Techradar lists their pick of Amazon’s best deals in August and they include $226 off a new Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA and $500 off a Nikon D850 camera body.

There’s also $268 off a Samsung Galaxy S8 if you can bear to get a model that’s been superseded, and you’re happy to buy a direct import. The Techradar guys say it’s “still a darn good Android handset”.

Nice threads up to 90% off

Deals Direct has David Jones menswear with further markdowns – up to 90 per cent off the original price. Like a stylish Navy winter jacket for $29 (was $299.95 – save $230). Thanks to TopBargains for the tip-off. Move quickly ‘cause they’re selling out.

Go get GroceryGetter

There’s a new website and mobile app in town called GroceryGetter. Just put in your grocery list and it compares Coles, Woolworths and Aldi prices on 45,000+ products, and also delivers your groceries for $9.99 (with an Aldi surcharge on top).

They reckon they’ve saved their customers $100,000 overall on their grocery bills already, and they can save you 30 per cent on yours. With the average Sydney family paying $163 on groceries per week, that’s a saving of $49 a week, or more than $2,500 a year.

One shopper interviewed on A Current Affair said she was saving $100 off her usual shop using GroceryGetter, partly because she now avoided going instore so wasn’t making her usual impulse purchases.

At the moment it’s only available in Sydney, but later this year GroceryGetter will add Canberra and Melbourne to the service, and then Brisbane in 2019.

Meanwhile, at Aldi

There’s an eclectic array of goods available on Aldi’s Special Buys this Saturday 11 August, from cheap treadmills and spin bikes to mowers. Unfortunately most of these goods don’t get particularly good product reviews… (it pays to do your research).

However… what do seem to get glowing reports from around the world are Aldi’s Premium Runners for $29.99. According to this OzBargain regular, they’ve been biomechanically approved and tested by Professor Hennig at the Queensland University of Technology and they have excellent shock-absorbers. A bit cheaper than ASICS running shoes which go for $200 and more.

Good news for tradies and South Australians!

The latest ME Bank Household Financial Comfort survey of 1500 households is a bit of a downer, with its finding that a quarter of all homes have less than $1000 in savings. The report also found 10 per cent fewer Australians were saving compared to last year.

Finding a bright spot in the doom and gloom though – the self-employed sector including tradies and professional freelancers, reported the largest increase in financial comfort, which means they’re increasingly comfortable with ‘changes in household financial situation over the past year’, enjoying more ‘comfort with cash savings’ and ‘confidence in the handling a financial emergency’.

Also, South Australians have experienced the biggest increase in their financial comfort of any state or territory, which the report partly attributes to a “sustained and significant fall in unemployment during the past year or so”.

Summer time… and the promotions come easy

US magazine Fast Company has reported that summer is the best time to ask for a promotion, quoting a study from analytics firm Visier. While a promotion doesn’t always come with a payrise, you can use a promotion as a springboard for a payrise further down the track.

In Australia, Seek says payrises most often come after the financial year ends, so July onwards – a similar time of year to the Americans, though it’s winter here.

While a lot of industries aren’t giving much in the way of payrises at the moment, there are some job sectors where salaries are gaining substantially year on year, according to Business Insider. They include scientific and quality assurance jobs, IT, construction trades and energy/oil/gas.

Take scientific and QA jobs where the average salary is $99,906. They’ve been experiencing a 11.47 per cent salary increase year on year, so it’s definitely an opportunity to ask for a raise. A $11,500 increase sounds nice, thanks very much, where do I sign up.

Compare that to the average Australian, whose average weekly earnings grew by 2.3 per cent to $1,632.10 per week (around $85,000 per year) in the 12 months leading up to November 2017.

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