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10 ways to save money right now

Where there's a will there's a way to save money.

Bessie Hassan Altering a couple of old habits and developing new ones could boost your family's savings significantly.

Government to compromise on paid parental leave 'double dipping'

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LISA COX The Turnbull government has confirmed it is backing away from unpopular changes to paid parental leave.

Parents to get random 'spot checks' on work hours in Coalition plan

Parents seeking to qualify for childcare subsidies will be subject to spot checks on their working hours under a Coalition plan.

JUDITH IRELAND Families will be subjected to random "spot checks" from the government to make sure they are reporting their work hours accurately under the Coalition's new childcare plan.

Ten money saving tips for this Christmas

December is a time when consumers are tempted to pile purchases on credit but the festive season could be less of a financial burden by following Olivia's advice.

Australians plan to spend over $46 billion dollars in retail stores over the Christmas season and with this comes the pressure to buy that something special. Gift giving can be expensive, often leading to that dreaded credit card bill come January but it doesn't have to be that way.

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The mum who gets paid by Aldi for being the supermarket's biggest fan

Sam Jockel aka 'Aldi Mum' started the Facebook page in 2010.

PATRICK HATCH Meet the woman who loves Aldi so much it started to pay her.

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Baby deposit

How much do you need to save for a ‘baby deposit’?

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KASEY EDWARDS It's fairly straightforward to calculate a house deposit, but how much money do you need to save up for a baby?

How to save for a deposit while renting

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Brooke Tasovac As hard as it sounds, it is possible to save money when you rent, and certain things can be done to build a deposit faster.

Paid parental leave uncertainty a growing concern

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Kelly and her husband Daniel are unsure if they can afford a third baby.

JUDITH IRELAND Eight months out from the due date of the government's PPL cut, some expectant parents are facing an uncertain time.

OFF THE CARDS

5 things you should never put on credit

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NICOLE PEDERSEN-MCKINNON Some debt is good and other debt is very, very bad – especially when it is sitting on a piece of plastic with a high interest rate.

Jessica Irvine: Parenting and the battle for equality

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JESSICA IRVINE We live in a society that still puts unfair demands on only one parent.

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The Aussie toddlers being given pocket money

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Frances Mao Know anyone who makes $260 a year on the side without doing anything?

The circular experience of a Centrelink client

Centrelink: the bane of many parents' lives.

Katina Curtis A mum-to-be experiences the frustration of dealing with Centrelink, myGov and everything in between.

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CASH TRAP

6 reasons you could be missing out on money

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NICOLE PEDERSEN-MCKINNON No one would ignore $100 lying on the pavement Yet most people obliviously pass over more than this every month. It's time to shape up.

What would your child do with $1 million?

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JODIE BENVENISTE Have you ever asked your child "If someone gave you $1 million today, what would you do with it?"

Abbott's childcare changes will 'reduce access and add complexity'

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MATT WADE The government's childcare assistance package threatens to confuse and intimidate many parents, experts say.

'Maternity paranoia' and why having a baby can still ruin your career

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Tanith Carey New research has found that women returning from maternity leave are more likely to face discrimination in the workplace today than they were a decade ago.

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Don't worry, working mums: Just leave Dad in charge at home

'My husband is a distinguished professor of international affairs but is also the lead parent - the one who can adjust his work schedule to be available for teachers' conferences, homework projects or music lessons.'

Anne-Marie Slaughter Want to open the boardroom doors for women? Encourage - heck, praise - dads who stay home with their children.

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Richard Branson launches great parenting leave policy for lucky few

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Danielle Paquette Richard Branson, champion of space tourism and naked kitesurfing, just unveiled his latest eccentric plan: A year's family leave on full salary for some new parents at his company, Virgin.

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The universal working mother experience

Francesca Varney is urging mothers to pursue a career they enjoy.

Francesca Varney These days mothers need more than just traditional career advice.

Federal budget 2015: Where are the childcare places, Joe?

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Amber Robinson It’s all very well to encourage women to work if they choose to, but how can the measures lead to increased workforce participation when women are once again left holding the baby?

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Getting your family finances in order

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Staff writers Whether you're after a new car for a growing family, a bigger house, or are just fixing up your finances, here are the basics on borrowing.

Your guide to the 2015 federal budget

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What will the budget mean for your family? Here's all you need to know about the 2015 federal budget.

Federal budget 2015: What it means for new parents and families with young children

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The Federal Government's long-awaited $4.4 billion families and childcare package will see many parents receive greater payments from 2017, with predictions 1.2 million households will be better off.

Federal budget 2015: 'No jab, no pay' tipped to save $500 million

Health Minister Sussan Ley has looked for savings from a range of little-known programs.

Amy Corderoy and Dan Harrison The government estimates it will save more than $500 million from it's "no jab, no pay" policy to stop families of un-vaccinated children from accessing family and child care benefits.

