, as never before, individuals are looking for alternative investment opportunities. With a volatile economy, one can no longer expect to find a guaranteed outlay with a high return. Therefore, investors are looking for lucrative alternatives. While speculators don’t have to replace traditional assets, such as stocks, bonds, and personal savings, the options listed below provide valid ways to diversify a personal financial portfolio. The following are five possible venture opportunities that you need know about. 1. Binary Options Many individuals are looking for a trusted company that deals in digital options, these include either ‘cash-or-nothing’ or ‘asset-or-nothing’ options. ‘Cash-or-nothing’...

6 Ways Avoid Electricity Bill Shock 0

6 ways to avoid electricity bill shock

I love winter for many reasons but not for my electricity bill. Since I am a ‘creature comforts’ type I cosy up in my Uggies, dressing gown and beanie. This year – due to ‘the renovation’ and subsequent lack of heating at my place, by 7pm most nights I’m perched on the couch, cuddling kids with hot water bottles, pillows, blankets, books and remote controls within arms reach. It’s a love-in, a lock-in and an ‘I’m-not-getting-back-up-in.’ I also get a lot of pesky jobs tied up in winter. I win the battle with my paper war, sort through photos and...

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The top 5 DIY home plumbing fixes

We are renovating at the moment so I am here to proclaim that I’ve got a big list to get through before hubby and I can call our home the dream home we intend it to be. But to those who may not be renovating, a simple Wouldn’t it be great if everything just worked and kept on working or if home renos got done with a simple wiggle of the nose? Oh well, dreams are free…. The good news is there are plenty of well-trained tradie professionals out there who are all ready to tackle those pesky jobs for you....

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The 10 commandments of home water conservation

As seen on TV, El Niño is starting to show stringent impact in some countries earlier than expected in terms of water conservation. Agricultural industries are now facing heavy pressures in production due to water system failures which also lead to early harvests. Some residential areas are, likewise, battling water restriction (limiting the watering of lawns, using sprinkler systems, washing vehicles, hosing pavements, refilling swimming pools, etc.). We have been getting a stream of precautions in preparation for El Niño, but it may be time to take further steps to prepare, as, every year, water restrictions are a recurring issue. Water, as we all...