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New Money Smart figures show that holidays account for $77 in the average Australian household’s weekly budget, adding up to a total of $4,004 a year. Prices for flights, car hire and accommodation peak in December and January, making the annual summer holiday and expensive exercise for families.

Here are some simple tips to save money on your summer holiday by using the sharing economy.

  • Save $455 on car hire by borrowing a car through peer-to-peer car sharing service Car Next Door. A 7-day, 300km round trip in a small car with reduced insurance excess at peak time would cost around $750 in a traditional hire car. The same trip in a local car from Car Next Door would cost just $295.
  • If you’re planning a motoring holiday, save on campervan hire with peer-to-peer service Camplify. Hiring a campervan that sleeps four people costs $260 a night from Jucy rentals, and around $90 a night through Camplify – a saving of $1,190 on a 7-day trip.
  • Accommodation is one of the biggest costs of any holiday. A hotel room by the beach in December could cost around $2,335 for 7 nights. Book a spare room in someone’s home from around $935 for 7 nights with Airbnb and save $1,400.
  • If your furry friend can’t come along on your holiday, you’ll need to find someone to look after them. A cattery or kennel at peak time can cost up to $350 a week. With MadPaws you can find a pet sitter near you to visit your pet each day from around $140 a week. You’ll save $210 and your four-legged friend gets to stay in the comfort and familiarity of their own home.
  • No trip to the beach is complete without a day in the surf. Hiring a board from a surf rental company costs between $40-60 a day, or just $25 a day through peer-to-peer equipment rental platform, Quipmo – that’s a saving of $35.
  • Save money and boot space by hiring baby gear from other parents through Kindershare. Hiring a portacot and pram from a traditional baby gear rental company would cost $80-100 a week. You’ll save around $60 a week using Kindershare.
  • While you’re away rent out your unused driveway or parking spot to someone who needs it – and make around $250 a month withParkhound.
  • Download the free GetReminded app to remind you when you need to update your passport, book all or parts of your holiday as well as reminders about travel insurance, holiday pet care and more.

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As the year comes to a close many of us are dreaming of a holiday in 2020. And it’s hard to juggle budgets and find holiday money with the expense of Christmas looming.
However, there’s good news from Agoda.com to make it easier for you to plan and budget for your holiday.
Because Agoda.com is the first online digital travel booking platform to enable Australians to book and pay for their holiday accommodation via interest-free instalments, and can still access to Agoda’s lowest price deals .You can now choose to pay for your travel accommodation with Afterpay on Agoda.com, paying in four interest-free payments for any of Agoda’s “Book Now, Pay Now” accommodation options.
And there are loads of accommodation options to choose from with Agoda offering over 2.5 million properties globally. There’s accommodation to suit all budgets and travel occasions. You can opt for luxury, mid-range or budget-friendly hotels. Or select apartments, villas or unique properties from Agoda Homes that offer additional facilities such as kitchens, which can be helpful in watching your budget whilst you are on holiday.
How Afterpay works on Agoda.com

  • The Afterpay payment option is applicable on Book Now, Pay Now accommodation
  • At checkout, select Afterpay as your payment method
  • Pay over four fortnightly payments, interest-free
  • The payment option is applicable to hotel room charges only (excluding local taxes, service fees, and additional charges)

Go to www.agoda.com/afterpay for more information.

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It’s a wasteful world. Frankly, there’s so much waste I don’t know where to start and I get a pretty sad thinking about it. Luckily there are some great solutions in the marketplace and passionate companies coming together to help reduce food waste while producing win-win scenarios for consumers.
I’m delighted to have discovered RaboDirect have the same passion for reducing food waste as I have – and it’s great we’ve been able to come together to help educate others on this topic. I’ll start with this recently released infographic from RaboDirect (I love a great visual) and then I’d like to tell you an inspirational story about my journey to becoming a No Food Waste Human.
In this post, I’ll demonstrate how small changes in lifestyle habits can make a huge impact on your life in terms of time, money, sanity and world savings. If you love the idea of saving thousands of dollars, putting your savings on steroids and also enjoy a good-karma lifestyle – then read on.

Financial Health Barometer – Food Waste Habits

RaboDirect recently released the infographic below. I especially love the tip about putting your $150 a week in savings into a high-interest savings account and turning that into $7,872 each year! WOW! Add to this the huge savings I can make you (further down this post) and you’ll be a very, very cashed-up good-karma human indeed.

This is life-changing. Hang on to your hat!

Here’s a little information about RaboDirect and what they do:

  • They support local farmers, so Australia can continue to be a leading world food producer and we can eat locally (read: more delicious produce!)
  • They invest into Aussie farms to help our country grow, alongside your savings.
  • They support sustainable farming and agricultural businesses in Australia, which means less waste – which we’re all about!

Learn More: RaboDirect

My No Food Waste Journey

I’m originally from New Zealand – one of the world’s most pristine and beautiful environments. It’s the same environment we also enjoy here in Australia when summer hits. Most of us take for granted the amazing sun and the cleanliness we enjoy while hanging with friends and family at the beach.

