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Driving in Europe

Sept. 4, 2018 — Elisabeth Baulch

International driving permits, hiring a car, EU child seat laws and more.

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Flights to Europe and best times to go

Sept. 4, 2018 — Elisabeth Baulch

Flights from Australia to Europe, choosing when to go, and how to get from the airport to your accommodation.

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CBA redraws the rules on loans

Sept. 4, 2018 — Daniel Graham

New rules will affect how the Commonwealth Bank calculates loan repayments and redraw balances. Here's what you need to know.

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Europe travel guide: money and currency

Sept. 3, 2018 — Elisabeth Baulch

How to get the best cash rates, which ATMs and cards to use, and why the Euro will get you further in some countries than others.

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Europe travel guide: phone and internet

Sept. 3, 2018 — Elisabeth Baulch

Global roaming, SIM cards, Wi-Fi and data.

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Europe travel guide: power plugs

Sept. 3, 2018 — Elisabeth Baulch

What type of power adapter do you need?

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Are lab grown diamonds the real deal?

Sept. 3, 2018 — Rosalind McNamara

Technology means a perfectly real diamond can be made in a lab and sold for less than a quarter of the price of a natural gem.

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Spring clean checklist

Aug. 31, 2018 — Rebecca Ciaramidaro

Your room-by-room checklist for preparing your home for the warmer months.

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Where to find the cheapest flights

Aug. 31, 2018 — Elisabeth Baulch

Is it cheaper to buy airfares through a comparison site or directly from the airlines?

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Can you use your super to save for a home?

Aug. 23, 2018 — Melanie Hearse

The First Home Super Saver Scheme is supposed to make home ownership happen quicker for some, but it isn't right for everyone.

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How to buy safe strollers, cots and other baby products

Aug. 22, 2018 — Grace Smith

Spending a fortune on flash features won't ensure you get the safest product for your baby.

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How to buy safe strollers, cots and other baby products

Aug. 22, 2018 — Grace Smith

Spending a fortune on flash features won't ensure you get the safest product for your baby.

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Spare change and smartphone investing

Aug. 21, 2018 — Nigel Bowen

Lots of Australians have connected their bank account to a smartphone investing app called Raiz (formerly Acorns). Should you?

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Are my solar panels working?

Aug. 17, 2018 — Alison Potter

Six simple steps to find out if all is well with your solar PV system.

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