Why I call us the 'Re-Generation' Generation

It’s touted as one of the first examples of lifestyle marketing - a catchy slogan in the early 1960s a few FiftyUp Club members may recall. “You’re in the Pepsi Generation,” the soft-drink ads echoed as it sought to seduce hip youngsters away from Coke with little long-term success. But if we need a slogan for our times, which promises more than a few bubbles, might I suggest one for thos... Read more

INSURANCE SAVINGS GUIDE: 'Insurer of the Year' - Home Insurance Rorts Revealed - Car Insurance Rebates - Hardship programs - Multi-policy Discounts Tested

 IN THIS GUIDE: NEW: "Insurer of the Year" award announced Trick or treat? We put Multi-policy Discounts to the test The truth about Home Insurance premiums: some providers charge DOUBLE what others do Some Car Insurers are offering partial refunds or gift cards to customers who are driving less Relief packages including discounts for those who have lost work Two ways to reque... Read more

HEALTH INSURANCE SAVINGS GUIDE: Refunds up to $1800 - Beat the Elective Surgery Backlog - Top 5 Ways to Save on Premiums - Rebates & Relief Packages

 IN THIS GUIDE: Health Insurance COVID-19 Refunds & Discounts How to beat the 400,000-person Elective Surgery backlog UPDATED: My Top 7 ways to save on Health Insurance COVID-19 Relief Packages Why March & June are a great time to score Health Insurance deals     👍 NEW: COVID-19 REFUNDS & DISCOUNTS EXPLAINED 👍 Since Coronavirus hit, health funds a... Read more

ENERGY SAVINGS GUIDE: 5yr Price Low - My 10/15 Rule of Thumb - 3-Step Winter Bill Checklist - Full list of Energy Concessions - The Golden Rule if you can't pay

IN THIS GUIDE: Wholesale energy prices hit a 5-year low. Cash in! My 10/15 Rule of Thumb for spotting cheap electricity 3-step Winter Checklist to minimise your power bills Got a big bill? Do the A-B-C Warning re COVID-19 Winter Bills  The Golden Rule if you can't pay a bill: Retailer Hardship programs State-by-state list of relief payments available to concession card holde... Read more

Club brings back its biggest lifetime discount yet on Life Insurance

Who could use an extra $755?   I’m John Mangos, and that’s how much a 60-year-old could save on life insurance, in just the FIRST year, by taking up the biggest lifetime discount ever unlocked at   That’s right. A 60-year-old male non-smoker taking out $400,000 of Life cover could save over $750 in year one alone.   That’s because you’ll get a 22% discount¹ every year you... Read more

Club unlocks new special energy deals from Origin in time for summer air con bills

The FiftyUp Club has successfully unlocked a series of summer energy offers from Origin in time for the summer air con season, which typically produces some of the year’s biggest bills. Thanks to the people power of more than 360,000 members to date, the Club has sourced special electricity discounts for a limited time that could save some homes hundreds of dollars. In New South Wales’ Au... Read more

Whether you call it a 'loyalty tax' or a 'stupidity tax' - it should still be avoided!

There’s a lot to be said about a name. What we call things can have a big impact on how we deal with them. More recently there’s been a call to replace the misunderstood term ‘loyalty tax’ with the harsher and more hurtful ‘stupidity tax’. Many of us pay more for things than we need to, especially when it comes to electricity, insurances and home loans, but is this due to loyalty o... Read more

What does the older generation really owe the young? The answer may surprise you

It’s not unfair that older Australians enjoyed the benefits of free tertiary education, rising house prices and many other perks of age we were, well, just lucky. And being the beneficiaries of dumb good fortune does not make us all guilty of rampant self-interest, nor are we responsible,  if following generations are not equally well-off. It might sound like tough love but that’s the... Read more

The Suburban Person’s Everest

Every year, tens of thousands of runners around the world tackle marathons, otherwise known somewhat scornfully as “the suburban person’s Everest”. But what drives them to put their bodies to the limit to complete the 42.2km endurance test? The question is compounded by the surprising number of people who accept the challenge in older age.   For me, it had never been my ambition to... Read more

Never Leave Home Without This

They rather predictably state every journey begins with the first step but in truth any kind of slightly planned trip starts well before you lace up your boots.  For me it’s always conceived with a map, a trustworthy cartographic companion which contains more useful information than a thousand travel writers’ blogs. In fact, a map I might chance upon, or idly pick up, can often decide whe... Read more