Hi everybody I'm new to the forum and I have been in Australia for 6 months, I have lived here 4 years ago so when we emigrated we had an idea about cost of living ect or so we thought.......in the four years since being here we have noticed prices have shot up. I do a food shop for myself weekly (hubby is fifo) with groceries and toiletries no luxuries and it's easily $150 per week I've never seen prices like it in the shops milk is $6 for 2litre. To go to places zoo, wildlife park it's at least $25 per person, kids under 3 free, the clothes over here are just ridiculous a pair of jeans was $90 I'm probably finding it more difficult because I keep thinking I could get twice as much for our money in the uk. We were looking for mortgages and for a mortgage of $450,000 your looking at re payments of $630 plus bills ect or the next 30 years. I am having a rant about the cost but we didn't realise how expensive things were and think so many people come over without realising and then struggle to manage another example daycare is between $70-$90 per day. Has anybody else found things very expensive?