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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    Have you ever been to a remote aboriginal community?
    I haven't personally, although I would really like to visit one day!

    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.

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    Gee there's a lot of people tooting their own horns in this thread.

    Night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    I remember where you said you loved but I didn't know they had a big aboriginal population.

    I've worked in a rural school that serviced an aboriginal mission and that was pretty bad but still others that are a lot worse.
    A town very near us is quite bad, it also has quite a large Mission. Ours in considered Aboriginal as we have a large % of the population here are Aboriginal, our school has an Aboriginal Elder instead of a Chaplain and everything there is ingrained with the Aboriginal beliefs. Our little health service and random artifices along our Main Street are all Aboriginal artworks made by inmates at the local prison which was built purely to mainly house Aboriginals in a more culturally aware centre. Only two centres in NSW like it.

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    I am a working mum, but being a solo parent I feel eligible to contribute to this thread πŸ˜„. 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.
    Yearly:

    Lots in tax- no idea how much.

    Mortgage: 24000

    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!

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    Gee there's a lot of people tooting their own horns in this thread.

    Night.
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    Quote Originally Posted by witherwings View Post
    I haven't personally, although I would really like to visit one day!

    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.
    Well we aren't in the middle of a war but there are aboriginal communities that don't have water or electricity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    Gee there's a lot of people tooting their own horns in this thread.

    Night.
    How so?

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    Quote Originally Posted by witherwings View Post
    I haven't personally, although I would really like to visit one day!

    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

    .
    I don't want to get into a big debate but are you aware that Indigenous Australians are often living in third world conditions?
    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by misskittyfantastico View Post
    I don't want to get into a big debate but are you aware that Indigenous Australians are often living in third world conditions?
    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.
    While I agree entirely we are currently on holiday in Vietnam and staying near the coast. All day we see and hear war planes (fighters) flying over where we're staying. It's loud and aggressive. And there's no war or threat to us.

    My 10 year old was beside herself on the first day we were here because she found it so confronting. And it is. But compared to other places in the world it's nothing.

    I can't begin to imagine what it must be like to live as a child in a war zone, to try and go to school and live a normal life.

    I'm not fanning a debate about who has it worse not at all. It's not a fight anyone wants to win anyway.

    This past week has made me think what it must be like to live near war. I feel so sad for those people who do.

    Anyway as you were.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    It was a bit pompous.

    I understand moving away from a low ses area to want a better opportunity for your kids but I don't agree with the public schools being rubbish just because they service low ses areas and that they have 250 students in each year in primary school.
    I was talking about the choice we made for ourselves, and nowhere did I say that the schools were rubbish. I said they were overfull, which they are. A lot of the playground has been taken up by demountables because they ran out of room. The schools are overfull, no doubt. Also, I went to the schools I was talking about. I know exactly what they were like. I survived and got a decent education but I HATED school. Absolutely hated it for so many reasons. I didn't want to send my kids there if I didn't have to. My kids love school. They have fostered a love of learning I never had. We have a teacher at our school who used to teach from the area I grew up in. We've become friends and she's told me how much easier it is to teach at our school...that when there is a problem it is nothing to deal with compared with what she used to have deal with....because the majority of kids at our school don't have the home life issues. I have family members who have kids at these schools...they have to deal with issues we simply don't have.
    My post was pompous to you because you chose to read it that way, and you have continued to read them that way (by saying that I said the schools were rubbish) I wasn't talking about a choice we made for ourselves, not in general, and was saying that I understand how lucky we are to have that choice, because I recognise not everyone does (even with two wages).
    I also recognise that living cheaply doesn't mean you are faced with the same issues we would be facing if we moved. And the fact is, when I go and visit family I hate being there (love seeing family, just hate the area). I have moved on. My life is where I live now...and it gives us a lifestyle that my hometown can not (regardless of schools, family status etc.).
    I consider myself very lucky that we earn enough money (just!) that we can continue to live where we do.
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