The Future of Food Waste

It wasn’t until I ventured overseas (Japan for four years) – that I got a real insight into the future of food waste due to population density and growth and the effects on the environment. My Become a No Food Waste Human and environmental journey started one day on a beach in Tokyo. The beach was so laden with rubbish and food waste – that I actually sat on that beach and cried. Apart from sad stories I’d seen on the news while sitting on a couch, I’d never truly cried for my environment and the world until that day. This experience was raw. Not on the telly. This view was real and truly sad. As a human living on a planet – this was a real awakening for me. Right there – I decided I didn’t want my kids to ever see a beach that looked as sad as the beach I saw that day. The thought of this beach – still bring tears to my eyes. Here’s a visual of the kind of food wrapping, packaging and scraps we’re throwing in bins each day – the kind of rubbish I saw on that beach.

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MikesPhotos/ Pixabay Fast forward 20 years or so and I’m now into my 10th year as an advocate for No Food Waste. I’m so passionate about this, I wrote a poem while on the beach that day and decided to do something about it. I featured this poem in my first book Table Tucker, which evolved into the world’s first eco-smart cookbook for the time poor. The book tackles the issue of food and energy waste head on. NATURE SO MUCH SWORN TO PAPER AND PLASTIC AS MY OCEANS LAUGH WITH GLISTENING FALSE PROMISE AND MY TEARS IN STREAMS GET SO EASILY LOST THOUGH I KNOW NATURE IS AS MUCH MINE Today I’m revisiting the theories in Table Tucker to demonstrate just how many savings – across your whole life – can be achieved by making small shifts in lifestyle habits.

Crunching the Numbers

Table Tucker is a holistic lifestyle cookbook, which essentially organises consumers shopping, cooking, lifestyle and spending habits. In doing so – this is how much time, money, sanity and world savings can be made over time using my No Food Waste cooking system. And yes – this is a win-win for people and the world.

Time Crunch  – Save 5.2 Years Of Work Days

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  • Clearing waste from fridge – 15 mins (on the weekend)
  • Deciding on dinner – 60 mins (10 mins per day)
  • Shorter weekend shops to local grocers – 20 mins (used to be 30 mins)
  • No more extra trips to the shops – 40 mins (at two extra trips)
  • Cooking three times a week – 180 mins (in cooking time)
  • Washing up three times a week – 40 mins (those pots and pans!)
  • Time making lunches – 50 mins (10 mins per day)

Total time savings – 6.5 hours per week That’s 338 extra hours or the equivalent to 42.25 workdays per year (at 8 hours each). That’s a whopping 5.2 years worth of work days you can save over a lifetime! Huge!

The Money Crunch – Save $196 Per Week

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  • Money spent on wasted food – $10 (due to no waste living)
  • General TT savings – $40 (using TT system)
  • Bulk-buy savings – $20 (a conservative estimate)
  • Petrol on extra shopping trips – $10 ($5 for two trips a week)
  • Savings from fewer rash buys – $50 (two trips per week)
  • Energy and water savings – $5 (by combining cooking actions)
  • Money not spent on lunches – $60 ($6 each for 2 people by eating leftovers)

Total dollar savings – $196 per week That’s an extra $10,140 per year.  That sure looks like a free house and land package to me.

The Sanity Crunch – Priceless

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  • Evenings of relaxation – Bliss
  • Eating well and feeling healthy – Energy
  • Earth-happy conscience – Warmth
  • Money to reduce debt stress – Relief
  • Time for hobbies – Passion
  • That feeling of being organised – Calm
  • Future dinners sorted! – Joy

Total Sanity – Priceless  Love, bliss, energy, a warm heart, relief, passion, calm, joy, happiness. You can’t put a price on sanity, can you?

World Crunch – Water, fuel, waste & energy savings

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  • Eat less meat – 9,200 litres water (2 fewer meals)
  • Less washing up – 54 litres water (one session)
  • Buy fresh and in bulk – 10 food items in packaging (conservative estimate)
  • Less shopping trips – 4.5 litres of fuel
  • Use less energy – General energy savings
  • Water Savings – 9,254 litres of water each week

Looking at water along, that’s a saving of 481,208 litres of water a year. 

WOW. SEE HOW IT ALL ADDS UP?

Just Do It

Get the goodness: Here’s how you can save more (everywhere!) and become a No Food Waste Human

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  1. Get organised and source good solutions and systems
  2. Put your savings on autopilot by actually using the systems
  3. Invest those savings well to put your savings on steroids

This post was brought to you in partnership with RaboDirect.

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Have you considered colour coding your family? Here’s the ultimate guide to getting more organised around the home by giving each member in the home their own colour 1. Towels

Get organised in the laundry by giving everyone in the house a colour coded towel or you use coloured hooks (you can buy them at $2 shops) for each towel in the bathroom. 

