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    Werner is offline Junior Member
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    Default Does my budget look OK?

    First I want to say thanks to everyone for all your help with previous questions. Need help again!

    We have made the decision to make the move to NZ and will be leaving end of October 2008. My family call me the resident Trevor Manual (Finance Minister of SA) because I have a budget for EVERYTHING!

    Please see below my budget allocation for the move and let me know if I have missed the mark or if there is anything of importance that I have not budgeted for.

    $12 000 - 2 Cheap cars

    $ 2 200 - School uniforms and stationery (3 kids ages 16, 14 and 12)

    $ 3 000 - Rent with deposits etc

    $ 5 000 - Extra furniture (Only bringing lounge, d/room, bed and fridge)

    $ 500 - First month's groceries

    Please feel free to comment on the above

    Thanks again

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    Hi
    Just looked and to me the food bill looks like you and the family will be catching and eating fresh fish at just $500 per month..
    its aint cheap to eat and drink here anymore and dont forget fuel and energy costs to heat the cold houses..

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    Yes i'd agree with macfod about the food bill.

    We are a family of 4 (2 kids age nearly5 and 2) and we are spending around $200 a week- now this does include some beer for the hubby and still buying nappies but of course your kids will eat more than mine.
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    Don't forget your petrol/diesel costs for your cars too - petrol is the most expensive it's ever been at the moment, and isn't looking likely to get any cheaper, so I'd make an allowance of anywhere between $50 & $200 per car per week, depending on what car/s you have and how far you intend driving each week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Werner View Post
    First I want to say thanks to everyone for all your help with previous questions. Need help again!

    We have made the decision to make the move to NZ and will be leaving end of October 2008. My family call me the resident Trevor Manual (Finance Minister of SA) because I have a budget for EVERYTHING!

    Please see below my budget allocation for the move and let me know if I have missed the mark or if there is anything of importance that I have not budgeted for.

    $12 000 - 2 Cheap cars

    $ 2 200 - School uniforms and stationery (3 kids ages 16, 14 and 12)

    $ 3 000 - Rent with deposits etc

    $ 5 000 - Extra furniture (Only bringing lounge, d/room, bed and fridge)

    $ 500 - First month's groceries

    Please feel free to comment on the above

    Thanks again

    well as a recent family of 4(18months) 2 sons 9 and 17. we spend around 200 bucks a week on groceries. on talking to kiwis here thats seems pretty normal. we eat lots of fruit n veg. no frozen/processed food at all except frozen chicken.

    bacon here is crap. sausages are rubbish. we never buy them. limited range of low fat/low sugar foods. steak is very very cheap. i have amate with 3 kids at home( all teens) and they spen 300 bucks plus a week. on the other hand, getting a job for your teen kids is so easy here.

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    hope that helps

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    Quote Originally Posted by senseiclark View Post
    bacon here is crap. sausages are rubbish.
    Have to agree- the kids don't mind the sausages but i have given up on trying to find a decent one. I do miss a good sausage or bacon buttie!!!
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    you guys are great. thanks for all the hints. fortunately 16 year old works during school holidays and over weekends already!! thanks again.

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    Hi Werner,

    If you're shipping a container you might as well fill it up as much as you can. The cost of replacing stuff that you already own soon adds up. We spent $5000 on just a fridge, freezer, washing machine and tumble drier! I didn't even think about looking for a new TV after that.

    NZ is a very small market so the choice of household goods is often quite limited. We've just bought a new vacuum cleaner and it was the worst experience I've ever had. All of the retailers we visited had a limited choice of two or three brands and none of them actually had any stock of the models on display. One place offered us a choice of their well used (and very dirty) display model at full price or a three week wait!

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    You can bring things but beware about service and parts. If it breaks it may be difficult to get repaired. Normally if shipping using a container cost is not an issue as it doesn't cost anything extra. Just know if it breaks you may have to just throw it away.
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