Arghhh... I'm having a budget nightmare at the moment. My excessive drinking of months past and constant shopping for clothes I wear once and spill grog all over really don't match my income. But its got me thinking back to how much my financials have changed over the years...
The last house I rented in Toowoomba, nine years ago cost my housemate and I $175 per week - in total. That was for four bedrooms, two bathrooms, two living areas, and a big back yard in a fairly modern low set brick house. Our friends thought we were mad paying that much rent.
The last house I rented here in Brisbane with Kat was $380 per week, and for that we got three small bedrooms and one bathroom in a fairly crappy post-war home with a toilet cistern that kept falling off the wall and a hot water system that would magically die during winter mornings.
But was officially inner suburban (in fact walking distance home from the Valley, if you call a 40 minute drunk stumble walking distance), and we could see the fireworks over the river so it wasn't all bad (but that ruins my point).
As assistant manager at the Mecure Hotel Toowoomba I used to earn $35k per year. That was for a salary position, with no overtime, more often than not working at 70 hours plus a week, managing two restaurants, two bars, 3 function rooms and 98 hotel rooms and then all the fucking paperwork that goes along with it.
These days a base level receptionist at work earns $38k to answer the phone, sign people in and out of the visitor's register and do some basic data entry.
That's royally fucked in my humble opinion.
One thing that I noticed that hasn't really changed over the years is the price of grog. Sure, you can pay up to $10 for spirits in some clubs up here, and cocktails are a fucking rip off, but I can still get a scotch and dry for between $5 and $8 in most pubs. Considering I used to charge $5.50 for basics in my hotel almost ten years ago that really isn't too much of a price increase.So... its kinda like Jesus and K Rudd want me to drink, yeah?