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Yes, like every other product in the universe, IKEA has its own brand of rechargeable NiMH batteries. At $10 for a four-pack, they're worth considering if you're in the market, particularly when compared to Panasonic's more expensive $30 Eneloops. But aren't the Eneloops better? Time to find out.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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The first important decision a married couple makes is ... how to get married. Black tie at the Ritz? Clambake at the shore? Backyard potluck? Research shows you might be better off with a cheap - but well-attended - wedding. Scott Stanley and Galena K. Rhoades, professors and researchers for the Institute of Family Studies, report that while the cost of weddings has been rising, the number of guests has been falling.

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With the market fluctuations the past week or so, there have been questions about when to rebalance your portfolio, if at all. Some say it shouldn't interfere with your long-term plan, and to stick to once a year. Others say the time to rebalance is right after the market goes up or down by five per cent or more.

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The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) is in the process of redesigning the country's banknotes with an emphasis on new security features. Following in the footsteps of the $5 and $10 notes, we now have a new $50 version - and we're beginning to come around to the updates.

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The imaginatively named New Payments Platform (which is a great name until it's replaced one day) promises to make it easier to send money between parties. One of the first applications to use the NPP will be PayID. It will let you send money to other people without having to remember annoying details like BSBs or account numbers.

You create your own unique identifier and funds can be moved between parties in near real-time - no need to wait for batch runs of payments between financial institutions. But how do you get in on this?

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This Valentine's Day, you may have arranged a fancy meal for your loved one. You've budgeted for everything: A few appetisers, entreés and a stealthily split dessert. When you get to the restaurant, the lighting is just right, the music is soothing, and you're feeling pretty good about where the night may lead. And then the waiter brings you the wine menu.

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'Date nights' are non-negotiable if you want to have a happy, healthy relationship. Unfortunately, financial hardship can put a dent in the very best of intentions. If it's been ages since you went out on a proper date and money is to blame, here are six tips that will help solve the problem.

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Newborn babies don't seem too expensive. They're too young to care about overpriced toys and breast milk doesn't cost anything. If you're willing to use washable cloth nappies, you're basically raising it for free.

Except this is obviously bollocks. An Australian mum recently did the maths and worked out that her bub cost approximately $32,360 over one year. Here's where all that money goes.

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Gaming notebooks that don't compromise on price, weight or performance are growing increasingly more common. Dell's managed to secure a place as one of the better options if you're considering such a laptop, with its Inspiron 15 7000 the best contender. Right now, you can grab the budget powerhouse for less than $1400, an amazing deal considering it packs an NVIDIA GTX 1060.