Banking Institutions

Mobile plans: Spend more now to save much more later

Alex Kidman Many of us think in terms of how much data we're using now without thinking about the fact that many mobile plans cover two year terms.

Show restraint when you treat yourself – because you're worth it

Melissa Browne Perhaps you're considering buying yourself a gift to reward yourself for seeing through a tough year.

Be a financial winner: Start saving early, invest in growth assets and cut tax payments

Noel Whittaker Aussies are great at paying their bills but hopeless at saving voluntarily.

Home buyers forking out fees to unqualified building inspectors

Houng Lau bought the fourth property on which she had a building report.

Linda Vergnani House hunters seeking to avoid nasty surprises should know that not all building inspections are equal.

The best kids' bank accounts for learning and earning

Pocket money can help teach children about how to handle money, but only if you set clear rules.

Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon reveals the best bank accounts for kids.

12 reasons to buy a real Christmas tree


Caitlin Fitzsimmons On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me ... happiness in a real tree.

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How to shop for ethical fashion on a budget

Dressing up for the Melbourne Cup is an Australian tradition.

Emma Vuletic It may pay to think before you buy.

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The 13 biggest rip-offs money can buy

Movie popcorn is overpriced.

Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon Don't be lured into buying stuff that's stupidly expensive and well, just stupid.

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Savings hit by record-low interest rates

George Ray, 85, has small amounts of money in super and in savings accounts.

John Collett George Ray reckons the banks could easily afford to increase the interest they pay on their cash deposits given the amount of money they are making.

Plan ahead for the festive season to avoid a financial hangover

Melissa Browne A little pain now in terms of planning can mean you avoid a whole lot of pain later on.

How to save money on a beautiful wedding in the social media age

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Caitlin Fitzsimmons The key to saving money on your wedding is creative thinking and a lot of research.

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How to find more comfort, by having less stuff

Decluttering and consuming less can make you happier and wealthier.

Catherine Robson When we feel out of control or uncertain about the future we feel anxious.

The most common scams and how to avoid them

Once a scammer steals credit card details online, they can launder the money on eBay before too many red flags go off.

Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon Call it an occupational hazard, but I've become so nervous of scammers and fraudsters that I now delete even legitimate emails from my providers.

The financial spring clean that will save you $7500

Spring cleaning time.

Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon How to turn messy money into tidy profit without lifting more than a few fingers.

How to be your own real estate agent: selling your property yourself can save thousands of dollars

Selling your property yourself can save you a bundle.

John Collett Can't see the point of paying thousands of dollars in commissions to real estate agents when you could do a better job of selling your property yourself?

Three ways to make your tax refund last longer

Melissa Browne The average tax return is just more than $3000 but it's often frittered away.

The 'steep penalty' behind the attractive bonus savings account rates

Since becoming an apprentice carpenter, Sydneysider Sean Hourigan has found it harder to earn the bonus interest each month but is still getting a decent rate.

Esther Han, Consumer Affairs Editor You might be earning 0.01 per cent interest some months if you have a "bonus" savings account. So is it worth having one?

The war for deposits is returning

Clancy Yeates Banks are once again paying more for deposits, but savers may have to part with their cash for longer.

As paper tickets vanish, Australia still lags on mobile transport innovation

The convenience offered by the Opal card system is still behind the rest of the world.

Alex Kidman This week marks the latest evolution of the Opal system but innovation still lags behind the rest of the world.

Raising happy children doesn't have to break the bank

Unstructured play can be just as beneficial as formal lessons.

Mark Bouris Make your dollar go further with these tips.