saving money

If You Can't Decide Between Buying Two Things, Consider Neither

When you’re trying to be a careful shopper, comparing two similar products is a given. Sometimes, though, if you’re having a tough time deciding which one you actually want, the best decision might be to just save your money.


2TB Seagate Portable USB-Powered HDD, Just $US106 Delivered

SSDs may be all the rage, but the humble magnetic drive still has a place, especially for storing local backups or carting massive files between locations. If you’re in the market for such a gadget, Amazon currently has a sale on portable Seagate drives, with the 2TB version selling for $US100, plus $US6.48 for delivery.


Top 10 Mind Hacks To Help You Save More Money

You already know the common strategies for saving money: Automatically set aside a portion of your pay, stick to a budget, plan your purchases and so on. But there are also simple (if surprising) psychology tricks that can help us save even more. Here are ten such mind hacks.


If You Still Can't Justify A Purchase Three Days Later, Return It

We all know what it’s like to have buyer’s remorse. The moments leading up to a purchase are filled with justifications, biases, and rationalisations. If you’re still wrestling with the decision a few days later, take back whatever it is you bought.


Only Borrow Money For Things That Increase In Value

Most of us decide whether or not we borrow money for something based on whether or not we can afford to pay it off soon. Business author Seth Godin suggests a different paradigm: try to only borrow money when the thing you’re buying increases in value.


Create A 'Needs Only' Budget So You're Prepared For The Worst

Budgets may not be exciting, but done correctly they’re extremely valuable. By working out a “needs only” budget you can see what money you need to survive, so you can prepare for an emergency or sudden lifestyle change.


Australia's Top 10 Most Expensive Suburbs For Rental Properties

Think your rent is too high? Be grateful you’re not trying to find a place in Perth. These are the 10 most expensive suburbs in Australia right now.


Rotate Your Everyday Household Items For A Fresh Look And Even Wear

Odds are you have a few favourite items in your home: Your usual plates and favourite mug, or davoured sheets and blankets. The Kitchn has a simple way to keep your home from feeling stale (and beat the urge to buy new things) and to make sure everything wears evenly over time: Rotate those favourite items regularly.


Online Bargains For Hump Day (If You Act Fast)

Hump day (AKA Wednesday) is arguably the most boring day of the week. So why not liven things up by grabbing one of these nifty online bargains? Deals that caught our eye this week include 20% off at JB Hi-Fi, cheap Square Ennix games and a $459 website-building course for free. Click the links below to land yourself a bargain.


Which Cheap Smartphone Should You Buy?

A flagship smartphone usually costs somewhere in the region of $800, with some models creeping closer to one grand. That’s just silly money! If you’re willing to forgo the latest wizz-bang features — most of which are useless gimmicks — it’s possible to snag a cutting-edge phone for well under $400. Here are five of the best cheapskate-friendly models on the market.