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I love a side hustle. My hobbies -- blogging, podcasting, making comedy videos, even tweeting -- have all become my job. I even contributed to a book called The Hustle Economy: Transforming Your Creativity Into a Career. So believe me when I tell you: Your hobby is also allowed to be completely useless.

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Bitcoin’s had a bit of a rocky end to the year. After clearing the $25,000AUD mark earlier in December, in the lead up to Christmas its value plummeted and people panicked. Especially new Bitcoin investors, who thought the going was good. It seemed everyone wanted to get rid of their coins before it dropped any further – but where exactly can you spend your bitcoins in Australia anyway?

As it turns out, not very many places.

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Boxing Day is for three things in my world: watching the cricket, watching the NBA and just sitting on my laptop looking for crazy deals to spend all my extra Christmas cash on. I’m not big on braving the crowds clamouring for a bargain, so it’s good to know I can just pick up all the deals with a few clicks.

If you’re in the same boat, then Lifehacker has your back – here are the best deals from Boxing Day 2017 and some last well into the new year!

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eBay's running another 20% tech sale, this time running until just after Boxing Day. So if you're after a solid discount on headphones, earbuds, monitors, mid-range Android phones, gaming mice or soundbars, here's some of the best picks from their Christmas sale.

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A great phone case is the ideal antidote to life's inevitable phone-destroying surprises. The iPhone X comes in at a cool $1500-plus, depending on the model and although there are plenty of other things you could spend that kind of money on, if you're going to splash out and grab the X then you want to make sure you're protecting it, but you also want to save a bit of cash.

But which iPhone X case is right for you? Here’s some of our recommendations.

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Could it be?

Could we finally be getting the huge Amazon Australia discounts that we hoped and dreamed about when the service launched in early December? It seems that on Boxing Day, that may be the case with Amazon offering up deals across fashion, books, movies, music, toys, video games, electronics, e-readers and more.

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Wholesale prices on the National Broadband Network are being cut in a bid to encourage Australians to sign up for faster broadband plans. Whether that approach works will depend on internet service providers getting on board and offering cheaper packages. Here's what we know so far.

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In the next few weeks, the value of bitcoin is predicted to rocket past $US20,000 - an astronomical increase of 2500 percent this year alone.

For the uninitiated, that's $US20,000 per digital coin. Back in 2009, you could've bought a fistful of bitcoin for a single dollar. The good news is that it's not too late to jump on the blockchain gravy train - you just have to start much, much smaller.

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It's rare to purchase something that will actually increase the value of your smartphone, but there's one item that offers more value per dollar than any insurance plan: a screen protector. The thin piece of plastic or glass could save your fancy-pants iPhone X from a fall that would leave it shattered into countless pieces. Even better, it could boost your device's resale value a few hundred bucks.

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In just the last month, it feels like Bitcoin has surged to mainstream prominence, popping up on social media, TV, radio and just about anywhere information is exchanged. However, though Bitcoin may be the most popular cryptocurrency, it’s not the only one – arguably, it’s not even the best one.

We’ve rounded up the ways you can buy Bitcoin, other cryptocurrency and altcoins in Australia.

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Socks are the go-to example of a bad holiday gift from an uncaring gifter (or a relative who doesn't really know you), but that's an unwarranted reputation, if you ask me. If you're in a cold weather climate, you wear thick ones every day, but chances are you don't have 10 or 15 or even seven pairs to last you through a laundry cycle. If you have an office job, you need a lot of dress socks, and if you're an athlete you may need specialty socks (I recently purchased cushioned running socks and they changed my life, or at least my feet). The list goes on. And all those socks don't come cheap.

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The initial response to Amazon Australia's launch a couple of weeks ago was mostly disappointment, with a hint of optimism. There weren't a lot of quality deals to be found, but video games and consoles were offered at really competitive prices that made a few people take notice.

So it's no surprise that Amazon Australia's top ten products since launch heavily feature video games and video game accessories - with a couple of books thrown in for good measure.

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Money management is something most of us could be better at. Whether it's bad budgeting or unclaimed superannuation, there's probably a mistake or two that you need to rectify immediately. This infographic looks at the often painful money lessons we learn during life's journey: from "young and single" to "empty nester".

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The stretch from November to January is so festive, so cheerful - and so expensive. There are the gifts for your family and friends, new outfits for dinners and parties, booze and food for your own shindigs, airfare or petrol, holiday cards... the list goes on. In my house, at least, the late-January credit bills always bring a horrified reckoning and promises to do better next year.