It's Father's Day this coming Sunday, which means there's a good chance you'll be contacting your dad to say hi. Here's my handy tip: don't do it reverse charge.
According to a Telstra media release this week, the volume of reverse charge calls is expected to go up by 11% on Sunday. While I'm sure that there are plenty of parents who would appreciate a call under any circumstances, it still seems a pretty back-handed gesture to me, especially given how much call costs have fallen in recent years.
If you really can't afford a call, convince your parents to install Skype (or install it for them) and eliminate the cost equation entirely. If you're looking for a last-minute hand-made gift (and haven't got a handy stash of iTunes cards, try out the photo frame coffee sleeve, a pinhole camera or a head-mounted water cannon.