Continuing in our series of Migrant Tales – first hand accounts of the migrant experience take from places around the net.
Today’s tale is taken from a British expats forum, it’s a very familiar story of low wages and struggling to make ends meet, resulting in economic suicide for one family:
This wasn’t supposed to happen…now we are POOR
“We’ve been here for almost 18 months now.
We have a similar sized mortgage to the one we left in the uk (very small)
We are now both back in the jobs we were doing before we left the uk.
We have no expensive hobbies or extravigant toys.
We both run a car each (not gas guzzlers)
We now have NO spare money at all once the bills are paid and essentials (food) are payed for.
In the uk we had a disposable income at the end of every month that allowed
us to enjoy the occasional tirip out with the family, or a short holiday break at bank hioliday times, we could eat out every now and again,
on top of the cars i also ran 2 motorbikes, We bought new clothes when we needed to or when we saw something nice.
None of the above were done to excessive levels just occasionally.
We now count every penny…..”
“NZ is NOT a bed of roses and nice scenery doesnt pay the bills. There are lots of lovely places in NZ but at the moment i cant afford the petrol to go and see them. You WILL earn a LOT LESS down here and the cost of living is equal if not higher than that of the uk.”
“Coming to New Zealand has been economic suicide for us. I have asked before, but still don’t understand how Kiwi’s manage to run the toys you see on the beach and on the roads.I simply don’t understand how they do it on the average NZ income.”