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      Our cost of living is the same as the UK - some things cheaper, some more expensive. Our electric bill is around $350 per quarter - 5 of us, but not tonnes of electric equipment and we do have the cheapest type of air con. Electric bills will be more expensive if you don't have gas as well! Rates (council tax), petrol etc cheaper, but home wares and food a little more expensive.

      We pay $50 a month for health insurance (all 5 of us) but that doesn't have hospital cover (as that is included in the reciprocal agreement). It covers dental, optical and physio - and ambo cover. Health insurance is hard to work out. Sometimes it's easier to know what you can afford to pay first!
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      Ambo cover, you will need this. they are referred to as 600 dollar taxi rides..... by the ambo people ;)

    3. #13
      The relies are back over again they went shopping last night for food. Last time they came they had an exchange of $2.50 to the quid. (12 months ago when it blipped) this time it is $1.60 to the quid.

      They noticed how much more expansive things seem based on this exchange rate.

      Your earnings will dictate your spending, you cut your cloth accordingly.

      you could earn 10 quid and hour (sorry no pund sign on aussie laptop) over hear you may earn $25 an hour (DEPENDING ON TRADE I KNOW)

      So you will feel higher paid, but when you buy your first things, car, house stuff, food etc you will automatically convert to quids, it's natural.

      But by spending and earning a $ things become more relative, but converting to pounds houses and cars will be very expensive.

      Everyone has different costs, house design and size, gas and electric supply, location to work, kids, shopping habits.

      Shopping habits can make a huge difference, do not one stop shop, look for specials. for instance you can get cheap fruit on a sunday at gepps cross, i rarely see pomms there but every other nationality is:)

      If you like the good life, and like expensive things then you will need a bloomin good wage to back that up, and there are not that many jobs paying over $100K.

      If you live the simple life, and shop around things will be cheaper. But you will have a shock when it comes to internet phone and tv costs.

      Everyone can survive out here, the creature comforts make it easier. It's a hard slog mate but it has it's rewards. If it was easy everyone would be doing it.


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