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What’s your best piece of advice for someone starting out (whether they want to hear it or not)?

What’s your best piece of advice for someone starting out (whether they want to hear it or not)?

This was a recent headline in Australia’s most popular satirical newspaper.  When it appears you bought your house for peanuts, how to best advise younger people about coping with the rash of higher prices, and not sound patronising? It's a dilemma highlighted with a cash rate increase for the first time in eleven years and many feeling the pinch and growing uncertainty of their world. ... 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 THE MOST RIDICULOUS PRICE HIKE YOU’VE SEEN LATELY?

WHAT’S THE MOST RIDICULOUS PRICE HIKE YOU’VE SEEN LATELY?

The rich are known for their willingness to pay ridiculous prices to show everyone else they are indeed very well off. Fancy a Tiffany tennis ball can for just $1500, that Louis Vuitton skateboard - only $8,250 - or a carbon fibre toilet seat a snip at $249? But now it seems prices are going through the roof for almost everything: meat, new cars, hire cars, building materials, labour, fru... read more>
Still holding on to your DVDs? Or have you moved on…

Still holding on to your DVDs? Or have you moved on…

This Oscars week, some films hardly ever shown in cinemas and made by the new digital platforms have been celebrated as great movies. But recently one of the last, and certainly one the most eclectic, DVD stores in Australia has pulled the plug largely sunk by the technological torpedo of the streaming services.  The Film Club, (now closed) in Sydney’s inner-city Darlinghurst, prided itse... read more>
I never thought I’d see that…

I never thought I’d see that…

We live in a time of many surprises and not a few shocks. We expect everyday things to change in our lifetime, but it seems we’ve had more than a lifetime of shifts in a handful of years. Things that might have seemed impossible even a few months or years ago happen now. So we’re asking members what’s now commonplace that they never thought they’d see. Here’s my sample list –what’s on ... read more>