Ted Baker announces the launch of four new stunning timepieces

Luxury British lifestyle brand Ted Baker is delighted to announce the launch of four new stunning timepieces just in time for the gifting season. Complete with 100% sustainable and recyclable gift boxes, Ted Baker proudly presents four new watches for both men and women, ensuring the perfect gift for the special people in your life lies within this impressive collection.

The Lilabel and Fitzrovia Bumble Bee timepieces join the brand’s elegant women’s range, while the Caine and Phylipa Gents watches combine contemporary and classic style to bring new additions to Ted Baker’s iconic men’s collection. This timepiece collection is also the first to incorporate the brand’s new magnolia motif, lifted directly from the Ted Baker archive, which symbolises perseverance and a love of nature, and is, “Ted Baker DNA summed up in one simple icon,” as pronounced by the brand’s Global Creative Director, Anthony Cuthbertson.

Each watch can be made unique through a variety of watchstrap style, colour, and case size options. Available from Davidjones.com, 275-350 AUD. 

This article was sourced from a media release sent by Ella McPherson of Grove Communication

Meet The Entrepreneur Behind The Cover Of The November 2022 Issue Of MoneyCentral Magazine: Ben Giroux

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He voices the lead character in the Nickelodeon animated series that premiered on Paramount+. The show, based on the books of the same name, follows 11-year-old Nate Wright, a rebellious sixth-grader with a never-ending need to prove his awesomeness to the world. Whether he’s dealing with disasters at home or detention at school, Nate is no stranger to a challenge. Luckily, he’s able to express himself through the cartoons he creates. The cast also includes Dove Cameron, Rob DelaneyCarolyn Hennesy, and special guest star Jack Black to name just a few.

Giroux is best-known for his portrayal of The Toddler, the main and original villain on the hit Nickelodeon series Henry Danger. After a five-season run on the show, he brought his popular character to the spin-off series Danger Force. Since its inception, the “Dangerverse” has become one of Nickelodeon’s most successful and longest-running franchises of all time.  To date, Giroux has showcased his talent on over 100 episodes of television, including a recent recurring role on the Netflix sitcom The Big Show Show as the comedic nemesis of WWE star Paul “Big Show” Wright. Other appearances include Will & Grace, NCIS, Bones, Psych, and House, M.D. to name a few. He has also made a name for himself with an extensive resume of voiceover roles. Notable credits include Bunsen is a Beast, Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, DC Superhero Girls, and The Loud House, among many others.

With his huge fanbase, Giroux has built an impressive social media presence and is verified on all platforms. He launched a very successful TikTok channel with over 113 million likes and over 4 million followers where he posts hilarious content including Dumb DubsMostly Good Advice, and Ruin A Toon.  He has also established a loyal following on Instagram with over 192,000 followersFacebook with over 168,000 followers, and Twitter.

MoneyCentral International recently caught up with Ben to discuss his journey as an entrepreneur and here’s what went down:

1. Can you tell us more about yourself? How did you get started in the entertainment industry? 

Hey! I’m a comedic actor/director currently starring on Nickelodeon’s “Big Nate” on Paramount+. I’ve also played The Toddler on Nickelodeon’s “Henry Danger” franchise for the past decade in addition to directing, producing, and writing commercials, music videos, and TV pilots via my production company, Small Red Cape.

2. What do you like most about acting? 

On a deeper level: with the world in a pretty funky spot right now, my imprint on the universe is adding a little bit of levity. Acting allows me to create and consume comedy and laughter—I’m obsessed with collaborative creativity. On a shallow level: there are really tasty snacks on set.

3. How different is it to act in front of the camera vs. voiceover acting? And which one do you prefer? 

It’s all comedic storytelling—just through different mediums. I love being in front of the camera and behind the microphone equally. That said, voiceover affords me a wider range of roles I’m applicable for; Nate Wright is a 6th-grade kid, but I can also play a creature, a superhero, and a robot in the same episode.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Nickelodeon

4. What are your weak points when it comes to acting? How do you try to improve them? 

Sometimes I overthink things and get a little too “in my head.” Over the past few years, I’ve been focused on owning my inner confidence and trusting my instincts.

5. What are your strong points as an actor? 

Improv, improv, improv! I think the key to a career in comedy (and really, life in general) is embodying the spirit of “yes, and….” Most of my television roles have allowed me to riff, improvise, and add my own flair. “Big Nate” is a great example; I’d say about 10% of our show is entirely improvised. Those little moments of unscripted magic are something I pride myself on.

