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The Pineapple Project is back with a new host, comedian Nazeem Hussain. This season we're here to help you save you a whole heap of money. We'll look at spending less, spending better and understanding why we buy things in the first place. It's like getting a pay rise without having to do anything!

So we're getting FRUGAL…(WTF does frugal mean?! It means not being wasteful). We're giving you easy ways to save money on fashion, pets, travel, cars, phones, food and at the gym. So join Nazeem for an eight-part adventure into our wallets and our minds to see why we spend, where we waste money, and what we can do about it.
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S6 05 | Cars

S6 05 | Cars

2021-06-1317:46

Cars are the most expensive things we buy, unless you have a mortgage.   The average price of a new car in Australia is about $40,000, which drops by a third the minute you leave the dealer.  We'll meet Ravi who bought a new car hoping to impress his girlfriend and get lots of tips for how to save big on the cash guzzlers.
S6 04 | Food

S6 04 | Food

2021-06-0621:54

We cannot live without food, but perhaps we can live without three coffees,  a $25 brunch and a takeaway pizza because we couldn’t be arsed cooking.    We’re going to save you money on eating out, takeaway and on food at the supermarket.
S6 03 | Fashion

S6 03 | Fashion

2021-05-3018:41

Every year Australians on average throw out or recycle 27 kgs of clothes. Not pieces, kilograms. And here’s another shocking stat, they replace it with 24 kgs! The whole fashion industry is based on buying new cheap clothes, so what’s the alternative?
S6 02 | Phones

S6 02 | Phones

2021-05-2318:15

Smartphones have become essential in a very short space of time. But do we really need that 64 Megapixel camera, 5G or that must-have upgrade? Won’t that be last year’s model soon enough?  We talk about saving you potentially thousands of dollars on the device that’s most likely in your hand right now.
S6 01 | Break free

S6 01 | Break free

2021-05-1616:382

Do you live paycheck to paycheck? Do you keep buying new clothes, or upgrading your phone, or blowing your budget on a holiday? Today we start reclaiming control and ignoring that urge to keep spending. But how do we begin to do that in a world where we are told constantly to 'buy now, pay later' or to 'Treat yourself'?
What’s left of your weekly budget after you go out to drinks with friends, snap up some snazzy gym gear, pay off the loan on your car, buy a gift for your colleague going on maternity leave and invite a bunch of friends over for dinner?  That’s right, The Pineapple Project is BACK to help you with your spending. Those small ticket items of life that really add up.  We want to hear from you about your money habits good and bad. Head to the Pineapple Project website or email us at pineapple@abc.net.au. Oh, and while you’re here, why don’t you meet our new host!
An astonishing among of Australians are lonely, and it's not who you think. In this special live show, we hear from loneliness expert Dr Michelle Lim, meet Vicky Jacobs who forged connection in the most wonderful way, and get a lesson in cancel culture from comedian Kirsty Webeck.
Good news for introverts: connection doesn't always have to be with people, it can be with things! And those things have a name; hobbies. Jan Fran rediscovers the humble pleasure of doing things for the sheer joy of doing it, learns the mental benefits of being crap at something, and connects with a long lost childhood pastime.
It’s the thing that promises to connect us more than anything; the wonderful majestical phone! But it’s not all good news. Jan Fran learns about a tiny but insidious phone habit that can destroy relationships, and meets an influencer whose enormous online following left her feeling empty. So, is there a way to have a good relationship with our phones? Yes. And it doesn’t involve a detox.
S5 02 | Howdy, neighbour

