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It’s not Monday, it’s your job

Let’s get one thing straight. Mondays should be hectic. They should be busy, exciting, productive, chaotic at times and fulfilling the rest. If you’re spending Sunday night curled up on the couch dreading the next day, then maybe you should be taking a look at how you can change that (without blaming it all on your job).

Have you ever thought that maybe it’s not the end of the weekend you’re lamenting, but the start of your working week?

Sure, there’s an inherent belief that Mondays tend to be the worst day of the week – that’s something that has been ingrained in us since we were old enough to go to school. But at Nimble, we think Mondays are another chance for us to make a positive change in someone’s life and to do what we love for (at least) 8 hours a day.

If you’re one of the lucky ones spending your days in your dream job and just have the occasional bout of Monday-itis, then here’s our top 3 quick fixes to aid your Monday blues:

  1. Mix it up with walking meetings – you’re blocking out the time to have a catch up anyways, why not do it in the great outdoors rather than the stuffy office meeting room? Catch a tan, get your day’s cardio in and get your ticker pumping.
  2. Instead of taking a creative break and cruising Facebook for 20 minutes, why don’t you take a stroll over to the kitchen, grab a glass of h20 or have a friendly chat to your favourite colleague? Or drum up a singalong in your team by sharing your favourite playlist on Spotify.
  3. Go outside for lunch. Try bringing your own (BYOL – see what we did there?) and keep it fresh with healthy salads, wraps, sangas or trusty leftovers. Forgotten your lunch? No biggie. Walk an extra few metres and try the new joint up the road rather than the unhealthy (easy) cafe option next door. Trust us, you will be buzzing with creative energy after a little break outdoors and your boss will be frothing over all the productivity!

Do you hate the work that you’re doing? Sure, if your job is making you wildly unhappy for a myriad of reasons, then maybe it’s time for a change – you never know, your dream job might just pop up when you least expect it!

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Walking it out – Nimble takes on Steptember

Do you dig walking cliches? Then this post is for you…

The who:

The Nimble crew took to the streets recently to help a cause close to our hearts.

The what:

We had three Nimble teams pounding the pavement in the 2015 Steptember challenge, raising a total of $824.26 by walking 10,000 steps a day from 2 – 29 September.

The why:

The challenge is focused on raising awareness and funds for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance (as well as improving our cardio fitness, hello summer!).

As part of our Random Acts of Nimbleness, the business matched that of our step-happy teams, bringing the total up to $1,648.52.

Huge congrats to our awesome team mates who stepped up.

 

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Dad’s not getting socks this year

Do you want to get your dad something a little more exciting than foot warmers for Christmas?

Buying gifts for your family is hard enough, but buying on a budget can be a little bit tougher. And now that we’re into September (really? Already?!) you might want to start thinking about spreading your Christmas cheer.

We’ve come up with some simple pre-Christmas strategies to make sure your family gives you extra servings of Christmas ham after they open their pressies:

Put a little money aside each week (or each time you get paid) into a separate account and use that to pay in bulk for presents for your loved ones. Even if it’s only $10 a week, you’re still taking a proactive approach to saving!

Buy your presents intermittently throughout the year leading up to Christmas. Not only do you miss out on the crazy pre-Christmas shopping hype and massive crowds, but you can also shop for presents when sales are on (plus, who doesn’t love being super organised?!).

Have a plan of attack for when you do eventually hit the shops. There’s nothing worse than wandering aimlessly through the millions of people Christmas shopping. Make a list and only buy exactly what’s on there. Put a maximum price next to the gift so you don’t blow your whole budget on one present.

 

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If you’re on the lookout for some DIY and low cost fun, here’s some cool, cheap gift ideas for family (no socks in sight):

  • Experience-based presents work a treat. Shout Dad a game of golf – the benefits are endless! You get him a rad present and you get to spend some quality time with your old man.
  • Get your creative pants on and invest in a candle-making kit to melt wax in old teacups or one-off vintage cups from St Vinnies. They look and smell delicious!
  • Bake all the things! Baking someone their favourite cupcakes or cookies will show how much you know them and they might just share the treats with you (hint hint)!
  • Notebooks and pens have come a long way since high school. Decorate pages of a diary with photos, quotes and reminders of the person you’re buying for and then they’ll be enjoying your present all year long.

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Shop online! Some of the best / weirdest / most awesome presents can be found on the old world wide web. We’ve done the research and found some winners so you can shop around and save:

Whatever you do, remember Christmas is first and foremost about spending time with family and friends so don’t get too ‘wrapped up’ (Dad joke in the spirit of this article) in the money side of things.

 

The information in this blog post is general information only and does not take into account your objectives, financial situation or needs. The information in this blog post is not intended to imply any recommendation, endorsement or opinion by Nimble about any financial or non-financial product. Nimble does not recommend or advise on the suitability of a product or suggest or imply a recommendation to buy, sell or hold a particular product. This blog post is for information purposes only.

Tips for a great road trip on a budget

Going on a road trip is a classic travel archetype that many people dream of doing. Packing up your belongings to fit in a car and hitting the open road can be a spirited and freeing way to see the place you’re in. While often a more economical travel method, costs can still be high and with rising petrol prices, costs can be downright exorbitant. Here are a few tips on having the best possible road trip while sticking to a budget.

