Saving money and making more of it; who doesn't want to know about that? These are the 10 most popular money posts from Lifehacker in 2013.
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A blind taste-test conducted by consumer organisation CHOICE has found Nespresso coffee capsules to be among the worst tasting, with coffee experts describing the flavour as "underwhelming", "musty" and "watery". The George Clooney-fronted coffee placed nearly rock-bottom, despite being the most expensive brand.
The savagely high prices for contract deals for the new iPhone have reaffirmed our belief that no-one should buy a phone on contract, or sign up for any kind of contract phone plan. But how can you choose between all the different prepaid and month-by-month plans? We've cut through the clutter with one clear recommendation for each of Australia's main mobile networks.
With the Federal Budget being passed today, we're bound to see a lot of discussion about its impact on families/battlers/home owners/insert-your-own-category. One key element in that discussion will be how much the typical individual or household actually earns — a figure that's quite complex to nail down but lower than you might expect.
Australia's high minimum wage is once again the topic of much discussion online over how it relates to McDonald's. While Australia does have a high minimum wage, and that means we'd have to work fewer minutes to purchase a Big Mac than most other economies, it's not quite as simple as stating a single figure that applies to everyone. It's entirely possible to earn less than the minimum wage in Australia without any laws being broken.
Most of us have copped a parking fine at one point or another — whether guilty or innocent, it usually leaves you simmering with impotent rage. One disgruntled Adelaide man has attempted to exact some petty revenge on his council by paying a parking fine in five and 10 cent coins. He also recorded the entire incident on video.
A much-discussed article doing the rounds this week examines how much a McDonald's worker can make in a full-time job in the US and whether that would constitute a viable living wage. Does the same logic apply in Australia?
We all could do with a few extra dollars in our pocket, but unless your boss is a fan of giving you free money, you'll have to work for it. Thankfully, you can do a lot of that work in your spare time. Here are some of the best ways to make some extra money, ranging from the super-lazy to the intensely-engaged.
Gumtree is one of the most popular local options for selling off unwanted stuff, in part because basic listings don't cost anything. However, bear in mind one restriction: you can only edit your ad up to 12 hours after posting. If you want to make changes after that, you'll have to pay a fee.
Ever scoff at someone for buying refurbished? Or found yourself spending $50 on an HDMI cable? We all hear (and spread) tech myths, but in some cases those myths end up costing you a lot of money. It's time to debunk the myths that drain your hard-earned cash from your wallet.
Most large shopping centres offer free indoor parking for the first two to three hours, followed by a gradually rising fee. If you've just spent a bunch of money in their complex and don't particularly want to fork out a gratuity for the privilege, here's a simple hack that will raise the boom gate for free.