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We won't have any savings either....... :(
Cost of living in Adelaide is roughly in line with the UK, but salaries are considerably lower, we constantly had to dip into savings until there were virtually none left.
well that doesn't give us much hope- oh dear
When we came here we had 2 small children, I didn't work, hubby got work after a while. We did have some savings equating to $10000, which set us up with mattresses, sofas , cheap 2nd hand car, washing machine and bond for the 2 br unit we rented. We lived within our means, yes there were no real luxuries and it took a while to slowly accumulate things. I went back to uni after a couple of years and studied nursing and then we had 2 incomes.....and another kid! Look it is possible and you can see it as part of your pioneering, adventure or whatever, it wont last for ever, but having to go back to that level of living is something some people cant or wont do.
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Just wondering is their drastic differences in cost of living to where you live in Oz as a few people i know that live in Perth say the cost of living is much cheaper and the wages are better. Fair play their hubbies do work in the mines but they say the rental market for what you get is cheaper.
They say they couldn't afford to move back to the UK now and they have told me how much they pay in rent and bills and it does seem cheap. However when i have compared to Adelaide, Adelaide does appear to be more expensive and i have noticed a majority of you saying you are either no better of, on a par or struggling. My friends over in Perth, and their friends even those who have "normal" salaries all seem to be saying the opposite.
Is this financial struggle only short term untill you get PR or are some of you PR and still struggling? Can anyone shed any light on this as i think from what i can gather many people on this site making the move or in the process of are under the impression that they are going to be better of financially. Obviously this is not the only reason for the move better quality of life etc but if your skint and struggling it's not really a better quality of life. Sorry to be so depressing but i think that is the reason for most people making the huge leap.:v_SPIN: Correct me if i'm wrong but i know i'm sick of working long hrs for not a huge amount and Tom works long hours even though he is on a decent salary we are hoping that he is not going to have to work as many hrs. After reading all the threads on here i'm not so sure
Any info greatly appreciated Jo
I think it's just dependent on the type of lifestyle that you lead here and the change in financial circumstances. We are not extravagent with money, but are struggling financially at the moment. But in the UK we still had bills, mortgage etc to pay so it's no different here. The real difference is both my husband and I worked full time, didn't have to pay childcare and got family allowance and tax credit help. The year leading up to moving here we were happy to stay at home with a bottle of wine and a movie, instead of going out as we were trying to keep as much money as we could to help pay for our final move to Adelaide.
Whereas now, we have one income, no family allowance, no tax credit, can't afford to put kids into childcare to enable myself to work full time and are out doing sports most evenings (although the latter doesn't have a huge financial impact, it's the extra petrol going to these things that plays a part).
I am seeing this as short lived on three counts, until I can start bringing a regular income into the household, until we get PR and get a little more help after we have proved our worth and also we have got the budgeting fiasco under control.
We all knew the shops to go to when things were a bit tight in the UK, but I have yet to find that here. Maybe I'm not looking hard enough or I may have found them already, not too sure yet. But you get by, you make a point of it.
We don't go to the movies, bowling etc but we go for walks and bike rides. Take the kids on picnics etc. The family time here is cheaper than the UK because you don't have to spend heaps of money for the kids to enjoy themselves due to the weather being better. They love nothing more than going out into the fresh air and having a giggle trying to watch their parents play Aussie Rules.
Don't fret too much guys.....yes you need to be aware of the financial situation, but we struggled sometimes in the UK and are struggling a bit here (temporarily), but my choice would come down to here. If I'm going to struggle there's no place I'd rather do it in!!!!
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Ye not worrying to much, ahhhh! only joking
Me and Tom doing the same, saving as much as poss so we have a good bit of dosh behind us, staying in and drinking the vino we don't have any little ones so makes it a bit easier just hope we can both find work and settle quickly. Thats if we get in fingers crossed x
Thanks for the feedback
I enjoyed reading your post. It made a lot of sense. Obviously you adopt a very level headed approach to everything. You accept that it is not always rosy in the garden but instead emphasise the positive sides to living in Oz. People put down as wanting a better quality of life as one of the primary reasons to move, then complain about the price of a loaf of bread etc. I thought the quality of life was not about the shopping etc but about the better quality of outdoor life and the chance for families to have fun in the sunshine rather than get ripped off at the pictures on a wet Saturday afternoon.
I understand that everybody has concerns including ourselves. We are applying for the 475 temp visa and are looking at the Hallett Cove area as a possible place of residence.
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I appreciate your comments. There are so many reasons for leaving the UK and trying out a new country.
Yes it's going to be scary, yes there are going to be things that are dearer and cheaper, but you just have to adapt and get on with it. We have all probably had situations where we were financially unstable, it wasn't a nice feeling, but we survived.
Just because you move to another country doesn't mean to say that this can't happen again, but you do cope and live with the mindset that it's not forever. At least here if you are skint you can still enjoy what Australia has to offer, beaches, walks, sports, parks (not covered in broken glass or nasty deposits from our four legged friends), bike rides.
I personally think it's worth it.
But I can see how upsetting it is for some too, with either being in a financially straining situation or the prospect of going into one. Good luck to all, I wish you every success in your new journey and I hope you survive and laugh about this at some point!
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