Elec - $700 per quarter
Car rego - $560 car, $709 4WD ute (utes are more than an enclosed 4WD), $450 for 750cc bike & $250 for the 250c (all per year)
Car insurance - fully comp $500 per yr
Health Insurance - $1000 per yer
Private school costs per year - $6000 (she's in yr 4), works up to $15,000 in Yr12 but I was paying $15,000 per year for full-time daycare so I'm currently saving :) Ones like Scotch College are $25,000 per year.
Before school care - $4 per day
After school care - max of $15 per day
Home phone - $60 per month
Mobile - $80 per month
Food - $700 per month (that's 2 adults, 1 kid for lots of fresh food & meat. Get the processed and it's chaper)
Post Office box - $70 per yr
Mail redirect - $66 per year
I have had a PO since I've been here and redirect it to whereever I live. Tha way I don't have to keep changing my addres with everyone.
What other bills do we get????
Internet 512/512 30gig $85 per month
Internet 256/128 10gig $34 per month
Petrol - $80 a tank
I don't pay water, rates or emergnec service levy because I rent.
Cost of living has risen quite a lot over the past 5yrs. We used to do a trolley of hopping for $200 now it's closer to $400. I had 5 bags the other day and t cost me $214!!!
watch your electricity bills... they will either say estimated or meter read.
I didn't realise this and looking back all my $100 bills said estimated. Then I got the meter read one and nearly died!!!!
If you rent anything take a photo of the meters when you move in and when you move out. That is one of the fw things I've always found people will try and ting you for beause theythink you can't prove anything.
How much is electricity per unit? Not easy to gauge the true expense from other people's bills.
I know you asked for electric, but i have no electris bill to hand . Here is the cost of gas..
Originally Posted by Shy Ted
1.8594c per MJ
someone else might know the electric.
The message is below, stupid comp keeps signing me out and so i have to start again
Last edited by Rachiegarlo; 12-03-2008 at 12:37 AM.
Well I'll just add my 2 cents worth. It may be true that the cost of living has risen to be on a par with Uk, but you need to look at what it is that makes you want to leave. In Adelaide you usually only need your heating for around 4 months of the year and you have daylight until 5.30ish midwinter. You can usually dry your clothes for free on the line outside. The beach is free, there are national parks closeby and it doesn't take hours to get to work. The food is fresh and mostly produced locally. Meat , although prices are increasing is usually paddock fed. You can have chickens in your city garden, a lot of people do.
Private school fees range from a sliding scale depending on your income at christian based schools, $2-5000 for a catholic or lutheran parish primary school, 6-10,000 for catholic and other church funded schools. At the top you have independant schools that are affiliated with a church, ie anglican or uniting church(presbytarian / methodist), but not wholly governed by them. Fees at these schools range from $11000-16000 a yr. Uniforms cost around $1000-1500, except at thre parish primaries. Schools usully ahve a good selection of 2nd hand uniforms with no stigma as those littlies groe out of their blazers etc too quickly. Some schools have text book hire, and charge a flat fee for the yr around 100-150. text book and stationary costs can be from 200-800 a yr, Some schools require your child to have a laptop computer. Witing this out just realised I could have bought half a house by now and My youngest still has 3 yrs after this one.;)
"I have had a PO since I've been here and redirect it to whereever I live. Tha way I don't have to keep changing my addres with everyone."
this soundslike a great idea esp when we first go out there as we will rent for a period of time too like most people..how did you go about getting a PO box. never thought of looking into this before
You just go to your local post office and apply to hire one.
that's hard as it's not one set price....
Originally Posted by Shy Ted
1st block is $0.1621 per kWh
2nd block is $0.1824 per kWh
3rd block is $0.1942 per kWh
off peak is $0.0717 per kWh
and I get a 6% rebate if I pay my bill early.
If you do a search on Tru Energy, Energy Australia, ETSA, AGL, etc they are all basically the same and you can download their charts.
Fill that out and take it with you. When you get there grab a redirect form off the shelf (make sure you have ID and a bill from your home) and they'll set it all up on the spot for you. The reminder for the box & the redirect are sent to your box and obviously re-directed to where ever you live. It's an hour round trip to my box so I redirect it rather than go and pick up the mail (which I used to do at first). Now I just pay for their smallest box as nothing ever goes in it.