Cash Flow

How families can cut their mobile data bills

John Collett During holidays, watch that your phone costs don't grow exponentially.

School holiday data disasters: keep your teen's mobile spend under control

Alex Kidman More free time may mean more mobile usage and bigger phone bills.

What do Australians really spend on their weddings?

Money editor Caitlin Fitzsimmons on her wedding day.

Caitlin Fitzsimmons Whenever you read a story on the cost of weddings, it comes with an alarmingly large number. You should take that with a grain of salt.

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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.

Money-saving secrets of the commuters who drive 1000 kilometres a week

Chez Tonelli works for a financial company in Parramatta and commutes from the Central Coast.

Adam Courtenay A fitness tracker for your car is one way to keep costs down, writes Adam Courtenay.

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?

Don't be fooled by the private health insurance industry's pitch to 30-year-olds

Long considered a safe place to park cash, the health sector is now riddled with uncertainty.

Caitlin Fitzsimmons There's a great con job targeting younger Australians, and the government and insurance industry are in cahoots.

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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.

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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Women taking control of their finances

Marg Joiner, a volunteer manager with Zoos Victoria, has recently completed the VicSuper Super Woman money program.

Christine Long Women are tackling budgeting and finance head-on with help from VicSuper's online financial fitness course.

How to save on winter heating

Josh Rowe and two of his children, Archie and Madeline, sit over the central heating vents to stay warm in Coburg, Melbourne.

John Collett Winter officially arrives this week and many households will be worried about the cost of keeping warm.

INNOVATION

Apps and tools to manage your money from your mobile device

Robo-advisers won't fully replace humans just yet.

Adam Courtenay Our mobile devices are becoming the go-to instruments of convenient commerce, offering something that consumers are only just beginning to come to terms with – a world of instantaneous...

MIND OVER MONEY

How to buy cheap theatre tickets

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Caitlin Fitzsimmons I found myself sharing a stage last week with a hip hop artist, a jewellery designer and entrepreneur, a medical doctor and a singer-songwriter.

Why learning money smarts is like fitness training

Annika Bradley Taking control of your finances is a bit like moving to a healthier lifestyle.

INSIGHT

Savings at seven-year low and may dip further

Clancy Yeates For years, we've been told "the cautious consumer" is making life harder for retailers and other businesses that rely on household spending.

MIND OVER MONEY

Why the 'internet of things' will mean junking expensive appliances more often

The day is coming when our homes will be packed with

Caitlin Fitzsimmons Would you expect an oven that cost $2999 to conk out after seven years?

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EDUCATION

How to save for your kids' education

Marcelle Gomez and her husband Christian are saving so they have options when 15-month-old Cruz hits high school.

John Collett Education costs are rising faster than inflation, so if you want choices about schools for your children, you need to plan ahead.

THE HONEST BROKER

The unwritten rules of spending money on a midlife crisis

Marcus Padley The definition of financial happiness in a relationship is understanding the boundaries and not crossing them, and understanding each other's expectations and meeting them.