Spotting scams

Be on the lookout, scamsters sure are tricksters. Some scammers are very very good at scamming. After all it’s business for them, the way they make a living. Scams come by phone, email or through websites. Recently I received a text message purportedly from Medicare telling me I had over $200 of rebates waiting to … More Spotting scams

Free books

Once a month my book club meets. Some book club members buy the book while some, like myself, borrow the book from a public library. Whichever way, we all are keen readers. One of our members who is a particularly avid book buyer and reader announced she was off travelling indefinitely. Instead of paying to … More Free books

Teething troubles

Over the last week I’ve spent a good deal of time and money at the dentist. It started with a toothache that wouldn’t go away. Toothache definitely works in getting me to ring the dentist and make an appointment. One thing lead to another and before I knew it I was having root canal work. … More Teething troubles

Stay out of trouble

A couple of weeks ago I closed one bank account and opened another at a different bank. I realised the first bank stopped giving me what they called ‘bonus’ interest and reverted me back to 0.05% interest which everyone knows is nothing! Luckily I keep my eye on my accounts as these things happen. The impact is … More Stay out of trouble

Up in smoke

I don’t smoke which stops my money going up in smoke. Besides not being good for your health smoking is an expensive habit. Luckily I’ve never smoked though I have been a passive smoker. My father smoked a packet a day. He lit the next cigarette from the smouldering butt of the one before. He … More Up in smoke


Waiting behind someone at the supermarket checkout I while away time checking out what’s in their trolley. I’m always interested but more often shocked. There’s so much soft drink in their trolley! All that soft drink must cost heaps every week. In my childhood my grandparents were the only people who supplied soft drink, lemonade. … More Temptations