Cost of Living
Was wondering if anyone could give an idea of cost of living out in Adelaide? Or even better, give a rough estimate of what the average(ishish) monthly costs would be for the folowing - or the alternative in aus if I've missed anything out. Thanks very much in advance for those who reply!
Council Tax / equivalent
Car Tax (per year)
Private school costs per year
etc. if I've forgotten loads sorry but just got in from very long day at work!
cost of living
good question! I shall be watching this thread as it develops to get a better idea of what to expect when we get there
Ok,I'll try and put some costing in as I go/remember research them.
1) No TV license here, ordinary TV (Free to air) is free and full of adverts.
There is Foxtel which is the equivalent of Sky.It's not cheap and comes in several price packages. Options for lots of sport/films and so on.
Have a peek at................ http://www.foxtel.com.au/
2) Car registration(Tax). This varies on the size of car you have,included is third party fire and theft insurance.Have a look at the Transport SA site,lots of info there................
I'll post more stuff later:D
Just had our first gas bill (hot water and cooking) in our new home 88 days $57
No offence Tyke but rego does not give third party fire and theft insurance. It gives third party body damage as in human body, if you are hit by a car that is not separatly insured (ie only has rego insurance) then you will have a hard time getting back what is owed. A lot of people make the mistake in thinking rego is the only insurance needed.
Originally Posted by Tyke
None taken - I sit corrected.:)
Originally Posted by sarahsmartiepants
Electric is expensive here,or my bill is saying so
We are all electric here though + pool + Most of our household water is drawn by bore pump.
the news 24/7 here is gloom n doom for mortgage payments and interest rates - most people - poms and locals tell me the same thing - its getting harder and harder on the wages being earned here to live - at the moment all things considered i would say at best it is equal to the uk and definately not a cheaper standard of life - most people dont come out with sufficient funds to purchase a property and be mortgage free so some posts can be very misleading....
p.s. we are / was mortgage free earning a very good salary alongside my wife but after 6 months i personally feel the uk is cheaper in many aspects and definately a better choice of many goods....that said s.a. remains the cheapest most affordable region in oz to live!
living in the desireable parts of adelaide will be beyond most peoples wallets - hence few poms are found in the highly regarded parts - some say it will prevent such areas deteriorating
biggest shock for us was the amount of poverty in the south - not been north but ive heared enough - sure it looks nicer than poor parts of english cities and the sun shines.....but the people = same the world over where you have all the social indicators of the cycle of poverty.....
add in the exchange rate and it becomes worse - be very realistic and expect all things financially to be the same as the uk and at the end of the pay day then youll get off to a good start to a new life here.....
you need $ to enjoy life here - no different at all imho
I dont often agree with Muppet..........but when it comes to cost of living.................its on a par with uk...................fine if you earn the same wages in relation to uk, but if not .....................dont expect riches.
Always a difficult one to answer, as we all use different amounts :
Our Gas bill - $80 per quarter
Electric - $500 per quarter
Council Tax - $1600 per annum
Car Tax - $560 per annum for a 4 cylinder car, nearly $1000 for a V8
Health Insurance - $1,300 per annum for the two of us nets out to approx $200 per annum after government rebate and tax incentive
No Idea on the schools
Plus all the hidden costs, Emergency services levy, Stamp duty on the house, stamp duty on a car, paying for the driving license, Visiting the doctors could be free but most charge a small fee, any treatment usually has a fee too after medicare, there aren't many things here you get for free.
I agree with Muppetbro, depending on the mix of how you spend your money depends whether it's cheaper or more expensive, but on the whole for us it's quite similar.