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The figures seem okay to me, although electricity could be much higher (we're a family of three, out all day and we're yet to have a bill that works out anything like as low as $120 per month, but others might think it's fair). Obviously costs for running cars depends on the amount you travel - I spend double what you've shown on petrol, but that's about how much my wife spends. Our rates are higher than that, but our water is a bit less.
I dont want to turn this into a thread about hairdressing but even an all over clippers cut is about $20 dollars (cheapest we have found). $25.00 - $30.00 for the kids and $70-85 for a cut and colour for me.
The end (from me).
Robert and Sarah
Oliver (10), Alexander (6) and Nathaniel (4)
On the other hand, you can buy really cheap clippers and do the kids at home! My husband has absolutely no hairdressing training and always does my teenage son's!
Not sure about school dinners on your list - I have yet to find any school that does school dinners as we were used to in the UK. With your grocery shopping amount, you should be able to make packed lunches every day and maybe just give them $5 once a week to get a pie or a bag of crisps or something from the canteen! And you could easily save on trips out by taking the family bikes out for a ride, or going to the beach, or for a walk.... take a loaf of bread (which of course you'd buy when it was reduced at 4pm on a Sunday and put in your freezer, coz otherwise bread is pretty pricey here!) and some cheap snags and do yourself a sausage sizzle on one of the free bbqs!
Last edited by Diane; 06-02-2012 at 05:33 AM.
Sometimes the grass will appear greener on the other side because it has been fertilised by bull****
I don't want to be insulting Diane,but was your answer a bit tougue in cheek. I'm just hoping I can afford to give my children a bit more than the chance of a pie once a week and a cheap sausage bun made with out of date bread,if you know what I mean.
I find the fact that the wage figure's I showed in this thread were based on an hourly rate of $26 an hour and included doing every other saturday morning as over time ,a bit of a worry.Then with the fact that there seem's to be little or no affordable day care for children under 4 even more of a worry, when I can't see young family's surviving without both parent's being in full time employment ,its all a long way from the blurb on the South Australia make the move web site and their fancy video's.
If I've got all this wrong and if anyone can please point it out to me,then that would be real help,
Last edited by teamV; 06-02-2012 at 09:11 AM.
I note you have $100 per month dog grooming, we have two retrievers that we tend to wash / brush and trim their claws ourselves. Is this $100 per month for one dog?
We plan to arrive around June / July, so we're putting our 'budgets' together now.
Thanks R & H
I know many migrants 'do it tough' for a time when first arriving, and cloth has to be cut accordingly, but in our case we didn't move to the other end of the world to live that way long-term and I do wince a bit when I hear that sort of advice.
Hi Misplaced, what do you anticipate the total mortgage being if you are paying $2500 dollars per month?
Trying to work out a few things like this myself and obviously the mortgage is the big hitter.
Cheers for any help, Alan
As for the $5 for the canteen, well, we coudn't afford to let the kids use the canteen for lunch every day but having the power to buy a pie or an icy pole gave them so much pleasure! I used to be a vollie in their canteen and I can tell you that was not a case of my kids being sad, it was more having the power to choose. It used to be so cute watching them write out their lunch bags :) ....but I'm reminicing haha.
I understand your concern regarding childcare etc but whilst it might sound startling to you, it seems to work. After all, how do you think people here cope otherwise?
I think Jim is right, in a way. Certainly the people we know are aware of ways to make their money go further but that just seems sensible to me. I understand you might not want to come over and have to penny-pinch, but surely migration is about more than just coming over and being wealthier than everyone else?
Right lets break this up a bit ,firstly if I new how people over there coped ,I wouldn't need to come on here and ask questions about how they survive,Then it was Jim who said he didn't move half way round the world to live like that ,not me.
How any fulltime working family with children can find the time to hang around market stalls and supermarket's, waiting for out of date bargain's is beyond me.
I'm not trying to out do or be wealthier than anyone else ,far from it,I'm just trying to work out how long we would last out there ,with a short fall in our yearly earnings of atleast $25000 a year based on the calculations,which most have agreed seem to be what the living cost's are,
Last edited by teamV; 06-02-2012 at 10:50 AM.