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Fire safety tips for winter

Fire safety in winter revolves around keeping your home safe from household hazards. Here we provide handy, common-sense tips to help keep your home and family safe all year round.

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Fire safety tips during winter

People might think that house fires are non-existent in winter because they don’t make the 6pm news. But they can happen. These tips may help keep your family and house safe during the cold months. Give me the main points House fires over winter can be a bigger threat to ...

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Planning for your retirement

With Australians living longer than ever before, many of us will spend decades as retirees. Retirement’s no longer just a pipe, port and slippers time… well, not all the time anyway. Many of us will choose to keep working (either in voluntary or paid employment), others will want to travel, ...

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The real cost of buying a car

If you’re looking to buy your first car, or upgrade to a newer model, you need to look at more than just the price on the windscreen. You need to think about a car’s ongoing costs before you buy. Give me the main points Cheaper up-front might cost more in ...

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First Home Owner Grant (FHOG) – the basics

The First Home Owner Grant (FHOG) seems to change all the time—and varies a great deal from state to territory to state. Now aimed squarely at new build houses, the FHOG can be worth as much as $30,000. Here’s a brief summary of what you might be entitled to—and links ...

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6 tips for working out your renovation costs

Creating a realistic renovation budget rests on how accurately you estimate your costs. Here are six tips to help you work out your renovation costs—before you get the hammers and hacksaws out. Give me the main points Be realistic about the scope of your renovation project. If your grand designs ...

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First home owner grant (FHOG) — the basics

The First Home Owner Grant (FHOG) seems to change all the time—and varies a great deal from state to territory to state. Now aimed squarely at new build houses, the FHOG can be worth as much as $30,000. Here’s a brief summary of what you might be entitled to—and links ...

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Saving for your home loan deposit — a case study of a couple

Saving a home deposit is tough—and it’s not getting any easier. In the second article in our home deposit series, we meet Todd and Renima, a young Aussie couple saving hard—but treading water. Here are some tips that’ll help them save their deposit faster—and get into their first home sooner. ...

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