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This money-saving rule of thumb for power bills has now changed

This money-saving rule of thumb for power bills has now changed

The electricity market has many rules, but one handy rule of thumb to save money has changed, and it pays to take notice from July 1. It’s the time of year when power prices are re-set, and as you know, due to steep rises in the wholesale cost, they are substantial. In the past, you may have heard us consumer people advising to switch from pricey standing offers to usually discounted mark... read more>
Our advice to a younger generation—is it worth a zac?

Our advice to a younger generation—is it worth a zac?

“Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.” - George Orwell Advising your kids is one thing and sometimes a thankless task, but giving it to a whole generation - we’ll stand back and take care. However, George Orwell's wise words ‘notwithstanding’, is there any advice we can give those younger than ... read more>
Would you fall for these scams?

Would you fall for these scams?

One of the cruel ironies of financial scams is that we like to think only suckers get stung, and we'd never fall for the trickery, especially with a few extra years of experience. Sadly, think again - there's research from the US which suggests over 65s, even with no cognitive decline, can suffer from what's called age-related financial vulnerability. "We are learning that there are chang... read more>
What’s the wackiest thing you ever bought at Aldi?

What’s the wackiest thing you ever bought at Aldi?

To some, it is known as the aisle of shame, to others merely the “middle aisle”. But to most, it is the mecca of impulse buying and surprises in an otherwise highly predictable supermarket. I suspect many FiftyUp Club members may keep more than a fleeting eye on the unlikely bargains which pop up ever so fleetingly at Aldi stores every Wednesday and Saturday from 8.30 am. Sometimes there’... read more>
What’s your most important faculty or ability?

What’s your most important faculty or ability?

For any actor to begin to lose their ability to understand and express words must be devastating, let alone for a Hollywood star. You’ve probably heard that Bruce Willis is stepping away from the limelight because of aphasia, a cognitive condition with just those symptoms. Most of us take our senses and abilities a bit for granted, and so if they are lost or compromised, it comes as a sho... read more>