Used to be, you'd sit down once a month with your bank statement, receipts and check register, and make sure all of your deposits and withdrawals lined up.
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If you're not already aware, Amazon Australia seems to be knocking the price of a whole swath of products down - perhaps in preparation for Easter? Regardless, that means that the budding bargain hunter can trawl for hours on Amazon's homepage, trying to find a great deal.
Or they can come to us! We've loaded up five of the best bargains to throw cash at.
Very few would have predicted the meteoric rise of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies toward the end of 2017 - fewer still may have predicted the dip that occurred shortly after.
How can you find the next crypto to go 'to the moon'. Recently, finder.com.au enlisted nine panellists to help predict just where twelve of the biggest cryptocurrencies may head in 2018 and, interestingly, Dogecoin is predicted to be one of the biggest movers.
There's no denying the gender pay gap. It's there: The average pay for a man, the average pay for a woman, and space between. The gap exists regardless of whether or not you believe it exists. Wage gap deniers don't deny the gap itself; they deny its significance. Women stay at home with children, so the numbers make sense, they say. Women don't negotiate, so of course there's a gap.
Just over a week ago, the Reserve Bank of Australia released the all new $50 note. The $50 is the most highly circulated bank note in this country as it's used to fill ATMs. And highly circulated notes have traditionally been attractive to counterfeiters as they can pass fakes more easily as there are so many notes, at different stages of wear in circulation. But the new "pineapple" is different to its predecessor. And the makers of some of its security features, Leonhard Kurz Australia, say it's almost impossible to copy.
Now that the New Payments Platform (NPP) is live and banks are slowly coming to the party in offering access to their own PayID system for transferring funds, the spotlight has turned to security. Is the NPP platform safe for consumers? Can your PayID be compromised or hacked in some way? Or is it really a reverse lookup system for mobile phone numbers?
Bitcoin's plummeting and a whole lot of cryptocurrencies are going down with it. Since early January, we've seen half the market value disappear. Some initially called it a 'bloodbath'. But it's been getting worse and worse. A single coin was once worth nearly $25000, now it's floating under $10000.
Is it time to get out?
That's a real tough question to answer.
It's easier to give advice than it is to take it. You tell your friend she really needs to dump that jerk, but meanwhile, you can't break things off with your own jerk. Most of us have been there, and that dynamic rings especially true when it comes to money. According to a recent study, we may overestimate the value of our own money versus someone else's.
The holidays are an expensive time for everyone - holiday travel, gifts, food, booze and festive clothes can break the bank for even the most frugal. But December can be especially financially brutal for single people, says Carey Purcell, writing for the Washington Post. This is in large part because single people are generally shouldering their living expenses alone, rather than splitting them with a partner, which obviously reduces their disposable income at holiday-time. But, as Purcell points out, it's also due to differing expectations for singles than for partnered people.
Today marks Equal Pay Day, when based non the disparity in pay between men and women, the latter are effectively working from free from now until the end of the year. It's an emotional topic, but what does science have to say about the whole issue?
A common argument for why the gender pay gap exists is that women tend to work in lower-paid occupations. But new in-depth research has found even when contributions to their employers are the same, women are still paid only 84 cents for every $1 men receive.
Why? Well, it's sexism, they say.
Most people's perception of income protection is that it's something that only self-employed tradies need. This is usually because they’re working on-site with a plethora of dangers.
It might surprise you to find out that that in the top occupations for income protection claims in 2016 according to AIA Australia, tradie jobs don’t even make the top three. Instead they were a sales assistant, general clerk and a shop manager.
When I was 16, my French class was fortunate enough to visit France. We immediately went to the Louvre upon arrival in Paris, but I was so wiped out by jet lag, I sat down and fell asleep. The spot I had chosen, however, was actually an ancient work of art. Here's what would have happened had I broken it.
Once you've signed a pesky gym contract, you're legally on the hook to keep paying that membership, even if you don't use it. But all hope is not lost. There are some ways to wiggle out of a gym contract.