Use applications

While this seems like it may defeat the purpose of unplugging and driving along the country, there are so many different (and useful!) applications for finding free camping, attractions and cheap petrol. You can also use these to map out traffic patterns so that you can avoid detours or traffic jams (did we mention saving money on petrol?). Wiki camps is a great application that tells you the closest picnic grounds, camping, even BBQ sites nearby that cost little or no money. The technology is there, you just need to use it to save yourself some time and money while you’re hitting the road.

Go green and go reusable

In addition to leaving less of a carbon footprint in the world, using reusable tools at home will save you lots of expenses in the long run. If you can, purchase a water bottle with a built in filter so that you can fill up wherever you are. Bring along your favourite reusable coffee cup (hello KeepCups) so you can cut down on cardboard while you get your caffeine hit. Definitely scrap the paper plates and plastic utensils and bring a picnic set for each person in the car.

Picnic for twoBuy food, keep food

Always keep food in the car so that if hunger strikes, you don’t necessarily have to eat at the petrol station, unintentionally wasting money on food that probably won’t be the best anyway. Every time you are near a grocery store, just restock these items and you’ll always have something to nibble on in the car. The best non-perishable items for road trips are: cereal, dried fruit, peanut butter, wraps, bread, canned tuna, pasta, couscous, or the old faithful, trail mix and nuts.

Don’t waste fuel!

Petrol is probably going to be your biggest cost next to accommodation and there are so many ways you can prevent wasting fuel in your car:

  • Be sure your tyres are properly inflated. Slightly deflated tyres can decrease fuel mileage.
  • Pack light. The more weight in your car, the worse your mileage will be.
  • Maintain a steady speed. Use cruise control on the highway to help maintain consistent speed.
  • Avoid rapid acceleration and braking, which uses more fuel.
  • Park your car and walk whenever possible if you want to explore an area.

By following just a couple of these tips you can make your road trip friendly to almost any budget. A cheap road trip is on the horizon – just be responsible, plan carefully, budget your money and you will have a truly enriching experience. Oh, and don’t forget to make a playlist…music is of great importance!

Will Norquay is part of the team at Stayz. He’s a  great travel and photography lover. He likes to discover new places and eateries around Australia and share his experiences and stories with other travellers.

How we blew our launch…

I hate it when people talk it up and don’t deliver.

We were guilty of it recently.

Anyone who tried to get a cash advance during the week after our July launch would have noticed the wheels falling off our usually tight operation.

We rushed to get new technology released for you and it went wrong.

When you’re trying to do something cutting edge, there’s a slight risk that things can go wrong. Unfortunately for us things went wrong enough to warrant the decision to stop applications for a few days.

Still, there’s good news…

The dust has settled and we’re humming again.

You can find out more at Rush247

If you’re interested in the technical stuff, here’s what happened…

After our initial glitches and thousands of people contacting us, we gave everyone their own start times in waves of users.

That was fine but more people than we expected decided to try it straight away. We maxxed out the server. Our usually fast system became SSSSLLLOOOOOWWWW.

Due to these speed issues, our staff couldn’t use the system and clients couldn’t log in and apply, a nightmare for all concerned.

We figured that one out but found that the technical updates we’d done meant that some people throughout Australia were viewing the wrong web site. This is because some ISP’s take 24-48 hours to reflect updates nationwide.

So that created a lot of problems too.

Rather than give unacceptable service, we decided to call time out for a few days to nip it all in the bud.

Now it’s all humming again, and it’s cool to see RUSH247 working well.

In hindsight we should have stretched out the launch with fewer users each day, and delayed it a few more days.

We were super keen to get the $2 first time offer and RUSH247 released for clients. We also made some big changes to our internal system to help make things even faster and improve our service ore.

If you were one of the people trying to use our service and had difficulties, we’re really sorry.

We’re back in top form now so check out Rush247 and 2 Dollar and see what I’ve been going on about for the last few weeks.

I’m also on Twitter most days, so feel free to ask me anything you like. We’re also publishing some neat little Tight Arts Videos. You should follow me at http://www.twitter.com/cashdoctors

 

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Change is in the air

Finally the rubber is hitting the road – after months of hard work and preparation.

The first small new change was released on Monday 1 June – the new website design went live. It’s just a taste test really. It’s nothing compared to what’s planned over the next few weeks.

We felt our home page was due for a refresh and that it was a bit cluttered, so we’ve streamlined it seriously.

Now members can log in from the home page which saves them some time. If they need cash it shaves a few seconds off, or if they have spare time they can get in there and check out some resources and learn about money or get to know us a little better by reading blogs or the random stuff on the video blogs.

For first time clients, the new homepage design also makes it a lot easier to get to the bottom of who we are and what we do. Cash advances online are still new in Australia so people need to get a quick grip on it and see why Nimble is so much different from everyone else. It’s all there to see in one or two minutes.

The key points are addressed right up the top, and for those who want to get granular, they can see exactly what they get when they join, how fast we pay, how transparent we are, member advantages of getting cash 24/7 in seconds, being helped by the Australian team etc.

Down the bottom we’ve included what we do that some of the other Australian providers aren’t doing yet. Hopefully they’ll catch up sometime because people really need “disposable” short term cash advances administered by professional providers in a responsible way.

No one else pays within 60 minutes or pays members 24/7 cash advances in seconds, not to mention the innovative changes we’re about to launch in a few weeks. They’re a world first, so it’s something special.

 

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