Fees Archive

The great housing ripoff

On Sunday my brother asked to come over and discuss building houses with me. He was just starting out and wanted to know some of the key considerations he should be aware of prior to starting on the journey. Having just started to go through the building process again, everything was fresh in my mind

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Being an Idiot can Cost Money

A couple of weekends ago I went to the cricket with my brother, his girlfriend and a really good mate that I have known since before primary school. It was an awesome day, Australia won the game, it stormed with hail and we had great seats that kept us in the shade and out of

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Crazy Inner City Parking Rates

I was reading in the news last week that a Woolworths store in Sydney was going to charge customers $65 for parking if they stayed more than 1 hour (This is a grocery store people!). I though that was insane, but it gets worse! The rate went up to $95 for 2 hours and $125

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Getting Stung with Bank Fees and Charges

Do you hate getting stung with bank fees and charges as much as I do? It seems criminal to me some of the fees that banks employ to steal your money. Unfortunately there is a chronic lack of competition in the banking sector (at least in Australia) and this is the price that we end

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How Getting to Work Costs Money

I don’t know about you, but I normally try to avoid paying tolls whenever I am driving anywhere. The only exception I make is if there is going to be a significant time saving by doing so. So recently my wife and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary and to get to the restaurant that

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How to Consolidate Debt

Learning how to consolidate debt is one of the most important financial tools you can have in your arsenal. The reason why this is so important, is that you could be saving thousands of dollars just by making a few simple phone calls or by sitting down with a financial expert who understands your financial

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4 Tips for Sticking to Your Budget

It’s prudent for a family or an individual to plan, develop, and put in place a budget. A budget is an effective tool for staying in control of expenditures, and it’s the primary tool helps you keep on course in saving money and paying down household debt. Speaking from personal experience, I was lost before

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A Super Waste of Money

My wife and I received our superannuation statements in the mail yesterday. Considering how bad the current economic climate is, I wasn’t expecting the best of returns. So I wasn’t too surprised to see that the fund had returned -0.35% on my wife’s investments and 1.9% on my investments. Whats Superannuation Before I go any

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Mortgage questions for first home buyers

Entering into a mortgage is a big decision and for most people it is likely to be the biggest amount of debt that they will take on in their lifetime. This can make getting into the mortgage market for the first time a somewhat daunting experience. Be sure to read through this post to understand

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