Tool that compares family incomes shows Aussies are out of touch

Tony Abbott said a family income of $185,000

INGA TING It turns out Tony Abbott isn't the only one who's out of touch when it comes to understanding wealth in Australia.

Almost half of all mums to lose government paid parental leave entitlements

The government move to stop 'double dipping' paid parental leave has been slammed by a key consultant.

Judith Ireland and Matt Wade Almost 80,000 new mums will lose some or all of their government parental leave payments in a move that has been slammed by a key consultant of the PPL scheme as "the mother of all insults".

Why Rachel Zoe is many mums' dream boss

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Megan Blandford Stylist to the stars Rachel Zoe recently announced what she believes is “one of the best business decisions [she's] ever made”.

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Budget 2015: Wealthy families to keep childcare

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PHILLIP COOREY The federal government has ignored a recommendation by the Productivity Commission to slash childcare support for wealthier families.

Childcare rebate: tougher rules for stay-at-home mums

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MATTHEW KNOTT A new form of activity testing will be introduced to ensure the highest subsidies go to parents who contribute the most to the workforce.

Childcare crisis: parents of almost 250,000 children unable to access care

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LETITIA ROWLANDS The nation's childcare system is in crisis, with new figures revealing that the parents of almost 250,000 children are unable to access the childcare as they require.

My income barely covers daycare, but I won’t stop working

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Meredith Hale I tell myself I’ve achieved some semblance of work/life balance. But what I don’t have, according to my tax return, is any money to show for it.

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Nanny pilot program to go ahead

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JUDITH IRELAND The Abbott government has confirmed that there will be federal funding for nannies under a pilot program that is likely to roll out later this year. 

Childcare is a big problem, but there's more to it

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Megan Blandford Let’s keep talking about these issues and not allow them to be put into a neat little box that’s labelled ‘Fix childcare and everything is solved’.

The health insurance advice you can't afford to ignore

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NICOLE PEDERSEN-MCKINNON There's one simple switch that could save you hundreds of dollars a year in private health insurance.

How to babyproof your job interview

Preparing for a job interview after spending time at home with your baby can be daunting.

Masha Rumer Once upon a time, I was a fan of job interviews. That all changed after I'd switched careers, had a baby and decided to spend the first year at home with her.

Getting creative to cut childcare costs

What can families do to beat the childcare blues? For some, the answer is to get creative.

PINKY MCKAY What can families do to beat the childcare budget blues? For some, the answer is to get creative.

Proposed $20 Medicare fee axed

Government cuts to medicare rebates could unnecessarily drive patients in to emergency departments, or make them forgo treatment

Joanna Heath Health minister Sussan Ley has used her first press conference in the role to announce the government will dump planned cuts to GP fees for visits under 10 minutes.

New $20 GP fee: health charge changes explained

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JULIA MEDEW Why are patients facing a new $20 charge for visiting their GP?

New GP co-payment scheme a triple whammy for patients

Under three new changes to the GP payment plan, the big losers will be ordinary patients.

Stephen Duckett and Peter Breadon Under three new changes to the GP payment plan - one of which has already come into effect - the big losers will be ordinary patients.

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'As a mother I wasn't given a look in': the female funding fiasco

Louisa Forrest found it hard as a female to convince banks to come on board.

Claire Dunn Why are women are often seen by lenders as 'fly-by', rather than serious business owners?

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It's official: the $7 GP co-payment plan has been axed

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said the government's planned GP fee does not have the support needed to pass the Senate.

LISA COX Days after announcing that his paid parental scheme is undergoing a major overhaul, Tony Abbott has confirmed that the plan to charge patients $7 per doctor's visit has been axed.

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Confusion as Abbott refines paid parental leave scheme

Tony Abbott has morning tea with local families in a Sydney cafe.

JUDITH IRELAND Prime Minister Tony Abbott has moved to water down his paid parental leave scheme amid worries he'll ignore support for stay-at-home mothers in the process.

The job interview question I always answer with a lie

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KASEY EDWARDS "What if I get a question about babies?" asked a childless, but clucky younger woman I'm mentoring before a job interview. My response is unequivocal: lie.

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Study: Women with children are most productive at work

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Ylan Q. Mui A word of encouragement for working mums: a study says you are actually more productive than your childless peers.

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Should you have a third child or not?

Tanika Davis I thought our family had been complete with our two boys. I had no idea how much I needed my daughter until she was here.

My children's warped sense of work

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KYLIE ORR I’ve wrestled with the 'working from home' thing, and have wondered about the impact it will have on my children’s working lives.

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Paid parental leave scheme grinds to a halt

The Federal Government's much-hyped Paid Parental Leave scheme appears to have stalled.

