It’s time to take care of business.

Plus, collect some Velocity Points along the way

In fact, there are a few things that you can tick off the ‘adult’ list that’ll cause you to both stress less and give you the satisfaction of accomplishing something. You can even be rewarded for taking some of these steps. So, what are you waiting for? Say it with us now – yes, you can even. Growing up. It sounds scary, doesn’t it? A life full of tax returns, discussing superannuation, and your knees doing that weird clicking thing every time you bend over. But guess what? It doesn’t need to be that way.

Sort out your health insurance

If you’re approaching (or passing) the big three-zero milestone, then there’s an excellent reason you should be considering your cover options – and that’s the LHC.

No, not Switzerland’s large hadron collider (although that’s pretty important, too). We’re talking about Lifetime Health Cover.

What is that, and why should you care? Great questions. LHC is an Australian Government initiative designed to encourage Australian residents to take out private hospital cover earlier in life and to maintain cover. It achieves this by adding an annual two per cent loading on top of your hospital cover premium for every year you aren’t covered over 31 years of age if you decide to take out hospital cover later in life – up to a maximum of 70%. This loading will remain in place for 10 continuous years (you can find the nitty gritty details here). That means that if you wait until you are 35 years old to take out private hospital cover you could pay an additional 10% on the cost of your hospital cover.

If that’s not motivation enough, there’s also the added peace of mind that comes with knowing that you’re covered if you need medical assistance (which can become very expensive, very quickly). What’s adulthood if it’s not about security?

Right now, you’ll actually be rewarded for taking care of business when it comes to your health. If you, or your partner or family, join Bupa on selected couples/families health cover with Bupa, you can earn up to 120,000 Velocity Points1. As a single you can earn up to 60,00 Velocity Points when you join Bupa on selected health cover. Health cover and a holiday? That sounds like being an adult done right.

Manage your credit card

When used responsibly, a credit card can be a great tool in your financial arsenal. If you’re a savvy shopper, you can take advantage of rewards and bonuses while still paying off your monthly balance.

To that end, check out the Australian Government’s TrackMySPEND app. It’s free, and it will help you to keep an eye on your credit account – so you don’t get caught short when your statement comes in.

When opening a new card, set yourself a reasonable limit and stick to it. Set up direct deposits each month to ensure you pay off your balance on time and avoid costly interest payments.

If you’re struggling to make repayments on existing cards, consider talking to a financial planner about the best way to tackle your debt. Coming up with a strategy is half the battle. 

Start doing weekly meal prep

Nothing says ‘I have my life together’ more than home-cooked meals. If you’ve ever looked enviously over your takeaway wrapper at a co-worker’s ’gram-perfect poke bowl that they’ve brought from (their impossibly stylish) home, then you know what we mean.

Don’t despair. With a little bit of planning, you too can be one of these radiant beacons of lunchtime wholesomeness.

The trick is getting organised and making sure that you’ve got ingredients on hand to make it through the week (and to stop you from falling back on mid-week delivery orders).

A site like Budget Bytes is a great resource for lists of versatile ingredients that can be prepared in a variety of ways. Build a list and get acquainted with your local market and shop smart – choose seasonal fruit and vegetables for the most flavour and nutrients.

Once your pantry is stocked, all you have to do is dedicate an hour or two each Sunday to cooking. Chuck on Netflix in the background, download a podcast, or throw on some tunes – before you know it, you’ll be set up for a successful week of delicious, nutritious, meals. Look at you go!

Sort out some savings

Look, we know you don’t want to hear it, but we’re going to have to drop the ‘B’ word. That’s right, you need to make a budget.

When it comes to budgeting, there’s not a one-size-fits-all solution. While you’ll often hear the same tired advice about cutting back on brunch and takeaway coffees, these strategies aren’t going to work if they feel like a punishment.

What if you really love brunch and, for you, the price is well worth the flicker of joy that stirs in your cold heart every time you pierce the skin of a perfectly poached egg? Then brunch on, friend. We won’t forsake you your passion.

Instead, take the time to have an honest look at your finances – especially where you’re spending – and measure the value you’re getting from them. While avo-toast might get you fired up, maybe you’re subscribed to two streaming services (do you really need both?), or maybe you’re overpaying for petrol to drive to work when you could be getting the train for less.

Identify a few key areas where you could be diverting some money into your savings and before you know it, you’ll have a nice little nest egg stashed away (the money kind, not the brunch kind).

    1. Offer available for Velocity members who are new to Bupa, join with a selected health insurance policy from 9 March 2019 to 30 June 2019, agree to pay premiums by direct debit or payroll deduction (if available), and provide their Velocity Member number on sign-up. Australian residents only. A selected health insurance policy is a single, couple or family, family plus, single parent, single parent plus Hospital only or combined Hospital and Extras product issued by Bupa (exclusions apply).   Velocity Points will be issued in 2 instalments over a 12-month period, with the first instalment arriving in month 3 after the date you took out your Bupa cover and the second instalment arriving in month 12 after the date you took out your Bupa cover. Different Points earn rates apply to NT residents: up to 80,000 Points for families and couples or up to 40,000 Points for singles. Offer not available with any other Bupa promotional join offer and is not available if you join through a price comparison site (including Compare The Market and Health Insurance Comparison).  Bupa health insurance policy product names are subject to change, as a result of industry reforms which have effect from 1 April 2019, however the allocation of Velocity Points will not be affected during this promotion. See full terms and conditions