Cost of Living – Australia

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Last week I did a post called Fresh Fruit and Veg: Australian and UK Prices Compared. Mary, in the comments, wondered how a similar cost comparison would work out on meat and fish. With that, in the blink of an eye, a trilogy was born. This then is part two. Those of you who are [...]

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It’s been quite some time since I’ve been virtual supermarket shopping, the last time I did it was probably my post The Cost of Living in Australia Update: Groceries. At that time I loaded up my trolley with a supermarket selection that included (but wasn’t limited to) breakfast cereal, coffee, bread, rice and some double [...]

singapore

Last week the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) released their latest worldwide cost of living index and announced, once again, which city in the world is the most expensive to live in. And again, for the third year running, that city was Singapore… In previous years the release of this report has caused a bit of [...]

gifts

My word, it’s about time I did some Christmas shopping. Wouldn’t want to leave it to the last minute. Every year I do this kind of Christmas shopping, what I love most about this particular shopping exercise is that it doesn’t cost me a single penny or cent, this shopping is completely free. It’s hypothetical [...]

icecream

If you read Monday’s post called The Grand Canyon and Uluru Compared, you will know that I spent the first couple of weeks of this month in the US on holiday. It wasn’t cheap for us; the Aussie dollar against the US dollar is at a bit of a low. We were only getting about [...]

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: [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]