MARK KENNY The future of Prime Minister Tony Abbott's paid parental leave scheme appears to be up in the air, despite the fact it is due to begin in less than nine months.

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Can 'Daughter Water' help close the gender pay gap?

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JO HARTLEY More than 3000 bottles of 'Daughter Water' were yesterday delivered to the desks of chief executives across the country - all in an effort to help equalise pay for men and women.

'A woman's IQ halves when she's pregnant,' boss told pregnant worker

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Hannah Low A former state manager of a wealth management firm claims she was sexually harassed and bullied to stand down from her job after taking time off to have children.

An open letter to Tony Abbott: please salvage our super

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NICOLE PEDERSEN-MCKINNON We face financial ruin, but most of us don’t realise it. If we don’t act together to salvage our superannuation, I have no doubt the new GFC will be the Girls’ Financial Crisis.

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Getting creative to cut childcare costs Proposed $20 Medicare fee axed New $20 GP fee: health charge changes explained New GP co-payment scheme a triple whammy for patients 'As a mother I wasn't given a look in': the female funding fiasco It's official: the $7 GP co-payment plan has been axed Confusion as Abbott refines paid parental leave scheme The job interview question I always answer with a lie Study: Women with children are most productive at work Should you have a third child or not? My children's warped sense of work Paid parental leave scheme grinds to a halt Can 'Daughter Water' help close the gender pay gap? 'A woman's IQ halves when she's pregnant,' boss told pregnant worker An open letter to Tony Abbott: please salvage our super One of the most important things a new mum can do Future of paid parental leave scheme is uncertain One in two mums, one in four dads experience discrimination at work Childcare costs, not paid leave, the real issue for parents Late-night childcare not needed, parents say

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Wondersuit heaven: Bonds & Disney launch exclusive collection

Bonds and Disney fans with babies to buy for will be celebrating this news. Bonds and Disney have just released collaboration Wondersuits.

Town welcomes first baby in 28 years

Since the 1980s, the Italian town of Ostana had not seen the birth of a single baby.

Great-great-grandma delivers great grandchild in her own home

''I've delivered calves, lambs, dogs and cats, but nothing like this.'' This 'Super Gran' calmly peeled the amniotic sac over her great-grandson's head before discovering the umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck ... twice.

How to start teaching your kids road safety

It's something that can be taught as early as possible and reinforced as they get older and more mobile - even from toddlerhood.

Just announced: Bugaboo Cameleon³ Classic+ Collection update

Meet the brand new understated chic model from Bugaboo.

The emotional moment a mum hears her late son's heartbeat

It's been two and a half years since Heather Clark's seven-month-old son Lukas passed away.

Nine reasons why you have 'brain fog'

One minute your productivity is skyrocketing and the next you're sitting there trying to focus – just like that you draw blank, your brain, mush.

I had a caesarean and it was beautiful

Guess what? Despite not pushing him out, I cried, and my heart skipped, and I felt the rush of love and pride when I saw him for the first time.

Microcephaly still a mysterious condition around the world

For parents, having a child with microcephaly can mean a life of uncertainty.

7 baby firsts you won't see on milestone charts

Here are a few 'other' baby firsts you may not have been expecting, but you'll want to be ready for.

Why it's important to vaccinate on time

My son was born on the 1 July 2014. It's a fabulous birthday, don't you think? Not only does the first of July ring in a new financial year, but it also means we've hit the year's half way mark.

Naturopath treatment allegedly left baby "days from death"

A naturopath whose treatment of a baby boy allegedly led to the infant being severely ill has pleaded not guilty to charges against her. 

Andy Murray's emotional speech to pregnant wife after Australian Open

A teary-eyed Andy Murray promised pregnant wife Kim he'd be on the next plane home after his turbulent two weeks at the Australian Open came to an end.

This toddler and his duck BFF will melt your heart

A small boy in the US has struck up a quacking good friendship with an unlikely companion ... his pet duck. 

Great news for coffee drinkers - caffeine is good for your heart

Researchers have found that, contrary to prior belief, caffeine does not cause health-threatening heart palpitations.

I always wanted children - but I've found other ways to be maternal

I've always been one of the most maternal women I know.

When only one parent wants to know the gender

For some couples you either both want to know the gender of your unborn baby, or you don't. For others, it's not that simple.

'No jab no play' could hurt disadvantaged children, experts fear

Tough new "no jab no play" laws could hurt children who have not been immunised due to family dysfunction, poverty, or poor access to medical support, experts warn.

Zika virus: Airlines offer refunds to pregnant women

Airlines and cruise companies across the world are offering refunds or travel credits to pregnant women who are scheduled to visit countries struck by the devastating Zika virus.

#meditateonthis: Mums fight back against PND ignorance

Not all women will require medication, but many will. And there isn't and shouldn't be any shame in that.

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