6. What have you learned from the directors that you have worked with throughout your career?

80% of good directing is casting. I really enjoy working with directors who let their cast explore, color outside the lines, and elevate a script with their own unique spin. The cast has been hired for a reason, so I love directors who give their cast a safe, free environment to try outside-the-box choices. Every time I work with a great director, it inspires me in my own directing career.

7. What are some of the difficulties of the acting business? 

When you begin a career in entertainment, you’re signing up for a life of 99% rejection. As an actor, you’re essentially a professional job interviewee—constantly auditioning for opportunities where the odds are stacked against you. But all of that hard work pays off when you land a role; it makes the constant rejection and close calls well worth it. You must be relentlessly driven, never getting too pumped up or too discouraged.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Nickelodeon

8. What’s challenging about bringing a script to life? 

The biggest challenge about bringing a script to life is finding cohesion between a lot of disparate things: making the character feel authentic, making the character specific to your own point-of-view and skillset, making choices that are consistent with the director/showrunner’s style—there’s a lot to consider. But filmmaking is the ultimate team sport and that collaborative energy is what ultimately brings a script to life.

9. What do you do when you’re not filming? 

I’m really into fitness! I go to the gym almost every day —it’s a great way to disconnect. I also travel around the country competing in Spartan Race obstacle course races. I love challenging myself physically. I’m also obsessed with watching NBA basketball. Go Suns!

10. What has been the most memorable experience of your career so far? 

I have so many awesome memories from my career, but one of my favorite experiences was creating a parody music video called “Back to the 90s” in 2017. In it, my team celebrated all sorts of ‘90s pop culture and music genres. When we released the video, it went mega-viral, charting on Billboard, amassing 100 million views, and landing us all in Las Vegas with The Backstreet Boys. Truly a surreal experience and one that opened up so many great opportunities thereafter.

Photo Credit: Adam Hendershott

11. Who have been the most interesting people you’ve met so far? 

I’ve had the privilege of collaborating with so many amazingly talented people over the years. I loved working with Christopher Guest on his HBO series “Family Tree,” Charlie Sheen on the FX series “Anger Management,” and even Chevy Chase in a Lifetime Christmas movie.

12. If someone is going to make your life into a movie, who would play you? 

The Rock, obviously.

13. What are your future plans–inside your career or out of it? 

To continue making funny, cool, creative content with my friends whether that’s on or off-camera. I’m also actively pitching original TV series with my writing partner, so hopefully, I’m running my own show very soon.

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Homegrown Basketball Australia… What Is This All About?

Homegrown Basketball Australia (HGBA) is a community-based sporting association that started off as a small group of interested basketball players and enthusiasts playing social basketball games in 2012. It was later established as an organisation by its founders, Karlo Basa, Alfred Sayas, and Cromwell Alvarez.

HGBA prides itself on being the seasoned basketball influencer in Western Sydney and the Sydney Filipino community. Its presence has continued to expand all over Australia and is commonly recognised by International Filipino Basketball associates as the long-standing leader in Filipino Basketball in Australia.

The brand continues to be associated as the driver of the basketball movement in Western Sydney as it constantly elevates and redefines its services throughout the years. This has resulted in wide exposure and strong influence over the Basketball and Filipino community at large.

Homegrown Basketball provides the following services:

Western Sydney Basketball Association (WSBA)

WSBA is the Basketball League entity of Homegrown Basketball Australia, which officially commenced its Basketball League operations in Autumn 2013. In its tenth year and 16th basketball season, WSBA has established itself as the leading amateur Basketball League in Western Sydney, managing between 40-50 teams every season.

Homegrown Basketball Academy (HG Academy)

HG Academy is the basketball coaching and player development entity of Homegrown Basketball. Accredited coaches and trainers deliver the program in an innovative and fun environment, providing several options for all ages and skill levels.

National Basketball Training Centre (NBTC)

Homegrown Basketball Australia is the tenured partner of the SM NBTC Basketball Pathway to Philippine UAAP and NCAA Basketball. The program provides for Philippine Collegiate Basketball aspirants to participate in the extensive training and development program with an opportunity to be selected to represent Australia in the annual SM NBTC Global Games, the scouting platform for Philippine NCAA and UAAP coaching and scouting staff.

