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Hi all,

Was there anything people would recommend we should buy new in UK rather then buy out in Oz to put in the container. I was thinking a:

 

tumble dryer for the winter months (having two small children)

Bedding sets for my UK size bed.

 

Anything else that is dearer over there?? (I know most things are) :)

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Just about everything is more expensive in Aus, especially Perth, fill your container up with everything, you will have bigger problems when you arrive & unpack to worry about buying the mundane things in life, if you are bringing beds and use a valance, buy spares, you can't get the size here, even at Ikea, my mom brought us some over from M&S, next time we need one it's time for a new bed

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Robinsons Fruit Cordial.

 

Pack the entire container.

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2341588/Family-swapped-Hull-life-luxury-Australia-return-home-months-later-shock-cost-living-lack-Robinsons-fruit-juice.html

 

This is the most weirdest thing I have read for a long time.

 

Oh god that's crazy!!! I know things wont be the same and don't expect them to be, but that's ridiculous. I was thinking more on the lines as to what was a lot cheaper here like white goods etc. xx

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hi there - we are planning our move and thinking do we come over with very little and buy there or do we buy here and pay the price of the container. any ideas? what sort of prices for containers do i need to consider.....i have emailed some places and they ask me what i have rather than prices x

 

claire

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Robinsons Fruit Cordial.

 

Pack the entire container.

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2341588/Family-swapped-Hull-life-luxury-Australia-return-home-months-later-shock-cost-living-lack-Robinsons-fruit-juice.html

 

This is the most weirdest thing I have read for a long time.

 

Nothing like doing some research first eh? although they did manage to sell their story to the daily mail....

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Oh god that's crazy!!! I know things wont be the same and don't expect them to be, but that's ridiculous. I was thinking more on the lines as to what was a lot cheaper here like white goods etc. xx

 

The problem with white goods is that by moving them to another country the warranty might become invalid - you would need to check.

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I remeber wanting to know the answer to this question when I was packing up, and now I am struggling to think what to tell you! We didnt bring white goods (except for a tumble dryer - and that was only because we had a good one so it was worth bringing!) we bought 2nd hand off gumtree to keep us going and will update them as funds allow / is needed. I would say bring shoes for the kids - I have found reasonable kids trainers are really expensive and wish that I had put a few extra sizes in the container to keep us going for a bit! You can get cheaper things in places like K-mart and big W etc but you do get what you pay for and I have found that they fall apart in 6 months. We bought a new duvet over with us and I was glad that we did, dont get me wrong you can get them out here but we found them expensive and not what we were looking for. Finally I would say bring books - they are expensive to buy here and expensive to post later, so if you or your kids are book worms then it is worth stocking up. I am sure there are a few other things, if I remember I will post again!

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We didn't buy or bring anything over with us (apart from clothes & some photos etc). Then again we didn't really have much worth bringing. We decided to save the £4,000 to bring over our old stuff & eventually get all new. x

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We bought a lot with us stocked up on toiletries to get us by. Fridge was built in and washing machine was old.Got things off gumtree and got a new washing machine not bad price.We have found a lot of things are similar prices here.Room are different here so now need new couches.

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Robinsons Fruit Cordial.

 

Pack the entire container.

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2341588/Family-swapped-Hull-life-luxury-Australia-return-home-months-later-shock-cost-living-lack-Robinsons-fruit-juice.html

 

This is the most weirdest thing I have read for a long time.

 

Gobsmacked that anyone would go to the media to let the world know how stupid they were by not doing any research on such a massive move!!! Had a real good belly laugh over it though! thanks for sharing....

Edited by Rossmoyne

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I realise you are thinking of bigger items, but I'm buying as many clothes as I can for the kids (and me and OH too). I've stocked up in the Gap sale for summer clothes for the kids, and I've bought some school shorts (the uniform list from the school had boys winter shorts priced at $50 or more so I'm going to see if the M&S ones look similar). I'm also planning on stocking up on my skin care stuff.... And I'll get school shoes and trainers here too (have been told they're expensive and easier to do it here). I'm bringing all new towels and also a new duvet for us... Basically I'm spending now whilst it's cheaper (and easier) so when we get there the outgoings will be reduced for some time. I even bought Lego to put away for birthday presents when I saw boxes of Lego pieces out for £15 each.

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I realise you are thinking of bigger items, but I'm buying as many clothes as I can for the kids (and me and OH too). I've stocked up in the Gap sale for summer clothes for the kids, and I've bought some school shorts (the uniform list from the school had boys winter shorts priced at $50 or more so I'm going to see if the M&S ones look similar). I'm also planning on stocking up on my skin care stuff.... And I'll get school shoes and trainers here too (have been told they're expensive and easier to do it here). I'm bringing all new towels and also a new duvet for us... Basically I'm spending now whilst it's cheaper (and easier) so when we get there the outgoings will be reduced for some time. I even bought Lego to put away for birthday presents when I saw boxes of Lego pieces out for £15 each.

 

Very organized Laz. I like the idea of trainers for the kids. I need to look at school things for my daughter but I am not sure where she will be going let alone where we want to live, so not sure what I need to get for primary school.

thanks everyone.

x

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Laz,

 

You seem very organised and I don't want to put a downer on your choices, but most of the school uniform have the school logo and are brought from the school, especially if you are going private, I presume you have chosen your school as you have the uniform list, most schools they just wear trainers (runners they are called here), again unless its a private school, where they wear the "Clarks" choice of shoes.

