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Bill Shock Index.

The Bill Shock Index measures how Australians feel about the cost of their household bills and what we’re doing to cut our costs. The latest index reveals that over 50s are potentially missing out on thousands of savings on their mortgage and energy bills.


Australians choose frugality over fun

Our research revealed a worrying trend. Households may have started 2021 feeling positive about their finances, but regular bills are coming in higher than expected - and most of us think it’s only going to get worse. We found that:

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  • All ages are cutting back on eating out & entertainment so there’s enough in the bank to pay the bills.

  • Almost three quarters of us have experienced bill shock in the past three months.

  • Nearly half of Australians say high bills affect their mental health.

  • 5 year+ homeowners don’t believe they can save any money by refinancing their home loan

  • 50% of over 55s keep their heater off in winter to save money but only 8% consider switching energy plans.

australians choose frugality

Below, you can see a few graphs showing how Australia’s handling our high cost of living. Download the report to see the full research. Journalists can access the media release at the link below.

Liz Barton

How Liz cut her energy costs and
paid off her mortgage

Don't set and forget

I've been with the same provider for ten years, but almost every year before the cold really sets in, I look at what better deals are out there and how I can get the best bang for my buck.

The power of switching

I think now I'm paying $50 less a month on gas and electricity than previous winters, which may not seem like a lot but being savvy with smaller, ongoing bills enabled me to pay off my mortgage quicker.


Report Highlights.

Bills before burritos

Australians are increasingly cutting down on everyday treats as they look to protect their bank balances from bill shock.

Top 5 spending sacrifices to pay bills:


Maintaining mortgage misery

For homeowners, their home loan is their biggest monthly expense. Refinancing is one way to cut their costs by thousands of dollars, but our survey suggests that many mortgage holders are reluctant to switch lenders. Here’s why.

Top 5 reasons for not refinancing


Shivering over switching

Over 55s prefer to rug up and stay under the doona to cut the cost of their energy bill over winter, rather than switching providers. Here’s what older Australians think will make the most impact on their energy bill.


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