Originally Posted by thebacons
What's cheaper than the UK exactly???
Food and basics (shampoo, toothpaste, householdy stuff) MUCH more expensive than where I shopped in the UK. Beer more expensive, TESCO still selling bottled beer for less than £1? Not anywhere here that I've found.
Just paid for ambulance cover, doctor's either charge a consultancy or prescription fee that you can't reclaim 100% of, so no NHS comparison here.
I can't afford a car, so this arvo I'm going to look at a scooter. They haven't caught on here as much as the UK, so 2nd hand prices are pretty high. I'm paying £200 per month more in rent than the UK etc etc etc....
Apart from rip off UK utility prices and petrol, I can't see how Adelaide is cheaper.
Given that....I'm sat here in my shorts typing this. After I've been scooter shopping I'll be off down the (free) beach with a book (library-free again) and a beer or 2. I'm sure most of us are enjoying it here, but how people save within their first year here unless they came over with A LOT of money, I don't know.
Don' regret being here one bit and it's been MUCH harder than I anticipated, but cheap it aint.
Houses (and bigger) for rentals or purchase.
More expensive -
Food (if you shop around and eat fresh)
Wages (for my trade)
General living costs (tax, rates, water, electricity, ect)
So for my family. Yes Adelaide is cheaper.
Originally Posted by fuji70
Last edited by minty; 02-01-2010 at 12:25 AM.
Living In Adelaide Since Jan 2012 And Loving It
Surely it just depends on the exchange rate whether things are cheaper or more expensive? I haven't been here very long and still can't help converting things back to how much it would cost in pounds.
Would disagree with you on rent, mine is a lot more expensive.... and food, despite shopping around, I still find to be more expensive than my fresh food market and Aldi days of the UK....and God I miss Poundstretcher!! (and TK Maxx, H&M, Asda, Poundland,Tesco stripey, Amazon....etc etc ;))
Eating out, again I would disagree, though obviously this will depend entirely on where and what you eat, so possibly not a realistic comparison.
Broadband is more expensive and 2 year contracts are the norm. I can't commit to this, so have a 4GB $49 per month dongle.
Having said that, there is no TV license, council tax, MOTs (God help us) etc etc....
If you have a family, things may be cheaper in the long run. I'm not convinced otherwise....More choice and being on Europe's doorstep means cheaper prices in the UK for a LOT of things...however, I didn't move here to save money, I moved for a better quality of life and there's no price you can put on that.
Originally Posted by Some&Fin
Likewise. Eventually we will stop converting and just use our salaries to determine whether things are pricey or not. ;)
Agree with jo marnes, Glenelg and Brighton are out of our range but we managed to get a 4 bedder in Sheidow park for $300 p.w. This area is clean and quiet and is 5 mins drive fro Hallett Cove mal and beach and 15 minutes from Brighton.
Got to agree with you on that one. What a shock the price of food shopping. A tin of home brand tomatoes (Tesco value equivalent) over a $1 in Woolies. Even being generous and working it out 2$ to the 1£ (which I know it's not) we are doing a big shop for 2 adults + baby and struggling to keep it under 200 bucks.
Fresh food cheaper? I'm not so sure. Perhaps farmers markets are the answer but that means the time and hassle of travelling.
I'll admit that we like to eat decent healthy food and I love meat but you've only got to read the paper or listen to the news and it's a regular point of discussion. Australians are suffering the fastest price hike on food prices in the developed world.
Does anybody no why this is?
I recently completed a Human Physiology and Health Course and one of the shocking statistics is that the world population is doubling every 35 years!
Perhaps there's just too many of us for the natural resource available.
On the plus side I driving around in a 4l station wagon and paying peanuts for fuel compared with the U.K. and renting a 4 bedroom house still, you can't drink petrol or eat a house.
You'll all get used to it ONCE you stop comparing to the UK, remember you get paid in $$$$.
thats it my friend you earn $$ then you have to spend in $$ we stopped doing it ages ago...we do compare atuff when we see a bargian and say you couldnt get that back in the yUK...
Originally Posted by lynsteve
In reply to a previous poster it is hard very bloody hard...me and my mrs can vouch for that we have had so much crap go on since we have been here...only certain people know alll the ins and outs of it all....but we love it out here...
Spend the dollar.
My personal opinion is that if you earn good money in the UK, and have a good life, have a serious serious think before moving at the moment.
If your on a low wage and struggling i reckon you would be better off over here.
If you have a niggle now it will only be multiplied by the time you get here.
If you cannot afford certain things, then stop going out and eating and drinking!