Hi and welcome :)
Hi, sorry Kangomilk tempted me to respond!
We had little in the bank when we actually moved - mainly as it was a whirlwind experience (3 year plan turned into 6 months!!) think in the region of £6k !
I had a job to come to and started 2 weeks after we arrived so the pennies lasted the 6 weeks til my 1st pay day!!
Wish we had just brought everything - our thought process was to get rid, as a lot of our furniture wasn't all that, but wish I had my sofa, new fridge n freezer, and wish I had brought new mattresses!! At least you have the opportunity to sell the stuff here if not really needed.
The other thing is we still do not have our belongings as we had a shared container - we left 11/11/2010!! Think our stuff would be here by now if we had our own container.
That said we have done really well using freecycle, e-bay, gumtree, car boots and garage sales :)
Prob spent $400 on all our furniture!! Now we are going to take our time and collect new things as we go - thing is we are renting so not too bothered until / if we get our own place.
Oh by the way we are a family of 4 and I am the only worker - Pete's now a house-husband...again :) lucky bugger...
Just to give you an idea we have a 3 bed.
Our rent is $335 pw, petrol is $55 pw (as I work near the city and live in Seaford Meadows), food budget is $600+ pm, gas/water/elec budget is $200 pm, do not pay council tax as we rent.
Dont forget with 3 kids you will get family credit and probably rent assistance which all helps :)
Hidden extras when you arrive = Rego, driving licences (though can wait 3 months), school fees (about $200 a year for primary).
Food seems expensive at first but you soon learn where to shop.
Hope this helps a little!!
Any questions please give me a shout - happy to help