Save Money on Getting Driving License

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Getting a driving license is always a must for every adult in Australia particularly teenagers. However it is not cheap to do driving lessons in these days. If you don’t have any driving skill at all, to get a license you need on average 20 driving lessons. If each lesson costs you $50, it is going to cost you $1000 just the driving lesson alone.When you add other costs like tests, paper work etc, it is quite costly particularly for teenagers who don’t have full time job. However, there are a few ways can save you money and time getting your driving license.

 

1.Compare. It is like purchasing a product or service, it is always wise to get compare driving lesson prices. So many driving schools publish their driving lessons price online. You can do your own research. To save time, you can use Driving School Guide to compare driving lesson prices in your local area.  You can also find reviews and ratings for driving schools on their website. When compare the prices, don’t get fooled by their first lesson price which is normally much lower. Also pay attention to their price per lesson. Sometimes the price is based on 45 minutes, sometimes it is based on 50 minutes. To compare apple to apple, you better compare their hourly rate to tell the differences.

2.Try before buy. A lot of driving instructors participate in a government program called keys2drive which offers free driving lesson to learners. You can take advantage of this offer and have the free lesson with your driving instructor see if you are comfortable with him or her. Patience is normally a good indicator for good driving instructor. Generally speaking, female driving instructors are more patient than male driving instructors. On the other hand, be careful with the super “patient” driving instructor. As you know, time is money and money is time. If a instructor spent 2 hours to tell you how to start a car, you know something is wrong. Short temper instructors are a no no for any learners, These instructors may yield at their students for every silly mistakes, which will make learners lost confidence, which ends up slowing their learning process. These two types of instructor, namely super “patient” and short temper instructor will cost you a lot of money down the track.

3. PracticePractice as much as you can after the lesson with your driving instructor. Bear in mind, you need someone supervise you as a learner, also you need to carry learner sign in the car with you. To pick up the knowledge from your instructor, I also recommend people learn the theory online. There are so many online resources like youtube teaching people how to drive. Don’t waste time asking silly questions with your instructor if you can find the answers online.

Hope these tips will be helpful for you in terms of getting driving licences. Good luck with your journey to become a competent driver.

Getting a driving license is always a must for every adult in Australia particularly teenagers. However it is not cheap to do driving lessons in these days. If you don't have any driving skill at all, to get a license you need on average 20 driving lessons. If each lesson costs you $50, it is going to cost you $1000 just the driving lesson alone.When you add other costs like tests, paper work etc, it is quite costly particularly for teenagers who don't have full time job. However, there are a few ways…

Save Money and Time on Your Big Move

 

If you actually want to be able to afford the new home or office you are moving into, it’s essential to be able to relocate without emptying your bank account. There are some handy tips you can follow to save you both money and time when moving, and hopefully take some of the stress out of an ordinarily quite haphazard event.

 

1.      Organise. You may not need to go so far as to hire a personal assistant to help you stay on top of things, but it is absolutely crucial to be organised. It is wise to do a quick survey of your home several weeks before D day, to estimate how many boxes you will need and even work out a general plan in your head about how it will all work. When packing, make sure you label your things. This will save you a heck of a lot of time on the other end of the move, for both unpacking and directing your movers to know which room to put each box in.

 

2.      Unclutter. If all those hours of watching Hoarders has taught me anything, it’s that there’s no benefit to clutter. Moving house or office is a fantastic way to rid of some of the trinkets, knick knacks, and general junk you may have accumulated from years of impulse buys and obligatory Christmas gifts from distant relatives. Having less stuff to move means having to pay less to move it, saving you enough cash to start re-cluttering your new home from scratch.

 

3.      Cancel & Forward. In the excitement of moving, it can be quite easy to forget something as mundane as cancelling your electricity and water. Even though we use it daily, it’s not usually at the forefront of our minds until something goes wrong with it, or we get a bill. If you forget to cancel it before you leave, you will remember when your next bill comes in. There’s the risk of the new tenants using it under your name, or that you’ll keep being charged even though no one lives there anymore. Either way, it’s always a smart move to make sure it’s cancelled. It is also wise to forward as many accounts as you can onto your new address, including your bank, any subscriptions you have, your children’s school, your workplace, and anywhere else you can think of. Leaving a forwarding address with the Post Office is also wise.

 

Follow these tips and you’ll be guaranteed a more time and money efficient moving day!

