My Penny Pile

Great Ways to Save Money

June 12, 2013
by Simone Ashley

Affordable playground equipment so the kids can enjoy the great outdoors

Lifespan Kids puts a smile on the face of parents for more reasons than just providing the best outdoor play equipment to Australian families. In addition to this, their swing sets, cubby houses and vast range of other play equipment comes at extremely affordable prices that don’t cripple the hip-pocket of Australian families. A further reason as to why Lifespan Kids has put such a smile on my face, my husband’s face and most importantly my kid’s faces is because of the healthy and active outlet it gives them.

Sedentary lifestyles are creeping into our society too much and they are starting from such a young age. I have never seen more kids use electronic products for hours on end than I have now. It was time for a company such as Lifespan Kids to step in and say that enough is enough and we need to ensure that kids are getting their physical outlet otherwise we run the risk of creeping towards an obesity epidemic.

I really do thank Lifespan Kids and their care about the Australian community and plead that they keep supplying this terrific playground equipment at these reasonable prices so we can see our kids be healthy and active.

May 21, 2013
by Simone Ashley

Get Results With The Best SEO Company in Melbourne

Search engine optimisation is almost a requirement for new and older websites. There is absolutely no point in designing or redesigning some fantastic website and then doing nothing with it, and just hoping people will see it!

I went looking for “The Best SEO company” in Melbourne and came across OnlySEOservices. They are very competitively priced and are a medium sized, young and fresh SEO company. I have been dealing with them for close to nine months now, and I have given them time to make it work, which is so important with search engine marketing. It is not a 1,2,3 speedy process. It takes time and I know that.

You want a strategy that not only gets you to the top of Google, but so your website stays there. You need to ensure your company is set up for both long and short term success. I feel really comfortable about recommending OnlySEOservices now, as they have had time to both improve my results, and make sure they stay there!

I am no expert in SEO, however I have done my fair share of research, I have contacted many companies, and spoken to many people who use SEO companies, and I have learned a lot along the way. There is no one process fits all. You need to ensure the SEO company you employ carries out a process that works most beneficially for your company and industry. Results speak for themselves that is why OnlySEO are the best SEO company.


May 15, 2013
by Dennis Dean

The best and most comprehensive level of insurance

If you want to know the best way to save money and ensure that you’re not out-of-pocket if an unfortunate unforseen incident happens then contact Bovill Risk & Insurance Consultants (BRIC). Since their commencement in 1996, they have become one of Australia’s leading specialist insurance providers to the construction and engineering sectors.

If you’re after construction insurance and building insurance then BRIC is the right company to approach. I am in the building sector and have recently established a new company. I didn’t have insurance and was almost going to try and get away with it for a little bit because I couldn’t afford to pay the premiums of it just yet. I consulted a financial advisor who looked at me and said “Are you stupid?” with regards to my plan to avoid insurance. He said, if a company in the building and engineering sector doesn’t have insurance, their business may as well concede right then and there. He also said, even though you’re initially forking out the money to pay for the insurance, you save so much in the long-run because the risk of an accident happening is so high. He said you’d be saving money long-term and that it should be an absolute non-negotiable.

Thank god I saw my financial advisor!

He also warned me about professional indemnity insurance which is also crucial to have. Professional indemnity insurance wasn’t something so familiar to me but after hearing how important general insurance was, I didn’t even argue about this.

Eventually sourcing my insurance through BRIC was the best thing I did for my business. They sit down with you and thoroughly explain every level of insurance, what it means, what it covers and how much it costs. I needed this information drilled into me because although knowing how important insurance is, I didn’t know the details of it. This is why BRIC was so impressive and why I would suggest them to anyone who is looking to purchase insurance for the construction and engineering sectors.

Save yourself the time and most importantly the money by contact BRIC today!

May 1, 2013
by Jane Daniels

Save Money & Time With Qualified Melbourne Removalists

Moving house can be a time consuming, stressful and totally unorganised mess. It can be. But there are ways to prevent this from happening, or at least easing the stress, mess and time it takes. With some simple and important tricks, I managed to move houses in Melbourne without too much stress.

In fairness, I was moving in the same city, no interstate hassles there. But I still feel these guidelines/ steps/ processes / tips can be applied to any kind of moving for homes or businesses.

First of all, I looked for a decent removalist in Melbourne. I understood what needed to be moved, packed, what needed to stay and what we needed help for from the moving company. And after speaking with this company – I knew I had found the right one. Melbourne Cheap Removals not only saves you money, but they save you so much time, hassle and stress. They were fantastic!

From the fist phone call with them, they were so helpful. They were knowledgeable on the process of moving and after speaking with so many of my friends I now realise I have found the best Melbourne removalists.

They helped pack what I needed to on the day, and importantly they moved all of the boxes and furniture carefully, and efficiently. They were prompt, on time and did their job well. I’m not saying it is rocket science, but  after some of the experiences I’ve had in the past, I was led to believe it perhaps was. Melbourne Cheap Removals are a friendly group of professionals who take pride in their work and will help make the moving day so much easier.

