Look into JET (Jobs, education, training with centrelink), you get really discounted daycare if you are studying. I pay about $13 a week for 3 days for my 3 year old son. I wouldnt be able to afford daycare without that.
I don't know how people can not comfortable live of payments unless you have a lot of debt. My relationship has been up and down but we have finally called it quits. I was single with my 1st child and I lived with my sister in a 4 bedroom house and was comfy. This time im in a 3 bedroom house but im now debt free. ExDH pays for our washing machine (I don't take child support coz of this) and I have some things through rent to buy places. I even have all three in swimming and my older two in soccer and I still have extra left over. I think it just depends on what you have. I use MCN to save cost, aim for 100 a week on food (that's with one still on formula), im studying externally, have a mobile phone and mobile internet(usb thingy). When it was just me and my 1st child, I was getting the same as when I was working full time at coles, now im getting more then that. Don't take this the wrong way (I plan to return to work once I finish my studies) but no wonder some people don't want to work. Then again my rent is only $285 and hopefully next year when I move it will be less
yeah, I know working would be better off in the long term financially as it will allow you more extra dollars to have. I can not wait to work but ive been out for so long its better for me to study now and try to complete my degree as soon as possible. If I had a mortgage it would be a lot different but I never plan to get one (that might change in the future as more doors open). With everything I have left I will be able to pay my credit card off and have a few thousands saved from now until the end of the year. Im very lucky and don't seem to have many emergencies (my car has been pretty reliable so im lucky)
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