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    When I first returned to work, I worked p/t evenings and weekends, so i could look after the kids during the day and not have to pay for childcare, and then DP watched them while I worked.

    And as other people have mentioned, if you return to work and are entitled to the ccr and ccb, it can bring the cost of childcare down quite substantially.

    Also, are you receiving rent assistance?


    ETA: OP is the $7 a payment such as parenting payment? or is it FTB?

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    I think you should be entitled to more if that is half of your DH's wage. You could also be entitled to rent assistance and possibly parenting payment.

    I do agree with the others about foxtel. It's not necessary. I also don't have a license but you can go out on public transport or do other things than watch foxtel.

    I don't think you should do night shift if you don't have a license unless you are friends with someone working the same job it would be hard to get there and home.

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    If your income is about $540 per week then you should be entitled to more than $7 from centrelink?

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    I 100% agree with 3cats and Hollywood.
    I don't work my guts out 40+ hours a week and my husband 70+ hours a week and pay a **** load of taxes to help people on benefits 'get ahead'.
    Most of us would have been on a government benefit of some kind in our life and its bloody hard, BUT there are always options, if that means sacrifices of time with family by getting a job that works around DP/H or cutting luxuries at home (I don't even have foxtel and I can afford it!) then that's what you have to do. These are the decisions that responsible adults make in life and they sometimes suck!!! Short term pain for long term gain, so look at what you can do to turn the situation around. OR sit on your backside watching foxtel that mine and every other working persons taxes are paying for and be stuck in the same financial rut.
    Sorry if I'm being rude but people that whine and moan about government benefits need a kick in the pants, we are very fortunate to live in such a society where the government does provide supplemental income to families at all!

    BUT in saying that I am sure there has been an error in calculation, my cousin earns a six figure income and owns 2 houses and his partner gets more than that for their bub.
    Perhaps you could also engage a professional financial planner like My Budget to help you manage your money better.

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    I could be wrong but I think op is talking about what she receives from parenting payment not family tax

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    Quote Originally Posted by bunkx View Post
    I could be wrong but I think op is talking about what she receives from parenting payment not family tax
    That's the impression I was under.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bunkx View Post
    I could be wrong but I think op is talking about what she receives from parenting payment not family tax
    If you are right, bunkx, I don't think one should really vent about only getting $7 for parenting payment if Centrelink are still paying potentially a few hundred in family tax...

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    I get $160 per f/n from CL which is FTB A & B based on my hubbys income and I have a 15 year old... my hubby earns over $65,000 and I dont work so i cant see how your only getting $7....

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    Just popping in to please keep this thread on track. There is no need to start the whole debate about who pays what tax and who gets more benefits and who should quit whinging. It's just not helpful at all.

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    Perhaps you could both ditch the ciggies too, and the lunches you said dp was buying along with the foxtel? I'm not trying to be rude, but we don't have a massive income and make certain sacrifices so we can manage what we have. Ciggies are the first thing I would give up if I was struggling that badly.

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