S5 02 | Howdy, neighbour

2020-05-3032:291

Who are the people in your neighbourhood? A staggering amount of Australians don’t know. But turns out, sticking your head over the fence is hugely beneficial. Jan Fran tracks down social psychologist Hugh Mackay for a lesson in how to be a good neighbour, and we meet people whose connection with their street was life-changing. And after three years of ignoring her neighbours, Jan is convinced to channel her inner Ned Flanders and reach out to the people closest (in proximity) to her.
If you are going to futureproof yourself against some shitty things, there's one thing you need to invest in. It's not money, or the share market, or burying a stash of canned goods and three-ply. It's much, much closer to home. Jan uncovers a key finding from the world's largest study on happiness, and a relationship counsellor gives advice on how to handle tension at home.
Remember the time you thought "yay!" when someone cancelled on you? When we all joked about being too busy and wanting to stay indoors and do nothing? Now, we're socially isolating, distancing ourselves, and longing to connect. If deep human connection is critical to our survival, what do we do now? Join Jan Fran — from her bedroom — for this special series on how to find community and connection amidst coronavirus.
It's the last episode and yeah, we reckon we've gotten pretty good at planning for this whole death malarkey. But, as Jan realises when she tries to talk to her sister about her own wishes, the people who love you can get a bit funny when you ambush them to talk about your inevitable death. We'll learn what it's like having those tricky conversations when the 'hypothetical' side of it all is removed and you're really looking at an imminent death; and Dr Ursula Sanson-Daly gives us a masterclass on having hard convos about death with the people who matter.
How do you balance the death of someone close to you with going into work? Can you show emotion? What if a colleague loses someone? Is it okay to talk about it? And what are your leave rights? Butcher Leanne tells the story about a customer literally dying to make a point about lamb chops. Indigenous comedian and actor Steven Oliver talks about taking time off work for funerals. TED Talker Michelle Knox discusses how her own dad's death led to a more supportive culture in her office. Plus — what NOT to say to a colleague (e.g. "at least (anythin')!" is not advised.
You might have died, but your fb profile hasn't. Our online selves live on after we’ve died, so what are the big decisions we need to make about social media before we face death? Tech journalist Claire Reilly talks us through the digital breadcrumbs of Tinder, Twitter, Tumbler, Bumble, Hinge, Facebook, Grindr and Insty that form the digital sandwich of your afterlife — and how to handle it now so your family won’t get a huge shock when they peer into your DM’s post-mortem. Wait, can they do that? ...
Your sick or ageing loved one is lying in a hospital bed. The doctors are asking for a decision: "What would they want?". What about the advance care directive? Wait, what is that? And how do I make a decision about someone that's not me? Get your wishes in order, and make sure the people around you have theirs in order too. Jacinta talks about being asked in the ICU whether to keep her 97-year-old great uncle alive or not. And Dr Peter Saul talks us through what he calls an 'authentic death' in the chaos of an ICU.
So, who gets your kids if you die? And have they actually agreed to take them? SPOILER ALERT: A will written on the back of a coaster isn't necessarily legit. Here's an easy guide to making a will and keeping it updated. We'll cover all the basics, from the assets you can't forget about, to nominating an executor — or outsourcing to a lawyer. Lawyer Andrew Simpson shows Jan and her husband how to write a will (really CAN you just download one off the internet?); and Jan contemplates telling her sisters they're not getting the apartment. Plus you'll learn what mistakes to AVOID when you're divvying up your earthly possessions.
Is there a conversation you need to have with someone but you've been putting it off? Maybe something you want to say to people but you're a bit...scared? We're researching the next season of this podcast and need your help! Tell us what you're having trouble saying. We're listening. You can be anonymous. Record a voicemail and send it to pineapple@abc.net.au.
When someone dies, it's up to the people left behind to piece their lives together using only the clues left behind. What if the person who died was the one who paid the bills? Or, what if you haven't spoken to them in a really long time? Jan Fran meets Kate, who's in her forties and at a complete loss about how to piece together her estranged father's deceased estate. Enter financial advisor Donna Lee Powell, who came out of retirement to help other people navigate their financial woes when her own husband died suddenly. We'll learn how to untangle that dead man admin, and what conversations you and your partner should be having now (and what measures to put in place) to avoid total panic later.
Chances are, you'll have to arrange a funeral at least once. When a loved one dies, and suddenly it falls to you to organise things, where do you even start? It's time to learn all the things most funeral directors don't want you to know. Like: is it gauche to ask how much something costs at a funeral parlour? Jan Fran visits family funeral director Carly to learn about cardboard coffins and meaningful DIY funerals, and is like, totally, completely cool when she sees a real-life deceased person in the process. Saimi Jeong from Choice talks us through the funeral industrial complex and how to navigate it. We also learn what the etiquette is when you have grandma cremated and, ahem, forget to collect her ashes for several years.
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T H-B

This episode made me smile so much - as in, walking around in public alone, smiling widely while people around me probably gave me a wide berth kind of smiling. Joy! I'm going to give my intro level, wobbly-edged weaving hobby another go. Thank you.

Jun 11th
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whitney bysterveldt

The topic is so interesting but the way it's presented makes it unlistenable. I've never heard of the presenter before and I assume it's meant to be a "comedic" podcast but it's so lame and unfunny.

May 26th
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Tara Horrell

where's Claire Hooper gone? :(

Nov 25th
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KateSos75

perfect to listen to while cleaning.

Oct 20th
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KateSos75

I 💙 this podcast!

Oct 12th
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Rachelle Werner

Yay! very excited for this season #needhelp

Sep 14th
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Moana Nelio

Yassssssss!!!! 🙌🙌🙌 Love this ep xx

Mar 27th
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Kai Yip

soooooooo funny

Feb 26th
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Laura Arnie

Funny and helpful. Highly recommend!

Feb 23rd
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Dave Abbott

brilliant

Jan 20th
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Yvette

love this!

Nov 12th
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Tara Horrell

when is there going to be more episodes available?!

Jun 17th
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Jason Ali

That's what you see not me it's a self cleaning

May 1st
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Tara Horrell

funny entertaining and fun podcast to listen to :)

Apr 17th
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K Sync

Cool

Mar 11th
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