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It seems that while many people are embracing new payment systems that help to extricate finds from their wallets and bank accounts, they aren't quite as good at managing their finances as they should be. While banking apps and online payments are popular, tools for managing expenses are far less popular.

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Kids, eh? They used to be so cute and adorable. Then they grew up. Got jobs. And didn’t leave. If your 20-something offspring are still living at home, it’s probably because they lack the funds to move out. (It’s also possible they love living with their parents but we wouldn’t bet on it.)

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This year's federal budget takes on special importance for the government as it's as much an election campaign statement as a look into the nation's finances and what the government plans for the next 12 months. So, what will it mean for your wallet?

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For the past half-decade Australian wages have barely moved after adjusting for inflation. In the United States the picture is far bleaker — the real wages of average workers have changed little in 40 years.

Not so for US chief executives. In 1965 the heads of America’s 350 biggest companies earned 20 times what the average worker did. By 2017 they earned 312 times as much.

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When you’re working full time, you can track your spending and make a budget using percentages of your income to try to get a handle on what you can truly afford. But thinking in terms of monthly or even weekly allotments of money isn’t necessarily the most effective way to think of your dollars.

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It’s been a brutal few weeks in media, as BuzzFeed, the Huffington Post, Vice, Gannett and McClatchy laid off thousands of workers. But it’s not just journalists who have been hurting recently: GM is laying off thousands of workers over the next two weeks, Sears’s bankruptcy has imperiled tens of thousands of jobs, and the U.S. government shutdown left hundreds of thousands of people without a paycheck for weeks.

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There’s no shortage of travel websites and online agencies to search and book flights, but when it comes to getting the best deal, using a combination of sites will often give you the best results. If you have a little time and flexibility to play around, here are some to bookmark for your next trip.

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One of the best things about employment in Australia is superannuation. Under current laws, employers must pay 9.5% of your salary into an approved fund that is set aside for your retirement.

But with the age at which you can get the pension rising from 65 to 67 over the next few years, many people having larger mortgages than ever before, and life expectancy increasing, the amount of money needed to live comfortably after leaving the full-time workforce is a challenging question. So how much money do you actually need at retirement?

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Tipping in the US can be overwhelming for Aussies. We know it’s customary to give a little something to hotel staff, but how much is enough? Should you tip the bellhop as much as the housekeeper, and what about the concierge? Does staying at an all-inclusive resort mean you’re off the hook?

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Credit ratings and scores are extremely important. They can determine whether you'll receive a loan and can strongly influence the interest rates and other terms and conditions. But it turns out, when it comes to your credit report, you're not the master of your own destiny.