Saving Tips

Tips and tools to help you save and achieve your goals

Saving Tips

A survival guide for living with your adult children

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03 May 2018

A survival guide for living with your adult children

Your child is officially grown up – they’re over 18, can vote, drive a car and are studying or working towards becoming a self-sufficient member of society. In every sense of the word, they’re an adult. | Read more

How to plug the leaks in your household budget

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01 November 2017

How to plug the leaks in your household budget

Here’s the most common leaks in your household budget, and how to fix them | Read more

How technology could be sabotaging your savings

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09 October 2017

How technology could be sabotaging your savings

Technology and innovation has changed the way we buy, shop and bank. But is it ruining your finances? | Read more

What comes first - the baby or the first home?

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24 August 2017

What comes first - the baby or the first home?

In the 70s the ‘norm’ was to marry, buy your first and for women to have a baby in their early 20s. But times have changed! | Read more

Budgeting made easy

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18 May 2017

Budgeting made easy

Having trouble making and sticking to a budget? We’ve found 5 useful money management apps which are sure to get your budgeting back on track! | Read more

18 May 2017

Budgeting made easy

Energy saving tips you need to know before this winter

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02 May 2017

Energy saving tips you need to know before this winter

With winter only a few weeks away, it’s now more important than ever to know how to avoid an electricity bill blow out. Here are some tips to help combat soaring electricity prices. | Read more

Genius K-mart hacks to style your home on a budget

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24 January 2017

Genius K-mart hacks to style your home on a budget

Need to give your home decor a lift, but don't have lots of cash to play with? We've found the best K-mart hacks to give you some homes-peration, on a budget. | Read more

Who had it harder buying a home - you or your parents?

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12 January 2017

Who had it harder buying a home - you or your parents?

Generational conflict between Gen Y and the Baby Boomers on who had it harder when it comes to buying your first home is alive and well in Australia. | Read more

8 tips to become an auction expert

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07 November 2016

8 tips to become an auction expert

With the spring home selling season now upon us, we’ve got some great tips to help you become a bidding expert at your next auction. | Read more

7 tips to manage your home loan like a pro

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04 July 2016

7 tips to manage your home loan like a pro

With a new financial year beginning, now’s a good time to check up on your loan and see how you’re tracking. Here are some great tips to make your handling your home loan as well as you can. | Read more

8 tips to get ready for a home loan

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03 May 2016

8 tips to get ready for a home loan

Are you thinking about buying a home. but feeling a little daunted about taking on a mortgage? Being prepared is the key to feeling confident, so we've got some tips on how you can get yourself financially prepared for a home loan. | Read more

4 awesome long-weekend escapes in SA. On a budget.

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20 April 2016

4 awesome long-weekend escapes in SA. On a budget.

Are you still deciding what to do on the long weekend, but not sure if you can afford to get away? Check out some of these affordable homes away from home in South Australia, and get inspired to get on the road this weekend. | Read more

Making the most of renting (before you buy your own home!)

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01 February 2016

Making the most of renting (before you buy your own home!)

Renting can really suck. And our survey explains what annoys renters the most! But while you’re saving for your own home, here’s some tips to help you make the most of your rental situation.  | Read more

The frustrations of renters

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12 January 2016

The frustrations of renters

If you have ever rented a home before, you’ll know that it comes with limitations. We asked home buyers and homeowners what their biggest frustrations with renting have been.  | Read more

12 January 2016

The frustrations of renters

Preparing for a home loan

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24 April 2015

Preparing for a home loan

Taking on a home loan is a big financial commitment, so it’s important to put in place good money habits before you take the plunge. Here are some tips on how to prepare for the demands of a mortgage. | Read more

The festival season on a budget

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08 March 2015

The festival season on a budget

It is officially Mad March – that time of year when the city is buzzing with colour and activity, and Adelaide is suddenly the best place to be. | Read more

Beating upfront costs

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22 February 2015

Beating upfront costs

So, you've made the decision to buy your own home. How exciting! But before you can start picking out paint colours for the new house, you will need to work out how much money is required for the deposit and other upfront costs. | Read more

22 February 2015

Beating upfront costs

Fuel your deposit with petrol savings

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19 February 2015

Fuel your deposit with petrol savings

Falling petrol prices and February’s official interest rate cut have both provided some much needed breathing space for household budgets. | Read more

Get your homeownership plans on track

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12 January 2015

Get your homeownership plans on track

With house prices continuing the steady march upwards and the challenge to overcome upfront purchase costs as great as ever, buying a home isn’t likely to get any easier in 2015. | Read more

What’s your New Year’s Resolution?