HGBA continues to build on its rich history as they endeavour to develop the sport of Basketball and its presence in Australia. For more information on its services and how to be part of the Homegrown Basketball community, please contact the Homegrown Basketball admin at info@homegrownbasketball.com.au.

Prominent Buyer’s Agent launches Australia’s first ever simple step-by-step guide for everyday Aussies looking to invest in commercial property

Chinese-Australian buyer’s agent Helen Tarrant is Australia’s number one commercial property buyer’s agent. With house prices fluctuating and interest rates continually rising, she believes it’s time Australians end our ‘love affair’ with residential property. Having built a multi-million-dollar property empire herself, Helen is finally unmasking the hidden secrets surrounding the alternative investment pathway – commercial property.

Traditionally, this property market area has felt confusing, inaccessible, and unaffordable for many investors…and this is where Helen’s new book comes in.

This Spring, Helen’s first book Cashed up with Commercial Property: A Step-by-Step Guide to Building a Cash Flow Positive Portfolio, will launch in bookstores Australia-wide. Published by Wiley, the book will be a first-of-its-kind educational guide that makes commercial property investment easy to understand and accessible to all – no matter your age, ethnicity, or background in investing.

Whilst most of us feel like we need to either win the lottery (or have cashed up family members) to get our foot on the property ladder, Helen’s own story proves this doesn’t have to be the case. After migrating to Australia from China as a young girl, Helen’s family had only $70 to their name. She moved house 9 times and worked three jobs to support her family throughout high school. After completing a Master of Laws at university, she founded her own beauty therapy business. She was burning the candle on all ends, yet still felt like she couldn’t save, or find any work life balance. It was during this time that a single moment with her landlord changed the course of her life forever…

“My landlord would show up, collect my rent, and then just go out fishing. That was all he did. His income from the rent of his tenants in our building meant he could live the life he loved. Cue my light-bulb moment…maybe I should look into commercial property. After doing some research I found that commercial property had the potential to halve my investment journey time and help me make ten times as much cash flow than investing in residential. And so, I took a leap of faith and never looked back,” Helen says.

In 2012 Helen purchased her first commercial property, a Japanese restaurant in North Sydney for $395k. Fast forward a decade, Helen’s property portfolio is worth over $30 million.  And due to the way that commercial property is geared, during that time, Helen was also able to build her income, earning an additional $20k plus in positive cash flow per week from her investments alone.

These simple ideas and lessons Helen learnt along the way was what eventually inspired her to become a buyer’s agent. Realising there were many misconceptions in the market and no one really educating everyday investors about commercial property, she found a niche providing essential education and strategies for the average Australian seeking to get their foot in the door. Helen now has helped over 1,000 Australian investors find financial freedom through commercial investment, with a total property portfolio worth over half a billion.

Cashed Up with Commercial Property is unique in its category, as it features real life case studies and practical guides for what is required to invest in commercial property. It provides helpful comparisons on investments between residential and commercial, as well as sound strategies that any Aussie can use to generate additional income as they work towards their property/investment goals.

One such case study is Sydney mum Joey. With three kids under five, Joey works as a compliance consultant while her wife, Diane, is a dentist in her own practice. “Joey first approached me when she had 11 residential properties, was negatively geared and in desperate need of some cash flow so she could support her growing mortgages and family lifestyle. Over the past three years we have helped her source excellent commercial investments that would drive a sound return and help her reach her cash flow goals. In that time, we have secured her three properties and close to $100k in passive income, and that’s after outgoing expenses,” Helen explains.

In her book, Helen debunks the biggest myths about commercial property and provides encouragement that no matter who you are or what your property goals are, she can help you on your journey. Three simple pieces of advice her book, includes:

  1. Embrace the Mindset ChangeTrying something new always comes with uncertainty and a bit of gear-shifting. But embrace the mindset changes and don’t apply the same things you know about residential, to commercial. It’s a learning curve, but the payoff (literally) is worth it.
  2. Don’t wait!Ever heard the old idiom, there’s no better time than now? Well this is completely true in commercial property. The market is always changing, so no matter who you are, I recommend getting some advice and starting now, even if it’s small, because the longer you wait, the lower the yield. Build the right strategy and don’t be afraid to go outside your comfort zone.
  3. Allow Yourself to Dream Big!We can so often feel despondent about property – whether you’ll own the dream home or are scared of being priced out of the market. But with commercials, we encourage you to dream big no matter where you’re at in your investment journey. Map out your big-picture goals, and then with the help of your team, we can help you work backward so you can figure out the best way to start now.

