The Balance · Consumer news from Choice

Government payments worth knowing about

Sept. 12, 2018 — Andy Kollmorgen

You may qualify and not even know it – so it pays to check.

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Online shopping subscription services

Sept. 12, 2018 — Zoya Sheftalovich

Amazon Prime, eBay Plus and Shipster compared

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Are home DNA kits reliable?

Sept. 10, 2018 — Kate Browne

Home DNA testing kits make it easy to discover your genetic lineage, but you need to know the risks of taking one.

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'Safe default' energy deal could mean a better deal for you

Sept. 10, 2018 — Alison Potter

A look at one of the government's proposed tools to help energy customers.

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Hands-on with the Microsoft Surface Go

Sept. 8, 2018 — Alex Angove-Plumb

The popular Surface Pro tablet is now available in a 10-inch alternative.

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Are home insurance calculators accurate?

Sept. 7, 2018 — Linda Vergnani

They're handy for working out how much to insure your home for, but you can run the risk of being underinsured.

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Driving in Europe

Sept. 4, 2018 — Elisabeth Baulch

International driving permits, hiring a car, EU child seat laws and more.

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Flights to Europe and best times to go

Sept. 4, 2018 — Elisabeth Baulch

Flights from Australia to Europe, choosing when to go, and how to get from the airport to your accommodation.

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CBA redraws the rules on loans

Sept. 4, 2018 — Daniel Graham

New rules will affect how the Commonwealth Bank calculates loan repayments and redraw balances. Here's what you need to know.

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Europe travel guide: money and currency

Sept. 3, 2018 — Elisabeth Baulch

How to get the best cash rates, which ATMs and cards to use, and why the Euro will get you further in some countries than others.

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Europe travel guide: phone and internet

Sept. 3, 2018 — Elisabeth Baulch

Global roaming, SIM cards, Wi-Fi and data.

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Europe travel guide: power plugs

Sept. 3, 2018 — Elisabeth Baulch

What type of power adapter do you need?

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Are lab grown diamonds the real deal?

Sept. 3, 2018 — Rosalind McNamara

Technology means a perfectly real diamond can be made in a lab and sold for less than a quarter of the price of a natural gem.

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Spring clean checklist

Aug. 31, 2018 — Rebecca Ciaramidaro

Your room-by-room checklist for preparing your home for the warmer months.

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