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    Default What a joke VENT!!

    So I've reported my partners earnings this fortnight & in entitles to a whopping $7.60 like seriously wtf do they think that's Gunna get us half a packet of nappies ?
    Fuming. Yea DP works but after all our bills groceries rent fuel we are left flat broke within a day or 2 after being paid. It's so stressful & I've had it

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    I remember when I first went on Austudy ... my assessment came through stating I was entitled to $2.72 per fortnight, and I had the same feelings. (Both my parents had moved out of home, and I had a part-time job of four hours a week. I didn't have to pay rent or electricity, but did have to pay food, transport, and schooling expenses.)

    Fortunately, a few months after I lodged an appeal, they changed their decision to the maximum (around $90 per fortnight at the time) which I could survive on.

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    There is a threshold for a reason or everyone would be getting payments regardless of income and the government would be broke.

    maybe you could review your expenses - can you rent a cheaper place? cut down on your groceries or cut out uneccessary expenses. can you get a job if you dont work?

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    Totally understand. The system def needs some tweaking, and some cracking down on those that take advantage of it. If we spent some money on catching these people and saving the money we would have paid them- perhaps then we could help the people that despite abiding by the rules of the system, still struggle.

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    No advice sorry, but maybe you could check out some websites that provide recipes for homemade cleaning products or low cost healthy meals? Do you have a budget spreadsheet? They might help



    Also your location reads "casino", it might be time to leave
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    Quote Originally Posted by inbetweeners View Post
    There is a threshold for a reason or everyone would be getting payments regardless of income and the government would be broke.

    maybe you could review your expenses - can you rent a cheaper place? cut down on your groceries or cut out uneccessary expenses. can you get a job if you dont work?
    Yerp there's a threshold but when its based on before tax its stupid you don't aee the money before tax only what goes in bank afterwards you're expected to feed a family of 4 rent groceries etc on sweet f all it's stressful

    We already rent cheap $270 week which is almost half DP pay gone
    Can't work cause can't afford child cares would be basically working to pay for some one else to look after DD I don't have a licence either
    Have only basic utilities gas elec & ph bills that I'm constantly having ti get extensions for
    DP had debt when I met him & still trying to pay that off
    Insurance & rego due next week & I've got $7 to contribute to that & all of DP pay having to cover it so will be a week without any bills paid or groceries
    don't have home ph or Internet (other than mob) pay $40 a month for Foxtel cause I don't get to go out anywhere cause I have no license no baby sitter either
    Already shop the bare essentials and make alot of food from scratch (school snacks etc) don't get take away can't afford it shop cheap too at aldi butchers & fruit & veg shop. $120 fortnight then paying off my dentist & chemist bills aswel as DS medical expenses
    It's like we are never getting ahead no matter how much I scrimp & save & budget.

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    is there a local charity that can assist with food basics till you can catch up on bills? do you have any family or friends that could look after kids a day a week so you can work, and then you could do the same in return or help with some housework?

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    I would suggest getting rid of the foxtel, $40 a month can go a long way, there is heaps of free to air stations ATM.
    Does your Dp work Full time, that must be tough with rent taking almost 1/2 his wage!
    I know some women here on BH who work night-shift, Part-time filling shelves as their partners are home to look after the kids. Could that work for you a few nights a week?

    Also selling things on Ebay or Gumtree? I am selling some unwanted baby stuff to make some extra cash.
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    Have you looked in to a carers payment or just the health care card to help with the medical stuff.

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    Does your Dp work Full time, that must be tough with rent taking almost 1/2 his wage!
    I know some women here on BH who work night-shift, Part-time filling shelves as their partners are home to look after the kids. Could that work for you a few nights a week?
    When i was with my ex this is what i did too^. He worked days and i worked nights doing night fill at one supermarket and picked internet orders at another.
    Other than that what about delivering junk mail/papers... put the kids in the pram/let them ride bikes and take them with you?
    It's not a lot but what about signing up to do online surveys? I made a couple of hundred in cash, got a few gift cards and even got paid to drink beer one time. It all helps.

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