COST OF LIVING

We assumed the cost of living Perth would be low when we moved over to Perth in 2003.

I had been looking on the internet at property for sale and thought we would be buying this huge home for cash and living like kings. After all we had been on holiday to Perth a few years earlier. Of course with the exchange rate the British Pound bought us a lot of Aussie Dollars. When we moved here in October 2003 we paid 1:2.44 while the exchange rate today is 1:2.17

MOVE TO PERTH


Since 2003 the cost of living here in Perth has increased substantially. For example:-

  • The cost of housing has increased. We paid $295,000 for our 4x2 home in Woodvale back in 2003 but today it is valued at around $560,000.

  • Interest rates have increased. The standard variable rate was 6.55 in 2003 while today it is 9.45%

  • The cost of the weekly shopping has increased. Where we used to spend around $150 per week on the weekly grocery shopping we are now spending closer to $200 a week.

    I will start with general living costs and will use our expenses as a guideline. We don't have any children so I guess our expenses will increase when little ones come along. Having said that we could cut back in areas such as broadband and foxtel if ever there was a need.

     

    MONTHLY LIVING COSTS
    ITEM
    2008
    Mortgage ($330,000)
    2,480.00
    Building & Conetnt Insurance
    76.00
    Life Insurance
    48.00
    Private Health Ins
    172.00
    Medical Expenses
    200.00
    Car Insurance
    55.00
    Broadband
    85.00
    Phone
    70.00
    Foxtel
    75.00
    Western Power (electric)
    75.00
    Alinta (Gas)
    25.00
    Rates (Council Tax)
    101.00
    Car Loan
    585.00
    Water Rates/Usage
    65.00
    Petrol
    200.00
    Mobile Phone x 2
    140.00
    Car Maintenance & Repair
    90.00
    House & Garden Maintenance
    158.00
    RAC
    12.00
    Food
    800.00
    Gym Membership x 2
    140.00
    Restaurants & Take-away food
    100.00
    Clothes
    200.00
    Entertainment/Holidays/Personal Expenses
    1,000.00
    Monthly Total

    6,952.00



    GROCERIES

    I must admit I was surprised how much more we pay for some grocery shopping here in Perth. I guess the cost is higher because the opoulation is much smaller and the competition less.

    You could always buy bread, milk and all the basic shopping in the UK without a huge cost. I assume that is still the same?

    Supermarkets wanted to get you through the door and then they would make the money on the shopping you buy that was not on the list.

    It is difficult to compare the cost of living beteen one country and the next as it is not just the cost of things but also wages you need to think about.

    I think the cost of living here is much higher than when we first arrived in 2003. Our weekly shop is at least $50 a week more and I am still buying the same.

     

    THE WEEKLY SHOP (guide to what groceries cost)
    ITEM  
    Sultana Bran 820g
    6.57
    Baked Beans 425g
    1.40
    Crushed Tinned Tomatoes
    1.39
    Pasta 500g
    1.44
    Frozen Chips kg
    3.75
    Milk 2lt
    3.74
    Butter 250g
    2.99
    Flora Light Spread 500g
    3.55
    Wholemeal Breag
    4.49
    Cheese kg
    10.27
    Ice Cream 2lt
    5.65
    Eggs 1 Doz Free Range
    5.40
    Olive Oil 500ml
    4.49
    Yoghurt 500g
    3.39
    Beef Mince (Premium) kg
    13.99
    Sausages kg
    9.98
    Beef Topside kg
    12.99
    Chicken Breast Fillets kg
    12.99
    Potatoes kg
    2.49
    Mushrooms kg
    10.99
    Bananas kg
    4.99
    Fresh Carrotts kg
    1.29
    Tomatoes kg
    3.99
    Sundowner Apples kg
    4.59
    Tea Bgas (200)
    3.25
    Nescafe Coffee 200g
    13.85
    SUgar White 2kg
    3.12
    Toilet Roll 8pk
    8.62
    Toothpaste Colgate 110g
    3.55
    Anti Perspirant Deodorant
    5.38
    Shampoo Head & SHoulders 200ml
    5.99
    Tamplons 16 pk
    4.39
    Dove Bodywash 375ml
    7.54
    Washing Detergent 3kg
    14.99
    Morning Fresh Dishwashing Liquid 250ml
    2.47
    Dishwasher Powder 3kg
    14.99

     

     

    I am sure you realise the above is just to give you an idea. I have tried to select like items that are frequently purchased so as to give you an idea of the cost in Perth, it is not my weekly shopping list. I usually spend about $200 per week on food shopping for the two of us.




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