Free up some $ for your weekend by thinking during the week
A taboo topic for many of us, especially given how much scrutiny the finance industry has faced (and with good reason). I will discuss this, in an attempt to showcase some financial efficiency resources available to us all for free. Hopefully this will help free up some cash for us to indulge in as many fabulous WeekendNotes activities as possible.
Although this is not a perfect resource by any means, MoneySmart is a great starting point and can teach you a lot about many different financial topics. Particularly useful is the scams section, which is updated regularly enough and can stop you from losing your money to thieves.
Help Me Bank
This aesthetically elegant resource, HelpMeBank, has some really handy articles, links and calculators. The information is written in a candid way and is sorted out into different relevant topics. This website features modern topics such as how to create a budget using Google Sheets, and other things like reviews of current money-management apps.
You might think that one of the best free resources to help compare financial products is Finder. This website, unlike many similar ones (at least in my experience), does not try to force you to provide your details or sell them to third parties. It is full of handy information, product comparisons and the information is typically kept up to date. Note that these types of sites don't typically show all of the available products on the market, but it's still helpful to learn the very basics. You do need to be wary of some of these sites, as they will try to steal your details. Approach with caution and only input your details if you realise that they will be sold onto other companies as leads.
Obviously, there are loads of free financial resources out there, but I have picked my three favourite ones. In addition to the above, I often use free tools that my bank offers me, and most of the major banks have them available on their websites. I know that personally, since I have paid a little more attention to these things, they have really paid off in terms of spending money. I hope that they work for you. Just be very careful to not give your details to any particular website, unless you're willing for them to be sold onto others.
Of course, there are many different sites, but I didn't want to overcrowd this list with too many places in order to concentrate on the most meaningful resources. This won't be popular, but I think you should use your bank's existing tools. Some of the tools and calculators on bank websites are actually really helpful and they can be accurate (and aligned with products that you own or plan to).
If you like any other handy tools and resources I have not mentioned, please comment below – sharing the love is the best feeling.