 

I actually found my face cream cheaper here, not sure why, but it is, even though its the same brand I used back in the UK.

 

When you first get here, everything seems so much more expensive, but once here, it really is not that bad, especially when you stop converting to GBP and I have found some things are a lot cheaper here than back in the UK. Again there is the budget, middle and expensive ranges for everything here.

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Laz,

 

You seem very organised and I don't want to put a downer on your choices, but most of the school uniform have the school logo and are brought from the school, especially if you are going private, I presume you have chosen your school as you have the uniform list, most schools they just wear trainers (runners they are called here), again unless its a private school, where they wear the "Clarks" choice of shoes.

 

I actually found my face cream cheaper here, not sure why, but it is, even though its the same brand I used back in the UK.

 

When you first get here, everything seems so much more expensive, but once here, it really is not that bad, especially when you stop converting to GBP and I have found some things are a lot cheaper here than back in the UK. Again there is the budget, middle and expensive ranges for everything here.

 

You're right re the school uniform but a friend already at the school said her son wears some school shorts not from the uniform shop so I'm going to give it a go, just for spares if they look a bit different. And I've also had a friend send photos of school shoes (cos they wear laces whereas we wear Velcro mainly)! I'm trying to be very organised in anticipation of how poor we will be!! I have friends and family continuously telling me how expensive it is, double my budget etc so even though I know we will get used to it, it will still be more expensive. I find the UK really cheap.... Gap boardies for £10, rashies for £10...you can't beat that! Online shopping here makes it so easy to find bargains....I will really miss that! BTW what face cream? I need a new brand....is Dermalogica popular in Australia?

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I guess it depends on how much spare cash you will have when you arrive. Bring as much as you can! There are bargains to be had here, but i find 'some' of the quality to be lacking. The wierd little things are expensive, for instance i need a can of spray paint for my car - halfords £6.50 Oz $50! It really is 6 of one half a dozen of the other, i guess its up to you what you want to spend your money on when you get here...

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We still do on line shopping from the UK to here, as most places always have free postage or there is usually a code somewhere.

 

Honestly try not to panic, I know that is easy for me to say, as I'm already here, but it really does fall into place, but as you said, you do need to plan. Kmart and Big W here do stuff like rashies and the like really cheap. I use Regenerist by Olay. Ive just checked and you can get Dermalogica here

 

You do wise up once you have been here a while, and when you see something on special you have to get it there and then. At the moment I have about 15 jars of coffee in my larder as they were selling them for $12 rather than the $19, and I think I have enough dishwashing tablets to now last me for about a year, as Woolies were selling them dirt cheap at the weekend. You soon learn what is a reasonable price, also when they put prices up as other specials are on, or when it is dirt cheap. I like shopping at Myers and it is a bit like Debenhams, and they are always having sales, so I never pay full price. Silly things like Shellac nails costs $30 here, but they cost £30 in the UK, so these are cheaper. I also find meat is a lot cheaper here than in the UK. Hair dressing is very very expensive here, but I have since found a mobile hairdresser who is fantastic and does it at half the price. It just takes a little to while to work out they way they do stuff here.

 

When do you arrive here?

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We still do on line shopping from the UK to here, as most places always have free postage or there is usually a code somewhere.

 

Honestly try not to panic, I know that is easy for me to say, as I'm already here, but it really does fall into place, but as you said, you do need to plan. Kmart and Big W here do stuff like rashies and the like really cheap. I use Regenerist by Olay. Ive just checked and you can get Dermalogica here

 

You do wise up once you have been here a while, and when you see something on special you have to get it there and then. At the moment I have about 15 jars of coffee in my larder as they were selling them for $12 rather than the $19, and I think I have enough dishwashing tablets to now last me for about a year, as Woolies were selling them dirt cheap at the weekend. You soon learn what is a reasonable price, also when they put prices up as other specials are on, or when it is dirt cheap. I like shopping at Myers and it is a bit like Debenhams, and they are always having sales, so I never pay full price. Silly things like Shellac nails costs $30 here, but they cost £30 in the UK, so these are cheaper. I also find meat is a lot cheaper here than in the UK. Hair dressing is very very expensive here, but I have since found a mobile hairdresser who is fantastic and does it at half the price. It just takes a little to while to work out they way they do stuff here.

 

When do you arrive here?

 

not until 17th January but our house will be packed up as soon as we sell so I want to put some things in storage now, plus I'm trying to get summer clothes in the sales. I'm not too worried about groceries etc but yes, hairdresser is another big expense...I'm sure £100 or whatever it costs me here is cheap by Perth standards (hence why I'm going to start dyeing it myself!).

 

one thing about online shopping - do you pay from a UK or Oz bank account...or Paypal? Are there any hassles? When we lived in Dubai I couldn't shop online with my UK bank because of the Dubai mailing address...too lengthy to explain.

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@Laz

 

That is not that far away, time will soon fly and you will be here before you know it. I now pay between $90 - $130 depending on whether I have low lights put in, but at the hairdressers it was just over $300.

 

We use our Paypal account for most on line things just to be careful.

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