When I was investigating the whole idea of my own blog, I started discovering a lot of other blogs with semi-professional slants (usually finance broking or insurance types) that had recommended products pages that were clearly based on providing kick-backs to the blog.
While I enjoy receiving money for nothing as much as the next person, my intention for this page is to actually recommend products that I use, rather than just ones that can provide me a kick-back. I also want to highlight (rather than continue) the hypocrisy of the finance industry, so recommending products purely out of self-interest would really screw up any credibility I might build.
These organisations are some of the key suppliers I found that have helped me save money and achieve and maintain a lower cost of living, and while I can possibly receive a financial benefit from you taking up services from some of these companies, this is clearly disclosed where applicable.
1. Blog hosting
3. Professional attire
4. Australian health insurance
5. Insurance generally
Canstar (to help compare insurances and other products, but not to buy the products as I hate the whole kick-back system): www.canstar.com.au
6. Australian Credit Cards
Westpac Altitude Black Card (for credit card rewards if you have a home loan with the bank, otherwise use the equivalent program with another big four bank): www.westpac.com.au/altitude_black.
See my post on this credit card here.