Sydney property prices are too damn high

sydney property prices too high

It now takes more than nine times the average salary to buy a house in Sydney. Just a single generation ago it took three.

I don’t know about you, but as a “young person” currently living in Sydney, I find that statistic depressing. It’s becoming increasingly close to impossible for people my age to find somewhere decent to live in this city. Most of our friends in similar situations (twentysomethings, often still studying or recently finished and in their first jobs, many of whom are married or living with a partner) have taken one of the following all-too-familiar paths to living in Sydney suburbs: Continue reading

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No new clothes for a year

no new clothes for a year

It was the latest arrival of a package in the mail that finally did it.

My Dad remarked that the Australia Post contractor who delivered parcels in our area was becoming so familiar with our address, he and Dad would exchange a knowing look with each other as my Dad accepted yet another delivery.

“Another one for Emma?” my Dad would ask.

The contractor would nod wearily as Dad signed for whatever my latest mail-order purchase was.

And, as always, I grabbed the scissors and tore open the parcel to find new clothes. An exciting new thing to wrap around myself, made from a luxurious fabric or in a gorgeous rich colour or with an excellent flattering cut. And then I would need to find somewhere to store it in my increasingly overcrowded, overstuffed wardrobe which was practically bursting at the seams and rapidly running out of spare coat hangers.

On this occasion, there were no spare hangers. Continue reading

A month of frugal living

frugal living moneyLike most other people, I have savings goals. For me, these will be especially important this year and the next few years to come, since I’ll be getting married in December. That means we have a wedding to finance, as well as furnishing our home together and squirreling away as much as we can for our future plans. I intend for these future plans to involve travel. Travel is expensive. Continue reading