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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.

10 money tips to get you back on track in the new financial year

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Heidi Armstrong Get organised for the new financial year.

ASSET ALLOCATION

You've saved your money, now what? Understanding 'asset allocation'

Kate Donnelly could be doing more to grow her savings.

John Collett Kate Donnelly has tens of thousands of dollars saved. The problem is the money is held in an online saver and a bank account earning next to nothing.

The BASIC method for teaching kids about money

What responsibilities do your kids have for household chores?

Annika Bradley Some financial literacy is taught in schools but there's plenty that you can teach your kids at home.

Clever or unfair? How profiteers are charging big markups on public information

Elizabeth Blanchard says buying a second hand car is an 'overwhelming' process.

Esther Han When Elizabeth Blanchard wanted to check the car she was buying was legit, she almost paid $25 for a certificate she could get for $3.40.

YOUR QUESTIONS

How to persuade an elderly relative to bank the cash from under the mattress

It is not safe to keep large amounts of cash under the mattress or hidden elsewhere in the house. Illustration: Simon Letch

George Cochrane Financial expert George Cochrane answers readers' questions.

MIND OVER MONEY

How to haggle and nab a bargain without regret

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Caitlin Fitzsimmons Haggling is not just for the markets or travel overseas, it's also becoming more common in the Aussie shopping mall.

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How tenants can protect themselves from nightmare landlords

Luke Fennell has had to previously deal with a bad landlord.

John Collett A previous rental turned into a horror story for 47-year-old Luke Fennell and his wife and two children.

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MIND OVER MONEY

How to have a party lifestyle and still save money

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Caitlin Fitzsimmons Some of my husband's 20-something colleagues like to rib him about having a "famous" wife and want me to talk to them about money.

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EXTREME BUDGETING

Meet the extreme budgeters who save nearly everything they earn

Jasmine and Aaron Boothey of Adelaide and their children, daughter Blair (5) and son Hamish (2).

Kate Jones Consumerism is the norm for many Australians but not for Jasmine and Aaron Boothey who save two-thirds of their take-home pay.

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TRAVEL

Your guide to the perfect timing to nab bargain airfares

Angus Kidman searches the comparison sites and then checks the airline sites directly to find the best flights.

John Collett Booking flights at particular times before departure can yield big savings. The busy Sydney/Melbourne route has the biggest variation in ticket prices among the mainland capitals.