I find things far cheaper in the uk even after taking wages into account, cloths are better quality and last longer.
i really could not understand the price of goods in oz when they are next door to Asia.
What kinds of things would you stock up on to bring with you to oz?
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Not much after watching Border Security last night
well, OZ may be more expensive than the UK... but its a damn site cheaper than NZ...!
I find that we spend a hell of a lot less than we ever did in NZ.
And yes.. for me.. wages are much more than in NZ and now that i am in resources.. well... haha.. the money is very good. I suspect i would never be on the sort of money in the UK as i am on now.. no matter if i go back to an exchange rate of 2.2 etc
So in that regard OZ has a lot going for it. Yes it's a boom and all booms must end, but its fun making a ton of cash now and looking to retire when i'm 50. Which again, i could not see happening back in the Uk
Check out food prices on line for Asda and Tesco's - especially the price of milk, bread, potatoes - staple foods. Don't just put 'cheese' though - put 'cheddar cheese' or you'll be offered well over 1000 products! Yes, food is much cheaper in UK and there is a lot more choice. I know this but just to support my knowledge, I met the manager of our local Coles store not long ago and he had only arrived from UK 2 months prior with wife and two teenagers. He used to be a manager of Morrisons. He told me that his wife and him nearly fainted wshen they did their first shop and thought there had been a mistake with the grocvery bill in Coles. He finds the prices here and lack of choice in products horrendous - and he gets a staff discount! However, 14 years ago when we lived their we added up ALL living costs - purchase by purchase and found that overall there was not much difference in the total cost of living. This took into account 3 bed rental, insurances, petrol, car purchase, council tax, telephone and all other costs. Last year I bought a mobile phone here in Oz for $99 but when I went to UK it only cost 5 quid and that was with a free month's credit. Electrical goods and cars are cheaper. Guess it depends on how much public transport you need to pay for and how much petrol you need and also where you work in UK (the wages in Devon were incredibly low). Living in SE Qld we hardly ever use heating, nor air conditioning but over there I'd have to wear central heating costs. I reckon we should ask Tesco's or the like to allow us to do on-line shopping as a group!