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CHOICE's latest Consumer Pulse report has found consumers are feeling the pinch as electricity, fuel, and food and groceries costs start to bite.

To cope with the financial pressure, 65% of consumers are cutting back and one-in-five Aussies are living off a credit card get through to payday: choice.com.au/consumerpulse

Have you cut back on spending recently? What's the biggest burden on your household budget?
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And one more thing .... to keeping you stupid - thats on top of the above they added chloride to even bottle water . !! Like to know what chlorine doing to your ? - go to YouTube !!! 
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With the content industry ramping up its attack on the Internet, some consumers could be hit with 'speculative invoices' demanding thousands of dollars: https://goo.gl/s3i1iX

If you were sent a 'Speculative Invoice', would you know what to do?

Here's a free guide to dealing with the download police: https://goo.gl/s3i1iX
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The Federal Government has published new research showing its planned 'notice scheme' is not the most effective way to stop online piracy: https://goo.gl/Yqaaiw

The research found only 2 in 10 pirates would change their behaviour if they received a warning letter sent by their Internet Service Providers.

It also found the best way to combat piracy is to make content cheaper, more readily available and release it at the same time in Australia.

If you agree with the survey findings join CHOICE’s campaign against ineffective anti-piracy policies here: choice.good.do/nofilter

Would you like access to cheaper content at the same time as consumers in the US and UK?
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I think that the grammar should be changed from consumer to consumers to agree with Australians in the blurb. Good stuff!
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Over the past week, Virgin Australia and Jetstar have cancelled flights in and out of Bali due to the ash cloud.

What do you do if you’ve already booked your flights? Should you risk it? Here are your options: https://goo.gl/04825U
15 July 2015 | We look at your options if you have a trip to Bali coming up
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Smith's Snackfood has crunched the size of #Smiths crinkle cut potato chips and #Doritos corn chips to 170g, while the price remains unchanged! https://goo.gl/ffw3iT

The company claims that this is due to the increase of local manufacturing cost.

Five years ago, the weight of a standard ‘entertaining’ bag was downsized from 200g to 175g.

What do you think of this move? Will you continue to buy Smith’s or look for a better value alternative?
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And Red Rock Deli are down to 165g. I'll vote with my $ and shop for Sprinters Chips in ALDI still a 200g bag. Screw you Smiths.
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Which is the cheapest #supermarket in Australia? https://www.choice.com.au/supermarketsurvey

Our supermarket price survey found you can save about 50% off your weekly #grocery bill by foregoing leading brands at Coles and Woolworths, and heading to ALDI Australia instead.

If you don't live close to an Aldi, or their no-frills experience isn't your thing, you can still save 35% at Coles and 33% at Woolworths by swapping leading brands for the chains’ private label equivalents.

Do you buy private label products, or are you loyal to your favourite brands? Have you shopped at Aldi?
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@ +Cheryl Trewin

Safeway is +Woolworths​... It used to be a seperate company, but that was a long time ago and +Woolworths​ now owns it, hence the similar logo and identical color scheme.

I'm not sure about the others though... I don't know much about them.
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The US is currently hosting what could potentially be the final round of TPP negotiations: https://goo.gl/g30hnY

TPP could be impacting on health initiatives, food labelling, cost of medicines and copyright law, but Australian consumers are still being kept in the dark about the deal!

Tell the Government to ‪#‎ReleaseTheText‬ before it's too late HERE: choice.good.do/tpp
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and for the 'stupids' to sign the TPP we will be Totally and Permanently Plagued.
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We have reviewed the country of origin claims on more than 320 packaged products with most still leaving you wondering where your food is from: choice.com.au/originlabels

With the Federal Government unveiling its new labelling scheme this week, it will be interesting to see if the situation will start to improve.

Do you think food manufacturers should be more transparent about the origin of their ingredients as Coles has below?
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+Justin Virly  I guess it comes down to how people interpret the information. At the end of the day most big companies are looking after their own interesting, not the people who use them.
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Today the Federal government unveiled its new ‪#‎CountryofOrigin‬ food labelling scheme: https://goo.gl/arQLQ1

The scheme comes following a CHOICE campaign, which saw 26,000 consumers petition the Agriculture minister for clearer labels: http://goo.gl/K8d6jr

Shoppers could start seeing the new labels by the end of the year.

On top of the mandatory labels, companies will be encouraged to provide information on the origin of significant ingredients where possible.

What do you think of these new labels? Are you still confused about #CountryofOrigin labels?
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+Mike Stevens
I agree, we try our hardest not to buy anything made in China, but if the label doesn't show that then it makes it awkward
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Ticked off with #Jetstar pre-ticking boxes for optional extras? https://goo.gl/IcvRrl

Leaving the boxes ticked could cost you up to 67% more than the advertised price! It's time they put a stop to this dodgy practice.

Join our campaign and send a message to Jetstar's CEO David Hall to DITCH THE TICKS here:choice.good.do/ditchtheticks
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But it doesn't work. Jetstar give me the option to buy the ticket for $2 less with full options or $30 cheaper without travel insurance ( on my CC) or luggage (if traveling overnight which this ticket obviously is) so all you are showing is how cheap and and better optioned Jetstar are.
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Did you know that a Domino’s supreme pizza contains 61% of your daily #kilojoules intake?

We looked at the kilojoule information on fast food menu boards to find out how this information can help you choose better options. https://goo.gl/ZRUpWs

While it might seem obvious that choosing a smaller serve size will mean you get fewer kilojoules, it's surprising just how many kilojoules you can save by downsizing without skimping on the fast food flavour you're craving.

In this infographic, we've chosen similar menu items to compare - after all, sometimes a garden salad won't cut it if what you're after is a burger. 

Do you look at the #nutritional information when buying fast food? Does it influence what you buy?
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It's because your intake doesn't depend on your sex. Many factors are taken into consideration, activeness , metabolism, etc and if you have an average for every type of person then people will then be going "where do I fit" an average gives you an overall total that is recommended, common sense should prevail when eating. You're meant to help yourself and know your own body. 
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We filmed a satirical spaghetti western to highlight the high street showdown between the once mighty, cult-like #Thermomix and some of its cheaper, shiny rivals https://www.choice.com.au/thermomixshootout

To find out which all-in-one #kitchen #appliance came out on top head to our comparison here: https://goo.gl/Sg082w (you'll need to be a CHOICE member to see the results)

Are you a fan of the Thermomix? Or do you think $2000+ is too much for a kitchen appliance?
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CHOICE is Australia’s leading independent consumer organisation. We conduct product reviews and tests in our state-of-the-art labs to empower consumers and we campaign to promote consumer rights. We are funded solely by our community of 180,000 members.