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How to stick to your New Year's resolutions

Come each new year, we all make promises for brighter futures. But how many of us actually stick to them? Whether it’s a fitness plan that slumps into binge eating, or strict budget plans that collapse in a bank-breaking spending spree, a lot of us have already given up and it’s only February. So how can you steal back your dreams and find the motivation to keep going?
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How to improve your finances and your health

Spring has well and truly arrived, (though you wouldn’t think it, given the deluge Sydney received Monday). The days are getting longer and warmer, which makes the idea of outdoor exercise a lot more attractive. So what about if we told you that decent cash reserves could be saved, while improving your well-being and the planet’s? Sounds too good to be true, but it’s surprisingly accessible, by riding to work. Writer Peter Wood, provides some compelling reasons to make changes to your daily commute.
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Is the EU crisis still impacting Australians?

The news in the last two days has been full of headlines about the tax grab on Cypriot savings; five years on from the GFC and most of Europe is still very much in the doldrums. That doesn’t appear to have damaged the Australian economy overall, but it is affecting individual Australians in a range of ways.
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How impulse purchases derail Aussie savings

The temptation to make impulse purchases and dig into your savings is stronger than ever for Australian consumers. It now even affects those who never visit retail outlets in person.
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How the millionaires do it: Tips for 2013

Most of us have dreamt of becoming a millionaire at some stage, especially if you’re a small business owner. But unless you were born into money or scoop the lotto, how can the aspiring tycoon reach their goals? Guest writer Anthony Fensom talks about how we can you follow in the steps of Aussie millionaires and start on the path to success in 2013?
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Plan Personal Finances

We all put off jobs we don’t like and sorting out personal finances is often right up with painting the fence and clearing the gutters. But putting off financial planning is costing you money that could be saved and earning interest. Guest writer Anthony Fensom offers us some top tips on planning personal finances.
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The safe way to enjoy mobile banking

Aussies are early adopters when it comes to technology, in fact it’s safe to say they have a love affair with their iPhone and have the second highest smartphone usage in the world. Inevitably this addiction to our smartphone is extending beyond playing Angry Birds on the train and into banking remotely. But the convenience of mobile banking does have its risks. Guest writer Nigel Bowen give’s some guidance on how we can manage finances remotely and securely.
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Can you afford to live? Saving tips for survival

It’s pretty common to associate saving money with cutting back and going without the stuff we like. While this can be part of saving, there are huge gains to be found elsewhere. For example, did you know that Aussies spend over $50 million in ATM transaction fees every month? Using ATMs other than your own bank’s might be convenient but it soon adds up.
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Maximising online security while banking

While online banking is convenient, it does create opportunities for criminals to raid your accounts.

Banks invest a lot of time and money into online security in order to ensure that neither they nor their customers have money stolen during online transactions. When theft does occur, however, it usually could have been avoided had some simple precautions been taken.

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