  If you actually want to be able to afford the new home or office you are moving into, it’s essential to be able to relocate without emptying your bank account. There are some handy tips you can follow to save you both money and time when moving, and hopefully take some of the stress out of an ordinarily quite haphazard event.   1.      Organise. You may not need to go so far as to hire a personal assistant to help you stay on top of things, but it is absolutely crucial to…

Travelling On A Budget

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Holidays are usually the first things to suffer when the purse strings get tightened, a luxury that can save us thousands of dollars simply by ditching it. But for many of us a holiday is the chance to unwind from the stresses and strains of everyday life and work and have fun with our nearest and dearest.  Holidays don’t have to blow the budget; there are ways that you and your family can still have that sought after vacation without dreading the credit card bill through the post on your return or compromising on comfort.

 

Bide Your Time


Late bookings are one of the easiest and best known ways to get a cheaper holiday deal. Around 8 weeks before departure, any leftover spaces on package holidays or flights will start to come down considerably. The flip side of this is that you must be ready to leave, ensure that you all have passports up to date and holiday from work that can be booked quickly. If you are travelling as a couple and just want somewhere hot and cheap, you could push it until a week before departure for the ultimate bargain.

 

Book In Advance!

This may seem contradictory to the previous advice, but when it comes to getting a good deal you really must book it late, or extra early. According to travel operators and brokers the best time to book a holiday is 11 months before your departure date, as there are plenty of cheap rooms and seats still available.

 

Do It Yourself

 Going through a travel operator seems a headache free way to arrange your holiday, but their cut of the holiday budget accounts for a whopping chunk. Get yourself online and see what deals you can get by booking flights and hotels separately. With online companies you can shop around for the best deals.

 

Get To Know The Economy

 Look into countries which offer a good exchange rate for your dollar and which countries have the reputation for cheaper eating out and entertainment. Aside from travel and accommodation, food is the next big expense.

 

Timing Is Everything

Those travel operators really have us in a financial headlock when it comes to our favourite time to travel.  School holidays see a massive price hike, as does mid-summer.  Be a bit more inventive with your destination choice and timing.

 

Haggle

Travel operators have a certain amount of leeway when it comes to the final holiday price they give you. Shop around and be prepared to tell them that you have been quoted cheaper elsewhere, if they want the sale they’ll be prepared to drop the price.

 

Trade


If you live in a holiday destination, or near a large city, take a look at the online holiday home trade websites. A great way to avoid accommodation costs, simply swap homes with another holidaymaker for the duration of your holiday and gain the benefit of local knowledge on your destination.

Holidays are usually the first things to suffer when the purse strings get tightened, a luxury that can save us thousands of dollars simply by ditching it. But for many of us a holiday is the chance to unwind from the stresses and strains of everyday life and work and have fun with our nearest and dearest.  Holidays don’t have to blow the budget; there are ways that you and your family can still have that sought after vacation without dreading the credit card bill through the post on your return or compromising…

Checklist to Stop Rising Energy Bills

You would be a very fortunate person if you had never gotten a gas or electricity bill that was a lot bigger than you expected. It happens.energy_bill3

Maybe you’ve just had a new housemate move in who doesn’t understand the repercussions of heating their bedroom to 32 degrees 24 hours a day. Or maybe it is as simple as a leaking hot water cylinder. Whatever it is, when the bill comes in you are going to want to identify the problem as quickly as possible and fix it. Here is a basic checklist to run through and identify situational reasons your bill may be higher before you start inspecting and correcting your energy plan.

 

Changes in your energy use due to weather.

Consider what time of year it is. If you are just comparing your current bill to the bill you had previously it is important to remember that often the colder months are more expensive ones as people heat their house to keep warm.

 

Changes to your living situation

Are there more people living with you than there was 3 months ago? Even if they are part of a couple in a single room the power bill is still likely to go up considerably. More showers, TV watching, heating, cooking and just general living around the house is going to translate to more dollars on the power bill.

 

Changes of appliances in the house

Have you just bought a new plasma TV? Or maybe you’ve had a new heating system installed. Different appliances use different levels of power. Check online for your new devices expected power usage.

Check the meter

Consider it could be something to do with the meter. Estimated versus actual readings or ones that are completely incorrect, unmatched meter numbers or having your meter recently changed are all factors that can affect your power bill.

 

You would be a very fortunate person if you had never gotten a gas or electricity bill that was a lot bigger than you expected. It happens. Maybe you’ve just had a new housemate move in who doesn’t understand the repercussions of heating their bedroom to 32 degrees 24 hours a day. Or maybe it is as simple as a leaking hot water cylinder. Whatever it is, when the bill comes in you are going to want to identify the problem as quickly as possible and fix it. Here is a basic checklist…