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The Pom Queen

Cost of Living Canberra 2017

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Food  
  Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district AU$16
  Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) AU$11
  500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast AU$7
  1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk AU$1.44
  12 eggs, large AU$6
  1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes AU$5.69
  500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese AU$5.49
  1 kg (2 lb.) of apples AU$4.77
  1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes AU$3.40
  0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket AU$5.00
  1 bottle of red table wine, good quality AU$19
  2 liters of Coca-Cola AU$3.54
  Bread for 2 people for 1 day AU$3.04
Housing  
  Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area AU$2,745
  Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area AU$1,923
  Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat AU$280
  Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area AU$1,570
  Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area AU$1,484
  Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio AU$152
  Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) AU$63
  40” flat screen TV AU$750
  Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) AU$332
  Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) AU$11
  Hourly rate for cleaning help AU$31
Clothes  
  1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) AU$98
  1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) AU$68
  1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) AU$137
  1 pair of men’s leather business shoes AU$125
Transportation  
  Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new AU$28,214
  1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas AU$1.33
  Monthly ticket public transport AU$82
  Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) AU$24
Personal Care  
  Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) AU$9
  1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) AU$22
  Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) AU$79
  1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) AU$6
  Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) AU$5.53
  Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) AU$6
  4 rolls of toilet paper AU$3.97
  Tube of toothpaste AU$3.35
  Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city AU$29
Entertainment  
  Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub AU$51
  2 tickets to the movies AU$32
  2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) AU$204
  Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert AU$87
  1 cocktail drink in downtown club AU$17
  Cappuccino in expat area of the city AU$4.10
  1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.)  AU$7
  iPad Air 2, 64GB AU$849
  1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) AU$0.53
  1 month of gym membership in business district AU$77
  1 package of Marlboro cigarettes AU$25
 

If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.

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9 hours ago, TiaCapan said:

They forgot to include the cost to your sanity due to the boredom of living here O.o :D

 

Is it really that bad? 


If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.

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3 hours ago, The Pom Queen said:

Is it really that bad? 

No, of course not. There's plenty to do, you just have to get off your bum and do it!

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No.. Look at my facebook.  Took the kids tobogganing last week, less than an hour out of the city and suddenly there's snow!

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