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Hump Day Deals: Cheap Barbie Toys, $169 Nexus 4, 900 Free Arcade Games

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: 96 free Kindle ebooks, get an LG Nexus 4 smartphone for $169 from Kogan, 900 free arcade games. Click the links below to land yourself a bargain. (To make things easier, deals are now grouped into related categories.)

Save An Extra $7976 For Your Child With The $1 A Week Savings Plan

Socking away money for your kids can be hard when you’re on a tight budget. This plan turns small weekly savings into $7976 by the time your kids turn 18.

Have A 'Sleepover Swap' To Save On Babysitting Costs

Hiring a babysitter can really add to the costs of date night — that is, if you can even find one. If you have a sleepover swap, you can split the cost with some other parents.

Start Your Haggling At 35% Off When Travelling

Local markets are part of the charm of travelling. In many cultures, merchants expect you to haggle. Those unfamiliar with the process should start the haggling at 35% off.

Utilise The Half Payment Method To Budget Around Major Bills

Big bills have a nasty habit of taking up too much of your income every month. Reduce the stress and help curb spending by dividing major expenses across all your pay in a month before they’re actually due.

Dealhacker: Get A 4G LTE, Android KitKat Smartphone From Vodafone For $99

The Huawei Ascend Y550 4G is a new budget smartphone from Vodafone that packs in an impressive array of features for just $99. It boasts a roomy 4.5-inch screen, a 1.2 GHz quad core processor, 1GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel camera and 4G LTE support. Handily, it also runs Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) out of the box.

Super Funds With High Fees Will Make You Less Money Over Time

Think that paying higher super fees means someone will be paying more attention to how your retirement money is invested? Think again.

Save Money On Kids' Birthday Parties By Avoiding Food

Children’s birthday parties are often costly affairs. Although weddings are more expensive, birthdays come every year. To control some of the costs, avoid serving food at the party.

Get Some Bargains In eBay's Big Sunday Toy Sale

Yes, it’s November already. Nope, I have no idea where the days went either. All we can do is prepare for December and the explosion of gift-giving (and receiving) it contains. If you can, it’s usually cheaper to make your purchases before the Christmas rush and eBay looks like it wants to help out, offering a 20 per cent discount on toy purchases until 11 November.

What Items Aren't Worth Cheaping Out On?

There’s a point when frugality simply isn’t worth it. Sometimes, when you’re trying to save money, you’ll grab the cheapest possible version of a product, only to realise a few days later it doesn’t work properly or just plain falls apart. Here are some items that are worth the little bit of extra cash.