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Successive Australian governments are usually judged on how they balance the budget and spend taxpayers’ dollars. The stereotypes are that Liberal governments keep a tight hold on the purse strings, while Labor governments are spendthrifts.

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Tonight's the night: at 7:30PM (AEST), the Treasurer will hand down the 2017-18 Federal Budget in Australia's parliament. Here's how you can keep track of all the big ticket announcements as they're released — including the ones that actually matter to you.

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Australian banks have been quietly bumping up interest rates in recent months, tightening the already-strained budgets of many mortgage holders. Alternative home loan options are out there, but many aren’t taking the extra step to switch lenders. Enter Australia's biggest home loan sale event — now underway for 40 hours from 6am Monday May 8. Reduced rates, waived fees, exclusive deals. Here's how to start saving.

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Dyson's vacuum cleaners aren't known for their affordable prices, but they do have a reputation for cleaning stuff real good. The handstick units are particularly popular — and expensive — but right now you can grab the V6 Animal for $320, down from the RRP of $549.

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Dear Lifehacker, I'm in the market for a new computer. My friend says it's cheaper to build one myself, but it looks like I can get a cheaper computer from Dell or Asus. I'm not afraid of building, but I'd rather not spend extra if I don't have to. Which will actually save me money?

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The Coalition government is seeking savings of A$2.8 billion from higher education over the budget period, in another attempt at a major shake-up of Australia’s university sector. The cost burden on students will be increased and the income threshold for repaying their debt lowered. .

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Kathy Sheeran is the author of Shopping Confessions and one of Australia’s leading shopping experts, whether it be online or at the register. We asked the self-described "shopping queen" to share her best bargain-hunter strategies. According to Sheeran, it's possible to capitalises on shopping sales via “double whammy" discounts to get up to 80 per cent off new season stock. Here are eight tips to help you land a significantly better deal.

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Dear Lifehacker, My father started a family-owned business from the ground up in 1999. We had a customer that owes us a lot of money but has gone bankrupt. My father spent years building this business and I'd hate to see him lose the money he has earned. It broke my heart when he told me there was nothing that can be done. Surely there is something we can do to get what we're owed? I do not want to believe there is nothing that can be done.

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There’s been quite a bit of speculation over whether Australia has a property market bubble - where house prices are over-inflated compared to a benchmark - and when it might burst. According to housing experts, there’s at least four scenarios where this could happen.

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Learning how to grow and successfully manage your finances is one of the most important life skills there is. Unfortunately, the education system is not the most effective tutor. This infographic contains 15 tried-and-trusted skills that will help you to build money and find success all aspects of your life. They share one thing in common: none of them are taught at school.

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In general, we want our kids to be better people than we are. We insist they eat their vegetables and then break out the chocolate after they go to bed. We teach them to floss as we run a tongue over our many fillings. We counsel "forgive and forget", even as we ruminate on the splotchy-faced woman who wouldn't let us into traffic as we were pulling out of an car dealership in 1997.

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Read enough financial advice and you can start to get the sense that any mistake or flaw in your financial life is catastrophic. In fact the opposite is true. Not only is it OK to be imperfect, but you can turn even the worst disaster around.