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I Hate Living Paycheck to Paycheck

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    I'm Sick of It

    Every week I do the same thing. I sit down and figure out hw much of my husband's paycheck will go for what and how much will we have left to live on. It's never much. I try and make sure everyone is paid but these past 3 weeks it has really been tough. I've had to let some bills...
    nicoleal20 nicoleal20 46-50, F Aug 26, 2008

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    Times Are Tough and Just Getting Tougher.

    My budget is stretched so tight, if it were my pants you'd be staring at my undies. I just made lunch of grilled cheese sandwiches and actually used the endpieces of the loaf of bread.  It may not seem like much, but I don't think I have ever eaten the ends before...
    trixiegirl trixiegirl 46-50, F 3 Responses Nov 21, 2008

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    The Stress Of Living Paycheck To Paycheck Is Killing Me

    Hello everyone,   I hope you are all doing well considering our similar problem. I was excited (well as excited as you know you can be when you have a problem) when I found this group. I know that I am not the only one who lives pay check to paycheck but its nice...
    katielee102 katielee102 31-35, F 3 Responses Feb 16, 2010

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    I'm So Tired

    I work two jobs and still I am struggling. I dont' have cable or internet, I don't eat out and I don't buy crap I don't need. I just found out I actually owe taxes this year too because of the second job. I am so tired of never having enough and worrying about money. I already...
    Meowderkatze Meowderkatze 36-40, F 12 Responses Mar 29, 2012

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    I Am A Stay At Home Mom

    At 21 years old I never imagined I'd be a stay at home mom with my daughter fiance and I trying to live off of one income. Let me tell you, its horrible. Some weeks what he brings home just isn't enough at all to cover all of our bills. But 2 days ago I found something that...
    daltonkristen90 daltonkristen90 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 7, 2012

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    It Sucks!

    I don't know how many people out there live paycheck to paycheck. It seems my entire adult life has been about juggling the finances to make ends meet. My husband makes a decent living as a graphic artist and what I make a year puts us probably about middle class. When I was...
    emptyheart emptyheart 41-45, F 3 Responses Mar 25, 2008

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    Australians will block you out and ignore you if they do not like what you are saying. Just like a childish brat that is being told something it does not want to hear, the Ozstray...
    InRetrospect InRetrospect 51-55 3 Responses Aug 18

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    Dishonesty is the coin of trade in Australia. (http://www.experienceproject.com/stories/Hate-Living-In-Australia/3683004). If you are selling a car or a house or whatever you are...
    joseerickson joseerickson 41-45, M 2 Responses Aug 9

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    Especially that they duped me into leaving a blooming business and a comfortable, independent life overseas and coming back to the States to live with them. As soon as I'd...
    FryMorgan FryMorgan 22-25, M 1 Response 12 hrs ago

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    Where to start.... the racism and house prices and cost of living and zero opportunity. There's plenty of opportunity if you want to become a cleaner or a garbage man or a cook...
    wigitrelax wigitrelax 31-35, F 8 Responses Jul 30

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    I hate it! My hometown,home, birth place is Arkansas. I should stay there. But no my parents had to get a divorce. Cons of living here weather here is bipolar,it's so hot you could...
    manotham manotham 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 31

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    Your such an ****! You talk to me like you own me, and guess what you don't. I am my own person I don't need you tearing me down all the time. I'm already having a hard time living...
    DiamondNikki12 DiamondNikki12 18-21, F Jul 30

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    I thought I would share with you an article about a traveler in Australia. The following is his last blog entry before he left Australia to continue its trip in SE Asia : On the...
    pulsar78 pulsar78 31-35, M 5 Responses Aug 6

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    The True Nature of This Colonial Country You are right about having to service the "old white generation". You see, before multiculturalism you had assimilation - which basically...
    boganbait boganbait 46-50, M 3 Responses Jul 30

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    Living here in Melbourne I see no community spirit or feeling of warmth. People keep to themselves and avoid eye contact. Melbourne is not a nice place to live anymore. I realize...
    nonaustralian nonaustralian 41-45, M 3 Responses Aug 3

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    Can't Aussies just be ******* human!!!! Look, I don't really care about the economy, or the politics, or the trashy media or the state of the roads, etc. I just want (or wanted...
    boganbait boganbait 46-50, M 5 Responses Aug 8

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    I feel like , i shouldn't be living i cant bring anything to the table , i have no talent ,potential or worth so why am i. Alive i want to kill myself but i dont want someone else...
    sorrybouttheugly sorrybouttheugly 18-21 Aug 19

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    Their media maybe telling you fairytale but based on personal experience. Years ago there was a group of student on a public transport standing next to me, more or less said we won...
    O1100 O1100 31-35, M 7 Responses 4 days ago

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    just putting it out there, this group is basically border-lining racism. Sure, every country has pros and cons, but what's with all the hate on Australia?
    emjagrace emjagrace 13-15, F 14 Responses Jul 31

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    I was in a mall today peacefully enjoying myself eating my ice cream; until an Aussie came and made a racist joke remark...and they ask why I hate them with passion. It is because...
    joseerickson joseerickson 41-45, M 5 Responses Aug 1

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    i really liked the place when i came 20 years ago as it was different environment. language was the ONLY problem for me. laughing or crying with people without even understanding...
    chimo123 chimo123 41-45 3 Responses Aug 8

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    Night life in Australia is a constant reminder that you don't belong here. I want to refer to one case of a dark skin guy who was not allowed to enter a discotheque because he was...
    joseerickson joseerickson 41-45, M 1 Response Aug 13

