Money Matters

Lump sum payments versus regular payments

Not so recently, I briefly mentioned direct debit, a blessing for those who forget to pay their bills. Regular payments are another option for bill payers. While many businesses request a lump sum payment, some offer the choice of smaller and more regular payments. For instance, Yarra Valley Water can charge consumers fortnightly or monthly via their Smoothpay system.

Lump sum or regular payments, which is better? Each system has its pros and cons Continue reading

Money Matters

It pays to check the cheque

I had a ventilation system installed recently. It wasn’t cheap but it was preferable to the mould that had taken up residence in the laundry. However, once the electrician had come and gone, Cheap Geek noticed that the installed model was different to the one that had been quoted. In fact, after a bit of Googling, we realised that we had been given the cheaper, noisier and less energy efficient version. Not happy. Several angry emails later, we got the right system installed for no extra cost.

The above might seem like a rare screw up, but businesses get things wrong (and often to the customer’s disadvantage) more often than not. Continue reading