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Old Feb 16th 2012, 8:50 pm
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Originally Posted by lonndongeek View Post
What a load of bollocks!

Doing a straight conversion with the current exchange rate I'm on a lower salary than when we left the UK 4.5 years ago yet we have a 3 bedroom house (Adelaide hills) 2 cars and a nicely comfortable lifestyle.

We had no chance of buying a house in London and it wasn't worth owning a car.

Yes lettuces may be more expensive (good reason not to eat rabbit food) but overall our personal experience (sorry, no random surveys) is that financially we're much better off in Adelaide than we were in London.

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Thank you so very much....you have just answered our question

Oh and had to say....if its luttuce you want....much cheaper and tastier to grow your own
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Old Feb 16th 2012, 8:54 pm
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Food is definitely more expensive here no matter what exchange rate you use and utilities are continuing to go through the roof. Of course some people come here and earn more but that isn't what these surveys are about.
I should add that you only have to read these forums to realise that some come here and earn more (in real terms) and other earn less. Some find it cheap and have a lifestyle they couldn't have had in the UK and for others it is the opposite. You also have to remember that for many of the people who come here as skilled migrants they are earning much more than the average Aussie. The average man/woman in the street is struggling and we should remember that.

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Originally Posted by Damson View Post
Not living in Oz, but from what I gather from friends, forum etc, that to save money you need to go out of town to markets and steer away from supermarkets as much as poss and convenience food is very expensive. Also, buy in bulk and freeze (bit like anywhere I guess).
Trouble is not everyone has the time or the transport to spend hours shopping around and getting little bits here and there.
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Originally Posted by Goldy02 View Post

Oh and had to say....if its luttuce you want....much cheaper and tastier to grow your own
Hmmm not everyone can do that either! lack of space and no garden available can be limiting factors in lettuce production! I solve the problem by not eating the stuff!
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Old Feb 16th 2012, 10:06 pm
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Originally Posted by lonndongeek View Post
What a load of bollocks!

Doing a straight conversion with the current exchange rate I'm on a lower salary than when we left the UK 4.5 years ago yet we have a 3 bedroom house (Adelaide hills) 2 cars and a nicely comfortable lifestyle.

We had no chance of buying a house in London and it wasn't worth owning a car.

Yes lettuces may be more expensive (good reason not to eat rabbit food) but overall our personal experience (sorry, no random surveys) is that financially we're much better off in Adelaide than we were in London.

Cheers

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So you moved from a world class city to Adelaide not exactly a fair comparison is iit? You could achieve the same by moving to a small city in the UK or get a better comparison by comparing London to say Sydney.
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Unfortunately comparing apples to oranges is very common on here and makes the comparisons meaningless. If I moved from inner city Birmingham to a village in Somerset i would be better off in every way imaginable.

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So you moved from a world class city to Adelaide not exactly a fair comparison is iit? You could achieve the same by moving to a small city in the UK or get a better comparison by comparing London to say Sydney.
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So you moved from a world class city to Adelaide not exactly a fair comparison is iit? You could achieve the same by moving to a small city in the UK or get a better comparison by comparing London to say Sydney.
I moved from london to sydney. Do the same job, earn more, save more, live in a nicer flat, have a better standard of living, pay more for lettuce.
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Unfortunately comparing apples to oranges is very common on here and makes the comparisons meaningless. If I moved from inner city Birmingham to a village in Somerset i would be better off in every way imaginable.
You wouldn't get as good a curry!
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For me, overall COL is roughly the same with the UK slightly cheaper.

More expensive groceries here are offset by cheaper fuel and other stuff.

At $3/GBP or $1.45/GBP, I earn more than I did in the UK.
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Don't you believe it, our local made THE best curry I have ever had

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I moved from london to sydney. Do the same job, earn more, save more, live in a nicer flat, have a better standard of living, pay more for lettuce.
So did I then I moved back to London and earn even more live in a house save several thousand pounds per month have more holiday have a better standard of living and pay less for lettuce. I'm also willing to bet your flat in Sydney isn't as good as mine was.
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So did I then I moved back to London and earn even more live in a house save several thousand pounds per month have more holiday have a better standard of living and pay less for lettuce. I'm also willing to bet your flat in Sydney isn't as good as mine was.
What a flucking arrogant statement.

Suggestion ... take your head out of your arse.
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What a flucking arrogant statement.

Suggestion ... take your head out of your arse.
Jealous are you? Never mind I'm used to it water off a ducks back to me.
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What a flucking arrogant statement.

Suggestion ... take your head out of your arse.
I think hes around the age of 10
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I think hes around the age of 10
Kind of smacks of "my dad's stronger than your dad" doesn't it
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