Cashed Up with Commercial Property is published by Wiley and is available for purchase through all good book retailers for $32.95.  For more information or to purchase a copy, visit: https://helentarrant.com/

This article was sourced from a media release sent by Medianet

Jim Thompson signals the beginning of a new chapter

Jim Thompson, Thailand’s iconic global lifestyle brand signals a new era with the opening of Bangkok’s must-visit landmark the Jim Thompson Heritage and Creative Quarter.

 

Jim Thompson, Thailand’s iconic global lifestyle brand signals a new era with the opening of Bangkok’s must-visit landmark the Jim Thompson Heritage and Creative Quarter.

Jim Thompson, Thailand’s iconic global lifestyle brand signals a new era with the opening of Bangkok’s must-visit landmark the Jim Thompson Heritage and Creative Quarter. Inclusive of the original Jim Thompson House Museum, it features a new “Museum About the Man”, a Home Furnishings Exhibition, a café and a new Iconic Store.

Jim Thompson, Thailand’s iconic global lifestyle brand signals a new era with the opening of Bangkok’s must-visit landmark the Jim Thompson Heritage and Creative Quarter.

Local and international visitors will get to soak in the rich history and stunning architecture of what was once the residence of Jim Thompson and explore the beauty of Thai culture, silk traditions and the Thai spirit of innovation as well as discover exhibitions about the life and work of the “Silk King”.

Frank Cancelloni, Group CEO at Jim Thompson explains“We are excited about this new chapter. This is not just any lifestyle brand; it was founded by an iconic man who revived the Thai silk industry. The project will be 100% completed by April 2023 with the opening of a restaurant, a bar and a multifunctional hall, all reflecting the spirit of Jim Thompson.”

Jim Thompson House MuseumComprising of 6 teak houses sourced by Jim Thompson from all over Thailand, his residence also became home to an extensive collection of Southeast Asian art. After his disappearance in Malaysia in 1967, his home was carefully preserved and turned into a museum.

Museum About the ManDrawn from the archives of The James H.W. Thompson Foundation, “The Man Himself” highlights the critical milestones in Thompson’s life, from his early years to the last day that he was seen. The exhibition also charts the journey of Jim Thompson fabrics from Vogue to Broadway and on to becoming Thailand’s only global lifestyle brand.

Home Furnishing Exhibition‘The Evolving World of Jim Thompson Textiles’ is an exhibition that unveils the story of the Thai Silk Company Limited and the prominent creative figures behind the company’s successes in the textile and fabric world after the mysterious disappearance of Jim Thompson in 1967.

The Iconic StoreVisually stunning, the store offers over 6,000 products and exciting collaborative projects including menswear, womenswear, bags, knick-knacks, accessories, homeware, and exclusive collections only available at this location.

The Jim Thompson Art CenterThe Art Center is a place where ideas and stories are shared through creative experiences. It is also a gathering ground for cultural communities to come together, learn, discover and exchange dialogues.

This article was sourced from a media release sent by PR Newswire.

Job postings at Coles Group Australia soar by 138%

In contrast to increasing layoffs across all sectors, job postings at Australia-based retailer Coles Group Ltd (Coles) year-on-year (YoY) increased by 138% from 1,002 in August 2021 to 2,386 in August 2022, according to GlobalData, a leading data, and analytics company.

An analysis of GlobalData’s Job Analytics Database reveals that job postings dropped by 42% from 1,002 jobs in August 2021 to 583 jobs in December 2021. However, job postings rose in Q2 2022 by 17% compared to a 16% decline in Q1 2022.

Sherla Sriprada, Business Fundamentals Analyst at GlobalData, comments: “Coles plans to expand business through various new roles, teams, and stores. A newly created role, ‘Business Manager’, is looking for fresh produce suppliers. Also, the newly created channel services team is hiring for a ‘Technical Business Analyst.’” 

In April 2022, a newly created role, ‘Operational Privacy Manager’, is looking at operationalising the privacy framework across the Coles Group and ensuring first-line defense processes and controls are in place to minimise privacy compliance risk.  Other new roles were ‘Assistant Trade Planning Manager,’ ‘Program Manager – Network Transformation,’ and ‘Trade Support Lead.’

