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Supermarket Wars: The 85 Cent Loaf Of Bread

For many years, Australia’s supermarkets tacitly agreed that the cheapest loaf of bread for sale would be a 650 gram white loaf for $1. Now Woolworths and Coles have decided that’s apparently too expensive, and are selling that same white loaf for 85 cents.


How Big Food Wants To Trick You Over Package Sizes

Australia’s main food industry body wants labelling regulations changed so that the weight or quantity no longer has to be displayed on the front of packaging. Why is it seeking the change, and why is it potentially bad news for consumers?


The Best Bundles That Save Money On Multiple Purchases

Whether you’re shopping for books, music, software or video games, the web is full of “bundles” — discounted packs where you can get lots of goodies at a bargain price. Here are some of the best to check out.


Maximise Your Grocery Budget With The Inverted Pyramid Method

Meal planning is meant to save money and time during the week. But, sometimes, the process of meal planning itself can be time consuming. Frugal living site The Thriftiness Miss offers a simple method for organising weekly meals — plan using an inverted pyramid pattern.


Avoid 'The Bottom Dollar Effect' For More Satisfying Purchases

Money might not buy happiness, but how we choose to spend it does affect our satisfaction. A recent study found that when we buy something, we’re more satisfied with our purchase if we have money left over in our bank account.


Chromebook Comparison Filters Choices To Find The Right Laptop For You

If you don’t want to spend a lot of money on a laptop, a Chromebook can be a solid alternative. To find the right one for you, software developer Danny Tuppeny created a webapp that filters your options.


Five Foods You Should Always Avoid At The Supermarket

Want to stack the nutrition odds in your favour? The key is good food so here are five things to never let into your shopping trolley: lollies, biscuits, sugar-sweetened drinks, potato crisps and processed meats.


How To Identify A Counterfeit Note

There has been a rash of counterfeit banknotes doing the rounds in Sydney over the past month, with police warning NSW businesses to be extra vigilant. Here are some detection tips from the NSW Fraud and Cybercrime Squad that will help you to stick with legal tender.


The Consumer Rights You Don't Have In Australia

The ACCC’s recent decision to take Valve to court highlighted that we have well-defined consumer rights in Australia which big businesses ignore at their peril. It’s worth knowing what those rights are — but it’s also helpful to know what you can’t do. Here’s a refresher on some of the most common misconceptions.


How To Get Useful Buying Information From Tech Rumours

Over the next couple of weeks, Samsung and Apple are announcing new products — and like every release before and since, the rumour mill has been in overdrive. You will have encountered many contradictory rumours all around the internet, most of which are probably false. Here’s how to actually use tech rumours to make better purchasing decisions.