How much is ……?
Let me tell you.
When I first moved to Australia in 2007, shopping online wasn’t what I was used to back in the UK. Most major stores had a website, but they weren’t quite ‘finished’.
By that, I mean almost all websites had a picture of their store, a way of finding where the store was, the telephone number of the store, but very rarely had any information about their products and almost always no pricing.
If you did find exactly what you are looking for, with full details of the product and the price, it would invariably turn out to be a site from the US. Their $ sign and Australia’s $ sign both look like $.
Today it’s a much different story, which is why I can present to you….
The cost of absolutely everything in Australia!
But before you check out all these prices, a word of warning. If you take these prices and convert the Australian cost into your currency, you will not be left with a fair reflection of the cost of living in Australia. Why?
If the Australian dollar is strong against your currency, then Australia will appear to be a very expensive country to live in. If the Aussie dollar is weak against your currency, Australia will seem like a cheap country.
But when you live here and earn Australian money, exchange rates mean nothing. And as salaries here are generally higher than the countries, prices won’t seem so bad once you’re here.
But to understand this fully, you need to read the following two posts…
Now we’re ready for the cost of everything……
I’ve got a separate page for that…..
Here are some great resources for checking out the price of cars in Australia. The first one is the big one; it’s where both private sellers and dealers can advertise their cars for sale online.
Here are some other options to search for second hand cars, in fact all…
Second Hand Stuff
Ideal for new arrivals to Australia looking to pick up some cheap furniture, maybe a car, or even somewhere to live
Our two major supermarkets here are called Coles and Woolworths. We used to have a couple of independent websites that would check both of these supermarkets prices side-by-side, but sadly those websites no longer exist. So it’s down to checking out Coles and Woolworths separately…
So click below to find out the prices for your grocery shopping…
This is a difficult one, because there is gas, electricity, water and telephony as well as rates. Prices vary from state to state too and with eight states there would be a lot of links.
To make things worse, utility companies hide their pricing structures behind plans, tariffs, peak times, off-peak times, they build in surcharges, standing charges and sometimes make the whole lot inaccessible by insisting you enter your address and postcode before giving you a price.
But I hope these links help.
I have a couple of posts about electricity prices…
Water prices in Australia are the best kept secret in the world. I am flabbergasted at how difficult it is to find the price of water from these utility companies. Do you think they are trying to hide something? Here are links to what I think are five of our states water suppliers.
Here’s a tip though, don’t bother trying to look for prices, life is too short.
The information is probably there, although you’ll need to dig deep. But on top of water, there are also sewerage costs. And I know, there are 3 more states to go, but as a guide, you’d be better off reading my post about it…
The national telephone company here in Australia is called Telstra. You can find out about their various plans here…
I found them way too expensive, especially for international calls. So, back in 2008 I set up a VoIP telephone system which wasn’t that difficult to do. You can read my post about it here….
Of course these days, I don’t think it’s necessary to go through all that. You could use Skype or FaceTime over the internet for free or get a cheap mobile phone plan that includes unlimited international calls.
Talking of mobile phones, I was originally with 3 Mobile when I got here, then I moved to Vodafone, then Telstra and most recently I have switched to Amaysim. I am on a prepaid plan with them, I had my own phone so it’s a Sim only plan, and it costs me $30 per month.
And yes, that’s for unlimited calls in Australia, unlimited SMS and also unlimited international telephone calls to 10 different countries, which include the UK and the US.
But if you really want to research all of your telephony needs, these are the guys to visit…
Rates vary from state to state, from council to council and from one year to the next. So I won’t list them all here. But if you search Google for “average council rates” you will get an idea. But make sure you search the Australian one….
I did compare my council tax back in the UK with my rates now that I’m here in Australia though, you might want to read that article and look at the comments…
Clothing and small household items:
The following three stores are amongst the most popular in Australia for what I used to know as “department stores”. So they are like a mix of John Lewis, Debenhams and Marks & Spencer’s, but if anything, a little downmarket. You can buy all sorts of stuff from these people and their websites now show pictures and prices….
There are hundreds of insurance companies, all will require you to speak with them at length before they will quote you a price. We did, (well Mrs BobinOz did) and these are the companies we chose for our insurances. That doesn’t mean they are the best, but they were good enough for us and we haven’t been disappointed with the service we have received from any of them.
These are Australia’s biggest electrical goods retailers, but more important than that, they both have a good website….
I’ve divided entertainment into 3 sections, alcohol, TV and going to the pub! Use these links to find the prices of alcohol and your digital TV package.
I’ve got quite a lot of posts about going out drinking, here’s a few of them….
- A Night Out in the West End of Brisbane
- A Night Out At the Comedy Club
- Social Life in Australia: Making Friends Revisited
- Caxton Street, Brisbane: A Night in the City
Find bargains here:
We don’t have a proper Amazon here, hold on, we do now, it’s just not very good yet…
And for product reviews, go here….
If it’s a geeky product though, this is the site for you…
And with that, I think I’ve covered everything.
More useful links:
But if I haven’t, and you can’t get what you’re looking for from here, then I just don’t know. Well, I do, this lot sell everything….