saving money

Treat All Linear Growth As Exponential Growth When You Save Money

When we think of our savings, we tend to think in linear terms. If you save $20 every week for a year, you’ll have $1040 by the end of the year. However, when it comes to saving money (or anything else), linear growth becomes exponential growth the more you do things.


ACCC Cracks Down On Drip Pricing By Ticketmaster And Ticketek

Back in February, consumer regulator the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) started a wide-ranging investigation into drip pricing: constantly adding extras during a purchase process so the final price ends up higher than expected or advertised. That campaign has scored a notable result today, with ticket agencies Ticketek and Ticketmaster promising to make their fees clearer to consumers.


Remember 'Money Is Permanent' To Curb Spending Habits

Splurging on meaningless things is too easy to do. Determine which transactions are really important by remembering you have a finite number of dollars to spend in your lifetime.


Use Your Hourly Wage To Tackle Or Outsource To-Dos

There are lots of chores you can outsource, but you need to be sure you aren’t spending more than what the job is worth to you. Once you know your hourly wage, you can decide if a task is worth doing or paying someone else to do it.


Hump Day Deals: 165 Free Ebooks, Myer Electronics Clearance, $30 Off Men's Suits

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 Bitdefender Total Security 2015 for free, up to 80 per cent off electronics at Myer and 150 free ebooks from Amazon. Click the links below to land yourself a bargain. (To make things easier, deals are now grouped into related categories.)


Sneaky Ways To Save Money With Transport Smart Cards

Almost every Australian capital city now uses travel smart cards as its main ticketing method. Looking to save money while using one of these cards? Check out these tips.


Eat And Drink For Free All Day By Pretending It's Your Birthday

A lot of restaurants will give you something for free on your birthday, and with the right approach so will a lot of bars. The thing is, your birthday only comes around once a year, so this video shares some social engineering manoeuvres to ensure you have a very happy un-birthday.


Damn, Telstra's Prepaid Freedom Cap Isn't Getting Decent Data Packs

One of our favourite prepaid deals used to be Telstra’s Encore Cap deal, since you could use your built-in “recharge credit” to increase the data limits to decent levels without spending extra cash. When Telstra replaced that with the Freedom Cap deal, it took away the option to do that. Now we learn Freedom Cap will get data packs of its own, but you’ll have to pay for them up-front.


Translate Big Purchases Into Years Of Retirement For The Big Picture

Chances are, when you went to buy a car, you considered it through two lenses: the money you have, and the monthly payments you can afford. There may be a better metric, though: how many years of retirement it will cost you.


Briefly: Cheap KFC, Ultra HD Gaming, Moving Art

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers, including: KFC brings back the “12 For $12″ promotion, 4K gaming on Ultra HD TVs, get up to 65% off OzSale purchases.