Saving Money

Independent and trusted reviews and comparisons of savings accounts and financial software and guides to budgeting and saving money.

Low fee transaction accounts

Low-fee transaction account reviews

Say goodbye to bank fees by simply switching to a different transaction account.

12 Mar 2010 | Switching to a new transaction account with no monthly fees and low transaction costs may save you more than $200 per year. CHOICE selects the picks of the crop.

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ING Direct Orange Everyday review

ING Direct's latest account is set to raise the bar for everyday banking.

10 Mar 2010 | The account isn't completely fee-free and it doesn't pay interest, but most everyday transactions are free and there are incentives that will be attractive to many customers.

Bankwest Zero

Bankwest Zero quick review

Here's a new twist on bank fees: an account that refunds some of the fees other banks charge to you.

18 Jan 2010 | The new Bankwest Zero account refunds its customers the fees that the big four banks charge when you use their ATM machines.

The big four banks

Bank satisfaction survey 2009

So which institutions came out on top for bank accounts, credit cards and homeloans in our survey?

30 Sep 2009 | Over the past year, ANZ, Commonwealth, NAB and Westpac have increased market share but our survey reveals they haven't increased in popularity.

House keys

First home saver accounts

A new government scheme provides incentives for new home buyers, but watch for traps.

3 Aug 2009 | To provide incentives for people to save for their first home, the federal government launched the first home saver account (FHSA) scheme.

Credit card

Cheque, savings or credit?

When paying with a debit card, you're given a choice of cheque, savings or credit. What should you choose?

9 Jul 2009 | Many financial institutions now offer debit cards that can be used for transactions through the MasterCard, Visa and EFTPOS systems.

Couple budgeting

Consumer spending survey

How has the global financial crisis affected CHOICE members?

24 Jun 2009 | It’s been a traumatic time for financial markets and the wider economy, with the world experiencing its deepest and most synchronised recession in 70 years.

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How to build a budget

It's time to work out your budget.

20 Apr 2009 | Most people are getting income from one source — a salary. However, with increasingly complicated employment and the odd savvy person making money from investments, it might not be that simple.

Note book

Term deposits guide

You need to consider lengths as well as rates when it comes to choosing a term deposit.

9 Jul 2008 | If you’re prepared to lose access to your money for a period from three months to two years, term deposits are a pretty good option.

Family looking at invoices

Switch financial providers and save

Worried you're paying too much on banking, credit cards or insurance?

15 Feb 2008 | For most of us, minimising the cost of 'staple' financial services like bank accounts and insurance is important. Here's how to save.

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Polls

 
 

Have you switched banks to get a better deal?

  
33%
 
No
  
26%
 
No, but I plan to
  
40%
 
Yes
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