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After a year or two of increasingly frivolous spending, one of my goals going into the New Year is to save as much money as possible. In some areas of my life, like eating out or buying clothes, it’s obvious what I need to cut, and there are plenty of easy ways to save money.

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So I'm at the supermarket, and I glance at the cover of trashy real-life stories magazine That's Life, because I'm always hoping that it will one day feature a headline as spectacular as the classic 'IS YOUR FRUIT SALAD PSYCHIC?'

There's nothing quite that glorious, but there is this: 'Budget Queen: I Feed A Family Of 10 For $120 A Week'. So obviously I had to buy it.

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The true strength of a relationship isn't tested when circumstances are easy, but when they are dire. Over the weekend, my partner and I embarked on a journey that would test our mettle. Our ability to communicate, compromise, and show patience toward one another is what held us together through the trying ordeal, but one thing is for certain: Going to IKEA with your significant other ain't no joke.

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Nobody is immune to layoffs. Whether you're an executive or an entry-level hire, layoffs can - and probably will - affect you at some point in your career. Consultants and freelancers have a bit of a buffer thanks to their multiple income streams, but when their industry suffers, they suffer too. (There's nothing like losing four clients in a single month.)

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A few weeks I ago, I presented a technology session to the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees. In that, I decided to focus on five megatrends I though they should keep an eye on rather than being subject to the short-term bumps we see when a new device or service is released. After all, as exciting as the release of a smartphone might be, it's unlikely to change your IT strategy.

As Gartner moves towards their annual Symposium/Expo events, they have identified three key megatrends through analysis of the Hype Cycle. Let's see if they agree with me.

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iOS: I have never been great at managing my money. But now that I'm about to become a dad, I've suddenly found it imperative to know where it's all going. Yes, there are plenty of well-regarded budgeting and expense tracking apps out there, such as You Need a Budget (YNAB) and PocketBook. My wife and I use the former for our household budget, and it's great at what it does -- allowing us to see our running spending by category, set up automatic bill payments, keep track of our incomes, and plan for savings.

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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.