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that's life! Issue 21, 2021

Many media outlets try to connect with readers and engage them. But for genuine engagement and a vibrant sense of community, there is nothing else on the Australian media landscape that so clearly connects with its audience like that's life! magazine. That's because our million-plus readers also provide our content - it is their voice that makes that's life! the magazine with heart.

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2 min

I hope you’re enjoying our new Ms MoneySaver column as much as I am. Every week I’m learning something new about ways to save money or not waste it. Sam’s tip about fading receipts (Page 61) is something I’d been wondering about. I’m a great saver of receipts, but while looking for one I needed at the weekend, I was horrified at how faded most of them were. In this week’s column, I also really enjoyed reading about how budget-friendly cycling is, and how many ordinary, older and non-sporty people are taking up cycling. I count myself among them. I’m fortunate to live in a suburb with a lot of bike paths, and on the rare times I have to go on the road, they’re almost always side roads or…

1 min
your life!

Millie enjoying her day at Wet’n’Wild on the Gold Coast. Lesley Sebo, Canungra, Qld Our family enjoyed visiting Siding Spring Observatory in Coonabarabran, NSW. Kate Hardwick, Wollongong, NSW ME and my PET My daughter Camelliana and cats Gustavo and Mummacita are all sound asleep. Brianna Barlow, Warwick, Qld I had to take my dear 94-year-old neighbour to the doctors, so to help pass the time I took a copy of that’s life! to read. Tracey Hollier, Taree, NSW A lovely get-together with 15 Wilson family members. On the back seats are: Alan, Ian, Susan, Helen, Andrew, Pam, Joan, Pete, Barb and Jill. Melanie, Kay, Keith, Lorraine and Jody are at the front. Helen Savage, Niddrie, Vic I would love to revisit the beautiful Palace of Versailles in France. Christine Anderson, Geographe, WA Liam, four, enjoyed his first game of soccer. Ally Bennett, Engadine, NSW WINNERS…

4 min
i swapped junk food for a house!

Carmen Lacey, 24, Geelong, Vic That looks incredible, I thought, seeing an advert on TV for a new hamburger. I need to try that right now, I decided, putting on my shoes. Picking up my keys, I walked to the car and made my way to Macca’s. Soon, I was back in the drive-through queue for the second time that day. You see, I’d already been that morning for my daily brekkie – a breakfast wrap and a hash brown. While I’m here, I may as well make the most of it and order myself a full meal, I reasoned. And often, a full meal in my eyes was the family share box – two large burgers, two small burgers, 20 nuggets, four medium fries and four fizzy drinks. Indulging in all this takeaway, my food bill was…

4 min
my husband murdered my best friend

As the golf cart ploughed along, the white, lacy bodice on my wedding dress suddenly felt very tight. Aged 22, I was on my way to marry my childhood sweetheart, Michael Deimler, 25. But now I felt like I couldn’t breathe. I’m making a huge mistake, I panicked. ‘Turn around!’ I begged my dad, Chris, who was driving. ‘What’s wrong?’ he asked. ‘Just turn around,’ I pleaded. But Dad, thinking it was just wedding jitters, calmed me down. And Mike and I got married. What I couldn’t bring myself to tell Dad, or my mum, Deb, was that Mike was emotionally and physically abusive. And as soon as that ring was on my finger, things got worse, as if he thought that now he actually owned me. But I did confide in one of my best friends, Thad Gayman.…

5 min
i married my childhood sweetheart after 56 years

Liz Matthews, 68, Ulverstone, Tas Sitting under a tree, I smiled as my friend Ray offered me his lollies. ‘Thanks,’ I grinned, popping one in my mouth. Both nine years old, and on holiday with our families in Altona, Vic, we’d struck up a friendship at the camping ground. Over the week, we became inseparable. ‘I like your long brown hair and freckles,’ Ray told me sweetly. ‘I think you’re lovely,’ I blushed. Holding hands, we went on walks and even said that we loved each other! He was my childhood sweetheart and I was devastated when the trip came to an end. ‘I’ll write to you,’ Ray promised, hugging me goodbye. Ray lived in Warragul, Vic, and I was in Tassie. In 1961, phone calls were expensive, so writing was the only way we could stay in touch. ‘I miss…

3 min
the missing chickens

Suzy, 52, Lockleys, SA* My elderly aunt, Jo, had a wonderful painting on her living room wall. It was of a sweet little girl carrying a cane basket and feeding chickens in a dusty farmyard. There was a red tractor in the background. Growing up, I became obsessed with it, and when Aunty Jo wasn’t looking, I’d run my fingers over the canvas, feeling the texture of the paintwork. ‘A dear family friend painted that,’ Aunty Jo said one day. ‘She’s passed now, so I treasure it even more. She always told me the little girl looked just like me when I was young.’ ‘She does look a bit like you,’ I agreed. ‘I grew up on a farm,’ Aunty Jo mused. ‘We had a red tractor, a farmhouse and chickens. It was my job to…