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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.

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Dear Lifehacker, Recently I sold a mobile phone that was is full working order to someone. I tested it prior and all was good. Within a few hours the buyer was claiming there were problems with the phone which I totally refute. First they asked for costs to cover the repair and now they are asking for a full refund, all within 24 hours.

Where do I stand as the seller as I still claim there was nothing wrong with the phone and if it has issues now, they were caused by the buyer after I sold it to them?

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It’s unsurprising that in the lead-up to this year’s federal budget there was a lot of discussion about housing affordability as its centrepiece. Over the past 20 years price-to-income and price-to-rent ratios have doubled. Sydney’s price-to-income ratio is over 12, making it the second-least-affordable city in the world. Melbourne is in fourth place.