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    I suggest looking into broadband internet to replace the Foxtel. (You can watch TV on the internet, and also have it available for other things.) $50 per month can get most people a decent quota (eg 100Gb per month, dependant on where you live of course) so it is slightly more than you are paying for Foxtel, but much more versatile. Also, if you are currently relying on your mobile for net access, then you might find you can reduce your mobile costs by utilising home internet instead. You could even do a straight trade and choose a $40 per month plan, but quota is much more restrictive (eg 10Gb peak + 10Gb offpeak per month) so you would be limited to maybe 20-30 TV shows per month.

    Also, if you are paying more that $40 per month on your mobile, you really need to change to a cheaper plan. (I use Amaysim which runs off the Optus network and has options ranging from $5 for 90 days (limited usage), up to $40 per month (unlimited calls within Australia, and 4Gb data per month). If you want to go with Amaysim, message me for a referral and we'll both get a free $10 credit to our accounts. Another cheap one is Aldi's mobile service than runs on the Telstra network, which costs as little as $5 to set up (and for the first month) then $15 per year (limited usage) or $35 per month (unlimited calls within Australia, plus $10 credit towards overseas calls, and 5Gb internet usage. I'm sure if you hunt around you'll find other options as well.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by jagamoe View Post
    It's like we are never getting ahead no matter how much I scrimp & save & budget.
    Centrelink is a safety net, it is not supposed to be there to help you get ahead. Why don't you get a job where you work weekends or evenings or other times your DP is not at work?

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    Yeah it sucks doesnt it. What do you do for work?? Im a chef so i work nights and it fits in with DH's hours. Maybe night fill, video shop, counter handing at a takeaway shop??

    Its hard but you do what you gotta.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NoteToSelf View Post
    Centrelink is a safety net, it is not supposed to be there to help you get ahead. Why don't you get a job where you work weekends or evenings or other times your DP is not at work?
    It's not so easy to get that type of job, at least where I am.

    I agree centrelink is a safety net and I am thankful for anything we receive but I do admit I've had the same thoughts as OP before.

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    It's not the Government's fault your DH has debt. Sorry if that's harsh, but while it is stressful, you can't fume at Centrelink about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FearlessLeader View Post
    It's not the Government's fault your DH has debt. Sorry if that's harsh, but while it is stressful, you can't fume at Centrelink about it.
    Sorry, but did I miss a deleted post by the OP? I don't remember reading anything about her Dp's debt. (Just the usually household bills + sons medical expenses)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2BlueBirds View Post
    Sorry, but did I miss a deleted post by the OP? I don't remember reading anything about her Dp's debt. (Just the usually household bills + sons medical expenses)
    'DP had debt when I met him & still trying to pay that off'

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    If $270 a week is almost half his pay gone then I don't understand why you aren't getting more from Centrelink? I pay $400 a week rent which is literally over half our pay and I get a lot more from Centrelink as my DH is low income....Minimum wage is $622 a week working full time, is he getting more then that coz you have made it sound like he is pretty much under the minimum wage?

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    OP are you sure that's right? If he is only earning $600 a week I would have thought you'd be entitled to more Centrelink and Family Assistance payments than that.


 

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