Cole’s e-commerce function is currently undergoing a period of transformation and growth. As a result, the retailer has posted a few roles such as ‘eCommerce Trade & Content Manager’, ‘Product Manager – Payments’, and ‘Associate Product Manager – Click & Collect Network.’

Sriprada concludes: “The retailer is also focusing on roles for the newly created stores. One such example is ‘Commercial Manager – Range Transformation’ role, which looks at developing strategic plans for optimising space allocation across the business, including sales density and macro space blueprints for new store openings.”

Notes 

  • Quotes provided by Sherla Sriprada, Business Fundamentals Analyst at GlobalData
  • GlobalData’s Job Analytics Database tracks over 29K companies globally, including 6,600+ listed entities, across industries. The dataset has over 51 million jobs in the database and has over 4.1 million active covering 20+ sectors spanning over 200 countries.
  • Job Analytics tracks daily job postings for companies globally. Hiring intentions is an excellent proxy for identifying trends and key signals at macro, sector, theme, and company level.

About GlobalData

4,000 of the world’s largest companies, including over 70% of FTSE 100 and 60% of Fortune 100 companies, make more timely and better business decisions thanks to GlobalData’s unique data, expert analysis and innovative solutions, all in one platform. GlobalData’s mission is to help our clients decode the future to be more successful and innovative across a range of industries, including the healthcare, consumer, retail, financial, technology and professional services sectors.

This article was sourced from a media release sent by Global Data

Banking and finance executive develops technology that is set to significantly boost the performance of Australia’s superannuation industry

One of Australia’s most experienced banking and finance executives has developed world-leading technology that is set to boost Australia’s superannuation industry’s performance significantly.

Douglas Bucknell, Founder and CEO of Tailored Superannuation Solutions (TTS) was the CEO of Anglican Investment Development Fund (AIDF) and Senior Policy Advisor for the three Commonwealth superannuation funds and APRA.

He has developed the world’s first ‘Smart Default’ fund that will significantly increase superannuation members’ retirement balances.

“This ‘Smart Default’ fund will greatly impact the quality of life for Australians entering retirement because it will boost their retirement balances by, on average, at least 35%.

“We’re able to do this by replacing the one-size-fits-all ‘balanced option’ and simple age-based life-cycling default design, with this ‘smart’ fund,” Mr. Bucknell said.

“The days of simply dumping all members in the same investment option for life should be over,” he said.

Last year, 13 super funds were found to have failed the Federal Government’s new performance test. Since then, the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority has released all the funds it assessed showing another seven, including some of Australia’s biggest MySuper funds only marginally passed the test.

“Superannuation trustees need to focus on improving retirement outcomes for their members – that’s what they’re paid to do.

“Our technology delivers on the Productivity Commission’s finding that well-designed life-cycle solutions are better than the single strategy, one-size-fits-all, approach,” he said.

The ‘Smart Default’ fund uses a SAAS (software-as-a-service) solution to automatically tailor the existing investment options of superannuation funds to a member’s own projected retirement outcomes.

“We improve the competitive performance of superannuation funds enabling them to exceed the Federal Government performance targets and deliver superior outcomes to their members,” Mr. Bucknell said.

TTS is Australian-owned and operated. It was established in 2016 and backed by some of Australia’s leading business and government figures.

This article was sourced from a media release sent by Medianet

Advertising vs Marketing: What’s the difference?

Business owners often overlook the monumental difference between marketing and advertising. From colossal highway billboards, full-page print ads, recurrent radio ads, and primetime television airtime, there seems to be a lot more advertising than marketing strategies. While we acknowledge that both are of equal importance, a sense of balance and a strong distinction is necessary to come up with calculated strategies that will ultimately address the growth of any business.

Delineation: Advertising vs. Marketing

Advertising is a single constituent of the whole marketing plan. If marketing were to be a metaphor, it would be that big pie, and advertising is but a slice of the whole piece, together with other slices such as promotion and branding. Advertising is the clear articulation of the promises that you want to tell your customers. You advertise to create interest in your product or service. You make the customers want or need what you’re offering. Effective advertising will initiate the ultimate action plan – buying your product and generating repeat customers. It HAS to invoke a purchase or the actual consumption of your goods or your services. This will be the measure of its success.

