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Ask LH: Will Netflix Or Stan Or Presto Or Quickflix Let Me Download Shows For Offline Viewing?

Hey Lifehacker, I’m currently running a Quickflix trial and I’m considering testing out Stan. But I’ve realised that one of my main reasons for downloading movies via torrents is because I can download during my ISP off-peak period, then watch them during the evening. Streaming movies during the evening eats all my ISP quota. Is there any way to get around that? I realise I can pre-buffer on a computer, but I want to watch on my lounge room TV.


Ask LH: How Can I Budget When I Get Paid Monthly?

Hi Lifehacker, I have recently started a new job and got my first pay. Yay! — except I don’t get another pay until next month. What are the best strategies for budgeting when you get paid monthly, especially when most of my pay goes towards a mortgage?


Ask LH: How Can I Persuade My Partner To Stop Ironing?

Dear Lifehacker, I hate ironing, and my wife insists on ironing my work shirts for me. She does a great job, but it can sometimes take ages for her to get around to it, so I have to iron the odd one here or there to get through. I really want to start taking my shirts to a dry cleaner and get them laundered and pressed, but I don’t want to hurt her feelings. What should I do?


Ask LH: Can A Car Manufacturer Refuse Warranty Service?

Hey Lifehacker, I have a question about new car warranties. We have a Holden Captiva 5 series 2 2012 model. Recently the engine has failed. The problem is that due to my partner’s work hours over the last two years and a recent spell of unemployment, he only had it serviced once.


Ask LH: How Can I Remind Employers I'm Available For Freelancing?

Dear Lifehacker, Last November I quit my old job and finally gained the courage to chase my dream and I am now a freelance cameraman. I am fortunate enough to have a friend inside the industry who gave me contacts so I could get work, and I immediately shot off emails with my resume. Unfortunately, I couldn’t have done it at a worst time. November and December are when things wind down and I’m afraid with all the holidays they’ve already forgotten me. How do I remind people that I am available for hire without seeming like a pest?


Ask LH: How Can I Converse With My In-Laws?

Hi Lifehacker, I get invited to my partner’s family dinners a few times a year, and I really struggle to find common ground. They are into travelling overseas and playing golf, while my interests are mostly gaming-related. I feel like I have nothing to contribute — I’ve even tried researching things to talk about. What can I do to contribute more to the conversation?


Ask LH: What's The Deal With Ceiling Fan Speeds?

Hey Lifehacker, Why is the fastest speed on my ceiling fan “1″, while the slowest is “5″? Shouldn’t it be the other way round? What gives?


Ask LH: Can I Be Charged For Using EFTPOS?

Hi Lifehacker, I was recently charged a $2 fee to use my EFTPOS card to pay for something. This merchant charges a $2 fee for all cards — even if using your savings account. Is this legal? I have payed fees for credit cards in the past but never for EFTPOS purchases.


Ask LH: Can A Liquor Store Employee Ask To See My Friend's ID If I'm Buying?

Dear Lifehacker, I have a question about the rights of bottle shop assistants to check IDs. I was at a bottle store a few days ago with a friend buying two bottles of beer. The checkout assistant asked for my ID which was fine and even a bit flattering (I’m almost 30). But then she asked my friend for her ID too.


Ask LH: Should I Contest A Fine For Driving An Unregistered Vehicle?

Hi Lifehacker, Do you think I should contest a fine for driving an unregistered vehicle? I recently moved into a new house and never received a renewal notice (we don’t have the sticker system in South Australia). I paid my rego once I realised, but by then a fine for $404 for driving an unregistered vehicle had already been imposed.