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Offline MondeZA

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Re: Cost of Living in NZ v SA
« Reply #15 on: October 24, 2011, 09:19:25 am »
Well I am a little shorter than Victor........by a few FEET. LOL.

Well I wouldnt mind an introduction so she can show me around Auckland or give me the low down of where to go and how things work.
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Re: Cost of Living in NZ v SA
« Reply #16 on: October 24, 2011, 07:57:50 pm »
ooo I can see the dating service is up and running again  :D

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Re: Cost of Living in NZ v SA
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Re: Cost of Living in NZ v SA
« Reply #17 on: October 24, 2011, 08:32:30 pm »
ooo I can see the dating service is up and running again  :D

 :2funny:  :2funny:  :2funny:
 ??? Me thinks you may be right  ::)
Enjoy  ;)
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Re: Cost of Living in NZ v SA
« Reply #18 on: October 24, 2011, 09:00:54 pm »
ooo I can see the dating service is up and running again  :D

 :2funny: :2funny:

Offline MondeZA

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Re: Cost of Living in NZ v SA
« Reply #19 on: October 24, 2011, 09:17:06 pm »
ooo I can see the dating service is up and running again  :D

Lol you want to come show me around?

But I am not buying you dinner. :P

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Re: Cost of Living in NZ v SA
« Reply #20 on: October 25, 2011, 12:18:58 am »


........okay. So what is happening :confused: Just as this thread was getting exciting, it stops! ;)  ;D

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Offline SusanJ

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Re: Cost of Living in NZ v SA
« Reply #21 on: October 25, 2011, 02:57:52 am »
ooo I can see the dating service is up and running again  :D

Hey, if I can kill two birds with one stone I'm only improving MY stats.  >:D

However, I can only help match ups when all known parameters are mapped up first.  In this case, no climbing, no match up. ;)
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Re: Cost of Living in NZ v SA
« Reply #22 on: October 25, 2011, 02:58:52 am »
...that's not to say "No introductions"... :)
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Re: Cost of Living in NZ v SA
« Reply #23 on: October 25, 2011, 09:39:41 am »
...that's not to say "No introductions"... :)

GOOD......Flights booked so gonna be in Auckland soon for 2 weeks and I know no-one.

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Re: Cost of Living in NZ v SA
« Reply #24 on: October 25, 2011, 08:20:39 pm »
ooo I can see the dating service is up and running again  :D

Hey, if I can kill two birds with one stone I'm only improving MY stats.  >:D

However, I can only help match ups when all known parameters are mapped up first.  In this case, no climbing, no match up. ;)

 :o  NO CLIMBING  ??? NO MATCH UP  ::)
Who says NO climbing.... ANYTHING is possible...  :whistle:
Enjoy..  :2funny:
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Re: Cost of Living in NZ v SA
« Reply #25 on: October 25, 2011, 09:06:13 pm »
Susan  ;D ;D with the hook up! you go girl, you never know maybe this could be a match made in heaven.

To get back to the money thing this is our version:

I lost my job (a second time in 15 months) due to me choosing employers that does not have strong finances to survive and both off them went bankrupt!!!! (I am getting worried about this  :D maybe it is me) Anyway, in SA we would have lost EVERYTHING if we had to live on my husband's salary alone. We can survive on his salary in NZ, my parents are totally stressed out about this and constantly ask if we need money, they don't understand at all and our friends in SA thinks that we are really suffering.

We have to budget a bit more and there is not as much luxuries as a month month ago. I have a son of 12 and a daughter of 16 so we do have big kids that requires stuff but we do make it. When my in-laws came to visit earlier this year they said that they don't know how we make it, we earn less than in SA but we live better (hope that makes sense).  I think the big secret is not to have any debt and not to convert your NZ salary to R's, this would be really stupid. We don't have car debt and our credit card is only $50.00 per month, we save money into our homeloan account every month and we even have money for a glass of wine on the beach (at a pub) on a Saturday or a coffee.

While still in SA when I read the posts from others indicating that cars and luxuries are not important in NZ as in SA I could not believe this  but after 15 months in NZ I can honestly say that those things are REALLY not important, you don't tend to focus on those things as much, in SA society puts a lot of emphasis on where you stayed, what school your kids go to and what you drive. In NZ it is ALL about enjoying every second of your life and to live your life to the fullest and I must say ...............wow what a life this country has give us over the past 15 months. We even have a sense of humour again!

Good luck it is very very scary leaving your financial security and to start all over but it is really not that bad.

PS, We don't convert anymore because if you convert $'s to R's you will die from hunger!


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Re: Cost of Living in NZ v SA
« Reply #26 on: October 25, 2011, 11:22:11 pm »
and I must add...we have 2 x contract cellphones here...which cost me about $100 in total...with call a buddie option....which gives me unlimited sms/mms phone calls to that dedicated buddie number...which is my Wife's number...I mean come on in SA our cellphones was about +-R3000 per month now it is not even R600 for those that want to convert :)

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Re: Cost of Living in NZ v SA
« Reply #27 on: October 26, 2011, 12:32:59 am »
We're STILL on prepaid because we've actually not needed to have contract phones. Costs me $12 a month minimum - I have 2 "best mates" @ $6 each that give me unlimited calls/sms's to them.  I don't really call much here (not as many friends as in SA!! :) ) so on a month I might buy 1 $20 top up voucher that will cover my $12 best mates.
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Offline zerohennie

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Re: Cost of Living in NZ v SA
« Reply #28 on: October 26, 2011, 01:25:37 am »
We're STILL on prepaid because we've actually not needed to have contract phones. Costs me $12 a month minimum - I have 2 "best mates" @ $6 each that give me unlimited calls/sms's to them.  I don't really call much here (not as many friends as in SA!! :) ) so on a month I might buy 1 $20 top up voucher that will cover my $12 best mates.


mmmm I should have looked into the best mate option on prepaid..didnt know you get it on prepaid.... but when I was on prepaid it cost me about $30 a week....thats why I went for the contract option

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Re: Cost of Living in NZ v SA
« Reply #29 on: October 26, 2011, 02:25:53 am »
hmmmmm doh...... oh well stuck in a 12 month contract...and so we learn :)