Advertising involves ad placement in different mediums such as TV, radio, newspaper, direct mail, and the Internet. The placement, frequency, layout, and content should be concise, clear, and commercially captivating. It should make your product stand out and be memorable at the same time.  With the plethora of competitors in the market, appeal is definitely imperative.

Marketing, on the other hand, is the bigger picture. Marketing is a system of strategies that are geared towards knowing your market better. It is a process where you focus on why people buy. What makes them shell out 100 dollars on lingerie and only 10 dollars on food? What kind of branding will get their attention? Will gold packaging really make them get your product when placed right next to a competitor in the supermarket? Marketing entails a closer look at your target demographics and their buying motives. Before you even advertise, you need to lay the basics of an effective ad that will capture your target market. From competitor research, sales strategies, media planning, pricing, advertising, distribution, and customer support, every detail needs attention and research to come up with a seamless marketing plan. All these factors should have a unified purpose to reach your business’s bottom line.

The Cliché Syndrome

In both advertising and marketing, you simply can’t use any more clichés and platitudes. A lot of advertisers and marketing professionals get stuck in hackneyed taglines like “We go the extra mile” or “Best in Business since 1910.” These are empty words that have become so trite that consumers are not buying them anymore. If you are in the process of making a marketing plan, be sure that you stick to concepts that will differentiate you from the rest of the people offering the same thing in the market.

Another common clichéd indication in a business is the use of seemingly important announcements with absolutely ZERO market value. For instance, a restaurant spends on advertising by displaying a big banner that says “Under New Management” or “Newly Renovated.” To the owner, this might seem like a significant feat or maybe even a big difference in customer perception. But to ordinary bystanders, this sign says nothing more than management troubles in the past. If the owner had taken the time to do market research, he would have known that people who eat in his restaurant come back because of the organic produce or the freshly squeezed juices that they don’t find in nearby food establishments.

This is the best example of poor advertising without market research because there’s definitely no market for “Conveniently Located,” “Newly Renovated,”  “Wide Selection.” Not even for “Under New Management.” J

8 Surefire Ways You Can Save Money As Prices Soar

Recent data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed prices climbing by 6.1% in the June quarter, driven primarily by the increasing cost of food and fuel.

Especially for those with kids, financial outgoings such as education, grocery, and days out can set you back.

Nick Drewe, money-saving expert at Australian discounts platform, WeThrift, shares his top tips on how you can cut your everyday costs. From energy bills to travel and grocery shopping, he shares his top tips below.

1. Keep checking your bills regularly: As some energy suppliers have been known to either make changes to tariffs or make mistakes when charging customers, it’s always a good idea to check your regular household bills.

With winter approaching, those who continue to work from home or have flexible conditions may opt to not return to the office Therefore, bills for water, energy and mobile data are likely to increase.

2. Reduce activities and classes: Whilst it is important for a child to have a routine, there seems to be pressure around keeping children busy with activities from a young age.

If you can’t quite afford every single activity, why not keep it simple and cost-free and encourage time to play in the backyard, playgrounds and explore the local creek. Children enjoy picnics, playdates and time at the beach, which will help reduce time spent in the car and spending money on petrol, entry fees, registration, tuition fees, uniforms or costumes.

3. Have a cap on present spending: Once your child starts school, they will begin to get more invitations to birthday parties. While this is lovely, this can also get expensive. Decide on a limit for presents early on and stick to it, unless it is a close friend where you may want to spend more.

Simple gift ideas that can work for both genders could be a pencil case filled with nice new stationery, a piece of sports equipment or a water pistol. 

Also, start collecting generic things throughout the year and put them in a gift collection cupboard. You never know, they may come in handy.

4. Choose inexpensive holidays: Once you have children, it is not as easy to travel interstate and overseas. Camping, particularly with young children, is fairly inexpensive to do once you are set up with some gear. 

Children love to ride their bikes around, meet other kids and roam the extra space, which is a great way for families to interact without spending too much money.

5. Share school trips with other parents: The cost of petrol adds up when taking the kids to school every day, and being able to do alternative trips with other parents nearby will definitely help cut your costs. 

If you can arrange to do alternative days or even alternate between the morning and afternoon drop off, this will cut your journeys in half. 

6. Look for discount codes before ordering takeaways: If you’re treating the family to a well-deserved takeaway at the weekend, before clicking ‘checkout’ on sites like Deliveroo or Menulog, it’s always worth a search on voucher sites for any discount codes or free delivery incentives that could knock your basket price down. 