Image Source: Dreamstimes

 2. Cups, Glasses & Maxon Jars

Give everyone in the house their own drinking glass. Get kids to find their glasses and cups around the house so you don’t have to look for them. This stops kids grabbing glass after glass and reduces the number of times you have to pack and unpack a dishwasher. Get them to wash their own cup or glass if possible.  Image Source: Tumblr

3. Tootbrushes

Although you probably do this anyway – match toothbrushes to a person’s glass or towel. Now, you’ll really start to feel the new mix-n-match clarity-giving vibe in your house. 

4. Dinnerware Sets

This is another ultimate way to reduce washing up. Give everyone in the house their own plate, bowl and cup set. If a plate gets left somewhere in the house – you’ll know who the culprit is!

Source: Etsy

5. Lunchboxes

Ahhh…. There’s nothing better than the sanity of a lovely lunchbox and an organised. Here’s a way to keep everyone organised and feel a sense of calm morning after morning. Never accidentally give a kid the wrong lunchbox again with colour coding. Buy the same type of lunchbox so they stack nicely away. 

Source: Pinterest

5.Water Bottles

Keep the whole family hydrated and from drinking out of eachother’s bottles too. Hygiene is a great motivator! Keep lunchboxes and water bottles organised in one drawer or cupboard at home. I keep mine under the cutlery drawers so they are easy to wash and put away daily. 

Source: Pinterest

6. Laundry Baskets

 

Never sort laundry again. Colour code laundry baskets. Give each person in the house a ‘laundry’ day. Wash their laundry, hang it out and bring it back in all on the same day. I keep a portable clothes horse in the house for each person and put it in their bedroom. I get the kids to fold and put their laundry away as part of their daily chores list. Make each person in the home responsible for their laundry on laundry day. 

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 7. Sheets and Linen

Keep your linen cupboard super organised by matching sheet sets to everything else on this list. Yes, we’re verging on ‘Truman Show’ but my goodness I feel a sense of calm and clarity just looking at this picture. Don’t you? I haven’t got to this level of organisation yes – but I’m inspired. 

Source: Pillow Talk

8. Picnicware

You know when you go to the beach and the kids start drinking out of eachother’s water bottles? Yik… Even yikkier when they’re not your kids. 

By colour coding the cups you can stay in control of all the cups. This works the same for water bottles above – but if you are taking juice for everyone – this one’s a keeper. Now you can get back to reading that magazine and soaking up the sun, while the kids frolic in the sand.

Nice one mum!

 

9. Kids Stationary

Kids stationary is messy business. Consider colour coding folders, art tubs, recycled pen tins and well – anything that makes your heart aflutter with the fabulousness of clarity and sanity. 

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 10. Coat Hangers

Use colour coded coat hangers to separate kids gear on the same rack or in the laundry when drying clothes for similar aged children.

11. Socks

Colour code socks + separate laundry tubs + mesh washing bags (so nothing gets lost) = a recipe for complete laundry sanity!

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12. Freezer Meal Containers

For example, I’ll make ‘Mince Monday’ pink and ‘Chicken Tuesday’ blue. Yes, this is a little OCD-ish but this will make my no-cook nights even easier than they already are. I’m so excited!

Source: Pinterest

13. Files in the office

Don’t forget the office. Win the paper war for good. Organise files and projects into colours too. Make them functional. For example, make expenses files ‘red’ and income-generating documents ‘green.’

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14. Your Wardrobe

Once you’ve organised the kitchen, kids and your office – how about colour coding your own wardrobe? Never lose an item of clothing again and easily dress to your mood each day. Get out of black too. That’s sure what I needed to do and this worked really well.

Source: Pinterest

15. The Bookshelf

OK – I do love my books and I’m not sure if I’d personally do this. I sort my books into categories. For example, cooking, self-help etc. But if you really want to take this idea to the limit – here’s a visual!

Source: Squarespace

16. Kids Rooms

 

Take it even further by colour coding your entire kids room in the colour you picked for them.

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OK. That’s it for today, but there’s more of this organisational goodness to come. Thanks to everyone on Facebook who submitted their awesome ideas about their experiences with colour-coding family members. If you’ve got more great ideas please comment on the FB feed for this post. Thanks. Have a fantastic week and happy colour-coding!


Get organised in the kitchen this weekend. Cook for a family of four adults this Saturday. Spend just $230 to feed an entire family breakfast, lunches, snacks and even desserts for an entire five weeks. Click the pink link below to check out my latest eBook.   

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When you move out of home for the first time, you’ll unleash all kinds of emotions. Then there’s responsibility and that’ll get your goat. You’ll be super excited though, to finally be free and out on your own. Adding personality and style to your own pad will be tons of fun.
Whether you are paying out for a deposit on your home or forking out for rent, you’ll need furniture. You might have saved up, but many people don’t. Grab some quick tips today on how you can furnish your home cheaply, without compromising on quality or style. Here are some of the best ways on home furniture.

Buy Second Hand

Many furniture pieces are fine to be bought secondhand. Think of sofas, bed frames, tables, and chairs, for example. As long as they are good quality, there is nothing wrong with getting a little pre-loved into a room. You can still look for style that suits your taste. Hunt around and pick well, and you risk having to get rid of it or buying again later.
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