Ok from someone who's DH lost his job whilst I was pregnant the biggest thing I can say is both of you go out and apply for any and every job possible. To keep our family afloat I returned to work doing night shift when our first was 7 weeks old- was it hard?? Yes but my child was not going to be raised in poverty..... My husband then finished his teaching course whilst doing a paper round and casual bottle shop work. Neither of us liked our jobs but it got us through.
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31-01-2013 07:04 #11Senior Member
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How did you get ahead?
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31-01-2013 07:50 #13
How did you get ahead?
It can be so hard but that's what places like centrelink, mission etc are there for.
We're still not what I would call ahead but he do have a little bit in savings so are getting there!
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31-01-2013 08:11 #15-
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How did you get ahead?
In your situation the only thing that will get you ahead is working I have no other advice I'm sure you guys are trying, it must be so hard living on welfare
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I have no advise on the job front other then keep trying make him apply for anything and everything even pizza delivery driving its not the best of jobs but its a job. DH had about 4 months between his current job and his last job and applied for everything he could. He works in the civil contruction industry so when its wet if a project finishes up before the next can start getting onto any other existing projects with anyone else is mission impossible cause civil work stops when it rains. All he could get to do was pizza delivery driving. Tell you what i have always since then generously tipped delivery drivers i know how little theyre on.
As far as getting ahead goes :
Rego- Not sure if you can do it in every state but in QLD you can get a smart card thing and it allos you do put money onto it each fortnight/ week and when your rego is due depending on how much you pay it'll either completely pay for your rego or substanially bring the price down that you have to have available straight away.
Electricity- insteadve trying to save the money or paying it out in one big hit set a frequent amount to come out every week or fortnight. I pay $60 per fortnight through centrepay my bill at the end of this quarter was a total of $482 btu because i had regular payments towards it all i had to pay on due date was $122
FURNITURE- we moved from Brisbane to Townsville (16-18 hours north) with nothing other than what we could fit in our car. (VT commodore) We had to satrt again from scratch. If you want to layby or save to buy brand new thats fine but i found it easier to by stuff from lifeline or second hand stores. Say what you want but youn can pick up soem nice stuff and at such good prices.
Saving- Cut your electricity use down, common sense stuff like making sure all power points are turned off when not in use and turning lights off during the day, aircon settings etc.
We ( both DH and I) Put $10 each week into a secondary account that gains better interest then our everyday. While $10 p/w doesnt sound like alot any amount adds up it really really will. Saving $80 a month for a whole year will leave you with a pretty pennys worth of savings.
I really do hope things get better. Know that you are definately not alone. Its hards but it wont stay hard forever
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31-01-2013 12:07 #19
I'm not sure I'm really "ahead" but I'm definately getting there.
Where would I start? With a job! I'd be putting my name down at job agencies, going to all the painful interviews- put my name down for anything to start off with. Once I get a job- than I'd refine it. Tell the agencies that I'd like to be considered for such and such work if it comes up and apply for the jobs I want, while still bringing in the money from the temp job.
Oh, and on the bills front. If it's not going to keep me alive- I didn't have it. Obviously everyone is different but even with study- I didn't have the internet. I would go to the library if I needed it, or do it all at work. No foxtel (still not- I get too addicted to the TV shows!!!), had prepaid on my mobile so if I didn't have the money to pay the bill/buy credit, I didn't. You can call 000 if anything is that urgent.
I know people who didn't even have cars when times were tough. That was on my essential list so I wasn't one of them, but other people do it, so I suppose it's possible.
Big hugs though. Nothing worse than financial stress.
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