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We had a tough week two weeks ago, when we agreed to buy the house. It finally made things seem 'permanent' and made a real psychological difference - probably similar to the way a couple scoots along living together happily and things change when they marry!
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$60,000 a year would be lovely sadly we are no where near that wage bracket, I am still trying to get a job and finding it very difficult purely just to try and make the money up as we recently returned to live here again, hubby was on a much better wage when we lived here before. As in a previous comment yes we are certainly having to watch what we spend (we have never really done that before) things are very expensive here for sure, theres a lot more you can do here for FREE though outside once you have the equipment but I won't beat about the bush 5 kids will be expensive especially once they do all their clubs etc its gets very pricey and you need to sacrifice some things to do others but somehow its all worth it and you just find a way the lifestyle and weather are massive bonuses
There is a recent thread on here re benefits. If you are on a PR and have 3 kids under 12 with one wage, you will get a pretty good family allowance, which will help.
We are a family of 5 and my oh is a mechanic too. We moved over almost 3 years ago now and although finances can be tighter from time to time, we have found the quality of life so much better. We have heaps more time to spend a s a family, with friends etc. I have recently started working part time Which has given us a little more freedom with our spending. In the UK we both worked full time and never had any time or money left at the end of the month. Here we do the occasional meal, cinema etc and do lots of cheap or free things too. We have done heaps of trips and meals out with family when they have been over but it does mean saving before and after. With 3 children and PR you should be eligible for around $300-$400 per fortnight from centre link to top up your salary. Everyone has different expectations on lifestyle so really think about what you want and what changes you would be happy to make. We are so happy with the move and hope you make whatever decision is right for your family. Good luck.
Make sure you make the most of any time in the UK you have left. It'll be expensive to travel back as a family for a holiday (better to get relatives to visit you).
Get some shares in a good sun lotion company, you'll be amazed at how quick you'll go through a litre of it with kids in the long hot summer.
If you don't live the dream, you'll always wonder. It may be tough at times, but it'll be an experience you simply can't imagine.
Play to your strengths. Any diesel knowledge will put you ahead of aussie mechanics. :P
So things can come good if are prepared to make the right sacrifices and commitments, however I do think the jobs outlook and economic climate at present are not the best, but we are ever hopeful that the never ending cycle of boom and bust is soon coming to the up, just like the UK is now. So when is the right time to come? I'd say when you choose to, having made a considered decision.
good luck to all.