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    My parents who said they loved me and would support whatever decision I make (dropping out of college for a semester to work) yesterday hate me and are disappointed in my screwed...
    SkinnyJenny420 SkinnyJenny420 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 18

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    Get OVER yourselves ! MH17 crashes with some Australian passengers on board. All of a sudden, Tony Abbot thinks he is incharge. Sour mouthed AFP turn up and refuse to make eye...
    InRetrospect InRetrospect 51-55 5 Responses Jul 31

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    Where does this ozzie attitude and culture originate ? My opinion is that it all started when the prisoners and guards turned up all these years ago. On the ships we had a sub...
    InRetrospect InRetrospect 51-55 2 Responses Jul 31

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    Bad Losers. So Ozstray'ya did not win the most medals at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Beaten by England ! How will Ozstaya cope ? You can be sure there will be a subdued...
    InRetrospect InRetrospect 51-55 3 Responses Jul 31

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    I found out recently of a visa called a temporary working holiday visa that the Australian government grants to young people under 30 years of age from selected overseas countries...
    boganbait boganbait 46-50, M 5 Responses Aug 1

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    Do we really need this forum ? Possibly not. We just need to read the news ! http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/05/-sp-australias-detention-regime-sets-out-to-make-asylum...
    InRetrospect InRetrospect 51-55 1 Response Aug 3

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    You know, we should all really like Australia. It has everything going for it: nature, economy, peace and stability, etc,. And yet, there is something about the country and its...
    boganbait boganbait 46-50, M 2 Responses Aug 3

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    I remember the time I went to Forrest Hill Chase mall in Canterbury Rd, Forest Hill VIC one year ago. When I thought that I wouldn't be surprised anymore with the things we see...
    joseerickson joseerickson 41-45, M 3 Responses Aug 5

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    I grew up in the midwest, lived in GA, and married a guy from TN. Thus, the move. So now we live in E. TN and I can't wait to leave. 1)there are very few black people so it's not...
    blackcitygirl blackcitygirl 36-40, F 3 Responses Aug 6

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    I learnt earlier. When I got here and I was still getting use to the environment. I don' remember who unfortunately, told me this: don't ask to strangers how to find things, read...
    joseerickson joseerickson 41-45, M 1 Response Aug 6

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    Oh no! The lies! The lies! The horror! Came across this Yahoo ad! It made me want to puke. https://www.yahoo.com/travel/the-2014-friendliest-and-unfriendliest-c1407361660751...
    boganbait boganbait 46-50, M 9 Responses Aug 7

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    When will Aussies learn to SHUT UP. They don't know when to stop antagonizing anybody who isn't an exact replica of themselves. They actually enjoy being selfish ******. I'm not...
    Garra007 Garra007 22-25, M 5 Responses Aug 9

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    I have had problems with this country since coming here in 1978 which I have kept inside of me for far too long. Now I am letting off steam. It is bloody expensive to live here...
    nonaustralian nonaustralian 41-45, M 4 Responses Aug 9

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    Australian womanhood. Aren't they lovely???Yeah, fock you too! 
    boganbait boganbait 46-50, M 3 Responses Aug 11

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    I wish I could just move out and live on my own with weekly checks from them or something. There are many reasons for this, but that would take days to explain so i will just give...
    Dev4444 Dev4444 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 12

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    I don't know who to live with... My mom or my dad... I'm not susposed to see my dad but I have been seeing him for the past month or 2 and some of my friends think it would be...
    kleopard88 kleopard88 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 15

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    7-11, Brumbys, KFC, Supercheap Auto, etc... Do you know Australia is the most franchised country in the world? Doesn't it says anything about the mentality here? Yes, it does...
    pulsar78 pulsar78 31-35, M 9 Responses Aug 16

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    Music in Australia. Music taste is a very personal thing, however, I do believe that the type of music one hears in the environment is a major part of the ambiance. Some music is...
    InRetrospect InRetrospect 51-55 5 Responses Aug 16

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    Kangaroo - insightful novel about Australia by D H Lawrence. (1923) based on his 3 month stay in NSW. I absolutely couldn't put it down because what the highly sensitive Lawrence...
    boganbait boganbait 46-50, M 3 Responses Aug 17

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    Australians like to believe that they are super likable and everybody is dreaming about being just like them. Nobody is even allowed to suggest that there could be possibly...
    upyours01 upyours01 46-50 9 Responses 6 days ago

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    To all would be immigrants thinking of coming to live in Australia before making the commitment to come here, think long and hard. I would recommend coming here on holidays for...
    nonaustralian nonaustralian 41-45, M 6 Responses 6 days ago

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    truly unbelievably soul crushing. The only pros about here are some nature, peace, and quiet. Other than that, can't stand it! There are some nice people here but most people are...
    ajrestless ajrestless 18-21, F 5 days ago

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    MORE ON AUSTRALIAN WOMEN Expanding on boganbait's observations of Australian womanhood: EP Link Having spent the past year in the northern hemisphere in the US and now Europe...
    seatbelthoon seatbelthoon 41-45, M 4 Responses 2 days ago

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    Ahoy whining ethnics. Quit your bitchin. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqB9j4xQap8
    Andrew29 Andrew29 31-35, M 1 Response 2 days ago

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    This is long running problem which I am pretty sure not going to run away easily. I am a good man. A good husband. But sometimes I feel I can stand up in the middle of the town...
    placeborealis placeborealis 41-45, M 1 Response 2 days ago

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