interest rates on hold, no need to look for specials this month girls!!
interest rates on hold, no need to look for specials this month girls!!
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Its because the Australian Dollar is so strong compared to the pound! We both earn alot more here than England. But yes it is more expensive here for food shopping. But very good quality!!!
Right i think we are kind of loosing perspective here.If we were all in the Uk we would have the same debate over tesco,morrisons,sainsburys etc.The fact is we all have our "favorite" places,where we feel we get the best deal.No two shopping trollys will be filled the same,as we have different preferences/weaknesses.Prices fluctuate on all kinds of things we need,food,heat or even housing.It is for us to decide where we would like to live and if it's affordable to us.
For us living in the UK we could only just cover our bills.By that i mean the basics of rent,gas,elec,food,fuel etc.We had no credit cards,luxurys or going out with the kids unless to a free park.My oh worked 7 days a week,often not getting home untill i had gone to bed.I worked a 5 day week in NHS,leaving home at 7am and getting back about 7pm.By the time i got the kids to bed and had dinner it was bed for me.On the weekend by the time i helped the kids with homework,done shopping and cleaning the weekend was gone.No enjoyment and no relationship with oh or the kids.Time with friends and family was virtualy non existant.
We are now in OZ and yes some food seems more expensive but also i am buying different things.If we compare all prices the house we are now living in (for within £15 of what i paid in UK)is massive.I could fit our previous rental in just the upstairs of our new place.I don't pay tv licence,council tax or water bills,that's around £200 saving per month without mentioning mot,car tax,insurance etc.I know we have to pay medical stuff over here but honestly what's the obsession with food.
Living here we can just manage on my oh wages, when i start work that will make things easier of course.The main thing is we eat as a family every night and have every weekend together.For me that is priceless! We missed out on so much before and that was a big part of our decision to move. Maybe looking at what you now have rather than a weekly shop that may have saved a few £'s would be better.
Sorry rant over.I know it's not going to be the same for all but i love my new home,life and country.xx
Regarding all of this thread pretty much, isn't it just our nature to grumble about the little things? We can be happy as you like overall with our lives but we still like to have a grumble and a chat over a cuppa/beer/phone/internet don't we? As well as talk about the positives and the good things. I kind of think threads like this are what this is, a bit of a natter about whatever is on your mind. Might not be earth shattering or meant to be down on whatever country we happen to be living in, just conversation. It has to have a starting point, an ebb and flow, different viewpoints, a bit of topic meandering and anything else that comes along.
I know for sure whenever I meet up with my friends here in the UK the subject usually gets around to the cost of certain things. If you have kids its often nappies, wipes, clothes, price of entry fees into places etc, if you are my hubby its the extortionate price of bus fare into the city and the crappy service it provides.
However, that is not to say I don't appreciate some people tire of certain comparisons or grumbles but that doesn't mean its wrong or that the person saying so isn't entitled to or should simply shut up and put up. Moving anywhere, be it overseas or simply to another town can be a challenge and people often find, for reasons they can't fathom they do compare, do price watch, do grumble about services or the difference in certain aspects of living. Its just what we do, we chat about it all. Sometimes we do it in person, face to face with our friends, other times we come here and share.
As I said in an earlier post, I tend not to compare prices when overseas, well trained to that. But you know what, I do compare them now in the shops over here to try to save myself some pennies where I can. And I share my findings with my friends over a cuppa.
Well said Snifter we all love a good natter & banter/groan abt things in life generally, and no its not just the Poms the Aussies love it too lol (well the ones ive met). I totally agree that there is nothing wrong with it and I also don't see it as a dig at either country. As the original poster stated, they just "felt the need to share", I find this forum is great for getting things off your chest. Everyone who does the shopping in either country knows how to save the pennies now, unfortunately is a part of life in these financially hard times. I know that some people who move over to Oz r lucky in that their salary may be higher, but sweeping generalisations of this, on many a thread I hasten to add, are I feel unhelpful. I know that there are a few professions over here in Oz that are on a lower wage than the UK, but moving for the "money" isn't a major thing for many. Although it has been mentioned that on "average" salaries are higher, what jobs are these surveys carried out on and statistics based on, (just MHO)
Its great hearing everyones views but its a shame some see it as Oz bashing
Anyway I'm off for a cuppa and a good natter with my mate lol, no doubt this weeks shopping bargain comparisons in the supermarkets out here will be made without a doubt lol.
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So people are allowed to share their opinions on groceries but Im not allowed to state my opinion that wages are higher. Yeah that sounds fair. So I am bowing out of this conversation. I was actually going to step away from this debate as clearly people dont like what I have to say on the matter but then you wrote this so I feel that obviously I am going to defend myself. IMHO Im allowed to have an opinion that wages are higher, Ive done a fair bit of reading about this and generally this is my opinion. Sure maybe its not your experience but its mine so please be respectful and try to not criticise me for having an opinion.
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When I saw the title of this thread, I had to laugh! We have just returned from a visit to the UK, we haven't been there for a good few years so prices etc came as a bit of a surprise....
I got so excited when I saw chocolate bars in packs of four, for less than we'd pay for one here! Beautiful raspberries for £2 a punnet, bananas (the Holy Grail for us here atm!) for 69p a kilo, boxes of tissues for pennies....it might seem sad but I was on holiday and had such fun buying rubbish we hadn't had - or particularly wanted!- for so long.
IMHO, I think this is a pretty good thread to prepare people who are coming over. Prices might seem high by comparison, you know, paying dollars for something that might have cost pennies in the UK and it's probably not a bad thing to have the reassurance from people who live her that, expensive as it might seem initially, it's ok and works out.
And if nothing else, my visit has finally made me understand why people go on about our price of petrol! We paid £85 for a tank full of diesel!!!! Really, OMG!
lisa - I think you made a fair point. Some will want to discuss perhaps, others not.