News Archive for July 2023

July 2023

How much would it cost to travel to barbieland

Barbie maths: How much would it cost to travel to Barbieland?

With Greta Gerwig’s Barbie movie tearing up the box office right now, we’ve had Barbie on the brain. From the ultimate Barbie shopping list to building your own Dreamhouse, there are plenty of ways to bring a bit of Barbie into your life, but the rising cost of living has left us with one major question: if we could really get to Barbieland, how much would it cost us?

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What is a tax deduction and how does it work

What is a tax deduction, and how does it work?

A classic saying most Aussies are likely to have heard is "I'll just claim it back on tax", but what do people mean when they say this and why should you take notice? Whether you are lodging your first tax return or your tenth, brushing up on your tax knowledge is always a good idea at the start of the new financial year.

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How to build your own barbie dreamhouse with a home renovation loan

How to build your own Barbie Dreamhouse with a home renovation loan

While your dream house might not be Barbie pink or feature a three level slide from the bedroom, it’s easy to get wrapped up in your wishlist when it comes to home renovations. Though you might have tamer goals than everyone’s favourite doll, there’s no reason your home shouldn’t be your own Dreamhouse.

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Home loan red flags

6 home loan red flags to watch out for

Comparing home loans can be tricky when you’re in the thick of it. After a while, many mortgages start to feel the same and the differences can be hard to spot. Which home loans offer the best value? Which lenders have your best interest at heart?

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Up home loan lender

Up your home loan game with this little-known lender

Young first-home buyers often enter the property market these days with the odds stacked against them: lunar home values, skyrocketing interest rates, and alien jargon. However, there’s an online lender in the space whose app aims to give you stellar home loans, straight up.

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New tangerine mobile international roaming packs

Tangerine to launch new & improved mobile roaming packs

Staying connected while overseas just got easier, folks! Starting this Friday, the 21st of July 2023, Tangerine customers will be able to enjoy bigger mobile data roaming allowances with longer durations while travelling internationally.

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July 2023 financial checklist

July 2023 Financial Checklist

It’s July, folks! Which means two things: we’re more than halfway through the year, and everyone’s in Europe! On that note, here’s a checklist full of everything you’ll need to get through the month ahead.

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These lenders have hiked fixed rate home loans

These lenders have hiked fixed-rate home loans in July

The RBA’s decision to pause rate hikes earlier this month has seen most lenders hold variable rate loans—or, in some cases, actually cut home loan rates. But banks have been a bit more cautious with fixed interest loans and, in some cases, have decided to lift rates.

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Ing and suncorp cut rates to variable home loans

ING and Suncorp cut rates to variable home loans

Earlier this month the RBA put a hold on the rate hike cycle, much to the relief of many mortgage holders. With rates currently sitting at an average variable rate of 6.58%, and a general feeling that we’re coming closer to the end of the hike cycle, some borrowers might be wondering if there are any banks that have begun to cut their rates.

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The tooth fairy goes cashless with kids money app spriggy

The Tooth Fairy goes cashless with kids money app Spriggy

The Tooth Fairy rivals dentists, according to estimates by ToothShow, she collects more than two thousand teeth from Australian children each night. And while the fairy of the night has traditionally paid children cash for their teeth while they are sleeping, along with most of the country, recently she has been stepping up her game turning to digital payments.

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8 tips to help you save money when you’re already on a budget

The continued rising cost of living means expenses are piling up, which makes sticking to a budget and finding the small wins all the more important. You may feel personally victimised by your skyrocketing supermarket bill, but there are some things you can do to help reduce your spending and build up those savings even if you are already on a tight budget.

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Property market predictions

Home loan mid-year check in: property market predictions for the rest of 2023

The year certainly kicked off with a bang. Despite interest rates climbing to an eleven-year-high, property prices made an astonishing recovery after last year’s 8% fall. Mortgage holders refinanced billions worth of home loans while average rents surged at record rates. But now, halfway through the year, the economic tide shows signs of turning.

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How to survive a long overseas flight

How to survive a long overseas flight

Australia is an amazing island to call home, with beaches, cities, and exciting people galore. It’s just too bad we’re a seventeen-hour flight from everywhere.

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6 fun ways for families to save on electricity this winter

As the winter chill sets in, families across the country are cranking up the heat to stay warm and cosy. However, with the rising cost of electricity, keeping your energy bill in check can be a real challenge. The good news is, there are plenty of fun and creative ways for families to save on electricity without sacrificing comfort. So, put on your thinking caps and get ready for some exciting ideas to reduce your energy consumption while still enjoying a fun-filled winter season with the whole family.

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