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Bitcoin is a form of cryptocurrency that can be used to purchase everything from online goods to multi-million dollar mansions. They are currently more valuable than gold, with a single Bitcoin equalling more than three thousand Australian dollars. Needless to say, there is a huge amount of interest in bitcoin and it's not too hard to start mining bitcoins of your own.

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Targeted deals are great — if you happen to be targeted. However, it's possible you might not even know a discount is available, even if you have been included. Just in case the email ended up in your spam folder or otherwise lost to the internet, eBay has two deals going — one for $15 off and another for 10 per cent off.

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It's not unusual to find decent discounts on expensive tech gear. In fact, we'd say you're a bit of a chump if you buy anything at its full retail price in Australia. When you do see a good discount, though, don't automatically presume you can't do even better. Instead, follow these six steps to ensure you get the best deal possible.

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On June 5, Adobe is jacking up its Creative Cloud (CC) software prices by a whopping 25 per cent. A 12-month subscription to the CC suite will now set you back $869.85 - compared to today's asking price of $695.88. In other words, if you plan to sign up to Adobe or renew an existing subscription, do it before June 5.

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A new poll from Bloomberg suggests that almost half of Americans would have a hard time affording a $100 emergency, like a speeding ticket, medical bill or other unexpected expense. Many Australians are in similar situations as well. Consider the idea that maybe this says less about people's financial habits than it does the garbage economy.

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Let's talk about buying pets online. It isn't a terrible idea, if you can avoid the flood of online scammers waiting to take your money without handing over a puppy. If you're really set on a specific breed or don't have a shelter near you, keep these tips in mind so you don't get taken advantage of.

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Studies of European countries show that bank taxes similar to the 0.06 per cent bank levy introduced by the government in the 2017 federal budget will be largely borne by customers, not shareholders. The levy could also make the banking system more, rather than less risky.

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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: the best Mother's Day bargains from eBay, get 15 per cent off Surface tablets from the Microsoft Store, half-price groceries from Woolworths and Coles.

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Australia's Click Frenzy sale is now in full swing. If you missed out last night you still have 12 hours to snap up an online bargain, including some solid deals on video games, computers and electronics. Here are the best Click Frenzy deals so far, with links to buy.

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Australia's answer to Cyber Monday kicks off tonight for the sixth time. The organisers are promising the biggest sale ever with discounts of up to 80 per cent on a huge range of consumer goods, including cameras, TVs, video games and electronics. Here are the details.

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Are extended warranties really all that necessary, considering the protections Australian Consumer Law offers?

The selling practices of the extended warranty industry were recently made subject of a review which has resulted in a set guidelines of aiming to "provide greater transparency" into what consumers are being told by retailers. Two companies in particular (one of which is part of the Harvey Norman group) have been instructed to follow a new set of guidelines.

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Most of us don't have a healthy relationship with money. We think of it as enemy — something that constantly gets in our way, or we think of it as a goal, something that will solve all of our problems. In reality, money is just a tool. Realising this changed my habits in some interesting ways.

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Most people's eyes glaze over at the words "credit report." Sure, it's boring. It's confusing. But ignoring it can make your financial life difficult. And it can badly affect your love life, too - from lowering the chances of finding a date to increasing the likelihood of divorce.