Also, always check your emails for any promotional vouchers that may have been sent following your last order. Often delivery couriers will offer customers small incentives ahead of their next purchase, to retain their loyalty and avoid them being tempted to order elsewhere.

Deliveroo customers have the option to ‘Refer a friend, which will secure both of you $10 off your next order.

7. Time your grocery trips wisely: Try to time your grocery trips for when your local stores are likely to have just added yellow ‘reduced’ stickers to stock that needs to be sold that day. Making the most of these heavily discounted deals will help you to fill your freezer up with discounted meat, fish, and freezer meals for cheaper food options in the coming days and weeks.

Normally workers will start discounting products that are about to pass their sell-by-date later on in the afternoon or early evening, so a food shop after work is the perfect time to grab a  bargain.

Many supermarkets also have clearance sections where products that cannot be sold at their RRP or may have damaged packaging can be found. Just make sure to check you are happy with the item and that the goods aren’t compromised before heading to the checkout.

8. Cancel any unnecessary direct debits: Now is the perfect time to log on to your online banking and scour your direct debits and standing orders to see if you can cancel anything that’s become an unnecessary spend. 

Whether it be a gym membership you aren’t quite getting your money’s worth for, or a streaming service you signed up for during lockdown that you no longer make the most of, cutting these small outgoings will make a difference to your bank balance in the long run.

Also, make sure all of your monthly direct debits look correct, and if there are any questionable outgoings from your account to immediately address it.

Source: https://www.wethrift.com/tag/australia 

Swarovski Finally Unveils Its New Retail Landscape In Melbourne

For over a year, Swarovski has been on a spellbinding journey with the reimagining of the brand and their retail stores. Commencing with the rollout of 27 Instant Wonder stores around the globe in 2021, the magical transformation has evolved into the culmination of an exciting new retail concept, with the first Australian store to be unveiled on Melbourne Collins Street this month.

“Our New Retail Landscape is an incredible ode to the creativity, and the result of Swarovski’s strong new vision, a realm where science and magic meet. Playful, aware, and always boldly chic our aim is to reflect desires and dreams in the physical space of our stores, and to underline our new age of crystal living,” says Giovanna Engelbert, Creative Director at Swarovski.

WELCOME TO A NEW RETAIL LANDSCAPE

Designed to ignite imaginations, each entrancing store pays homage to the shimmering beauty of crystal, reflecting the uniquely captivating charm of the city itself. Mesmerising metallic finishes and fluted glass combine with chrome and silk touches throughout.

To reflect the brand’s new visual identity, overseen by the beloved Swarovski Swan, guests will be welcomed into a sensorial retail space to discover an array of tempting and tantalising crystal treasures.

Encouraging exploration and self-expression, different areas in the stores are colour-blocked in Swarovski’s signature new brand hues. With myriad octagons adorning the walls in a breathtaking display of product and pattern, the entire concept is a tribute to the wonder of crystal itself.

Packages wrapped up with signature gross-grain silks and velvets for the final flourish add to the entire spellbinding experience.

Its sumptuous New Retail Landscape beckons you in an absolute feast for the senses, promising a world filled with magic and special moments.

STEP INTO BRILLIANCE AT MELBOURNE COLLINS STREET

Located in the heart of Melbourne’s premier luxury destination, the Collins Street store will be 125sqm and themed in the new Swarovski blue. The colour represents water as a life force, an integral element in the production of crystal and the inspiration behind Waterschool, Swarovski’s global water education program. Emotionally blue evokes a sense of calm, tranquility and power−qualities that are embodied within the store concept and customer experience.

ABOUT SWAROVSKI

Swarovski is a place where magic and science meet.

Swarovski unifies all parts of its organisation under one spellbinding idea and brings forward a wondrous new world of crystal craftsmanship. Founded in 1895 in Austria, the company designs, manufactures and sells the world’s highest quality crystal, gemstones, Swarovski Created Diamonds and zirconia, jewellery, and accessories, as well as crystal objects and home accessories. Together with its sister companies Swarovski Optik (optical devices) and Tyrolit (abrasives), Swarovski Crystal Business forms the Swarovski Group.

A responsible relationship with people and the planet has always been an integral part of Swarovski’s heritage. This manifests today in the company’s well-established sustainability agenda with youth-focused education programs and foundations to promote human empowerment and conserve natural resources to achieve positive social impact.