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Things You Should Know When Travelling to the US

When I departed Perth en route to JFK International Airport in New York, I thought our Australian culture would be somewhat similar to the American’s. I couldn’t have been more wrong. While we speak the same and seem the same at a glance, our two countries couldn’t be more different. Here are a few things I learned travelling through the USA that could help you if you are heading... Read more

5 Tips to Help You Prepare For Your Trip By Ship

Whether you are setting sail for the first time or the fiftieth time, here are 5 tips that could make your trip on a ship a little easier. LUGGAGE: With most staterooms being small in size, leaving your luggage out in the open won’t be an option and the closets aren’t likely to hold all your bags. There are stowaway areas under most of the beds in staterooms, but keep the luggage to long... Read more

Preventing Illness While Traveling

Sometimes, becoming sick while traveling isn’t preventable, but here are a few tips on how to prevent some illness while travelling. Wash Your Hands Channel your inner germophobe. Wash your hands as much as possible. We all know that when you touch something contaminated, you create an easy way for germs to infect you. If you are without water and soap, hand sanitisers and disinfectan... Read more

When Screening for a Male-Only Cancer Can Cause Real Problems

  A recent surgical procedure to correct an irritating and common condition in older men caused me to ponder on the following question:  More screening for more cancers is a good thing, if it leads to earlier interventions which then help save more lives? Yes, unless you are talking about prostate cancer as a major study out this week has revealed yet again.  The irony is that w... Read more

Is Your Bank Trying to Scam You?

Every day it becomes easier for hackers and scammers to pose as your bank in an attempt to harvest your personal details and login credentials, and whilst your bank isn’t trying to scam you, people posing as your bank may be. ANZ recently shared details of an online email phishing scam that will attempt to steal your login details by asking you to provide “challenge questions,” and direc... Read more

PODAST: Can Baby Boomers Redefine Retirement?

Baby Boomers redefined so many aspects of life as we know it during the 60s and 70s, but can they redefine retirement? In the second edition of the FiftyUp Club’s new  podcast series, Christopher Zinn speaks to Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia CEO Martin Fahy. Fahy gives informative answers, with some strongly opposing the views of Grattan Institute CEO John Daley in p... Read more

This One Trick Could Save You Hundreds

We’ve said it again and again. Compare. Compare. Compare. And if the third time isn’t a charm, how about saving up to $1,416 a year in household bills. What could you do with an extra $1,416 a year? When does your mobile phone contract expire?What about your broadband? How about your energy? Health insurance? Car insurance? Do we need to go on? The perfect time to nego... Read more

Are You Breaking these Road Rules?

Do you have dirt on your number plate, making it unreadable? That’ll set you back $415 dollars and 3 demerit points in NSW. If you’re in QLD, that’ll cost you about $341 and in VIC it’s 3 demerit points and $161. A dirty plate is a costly mistake. If you park on a footpath in VIC, you’ll pay an $85 fine and a $126 one in QLD. In NSW, if you drive through a puddle and splash bus ... Read more

The Most important Letter You’ll Receive this Month

Like hundreds of thousands of Australians will do over the coming weeks, I just received a letter from my health fund bearing bad news. For yet another year in a row, my health premium is going up. And while normally I would have skim-read this annual correspondence I’ve come to expect, this year I paid close attention. Why? Because not only did the letter tell me I would ne... Read more

10 Golden Rules of Private Health Insurance

While the real Golden Rule is treating others as one's self would wish to be treated. Here are the 10 Golden Rules of Private Health Insurance. Read any and all letters or written information from your health fund Your health fund will communicate to you changes in your cover., like the April 1 premium increase. It will send a letter (or email if you’ve opted for paperless communicati... Read more