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How to protect yourself from direct debit risk

Paul Wallbank As online subscription services take off, direct debits on credit and debit cards are becoming more common.


Master reverse Feng Shui to nab a bargain in competitive housing market

Followers of Feng Shui believe the number four is bad luck.

Luke Metcalfe Reverse Feng Shui is about harnessing negative energy to get more home for your money.


Tackle suffering up front when setting goals

Melissa Browne Are we destined not to change or can we salvage our goals made for 2016? The short answer is yes and no.

Problem gambling's curse strengthens its hold on individuals and the nation

Matt Torcasio has quit gambling with the help of girlfriend Lauren Britt and the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation.

Leo D'Angelo Fisher Matt Torcasio is proof that there is hope for the millions of Australians affected by problem gambling.


How to nail a financial New Year's resolution

Successful New Year's resolutions are about making self-control easier for your future self.

Catherine Robson There is a little known secret to self-control that makes achieving your goals a breeze.


What to do if you leave your money on the ATM


Caitlin Fitzsimmons My budget requires a certain allowance for costs incurred while my mind was absent.


Why are your savings sitting with the big four banks?

Savers can get a better deal with the online banks.

Richard Livingston Australians love the idea of 'free money', yet more than $600 billion of the $750 billion that Australian households have in cash deposits is in one of the big four banks.


Modern ways to save money this Christmas

Children on their way to a free Christmas carols event.

Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon New ideas to make sure you celebrate Christmas without breaking the bank.


From shared pets to swapping holiday homes: why collaborative consumption could work for you

Melissa Browne It seems natural to us when we find ourselves wanting to own, hoard and buy more.

Jill Stewart is organised for Christmas and you can be too

Jill Stewart used lay-by to budget for her kids' Christmas presents.

Christine Long You might think it's too early to think about Christmas but Jill Stewart would beg to differ.

Playing detective on 'lost' money has its rewards

John Collett

John Collett With families' finances stretched we could all do with recovering some "lost" money. A mountain of money is waiting to be re-united with its rightful owners – the trick is knowing where to look...

Young Aussies disconnected from finances

Commerce graduate Daniel Wroby didn't hear the term

Emily Chantiri Twenty-three-year-old Daniel Wroby had never heard the term "financial literacy" until this year. He is not alone.

Non-banks give best deals on international money transfers

John Brown, from Dulwich in Sydney and his sister each inherited the same amount from Britain but after the transfers he received $5000 less.

John Collett Consumers transferring money in and out of Australia could be doing themselves out of hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars using their big bank to make the transfers.


Financial fix for wedded bliss

Newlyweds Kate and Josh Williams.

Kate Jones Money differences are responsible for more break-ups than cheating, especially in the first year of a marriage. So what are the financial hurdles - and how do you clear them?


Households cut spending as costs rise and income growth weakens

A new survey says more people are feeling financially squeezed.

John Collett A flurry of surveys is showing a marked increase in the financial pressure consumers are feeling.


Six reasons you're missing out on money

Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon No one would ignore $100 lying on the pavement Yet most people obliviously pass over more than this every month. It's time to shape up.


Winners and losers in trolley wars

Shop in the evenings and you're more likely to pick up specials in perishables.

David Potts Competition is making life tough for the big players but it’s a boon for shoppers.


Nice day at the office?

Owner Luke McAllister joins his colleagues by the pool of his co-working space Salty Volt in the Balinese surfing town of Canggu.

Larissa Ham Many of us can now do our work from wherever we choose. So why not do it from somewhere with warm temperatures and a low cost of living?


Savers say deposit accounts are best option

Perceived as super-safe: bank deposits topped a recent survey on wise investing.

Clancy Yeates Interest rates on bank deposits are miserable, but apparently the humble savings account is as popular as ever.


Motley Fool: Use a points plan for new year health check

Your finances need regular health checks as much as your body does.

Scott Phillips The start of the new financial year is a good time to see how your finances are faring.