Aussies a nation of avo lovers

Aussies a nation of avo lovers

AUSTRALIANS ate about 86,000 tonnes of avocados in the past 12 months, cementing their place amongst the highest consumers of avocados in the English-speaking world. Avocados Australia CEO John Tyas said based on the latest industry figures, Australians ate about 3.5kg of avocado per person in 2016/17, a significant jump from 3.2kg/person the previous year. Mr Tyas said the increased consumption was driven by avocados making their way into avo lovers’ shopping trolleys more regularly. media_cameraAustralians ate about 3.5kg of avocado per person in 2016/17.“People now know ways to use…

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Mortgage stress hot spots revealed

Mortgage stress hot spots revealed

Updated August 21, 2017 22:09:18 Video: TheGreat Australian Dream (ABC News) Australia’s housing market has reached a unique point in its history: household debt at a record high, interest rates at an all-time low. Video: Mortgage stress will spread quickly if interest rates rise (ABC News) It’s a “perfect storm” that means mortgage stress will spread swiftly, even with small increases in interest rates, according to mortgage industry expert Martin North. Already, one in four mortgaged households are in stress — meaning they do not have enough income to cover…

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The super fine print you must read

The super fine print you must read

SUPER fund members are being urged to check their funds monthly and pay closer attention to their retirement savings to ensure they are getting the correct payments. One of the nation’s largest super funds, AustralianSuper, which has more than 2.2 million members, is urging members to set up alerts, particularly on their smartphones, to remind them to keep a close eye on the progression of their retirement savings. POWER HELP: More Australians are reaching out media_cameraAustralians are advised to check their super statements to make sure they are being paid…

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A shorter, cheaper trip from west to CBD if M4-M5 link built: EIS

A shorter, cheaper trip from west to CBD if M4-M5 link built: EIS

Updated August 18, 2017 15:31:34 Drivers from western Sydney will get a shorter trip to the city for less if the tunnel linking the M4 and M5 tollways is approved, according to the just-released environmental impact statement (EIS). It says that at present a driver can pay $22 in tolls for the 55-kilometre trip from Penrith to Sydney’s CBD. If the link is approved, it says tolls will be capped at $8.60 and the trip using the M4 direct to the City will be shortened by 15 kilometres. The $7…

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How to save money on medicines

How to save money on medicines

CHEAP drugs! That’s not something you’d want to shout out in a crowd, but it’s worth thinking about privately as many consumers waste money by sticking to old habits when paying for medicines. A price analysis by Chemists’ Own has found that generic pharmacy brands can be up to one-third cheaper than big-name brands. Generic painkillers cost up to 33 per cent less, antihistamines up to 35 per cent less, and cold sore cream is 23 per cent cheaper, it found. RELATED: Aussies hit with ambulance bill shock It says…

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