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Afraid not mate!
i work as a hairdresser and my OH works at Bunnings.
Homesdownunder income after expenses = nil!
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I think it is human nature to convert to pounds when you first arrive and for a period after, like I said we were just converting salaries for fun/out of interest after reading the article. My parents were over recently from the UK and my mum reckoned a cauliflower here was 5 times the cost of the UK and my dad reckoned paint was 3 times the cost of the UK.
Sometimes the grass will appear greener on the other side because it has been fertilised by bull****
The $1000 / week was BEFORE tax, so that's a salary of $52,000. It's not a bad salary, but I wouldn't say it was excessive.
Didn't you see the photos last weekend of Kate Middleton pushing her shopping trolley into Waitrose, if it is good enough for royalty it's good enough for you Diane ha ha, mind you, you just need the 3 royal bodyguards and a back up car with you then you really will be food shopping like a princess! ;)
On the whole 'UK vs Australia' thing, the biggie imho is the rent - $400 a week vs £650 a month or £152 ish a week- at the current exchange rate thats only $245 ish - so MASSIVELY more expensive in Australia - so it doesn't sound like its millions really the average wage, although agree its a squewed figure.
If a cauliflower is massively expensive, don't buy cauliflower, buy potatoes, or parsnips or something else, if bread is massively expensive, make your own, or don't eat bread etc....but you need a roof over your head...
But then, apparently property is all about location location location, and I know where I would rather be located lol :D