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Subject:  Woohoo! One step closer to FIRE... Date:  9/11/2003  8:36 AM
Author:  prim69 Number:  698 of 5232

*X-posted to budgeting board*

This is what my budget looked like yesterday (fortnightly figures, in Australian dollars, so some of the amounts may look a bit odd):
Savings             $200.00
Rent $660.00
Groceries $300.00
Fuel $50.00
Oil, car maintenance, car insurance, rego $100.00
Health insurance $88.00
Electricity $30.00
Phone, internet $50.00
House & contents insurance $15.00
Takeaways, school lunches etc. $40.00
School expenses - uniforms, books, excursions $60.00
Holidays $50.00
Entertainment - videos, going out etc. $25.00
Clothes, hair, etc. $60.00
Fun money $44.00

No problem with it. It's what I've been following for nearly 12 months now, & it allowed for everything I spend, & with a fortnightly income of $1772, everything balanced out.

Until today.

I was flicking through the local paper, & came across a house to rent. Close to school, new kitchen, I even looked at it a month or so ago but decided that the $280 they were asking per week was not enough below my current $330 per week to move (I have a pool, fully air cond. etc - thought I liked my creature comforts too much!)

Now, they are advertising it at $200 per week. That's $130 less than what I'm paying now! I put in an application, & she rang me back pretty much straight away to say I had been approved!!

Now I have an extra $130 per week to put into my savings! For that price, I will buy an annual family membership to the local swimming pool ($172 per family) and still come out $6588 per year ahead, by my calculations. Cool!

So financial freedom, here I come.

*celebrating down under*
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