For furniture movers in Melbourne that will carefully move your belongings promptly and efficiently, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this company. From all my past experiences, and my friends and families stories, it is not as easy as one would think to find a great moving company. I have achieved it! And so I thought I’d share it with all of you out there who may need it now, or in the future.

March 21, 2013
by Dennis Dean

No Bankruptcy appreciates how precious your money is to you

There are great ways to save your money but none better than avoiding bankruptcy that you can learn how to do from professional advice.

No Bankruptcy knows how to steer your finances in the right direction and avoid that dreaded red-zone that so many people foolishly step into. When there is a financial service as good as the one provided by No Bankruptcy Australia wide, why wouldn’t you take it?

Being the only company in Australia that provides this kind of unique service allows No Bankruptcy to be separated from the rest of the competition. With a proven track record of reducing debt by thousands of dollars, No Bankruptcy is passionate about solving your financial crisis.

I had a close friend of mine bordering bankruptcy. Her house, car and all other assets were on the line because of a financial mishap. We didn’t know what to do and being her closest friend, she looked to me as if I were family so I had to help. I had coincidently heard glowing reviews about No Bankruptcy and in my own time gave them a call. They were the friendliest and most helpful people who were so dedicated to helping out my friend. A week later we had a consultation with them and although it was quite emotional (my friend broke down into tears), we got a lot out of it.

Fast forward five months.

My friend is now only a matter of $200 away from removing all of her debt! The astonishing turnaround has enabled her to finally live without the burden of owing all this money and it couldn’t have happened without the help of No Bankruptcy. My friend isn’t a blogger; she is very shy and very reserved so although she isn’t writing this blog, she is speaking vicariously through me.

Her appreciation for No Bankruptcy will never go bankrupt (had to put it in there!) and she will forever suggest them to anyone in need. I am so grateful that a company like No Bankruptcy can step into someone’s life, take control and take over to ensure their financial future isn’t in jeopardy.

Bravo to No Bankruptcy; I highly suggest them if you have any financial issues.

March 4, 2013
by Simone Ashley

Toner Cartridges Online Will Save You

As a design and printing firm we are constantly printing black and white drafts, colour copy drafts and finals for ourselves and our customers. We go through paper and supplies extremely fast. For years I used to go and buy all our products from stores, which was sometimes a little tedious, as some stores would be out of this size of paper, and this colour cartridge. Often I would need to drive to two or three stores, to get the one product we needed. Price comparison was a nightmare, and often it was simply about buying the product and not about the possibility of saving any money.

I recently started buying our toner cartridges online. I found a website that specialises in only this. They have every colour, printer brand and model, one could be after. Whether you need a Brother laserjet, ink or fax, or a Cannon laser or copier, or a Sharp fax, copier, laser or inkjet, they have them all and they are always available. 

The beauty of this website is the simple desire they have to sell these products at the lowest possible price. They will not be beaten. So if you happen to find a cheaper price somewhere else, let them know and they will beat it. They also offer free delivery if you’re order is over a certain amount ($75 I think). We bulk buy and save! There truly is no better way to buy.

The delivery is also extremely fast, I’m sure it depends where you live, but the every time we have ordered, we are receiving our goods within days, often the next day. We simply never run out now.

Another thing I love is the service they provide. Everyone I have been in contact with is so friendly, so knowledgeable and so generous with their time. They are always happy to help you out if you are unsure of a model number or price. I often call up just to double check on a model number, and they are always more than happy to help.

I would recommend this online shop for anyone in a small or large business or anyone who prints at home that needs toner cartridges. This website online shop, will not only save you a heap of money, they will save you the hassle of going out and trying to find and buy the right toner cartridge for your fax, copier or printers.

February 26, 2013
by Dennis Dean

Save money but don’t sacrifice quality

The best thing I loved about The Rug Store was their ability to maintain quality in the rugsthey sell whilst selling them at a cheap price!

Rugs Melbourne isn’t scarce and can be found from various outlets and speciality rug stores around the city. Most of the time when you go into a store you see all these beautiful rugs displayed nicely and you get really excited until you walk up and see the price.

This is where The Rug Store differentiates itself from the others and why it is my choice when it comes to buying rugs online.

Firstly, The Rug Store operates purely online which for regular internet users like me who have become quite sedentary, it works perfectly. Obviously they have a warehouse but the fact that their store is purely online suits me quite well as I don’t like to move much!

Secondly, all their rugs are so well priced and so heavily discounted! You begin to think that maybe it’s a store that is giving away old-fashioned and rugs that are well past their use by date but no!

The Rug Store has the biggest range of rugs inclusive of modern, tribal, Persian, patchwork and shags. And within these various categories there is a big selection to choose from which ultimately gives you and unlimited choice.

With a good product should always come a good level of customer service and this is the guarantee you get from The Rug Store. Because they only operate online their customer service needs to be top notch and it certainly is. Every time I call up to enquire about a rug or a problem or anything that I need help with, the diligence and effort put into helping me cannot be underestimated. Male or female, AM or PM – it never matters because they always put the same energy into dealing with their customers.

Ultimately, if you’re looking for a rug store that offers the biggest range of rugs at the most affordable prices with an additional level of customer service that is unrivalled; contact The Rug Store.


