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Old 24th January 2009, 08:11 AM
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I thought I'd provide some costings based on my own expenses, I certainly don't live an extravagant lifestyle but it'll give you an idea. For what it's worth, I reside in Brisbane, Queensland.

General Expenses:
- Electricity (Origin) - $270/quarter (2 people - 4br home, 3 air conditioners, TV & computer on all the time. Also use electric hot water system)
- Telephone (Fixed Line) - $25/month Includes a silent telephone number
- Telephone (Mobile) - $49/month Includes $300 worth of calls and SMS
- Insurance - Building ($264k replacement value) - $20/month
- Insurance - Medical - $150/month (Intermediate coverage for young couple, no kids)
- Insurance - Home & Contents ($80k of goods) - $30/month
- Cable Television - $80/month
- ADSL Internet (8mb DSL w/ 25gb) - $80/month
- Rent - 8km from CBD with good public transportation links, close to shopping centre - four bedroom home, 2 bath and double lock up - $2000/month
- Unleaded Fuel @ $1.05/litre (roughly)
- Gym membership = $100/month
- Council property rates = $500/quarter


Bank Expenses:
- Mortgage - 5.99% - Standard variable rate with major bank
- Credit Card - 19% - Gold card with frequent flyer rewards
- Standard Transaction Account with Visa Debit Card - $12/month - Unlimited non bank atm's, can use any atm in the world without penalty and no foreign exchange charges. Also comes with complimentary extended warranties and travel insurance on purchases.


Public Transport
- Integrated "GO Card" - Allows usage of bus, train & ferry - $120/month. This is for a zone three transit which is approx 8km from Brisbane CBD. Further you live out, the greater the zone thus more expensive.
- Taxi Fare - One way from CBD to Home - approx 12km / 15 minutes = $25
- Casual car parking in designated car park - $40/day
- Casual car parking - Offstreet with parking meter = $1.5/hour


Entertainment Expenses
- Carton (24 bottles x 330ml) of imported beer (Peroni, Stella, Heineken etc) - $45/carton
- Local carton (24 bottles x 375ml) (VB/Hahn/XXXX/Carlton etc) - $40/carton
- Bottle of spirits - 700ml of Smirnoff/Bacardi/Bundy Rum/Johnny Walker/Jack Daniels etc = $40/bottle
- Buying a drink at a pub/club - Beers = $7-8/each and premixed spirits = $9-11 and postmix spirits = $9
- Restaurant meals - $20 avg for entree, $35-45 for main & $15 for dessert
- Fast food - McDonalds BigMac Meal = $6.50 or KFC Fillet Burger Meal = $7.25
- Local fish'n'chip shop - Cod & Serving of chips = $7


Grocery / Shopping Expenses
- 6 pack of soap - $4
- Tissues - $2.5
- 2 litres of milk - $4
- Loaf of bread (800gm) - $3
- Tub of margarine (500gm) - $2
- Tub of cream (500gm) - $2.5
- Toilet paper (8 rolls) - $6.5
- Packet of potato chips - 200gm = $3.50
- Tub of vanilla ice cream - 1 litre = $6
- Hot cooked chicken - $11
- Shampoo = $5
- Kilo of sausages = $6
- Kilo of eye fillet steak = $32
- Kilo of barramundi fish = $30


Household / White goods
- 50" HD Plasma = $2000
- XBox 360 = $300 + $100/game
- Dishwasher = $1000
- Microwave = $250
- Toaster = $40
- Queen Sized Bed - Mattress & Base = $2000
- Decent 3 seater lounge = $1000

Clothes
- Mens business suit - $600
- Mens business shirt - $80
- Mens business shoes - $120
- Surfy brand TShirt = $50
- Surfy brand boardshorts = $90
- Pair of "surfy thongs" (flip/flops) = $20
- Pair of "Bonds" underwear = $14
- Pair of running/gym shoes - Asics/Nike/Reebok etc = $100-300

There's plenty more but I can't think of it and can't be bothered (lol). If there is a specific thing, just mention it and I'll reply if I can.
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