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We too are a family of 6, and have an income of approx $40000 plus centrelink. Although we dont live like kings we manage ok and the kids dont miss out because as others have said there is plenty to do here for which you dont require lots of money
I can't speak for collyflowers as I can't find any! What colour are these flowers and I may be able to look into it further?
£8 a crate of beer in the UK, bugger I missed out on that! did they taste like water?
Rental outside London £650 per month? Maybe in some strange place or was that a one bed shed with six families above and 12 below? We let our UK house out and achieve more than enough to cover the Aussie rental and our Aussie house is not small and we don't live on top of anybody either!
Chocolate bar, £1.50 nah sorry I pay $1.50 which is 93p but that doesn't bother me to much because I save money on the petrol 70p per litre.
Once you have lived here for a while and you have stopped spending your English pound that you brought over with you you may not be so worried about some of the costs. When you are earning Aussie $'s and spending Aussie $'s it's not as bad as you think.
We have just come home after a night out which cost us $73 (at todays rate that is £45.62 ) for 1x starter, 2x main meals, 5x pints and 1x coffee plus unlimited salad and vegetable bar. I sure as hell don't recall value for money like that in the UK for decent food, oh sorry, yes JD Weatherspoons or the hungry horse was always reasonable but then that wasn't that decent.
Hope you find a bargain tomorrow.
We go to Gepps Cross market every other Sunday, and I spend around $40-$45 and I buy everything under the sun, I fill 3 big blue tesco shopping bags and I have just bought a trolley which really helps with the carrying. This lasts our family of 4 for 2 weeks, I buy morning cut cauliflower for $1 each and they are huge.
We survive on $53000 per year, but pay a lot for our rental, which is $505 per week, there are cheaper rentals so you can reduce your income, we get no support from centrelink as we are not PR yet.
Last edited by Prema; 18-12-2010 at 12:04 PM.
I never spent $50 on my mobile in a month let alone a week.....and i have a pretty busy social life (IMO)!!
If you wanna a beer....PM me
Daniel, 31 and Stephanie, 30, Arrived 30th April 2008 and LOVING IT!!!
I just bought THREE bottles of cheap ale at ASDA in Bristol for £4 (special Offer)
A crate holds 12 bottles.!
Ive stayed in Adelaide and drunk a lot more for a lot less.
Obviously a lot of people do the right thing by joing PIA and asking where to shop .
Well done for taking that first step:D
Oh, and the weather here in the UK is Pants.
We are on annual of 47k and 56k+ (depending on overtime), no centrelink. ok there is only 2 of us, the larger wage goes straight to savings, and the lower wage easily covers everything (including christmas, wedding, flights to England and eating out regularly) + putting some into savings,
This is what we pay
food $45-60 per week (go just before closing as they drop the price of meats, bread etc)
mobile Phones, we are pay as you go, and between 2 phones we spend between $55-65 a month on caps which gives us $400-550 worth of calls. we dont have a landline and call England regularly
Fuel is about $1.25-1.32 (we only use 95ron) (funny hearing the aussies complaining about the price) price changes daily, Tuesday is the cheapest.
Electricity about $250 a quarter, but we don't have gas.
water $50 a quarter
Rent $250 a week at Aldinga Beach for a 3 bed 2 bath, its on a small plot but its a good size house
Internet $30 a month for 4gb on mobile broadband.
NO TV Licence
No council tax whilst renting
car rego is more, but insurance and fuel is a lot lot less.
I think some things are more expensive than england but lots more is cheaper especially rentals. for what i am paying here for my house, I could get a 1 bed flat in the town i used to live in england
the key is to shop around, and haggle. most companies are a little flexible on price and will also price match with competitors