I don't think you can compare remote aboriginal communities to places like Gaza and Africa though.. (2 of the school photos I posted) ... Imagine living in southern Israel where school aged children wet the bed every night because they constantly hear air raid sirens, let alone the kids in gaza who might not have a school to come back to after it's been destroyed by a naval attack. Yes, we are a lucky folk here in safe peaceful oz
The lower incomes people discussed on here would make you rich in a place like Bali. Then again, many people with close to no money in Indonesia enjoy a very simple and happy life.
It's all relative and it's all about what you as an individual need to make you feel happy and content. There's really no wrong or right.
The thread started by asking whether it was doable going down to 1 income and still having a good quality of life for your family. It definitely seems that it's possible based on the great responses on here.
Gee there's a lot of people tooting their own horns in this thread.
I am a working mum, but being a solo parent I feel eligible to contribute to this thread 😄. I'm lucky I earn good money that lets me be a solo mother. I'm on 130K a year, I work shift work so a lot of that is the 40% shift loading I get for giving up public holidays, weekends, and working nightshift.
Lots in tax- no idea how much.
Super: 15000 (trying to look after myself in retirement so I go up to the max before tax amount)
Day care fees: 15000 (two kids 3 days a week- that's out of pocket)
Phone/internet: 3000 (I live in the country with no broadband and get charged heaps for my DD1 to watch other kids play with toys on YouTube)
Health insurance: 4000
Car insurance/rego: 1700
Embryo storage: $800
Eye injections for macular degeneration: $4000
The rest goes on food and clothes. My 4yo is giant and wearing size 12 clothes so I've spent a lot of money on her! The hand me downs dried up when she overtook all the other kids. Thankfully I had two girls so don't have to buy much for DD2.
Aside from the excessive internet bill I don't think I can save much more. I look at the supermarket catalogues each work to work out who has what on sale and hit that up, then buy the rest from Aldi.
I am really struggling at the moment, the eye injections only started at Christmas and I think I'm feeling the difference. Plus I upped my super another $300 a month but I think I might need to drop that down if I can't get it under control.
I'm trying to save up to take my girls overseas in about 6 years. Starting now as its a slow process. Looking forward to next year when I get 7k back when DD1 starts school!
Cant wait to be a mummy (23-04-2016)
Drug, alcohol, solvents, sexual abuse, rape of small children. No running water or electricity.
Young Aboriginal children in this country are killing themselves.
ETA. I don't want to derail the thread but comparing a sh!t situation to something sh!tier doesn't negate the sh!t.
My horn has tooted.
Last edited by misskittyfantastico; 22-04-2016 at 22:51.
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