Guest threejays

Real Cost of Living in Adelaide

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    Guest threejays

    Can anyone give us real idea of the cost of living in Adelaide? Would like to know about things like grocery shopping, what bills there are - obviously gas/electirc/water, but what about things live Council Tax equivalents and Car Insurance etc. What are fuel costs like? and then whatabout things like furniture, appliances? oh, so much to find out and so much to do before we arrive in January.

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    No need to feel daunted,almost all things here are not too dissimilar to the UK.Some prices and charges will pi..ss you off,but they are not too outrageous,you will manage,as all of us do,wherever we are.Best of luck,Sue.

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    Guest Guest75

    Daft as it sounds.

     

    It might be wise to think that the life here costs the same as the UK.

     

    In many instances it does - but then some things are more expensive and others cheaper.

    Just helps not to have expectations high.

    You will eventually probably find it cheaper to live here but at first it does not seem cheaper.:)

     

    Posted fuelled by Bundaberg Rum;):goofy:

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    Guest Woody and Jane

    Hi been here a week now, its fab ... saw my first dolphin in the sea the other evening ! Anyway food is about the same but I feel the quality of fruit and veg is better. Meat is cheap, car insurance seems a lot less but we did live in Manchester. Electricity tariff with Tru Energy is less than we paid in the U.K. Petrol is 1.12 cents per litre. Cars are expensive though. The sunshine is priceless

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    Guest threejays

    Glad you've arrived and having a great time - thanks for the info - it's very helpful!!

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    Guest PhilC

    Most things are similar, the things likely to give you a shock are the price of second hand cars - new cars are similar/cheaper than the UK depending on exchange rate. Petrol is half the price, food works out a bit cheaper. Furniture/white goods about the same.

     

    You will haemorrhage money when you first arrive, and there's nothing much you can do about it - there's stuff you have to buy so just prepare yourself for it.

     

    One more thing, the weather is free :-)

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    I agree with Tyke, it's all a bit of give and take.

     

    I still find grocery shopping in the main supermarkets expensive and prices vary dramatically dependent on what's in season.

     

    We pay about $1200 for rates per annum, whereas in the UK we were paying 1000 pounds on council tax.

     

    Fuel is very much cheaper, furniture, houshold goods and second hand cars are more expensive just as an indication.

     

    And for those that embrace the outdoor life, generally that's inexpensive or free.

     

    Utilities are fractionally cheaper, insurance is similar.

     

    If you budget for the same as the UK then you should save a bit once you've initially haemorraged cash setting up again.

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    Guest doje6863

    Most things sound cheap when/if youve got Enlish pounds to spend when you first get here.

    But when they run out, as they almost certainly will, everything is relative when youre earning Aussie dollars.

     

    donna

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    Guest WoodMartin
    The sunshine is priceless

     

    Spot on! :):) Especially when you speak to friends/family who moan about how cold and damp it is where they are...

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