Cost of Living – Australia

Australia’s Major Cities House Price Predictions 2015 to 2018

29 June 2015 Cost of Living - Australia
houses

I’m sure you will all be very pleased to hear that speculation about house prices here in Australia, just as it is in England, is a very popular pastime indeed. There is much ongoing chatter and I did list some of the scary headlines I found in Google in my recent article UK and Australia: […]

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From the UK to Australia: Council Tax Bills and Rates Compared

24 June 2015 Cost of Living - Australia
rates

Rates, council tax, community charge, poll tax, whatever you want to call it, if you live in a house, you have to pay some kind of tax. In the UK this tax is called the Council Tax and here in Australia, certainly in Brisbane, it is known as Council Rates and Charges. Comparing UK Council […]

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UK and Australia: The House Price Debate

20 May 2015 Cost of Living - Australia
House

Time for another reprint of one of my Australia and New Zealand magazine articles, this one is on the highly contentious issue of house prices, both here and in the UK. Which country’s houses really are the cheapest? Or, more to the point, the most expensive? Before we push on with the article I want […]

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Costco versus Coles in Australia

16 March 2015 Cost of Living - Australia
Costco

Out of the blue, on Sunday Mrs Bob said to me “I want to go to Costco.” Gosh, I’d forgotten all about those people; when we used to live in the UK our Costco trips were a regular occurrence. Once every two or three months we would drive over to Gray’s Thurrock, a half-hour or […]

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Jamie Oliver’s Italian Restaurants, Prices Compared UK and Australia

12 January 2015 Cost of Living - Australia
Jamie

Jamie Oliver is a cheeky chappy from the UK who is well known in many parts of the world. From what I can gather, he runs about five different restaurant chains the biggest of which appears to be “Jamie’s Italian”. He has something like 35 to 40 of these restaurants in the UK and a […]

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Time to Go Christmas Toy Shopping in Australia

17 December 2014 Cost of Living - Australia
Santa

As Christmas descends upon us it is time again to go shopping for toys; well, they don’t all come from Santa… In particular I want to compare prices between Australia and the UK. I’ve done this a few times before in previous years, notably… The Cost of Living in Australia: Buying Toys in November 2009 […]

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Australia, UK and USA Price Comparison: Fitness Trackers

17 September 2014 Cost of Living - Australia
UP24

I was lucky enough to be given a Jawbone UP24 fitness tracker for Father’s Day the other week, an unusually expensive gift for such an occasion. I usually get a Toblerone, but as I am on my first ever diet that would have been quite a cruel gift. Under the circumstances though, a fitness tracker […]

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Fairer Prices for Australians; Shopping to Get Cheaper?

10 September 2014 Cost of Living - Australia
joe

There was an interesting item in the news the other day which talked about the ‘Australia Tax’ which doesn’t technically exist, not officially anyway. It is used to describe the premium prices we sometimes have to pay for the same products or services simply because we are here in Australia. This is Joe Hockey, our […]

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