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Budgeting & Saving Money - January 14th
Educating our children can come with a hefty price tag. In fact, The Australian Scholarship Group (ASG) estimated the total cost for Catholic education for a child who started school in 2019 in metropolitan Australia to be around...– Read more
Budgeting & Saving Money - January 12th
Saving money is not all about sacrificing everything you love. There are some pain-free – and dare I say fun – challenges to give you a kick-start. 1. Money savings chart This bingo-style "game" from the...– Read more
Budgeting & Saving Money - January 10th
Local and international celebrities have garnered support and donated generously to Australian charities and organisations working hard to help those affected by the bushfire emergency. Comedian Celeste Barber broke the record for the biggest charity campaign...– Read more
Australian Bushfires 2020 - January 6th
Bushfires have wreaked havoc across Australia, so far claiming the lives of 23 people and destroying more than 1500 homes. This fire season, which began early in September, has reportedly burned about 6 million hectares of...– Read more
Budgeting & Saving Money - December 13th
Unsurprisingly, the NAB Online Retail Sales Index shows that our biggest months for online shopping are November and December, which last year continued to grow at about 9% year-on-year. Big online events such as Black Friday,...– Read more
If you find your finances are stretched, our Budgeting & Saving section is a good place to start. When it comes to being motivated to budget and save, it all comes down to your goals – working out what you want to achieve, realising what you′re currently spending your money on, pinpointing ways to save, and setting money aside.
Parents with kids can save on your kids′ school fees wherever possible, such as buying secondhand uniforms and textbooks whenever possible. But buy good quality school shoes! Label all of their clothes and books so you can get them back from lost property if you lose them. Raise your children to be money smart kids and money smart teens.
Teenagers can learn about budgeting before they even get their first job. Uni students will find our guide to budgeting while studying useful. Getting a part-time job, buying secondhand textbooks, and getting government Youth Allowance or Rent Assistance can make a big difference.
Canstar has amassed a collection of invaluable household budgeting tips, such as:
If you already have bad money habits, never fear – there are ways to turn things around. Fixing your finances won′t just help your bank balance – financial fitness is even good for your health! You can also grow your savings by remembering the financial lessons you learned from your parents.