Budget Assist Pine Rivers

Rising costs of living impact all Pine Rivers residents and businesses. This web page has been launched as a tool to help empower you to take control of your own costs of living. Самая детальная информация antibiotics у нас.

 

This page is not intended to offer individual financial advice or to recommend any particular products or services. These are merely suggestions that you should investigate fully and decide which will provide you with the most benefit for your particular situation. When in doubt about your own finances, always seek independent advice from a qualified professional.

 

 

If you have any suggested resources to add to this list, please contact Seath's office at pine.rivers@parliament.qld.gov.au

 

Click on a category or scroll down the page:

Budgeting / Money Management

Savings Hints

Electricity

Water 

Children / Families

Motor Vehicle Registration

Local Schemes / Assistance / Programs

Seniors & Pensioners

Public Transport

Students

Home Owners

 

Budgeting / Money Management

MyBudget

Moneysmart - MoneySmart is an initiative of the Australian Securities & Investments Commission. It offers tips & tools to help you make the most of your money.  

If you have an iPad or iPhone, search for "Home Budget" in the App Store for a range of free budgeting apps. 

CAP Money run regular courses over three evenings to help you write a budget and stick to it. Go to the CAP Money website for more details.

The Department of Communities website has information to help you avoid falling victim to scams.

The Department of Communities website has information about managing your budget.

The Department of Communities website has information that may assist you during financial hardship.

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Savings Hints

Various websites have tips on how to save money. Some helpful sites include:

Simple Savings 

Savings Guide

Pine Rivers Neighbourhood Centre have a number of helpful hints on their website

Down to Earth Blog - There is information on budgeting, cooking, knitting, mending, growing fruit and vegetables, raising chickens, water harvesting, baking and much more

If you're looking to earn some extra money, there are survey websites that pay you for your opinion on various issues. Go to Australian Survey Sites for a summary of the best survey websites.

The Department of Communities website has information about saving money on fuel, insurance premiums and broadband internet.

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Saving Electricity 

Energex publish a booklet entitled "Guide to Saving Energy". It can be downloaded from the Energex website.

Energex and Ergon Energy, supported by the Queensland Government have also launched the YourPowerQld website. This site is dedicated to helping Queenslanders save energy at home with practical tips and information about saving energy and reducing your energy use during peak demand times.

AGL has published an online Smarter Living Centre full of information to help reduce household energy usage. Customers can find advice, calculators and checklists on the AGL website.

Queensland Government's Department of Energy & Water Supply have a number of helpful tips and links for getting the best deal on electricity on their website

The Energy and Water Ombudsman Queensland (EWOQ) is a free, fair and independent dispute resolution service if you are unable to resolve a complaint with your electricity, gas or water supplier.

The Home Energy Saver Scheme (HESS) can assist households manage their electricity bills.

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Saving Water 

Queensland Government's Department of Energy & Water Supply have a number of helpful tips and links for saving water around the home on their website.

Queensland Government's Department of Energy & Water Supply have a number of tips for creating a waterwise garden on their website.

The Energy and Water Ombudsman Queensland (EWOQ) is a free, fair and independent dispute resolution service if you are unable to resolve a complaint with your electricity, gas or water supplier.

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Children / Families

The Pendicup Toy Library is a free toy library that operates every second Wednesday from 9:00am to 12:00pm at Pendicup Community Centre, 365 Samsonvale Rd, Warner.

     Parents and grandparents with children in their care under the age of six are eligible to join. They specialise in larger toys

     such as slides, bikes, trikes and push/pull toys, as well as a wide range of puzzles and other toys.

     You can borrow 6 toys per fortnight.

     For more information, contact Fay Madden on 3205 4416 or 0412 833 221.

Event Cinemas run a free rewards program for children aged 3-12 entitling you to periodic free movies and discounts. Go to the Event Cinemas website for more details.

Bargain Mums is a site that aims to alert families to specials in their local area and online. Go to Bargain Mums website for more details.

Brisbane Kids is a website listing events and free activities throughout the Brisbane region.  

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Motor Vehicle Registration - Payment Plan

Whilst this won't save you any money, it will allow you to save over time for your annual motor vehicle registration fees. Australia Post offers a Planned Payment Scheme. This allows you to pay registration renewal fees by instalments (minimum payment of $40) ahead of your next registration renewal. Contact your local post office for further details. To find your nearest Post Office, click here.

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Local Schemes / Assistance / Programs

Vineyard Mercy Centre (36-38 Paisley Drive Lawnton) offer emergency food parcels and low cost clothing. Go to the Vineyard website for more details. 

Pine Rivers Neighbourhood Centre run numerous programs and courses for local residents. See the PRNC website for more details.

The Lakes Pantry provide food assistance for residents in the North Lakes area. See The Lakes Pantry website for more details.

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Seniors / Pensioners 

Public Transport - One, Two, Free for seniors and pensioners. Seniors Card +go, senior go card or green pensioner concession go card holders who use go card for two paid journeys in one day travel free for the rest of the day. For more information about discounts and concessions on public transport, go to the Translink website.

Event Cinemas has a reward program for eligible seniors, entitling you to cheaper movie tickets. Go to the Event Cinemas website for more details.

You can search for available State Government concessions via the Department of Communities website.

You can find out more information about Seniors Cards, Foster & Kinship Carer Cards, Companion Cards via the Department of Communities website.

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Public Transport

Translink offers free travel after your first 9 go card journeys during a 7 day Monday to Sunday week. 

go card is at least 30 per cent cheaper than a single paper ticket. From Strathpine, Bray Park or Lawnton to Brisbane CBD, this is a saving of $2.66 per trip.

Travel in off-peak and save a further 20 per cent. Travel between 9am and 3.30pm, after 7pm on weekdays and all day on weekends and on public holidays to receive an additional 20 per cent saving off your go card fare.

You can travel free with TransLink to selected events at Metricon Stadium, Suncorp Stadium, The Gabba, Skilled Park, the Tennyson Tennis Centre, the Queensland Sports and Athletic Centre and the Gold Coast motor events.

For more information about discounts and ways to save on public transport, go to the Translink website.

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Students (School & University)

Event Cinemas has a reward program for eligible students, entitling you to cheaper movie tickets. Go to the Event Cinemas website for details.

If your child is learning an instrument, Qld Educator has cheap musical instruments for sale. Go to the Qld Educator website for more details.

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Home Owners

The Queensland Government offers a $15,000 Great Start Grant towards your first home purchase when you buy a new house, unit or townhouse. Go to the Great Start Grant website for more details.

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