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04 January 2015

What’s your New Year’s Resolution?

It’s that time of year where we all start making promises to ourselves – so how can we make sure we stick to our goals? | Read more

Beating Christmas finance stress

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07 December 2014

Beating Christmas finance stress

Extra costs at Christmas can make it harder to meet regular home loan repayments, or derail your home-buying savings goal. John Oliver shares some tips on how to keep your Christmas spending in check. | Read more

Graduating into home ownership

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31 October 2014

Graduating into home ownership

Each year, HomeStart conducts research with first homebuyers to understand, among other things, what the greates barriers to owning a home are. | Read more

How much will I need upfront?

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23 October 2014

How much will I need upfront?

Buying your first home is a great achievement but the upfront costs can make it difficult to get started. | Read more

Handling your home loan

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28 September 2014

Handling your home loan

Now that you have your home, it’s important to make sure you are managing your home loan as well as you can. Here are some things you should be thinking about… | Read more

28 September 2014

Handling your home loan

Budgeting for 20 somethings

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07 September 2014

Budgeting for 20 somethings

Tips for graduates on budgeting after school or uni; how to save while paying off your HECS. | Read more

07 September 2014

Budgeting for 20 somethings

Saving your first deposit

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01 August 2014

Saving your first deposit

The path to home ownership starts with saving for your first home deposit. For many, it requires a new attitude to financial responsibility and learning some new financial techniques to make your savings grow. | Read more

01 August 2014

Saving your first deposit

Choosing a loan that fits

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22 July 2014

Choosing a loan that fits

With hundreds of home loan options out there, how do you choose one that’s right for your situation? HomeStart’s John Oliver offers some tips on what you should look out for. | Read more

Avoid costly mistakes when buying a home

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26 June 2014

Avoid costly mistakes when buying a home

Buying a house can be complicated. HomeStart’s John Oliver offers tips to help avoid common mistakes so you can save on time and money. | Read more

8 Steps to your own home

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05 May 2014

8 Steps to your own home

Dreaming of owning a home? HomeStart’s John Oliver gives you a step-by-step guide to make it happen sooner. | Read more

Research can save you thousands

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01 May 2014

Research can save you thousands

Doing some upfront research when buying a home can get you into your home sooner, and also save you money. HomeStart’s John Oliver takes you through some of the factors to consider. | Read more

How single parents can get started

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30 March 2014

How single parents can get started

Being a single parent is a tough job and can really stretch the budget, but that doesn’t mean you can’t buy a home of your own. We’ve got some tips to help single parents on the path tow home ownership. | Read more

Don’t get caught out by extra costs

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13 March 2014

Don’t get caught out by extra costs

Buying or building a home is one of the biggest financial decisions of your life, so it’s important to be aware of all of the costs involved. Let’s explore some of the less obvious costs so you can prepare and budget for them. | Read more

Curb your holiday spending

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11 December 2013

Curb your holiday spending

HomeStart’s John Oliver shares his tips on how to ensure Christmas spending doesn’t derail your savings goal for buying a home. | Read more

11 December 2013

Curb your holiday spending

Get started in 2014

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11 December 2013

Get started in 2014

Have you made a New Year’s resolution to buy your own home in 2014? HomeStart’s John Oliver shares his tips on how to reach your goal sooner. | Read more

11 December 2013

Get started in 2014

How to save through Christmas

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22 October 2013

How to save through Christmas

Christmas is predictably an expensive time for any household budget. There are plenty of gifts to give and food to share and none of it comes cheap. Planning is the key...

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Switch to save

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22 October 2013

Switch to save

Have you ever considered switching a bad habit for a good one to help you save money? | Read more

22 October 2013

Switch to save

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