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The best contract and contract-free NBN options from Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and More

If you’re ready to move to the NBN, you’ll need to make a few decisions: which telco to go with, how fast you’d like your connection to be, and how much data you’ll need. But one of the biggest choices you’ll make is whether to sign a one or two-year contract, or opt for a month-to-month plan – and if you’re still unsure about which NBN plan or provider is right for you, you’re probably relu... Read more
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Are your health insurance extras really worth it?

One of the most common complaints we get here at the Fiftyup Club is from members saying they pay substantial dollars in premiums and don’t ever make a claim. Don’t let this happen to you.  One policy you can try to get more value out of is called “Extras Cover” and includes things like dental, optical, physio etc, in other words, procedures that aren’t performed in a hospital generally. ... Read more
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One lesson we can all learn from the rich

I read with interest this week a story from the ABC about things rich people do to save money.    Janine Allis, the founder of Boost Juice says she always rings around to get the best deal from her energy provider and bank. Even though Janine is worth an estimated $66 million and is no doubt a very busy woman, she still finds time to check whether she is getting value for money.   There’s a... Read more
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CommBank loan repayment rate changes could cost customers $50,000+

Here's a piece of fine print that every CommBank mortgage customer needs to read. In recent weeks the country's biggest home lender has announced that they will change some loan repayments and redraw balances in a way that reduces weekly and fortnightly repayments - but effectively extends the life-span of their customers who have have a variable rate principal and interest home loan, invest... Read more
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Telstra NBN plans are great but is there anything better?

Based on recent figures, four out of ten Aussie homes and businesses use Telstra services to connect to the internet. Even as the NBN rolls out this figure hasn't changed too much.  Mostly people are happy to stick it out with the big T.   But is this the best idea? Are there better NBN plans to consider? Though we all know the plans are more expensive, there are a number of solid reasons... Read more
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Why rising Health Premiums are mainly an Over-50 Problem

Around the country, Australians will be getting an unwelcome letter in the mail soon. From April 1, health insurance premiums will be going up by 3.95% on average but for many it will be higher.  For some, this may be the final nail in the coffin. But new statistics show that it’s the over-50s who are having the most difficulty deciding whether to keep our health cover*. The latest dat... Read more
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FiftyUp club energy provider driving prices down across Australia

As you know we've been sourcing special offers for 50Up club members since we started the Club 5 years ago, so the latest news about Alinta Energy driving down power prices across Australia is a big win for both Alinta and our members.  (In case you missed it, we currently have huge member discounts from Alinta of 43% in Victoria, 30% in NSW, 28% in SEQLD and 28% in SA) But don't just tak... Read more
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Why Many Over-50s Can Save Big on their Mortgage

If you have a home loan and you live in one of the cities on the east coast of Australia, you’re in a very fortunate position. Sky rocketing real estate prices have meant a boom for many people over 50.  With the Reserve again leaving interest rates on hold this week (there hasn’t been a cash rate rise since August 2016) it may be time to consider reviewing your interest rate. (NB: To com... Read more
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Why we’re jumping up and down about Health Insurance premiums

The picture you see here has popped up in my local area and over-50s will know it as a line from a famous Janis Joplin song. It really does demonstrate the disparity between first and third world countries.  I always feel so lucky to live in a suburb that boasts a couple of great hospitals within 10 minutes from my house. Some Aussies living in regional areas are dangerously distant from med... Read more
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Best NBN plans from the brands you know and trust

If your house is connected to the NBN you've probably received dozens of pamphlets in your letterbox advertising internet deals from companies you’ve never heard of before. Even after you've connected, the pamphlets keep coming!    The internet industry see the NBN as a once in a lifetime land grab for new customers. Everyone around the country needs to switch to the new technology, so there ... Read more
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