I started this links roundup series in an attempt to find more Australian personal finance blogs and to connect with more Aussie bloggers. I spent the last week going through Twitter followers, blog listings and Google, and I was able to find a few more blogs (but not as many as I hoped for). From looking around, I think Aussies like forums better than blogs. There is no lack of conversation, and interest on the subject (PF) exists but I think we prefer a discussing through a different medium. I lurk in these forums and have learnt many things from them as well: Whirlpool Finance and /r/Ausfinance. But because I prefer blogging, I haven’t really considered registering for any of these two.
These week’s links:
Stop Thinking in Dollars and Start Thinking in Percentages – Aussie Firebug wrote about how a few dollar difference can translate to a significant mark-up when we use a % analysis instead of $. Or how choosing to buy a $0.95 box of facial tissue over a $3.87 one is not just a difference of $2.90 but actually is a 4x difference that is easy to ignore because it’s hiding behind a petty amount. (This $0.95 boxed tissue is what we always buy as well. It does its job well.)
How We Live a Frugal Lifestyle – Kylie made a comprehensive list of how her family adapts a frugal lifestyle in all aspect including meals, transport, utilities, education, entertainment, etc. I like how she mentioned about her teaching her daughters the balance of frugal living and being good with money. As someone who didn’t learn these things when I was younger, I think that her kids will appreciate these lessons when they grow older.
7 Practical Ways To Make Fast Cash This Week – Penina wrote some tips on how to earn extra money, or at least reduce the temptation to spend cash during the week. She also threw in some examples on how we usually lose money and some reasons why we might need to make extra cash.
How To Protect Your Money When You Lose Your Wallet – Jeremy prepared a step-by-step guide on how to keep your accounts safe in the event of losing a wallet (or a phone). It is important that we have our bank cards cancelled right away to avoid fraudulent transactions. (I am actually very wary of credit card fraud because it happened to me last month.)
I hope you’re all having a great weekend!