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VIRTUAL MONEY

Bit by bit, bitcoin is gaining currency

David Potts With bitcoin you can now buy a round of drinks at the local pub or even a Virgin Galactic flight into space.

PLANNING AHEAD

The numbers you really need

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Barbara Drury If your finances are a blur and you experience constant pain in your hip pocket, then it's not a health check you need but a wealth check.

SAVINGS

Simple saving solutions

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Mark Bouris Having got your taxes done start thinking about making your money work for you.

SHOPPING

Eftpos a deal breaker for many shoppers

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Michelle Hutchison More than one in four Australians would walk out of a shop and never return if they couldn’t pay for the goods with their card

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HOLIDAY MONEY

$A's high times almost done

Seize the day: Overnight, the currency fell as low as 92.81 US cents, its weakest level since June 5.

John Collett Analysts expect the Australian dollar to fall against the greenback and pound.

EXPERT ADVICE

Top tips for shift to thrift

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Alexandra Cain Want to save some money? Ask some people who know how - students, single parents and pensioners.

IS MONEY HISTORY?

Not everyone's set for the big sign-off

Security: The switch to PIN verification will decrease the chances of card fraud.

Christine Long From Friday you'll need to know what your PIN is, but thousands of Autralians don't.

HISTORY OF MONEY

The lost world of the cheque

 

James Cockington Fifty years ago, when PINs held your hat on, cheques were the heart of the banking system and a handy leaflet helped youngsters learn how to use them

The life story of a cheque

Fifty years ago cheques were a cornerstone of the banking system, and it was important to know how to use them.

Bank Charges

Reforms no cap to ATM fees

Watch the cost: Using another bank's ATM could cost you.

John Collett When you take cash out from the hole in the wall, a little is still falling back into machine operators’ pockets.

What's the go with debt managers?

Your Questions dinkus

George Cochrane 'Debt solutions' all sound too good to be true. Are there other cheaper, safer options?

GETTING STARTED

Why we all need to give a damn about the less well off

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Penny Pryor Helping break the poverty trap for people with small interest-free loans, will benefit the whole country in the long run.

TRUSTS

Providing a bit of extra help

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Kate Jones Every parent worries about their child's financial future. But what if your child is disabled and incapable of managing their finances?

What Mum taught me

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Sylvia Pennington These well-known Australians have done well, in part thanks to a mother who instilled basic money sense.

THE COST OF KIDS

How to raise good children without blowing the budget

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Sylvia Pennington Swimming? Footy? Ballet? Piano? Whatever activities your kids do, it costs. But there are ways to save.

CARD CALMING

Need-to-spend ways can be nipped in bud

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Christine Long If you need to break the credit card habit, here are some debt-defying tips to help you along.

RESOLUTIONS

A bit of resolve can turn wishful thinking into savings success

Christine Long Feeling the need for a double shot of determination to make your New Year's resolutions stick? You're not the only one.

EDUCATION

Make school costs feasy peasy

John Collett It's that time of year again, when the children return to school and - for fee-paying students - their parents learn how much they'll be expected to cough up for the privilege.

BALANCE TRANSFERS

Forget loyalty - card switching can help you get on top of debt

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Christine Long Need some breathing space from heavy interest charges on your credit card debts? A balance transfer deal could be the answer.

THRIFTOBER

Ten ideas to help keep your enthusiasm up

 

Melissa Browne We're now halfway through Thriftober and if you're doing the 31-day Financial Cleanse you may find your enthusiasm is beginning to wane and you might have had a slip-up or two.

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