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If You Hate Grocery Lines Then Get Keen For Checkout Free Shopping

It's not that far away.

There’s a lot of annoying things about being an adult. Paying bills, having to clean the washing machine filter, and choosing between waiting in the checkout line for a million years or fighting with the self machine are my personal least-favourites. Fear not though, because it turns out we’ll have the option of checkout free supermarkets sooner rather than later.

In an interview, a leading executive at Coles, Greg Davis, has said that we could have the technology within 10 years. 

“I have no doubt in the next 10 years, customers will be able to take the product off the shelf, put it in their basket, walk out and have it all paid for,” he said.

Coles isn’t the first to come up with this idea. Amazon has come up with the Amazon Go supermarkets open over in the USA where people can grab their groceries without ever interacting with another human being (the dream). A heap of scanners, artificial intelligence, and tech that I’ll never quite understand works out what you’ve picked up and what you leave the store with. When you leave, they charge you Amazon account. It’s pretty cool, really.

Back in Australia, Woolworths have what could be the beginnings of checkout free shopping with their Scan & Go app which can currently be used in 10 stores. The idea with Scan & Go is that people scan individual groceries with their phone and pay for them in the app, and then tap off at a special dock with the other self serve checkouts.

If you’re worried about the people working jobs on the checkouts though, fear not because both Coles and Woolies have said that they’re going to keep regular checkouts.

This will still make sense, I promise

“We have trialled a number of new technologies to help our customers complete their shopping faster, however there are no plans to phase out the belted checkouts which remain a key part of our store offer,” said a Coles spokesperson.

So now that that’s sorted, if someone could just come and clean my washing machine filter for me, that would be amazing.

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If Your Goal Is To Earn More Money This Year, Best Check The Fine Print First

Work smarter, not harder.

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It’s the start of a new decade which means everyone is really trying to actually make their 2020 New Year’s Resolutions stick. If you’re one of the (many) people who have decided that you’re going to take the plunge and sign up for that uni degree this year so you can get more $$$ in the long run, then there’s one thing you need to remember: always read the fine print. 

After all, work smarter not harder.

Did you know that 1 in 3 Australia young people are unemployed or underemployed? That number is over double the national average, which is scary stuff. The more post-school study you do, the more employable you’ll be right? It makes sense.

Getting a job once you finish uni isn’t guaranteed I’m afraid, and all courses are not created equal. Last year, the Federal Government surveyed 120,000 graduates and found that over a quarter of them – 27.1% to be exact – hadn’t landed a job four months after they graduated. 

Universities and uni degrees aren’t created equal when it comes to snagging a job, and this is where it comes in very handy to read the fine print. No matter what course you take, you’re going to want a uni that employers want to hire from. 

If you’re Googling different universities, see if you can find their graduate employment rate – it should be somewhere on their website. The higher the percentage, the higher the number of people who scored a job pretty quickly once they graduated. 

Universities like Federation University, with their 92% graduate employment rate, have the sort of numbers to be looking for. They also have the best starting salary for Victorian graduates, with people earning an average of $62,600 straight out of uni. New Year’s Resolution to make more dosh, here we come.

Spontaneous decisions are a lot of fun, but sometimes it really pays off to do your research and work out what you’re getting yourself into. This is one of those times. Happy course hunting!

If We’re Stuck With Celebrity Presidents, Might As Well Be Cardi B

"I think I want to be a politician."

Cardi B has tweeted that she’d like to be a politician, and in all honesty I’m here for it.

She started off by straight up saying that “I think I want to be a politician” even though she’s not the biggest fan of the Government. Which is definitely fair, I don’t know if there would be many people out there who absolutely love their governments and agree with 100% of the things they do. I’d guess that the people that do are in those governments.

Anyway, she spoke a bit about how this train of thought came from watching war documentaries and that she doesn’t think anybody particularly loves being American. She took a raincheck on any more explanation though, and apparently we can expect a video with her full thoughts sometime in the future.

It’s probably not as bad an idea as you’d think. Cardi B has worked as a stripper, escaped an abusive relationship, and won herself a Grammy, all of which take an incredible amount of effort. She’s proven in interviews that she knows what she’s talking about when it comes to politics, which is more than can be said for a lot of other people. 

She’d also give a lot of people a heart attack if she got voted in, which I think would be fun to watch, but that’s probably not an actual reason to vote for someone.

Can you imagine?

Donald Trump is a whole category of nuts on his own, but he did set a major precedent with his election: celebrity presidents without any previous qualifications. Since Trump got in, Ukraine elected a guy named Volodymyr Zelensky, who was a comedian before putting his hand up for the top job. 

So screw it, it’s not impossible. I get the feeling she has a more legitimate chance of running than Kanye, so why not? If we’re living in a world where celebrities are the new leaders of nations, then Cardi B seems like a much better choice for a politician than some others.

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