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Buying used stuff is a great way to save money. You might not realise all the ways that you can live off of hand-me-downs. If you want to learn, take a “Nothing New” challenge. As personal finance blog Green High Five explains, a “Nothing New” challenge consists of buying, well, nothing new. No new clothes, new gadgets, new anything (except food or perishable goods, obviously). The goal is to save money, or just live with what you have already. New is nice, but you don’t always need it.
In our monthly Ratehacker round-up, Jeremy Cabral from comparison site finder.com.au highlights recent credit card offer changes, plus the best savings accounts and home loans.
It’s important you buy the right shoes for your preferred type of running, but there’s no reason to spend a fortune on them. A recent study examined thousands of running shoe reviews and found that pricey pairs are generally rated worse than their affordable counterparts.
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: Get a free Red Rooster meal on your birthday, 30% off PlayStation 4 from Dick Smith, get 15% off at eBay. Click the links below to land yourself a bargain.
Cutting back on electricity can save you some cash, but the savings vary. For example, unplugging an idle phone charge will only save you a few bucks per year. On the other hand, using an electric heater rather than gas could shave 70% off your heating bill. This chart tells you how much you’ll actually save using a handful of different strategies.
The weakening Australian dollar makes overseas purchases less enticing, though there are international retailers that don’t charge in US dollars that are mightily competitive with local stores. Hong Kong-based eGlobal is one example and with it currently offering free economy shipping, now might be the time to pick up a new lens, or even camera at a discount.