saving money

Give Yourself A Mandatory Holiday Policy With Cash Incentives

Too many people seem content to not take annual leave. As the Wall Street Journal points out, some employers are combatting this with incentives, But you don’t need to wait for your employer to offer one to give yourself incentive to go.

Save Money On Wine At A Restaurant By Ordering From The Bin End List

If you’re out for dinner at a fancy restaurant and you want to save money where you can, ask for the restaurant’s bin end list. The bottles on that list will be a lot cheaper because the restaurant is trying to unload its inventory.

Hump Day Deals: Greenman Gaming Sale, Cheap Takeaway, Freebie Bonanza

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 Greenman Gaming’s Top 50 sale, 32 home-delivered freebies and this week’s best takeaway vouchers. Click the links below to land yourself a bargain.

ACCC Takes Petrol Giants To Court Over Price Sharing

Consumer regulator the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is sometimes criticised for not doing more to ensure petrol pricing is fair and competitive. That situation appears to have reversed dramatically today, with the ACCC taking Woolworths, Coles, 7-Eleven, BP and Caltex to court over allegations of “price sharing” that has reduced competition in the petrol market.

Ask LH: Does JB Hi-Fi Price Match Online Deals?

Hey Lifehacker, I’m shopping around for a tablet and have noticed that the one I am after is available much more cheaply online ($100 or more). How likely is it that the local retailers (JB Hi Fi, Good Guys, Harvey Norman and so on) will be willing to match this?

Sneaky ALDI Charges Remind Us To Always Check Credit Card Fees

Supermarket chain ALDI has been taken to task for not making the charges associated with using credit cards and tap and go payments clear enough for customers. Whatever supermarket you favour, it’s a reminder that you shouldn’t automatically assume any payment mechanism is free of charges.

How To Scam A McDonald's Frozen Coke 'Float' Dessert For $1.30

A medium size McDonald’s Frozen Coke Float (i.e. — frozen Coca-Cola garnished with soft serve ice cream) currently costs a pretty hefty $4.50. Here’s a sneaky hack to get an even bigger version of the same dessert for just $1.30.

Seven Things To Take Note Of In The IKEA 2015 Australia Catalogue

IKEA’s 2015 catalogue is out online now (the print version hits stores on 1 September). Here are seven new developments that are worth highlighting — including an unexpected reprieve for one supposedly cancelled line.

How The Internet Helps You Beat Big Business Monopolies

There’s nothing corporations like more than a good monopoly. Plug in the consumer and turn on the profits! In Australia there’s seemingly no end to the spiralling cost of living as our utilities, banks and other service providers find new ways to hit us with fees that deliver them record profits.

Form A Neighbourhood Association To Share Resources

If you live in an apartment block, you’ll be familiar with the body corporate. A neighbourhood association is less formal way of pooling resources and information.