February 24, 2013
by Simone Ashley

Save Money By Buying New Cars Online

I am no expert on car shopping, and I will never claim to be. However, I recently discovered a website that can truly change the way we buy our cars from now on. Well it certainly will change the way I do from now on.

Buying a car usually entails a lot of research, a lot of driving around going from car dealership to car dealership. I think I used to visit at least five car dealers in Melbourne, to ensure I had down the ground work. Then a few phone calls, a bit of waiting, a bit of haggling, the process can go on and on. This process not only takes time, it can be stressful, it is a hassle and how do you know you’re really getting the best deal?

Dutch Auction Auto, is the name of this company I stumbled upon whilst I was searching for discount new cars. It is an interesting concept and I’m not sure if they are the very first, but I know they are leading the pack. They make the process very simple and easy to follow.

So the idea is that you go online, you search in their website for the make, model, engine – all the specifications you are after for your car, and then you register and set a price you are willing to pay – your maximum price. The website then contacts dealers all over Australia and which ever company that puts in the lowest bid, wins the auction.

Therefore you are guaranteed to get yourself your car, at the lowest possible price. It saves both the dealers and the buyers, so much time, hassle and stress, whilst still ensuring it’s a win-win for both parties.

Looking for new cars for sale, I wouldn’t waste time driving from dealership to dealership. I also wouldn’t waste time worrying that you won’t score the best deal at the dealership because you’re a female, and some old fashioned car salesman won’t give you the respect you deserve!

I bought online at Dutch Auction Auto, and at first I was a little hesitant to buy a car online. But once I’d decided the exact model, make, engine size I was after, all I had to do was simply register online, put in the details and wait for a response from dealerships that were interested. Couldn’t have been any more simple. You select the delivery location too- it has all been designed very well, so the old, the young, the time poor or the transport restricted can buy a car from the comfort of their home or office and make huge savings!

February 18, 2013
by Bernie

The Security Door Lock Professionals

Recently I had an unfortunate situation where I needed to call on a locksmith at a very inconvenient time for many workers – on a hot summery, lazy Sunday afternoon. I searched the internet looking for a locksmith in Melbourne. I was looking for locksmiths that worked seven days a week and wouldn’t cost an arm and a leg.

So as you would have guessed there is not a shortage of locksmiths in Melbourne. The internet is full of them! Cheap, quality, trusted, the list goes on and on.

Titan Locksmiths sounded nice and friendly on the phone and talked me through the suspected process. They were also going to be affordable, especially compared to the other company I’d spoken to. They said they specialised in security door locks, which is where my problem lay, and they said they also had a lot of experience in window locks and electric locks.

They are a company that work in commercial, residential and automotive, so they have seen it all and know how to repair and service any kind of strange, old or broken lock.

When they arrived on the hot Sunday afternoon at my home, the gentlemen was polite, friendly and very on to it. He got the job done, and got it done well. There wasn’t a huge mess left afterwards and they were extremely affordable, especially for the after hour’s time slot when my lock managed to break.

We all know this blog is all about saving a few pennies, keeping a few dollars in our pockets, not in others. So no matter what you find in your day to day lives, whether it’s a cheap restaurant, or a quality, yet affordable computer store, or even a reasonably priced locksmith, I say lets share it. After all thats what this blog is all about!

So in closing, Titan Locksmiths is a friendly, welcoming, professional and very experienced team of locksmiths who are available for all repairs, services and any 24 hour emergency. They are very reasonably priced and I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending them to anyone needing their service.

February 15, 2013
by Simone Ashley

Gorgeous Serviced Apartments in Canberra

Accommodate Canberra offers gorgeous, stylish and fully furnished serviced apartments in Canberra for short and long term stays. For a stress free and hassle free move to the beautiful city of Canberra, I couldn’t recommend this company enough.

When I was told I had to move to Canberra for work, the first thing I was looking for was a home! I browsed the internet and spoke with people about the best areas to live in. As it was a rushed move, I was becoming a little stressed that I would end up in Canberra with nowhere to live.

Canberra serviced apartments are fully serviced, fully furnished and styled apartments. A friend recommended this company to me, as she had used the same company when she moved here. They are designed for style and comfortable living. They were the perfect transition point for me when I moved here, and I wanted to share with others my experience.

Moving interstate can be a time consuming and stressful process. So whatever that can be done to minimise this, is worth it I say!

For budget accommodation in Canberra, you can’t look past Accommodate Canberra. Their properties range in size, style and price, but all are focused on comfort and spaciousness. They are open plan, ultra modern, some with gorgeous balconies and courtyards.

Canberra serviced apartments are the perfect stepping stone in Canberra. I moved into a gorgeous place while I started my new job. This gave me time to check out Canberra, the areas I liked, the transport and the suburbs I wanted to live in. And it gave me time to find the perfect long term living arrangements. It made the whole transition phase smooth and pain free!

What are other people’s thoughts on Canberra and living arrangements? What are everyone’s favourite suburbs and best places to live? Share with others that are thinking about moving to this gorgeous place!