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3 reasons why it pays to sort your Health Insurance by April 1

April 1. It means different things to different people. For some, they will be on the look-out for April Fool’s Day pranksters. According to FiftyUp Club member Peter from NSW, April 1 will means his cover is increasing by 9.75% and two of the items he is currently covered for will be removed from Basic Hospital Cover on 1 July 2018.   If Peter wants to continue to be covered for those i... Read more
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Shocking early results from member poll!

There’s been a very interesting result to our latest Private Health Insurance poll of members. We wanted to test the theory that over-50s pay bigger increases than the average of 3.95% And lo and behold, 70% of respondents say they’re getting a 5% increase or greater! 1 in 12 of you even said your increase was more than 10%! But here’s the thing: only 100 members have so far answere... Read more
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The best Telstra and Optus mobile alternatives

If you’re looking for a way to cut your mobile bill, but don’t want to sacrifice your Telstra or Optus coverage, great news: you can have your money-saving cake and eat it too. Both Telstra and Optus sell network access to smaller telcos, called MVNOs. If you decide to switch to an MVNO, you can enjoy more or less the exact same coverage as you’d get on a big-name plan, but usually for a sig... Read more
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Tell us: Are we Over-50s getting larger-than-average Premium Increases?

I’ve been waiting excitedly by my letterbox for notification from my health fund detailing my new premium cost (said no-one ever!) So it was with considerable trepidation that I opened the envelope when it arrived this week. My premium is increasing by 5.45%, considerably more than the 3.95% agreed to by Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt. But I’m not on my Pat Malone.   Despite the promise th... Read more
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The smart way to save on Power Bills that is taking Australia by storm!

Do you ever wake up in the morning and think “I’m selling up and moving somewhere cheaper!” I got to this point recently when I had a bunch of bills come in at once including car rego, electricity, council rates and health insurance. Managing all of these bills and the fact that they seem to increase every time is just so soul destroying. Energy bills are the #1 cause of stress in most house... Read more
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The cheapest NBN plans from Telstra, Optus, iiNet, and TPG

Looking for a low-price NBN plan, but want to stick with a bigger-name telco? If you’re not in need of premium connection speeds, Telstra, Optus, iiNet and TPG all offer lower-cost broadband service, configured on NBN’s Basic and Standard speed plans.  Telstra Unfortunately for Telstra customers, even its cheapest NBN plans still start from $69 per month for 100GB of data. However, a... Read more
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NBN QUIZ: Which NBN deal is right for you?

Whether you’re already signed up to a plan, baffled by the choices or simply don’t quite know where to start with NBN, one fact remains: all Aussie broadband consumers will eventually have to give NBN some brain space in the coming year. “Every householder in Australia has to realise the NBN is the new way of getting phone and internet into your home,” Technology expert Trevor Long told  Nin... Read more
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Handy health insurance loop holes that could save YOU money

Let’s face it. When you’re over 50, the GP wants to see you more often and uncomfortable things start appearing in your letter-box -- like the free bowel cancer screening kit. As Bette Davis famously recalled “Old age ain't no place for sissies.”  She also said “There comes a time in every woman's life when the only thing that helps is a glass of champagne.”  I love that woman. April 1st ... Read more
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0% on balance transfers extended

With Australian credit card debt at more than $32billion -- it’s no wonder many people are tempted to get their finances back on track by transferring their debt to a credit card with a long interest-free period. Consolidating your debts into one place with low interest for an extended period can help you reduce your debt, since you won’t be accumulating any additional interest on the debt a... Read more
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The best NBN plans this month: From Optus and Telstra to the best plans for your Netflix habit

There are more than 150 telcos selling NBN plans, so it’s not always easy to keep track of who has the best offers and prices. Whether you’re thinking of connecting to the NBN, or simply want to change your existing plan, you’re in the right place to find this month’s best deals. There’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all broadband plan, so we’ve highlighted our March picks for the best lo... Read more
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