Author Archives for Melanie Hearse

About Melanie Hearse

Melanie Hearse is a journalist, writer, wife and mother of two pre-teen boys. She's had more than a decade's experience picking the brains of Australia's best psychologists, health experts, scientists, financial wizards (and other brilliant minds) for publications including Cosmopolitan, Body + Soul, Ninemsn, Smarter Business Ideas, Kidspot and Buzzfeed - and many, many, more. With a former life in the retail and public health sectors and psychology, she likes writing about health, parenting, lifestyle, personal finance, home and small business and how people can live their very best life.

Five free ways to unwind

Life's busy, and although we're often told to relax, it can be hard to find a way to really unwind without blowing the mortgage on a two-week retreat in a Himalayan sanctuary. Fear not. We've got some inspiration to get your chillaxing underway.

Get fit for free

Is getting in shape at the top of your resolutions, like, every week? Joining a gym can be expensive, so if the festive season has left a dent in your budget, here are a few ways to reach your goals without the big fees.

Bike life

Cycling is not just for hipsters and lovers of lycra, and you don't need to spend thousands to get involved. Here’s how to enjoy two-wheel transport for less.

Father’s Day – for free!

Want to show your dad the love, without the clichés? Here's our ‘better than socks’ guide to Father's Day.

Cents of entitlement

With the end of the financial year rapidly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about tax returns and rebates. Here's how to make sure you’re getting everything you’re entitled to.

Catching up – without food or booze

Want to do something with your mates that doesn't involve alcohol, food or spending a heap of money? Here’s your go-to guide.

Saving hacks that work

Want to save money but need some inspiration? Here are some simple and creative ways to encourage you to budget, save and stick to it.

Baby on a budget

Planning on growing your family but worried about the cost of a baby? Fear not. Here's how to save when it comes to kitting out your new arrival.