saving money

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 ^. 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.


If Your Car Will Be Idling For More Than 10 Seconds, Just Turn It Off

There are plenty of occasions where you might find your car idling: in a long drive through, picking someone up from work, or just sitting in your driveway. If you’re idling longer than 10 seconds, though, you’re better off turning off the engine.


Briefly: Tigerair Sale, Brazilian 101, Predestination Trailer

Brief news items for Lifehacker readers, including: Get cheap flights from Tigerair, watch the Predestination trailer, bikini waxing styles explained.


Grab A Chromecast For $39

Another weekend, another Dick Smith deal. This time around it’s for Google’s Chromecast, which normally retails for $49, but can be yours for $10 less if you pick one up online from the aforementioned retailer this weekend.


Menu Formatting Could Affect How Much You Spend At A Restaurant

We already know that eating out is expensive, but a recent study at Cornell University found a tactic restaurants use to get you to spend even more. The study examined how customers reacted to lunch menu formatting at a busy restaurant in New York. What they discovered was customers given a menu without dollar signs spent significantly more than customers who had menus with dollar signs. Customers without dollar signs on their menus also spent more than customers with the word “dollar” written out instead of a dollar sign.


How To Minimise Your Phone Usage When You Travel Internationally

Travelling internationally is difficult enough without worrying about your phone. To avoid paying a fortune for international roaming fees, here’s how to prep your phone for travel so you can stay connected without breaking the bank.