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#1 firstbornbabyboy

Posted 30 November 2012 - 11:09 AM

How much does your household spend? We spend about $80 a week. Weekend trips really kill us.

I get public transport to work.[link removed by Moderator]
But its so hard to look things up when we're on the run

Wondering if you have some better ideas and how much you guys spend a week.

#2 FeralLIfeHacker

Posted 30 November 2012 - 11:14 AM

Less than $30 most weeks unless we have somewhere further to go on a specific week.

Dh works part time from home, his work isn't far from home. He cycles to gym. Older kids catch buses to Uni,  etc

Dh coaches sports and will often carpool, get a ride so it cuts costs.

We walk to kindy/school when possible if it's too hot etc, it's a 2 min ride in the car.

We plan outings so we will go to the bank, shops, post office all in one trip instead of loads of little ones.


#3 FiveAus

Posted 30 November 2012 - 11:16 AM

I drive a round trip of about 40kms to work, 5 days per week and spend roughly $20 pw for fuel. I drive a hybrid car, they really are much more fuel efficient.
I also have a Nissan X trail which I used to drive to work, it used to cost me around $70 per fortnight. Now I keep that car just for taking the dogs in.

#4 Suz01

Posted 30 November 2012 - 11:16 AM

Easily $300 a week. Mine would be $50 a week. Diesel territory makes a difference.



#5 bakesgirls

Posted 30 November 2012 - 11:19 AM

I spend around $50 a week for fuel. My DH spends around $150. That's just to and from work. We spend more if we go out anywhere else.

#6 Z-girls rock

Posted 30 November 2012 - 11:19 AM

we spend about $40 per fortnight or so.

we both use public transport to work. We only have one car. It does not get used frequently. It is a small car older (at least 10 years old) but quite fuel effecient.

#7 Bob-the-skull

Posted 30 November 2012 - 11:21 AM

between $40-$80 a week....

depends on the week though... and now ex has moved closer that will save some money...

i generally drive to the train station and catch the train to work... DP uses my car for uni though...

#8 EsmeLennox

Posted 30 November 2012 - 11:22 AM

Probably about $70/week

#9 ~~HappyMummy~~

Posted 30 November 2012 - 11:23 AM

I spend about $20.  My husband would spend $50+ due to his work.  He also unfortunately spends a fortune in tolls :-(

#10 Fluster

Posted 30 November 2012 - 11:25 AM

$25 for my car, $60 for DH's.

We do about the same amount of k's in each car, but my car is far more fuel efficient.

#11 Flaxen

Posted 30 November 2012 - 11:28 AM

About 150-180PW for DH driving for work, but i only fill up every 3 weeks or so, at $60. I only drive around our country town.
Public transport isnt an option, even though we live 2 min walk from the train station, DH drives a Ute with all his tools and has jobs all over Melbourne.

#12 Peridot

Posted 30 November 2012 - 11:29 AM

$70 for the Magna each week
$50 for the XR6 each week

Magna is the run about, XR6 is the family trips car original.gif

#13 Ally'smum

Posted 30 November 2012 - 11:36 AM

$40 per week, but that is four days of driving to work and small trips on the weekend.

The other person gets public transport to work and that is about  $40 per week as well. Public transport is not cheap!

#14 BadCat

Posted 30 November 2012 - 11:36 AM

Maybe $20 per week?

Our car pretty much only does the school run, the sports run, and a trip to the shops every couple of days for milk and bread.  But that would be because I'm a SAHM and DH works from home.

As far as saving fuel goes:

use public transport
have shopping delivered
drive outside of peak times if possible
keep your car well tuned and the tyres at appropriate pressure
drive smoothly

#15 ~THE~MAGICIAN~

Posted 30 November 2012 - 11:49 AM

No more than $30 a week.



#16 busymumof1&1/2

Posted 30 November 2012 - 11:57 AM

I use at least $200 a week, and DH uses about $80
We both travel about 70 KM each way to work and I drop the kids off close to work, as opposed to close to home, to spend more time with them, and reduce our childcare fees.
We are buying a new car soon though, in order to reduce these costs, they are killing us.
Before we moved I use to spend about $60 a month on petrol, so this is a real shock to the system.

#17 Carmen02

Posted 30 November 2012 - 12:03 PM

about 100 a week, we have a territory and only one car so when i need the car lots of driving around getting DH to and from work and DS's speech therapy and OT is a half an hour to an hour depends how horrible traffic is drive 3 times a week!

#18 Chocolate Addict

Posted 30 November 2012 - 12:04 PM

Around $70 per week. My work is about 45km away, I work part time. I also use the car with my second job. I can claim expenses though so it helps at tax time. original.gif

I got a new car 3 years ago and have done the same number of kms - 90 000 as I did with my previous car that I had had for 10 years! lol



#19 KnightsofNi

Posted 30 November 2012 - 12:09 PM

I spend $50 per week. Work is 25 minutes away, kids school is 15 minutes away. I don't know how much DH spends, his work pays for that.

#20 cas8cas

Posted 30 November 2012 - 12:15 PM

Around $100 per f/n but we dont really go far atm

I drive a Patrol too ( it rarely gets emptied either unless we do a huge weekend away or something even a day 4wdriving doesnt use much)

#21 MrsLexiK

Posted 30 November 2012 - 12:16 PM

At least $100 a week (for me) that doesn't include any weekend trips visiting.

DH gets x amount paid for by work when petrol prices were really high in the middle of the year he used to have to top it up about $20 a week. Now they have come down he basically gets to and from work on his work card.  We will occassionally take that car out so will put fuel in it.  

We looked at getting me a hyrbid (as we got it when we first moved 46km from my work - we are now 52 km from my work so close to 3 years ago) however when DH calulated up the difference in price and the fact that at the time something would need to be replaced within every 3 years (or 5 years if you hardly used it) he said it wasn't worth it.  (I do trust him with that as he is a mechanic)

I had a fuel efficient car but it wasn't as fuel efficient as it could have been and was a bit too small.  So we got a better fuel efficient car which was medium size.  We did contemplate about 5 months ago trading it in for something even smaller (as DH had since gotten a larger car which he did not have when I got mine) as they had 0% finance on almost everything.  However we didn't and glad we didn't as the pram will easily fit into my car which I prefer to drive as it is so much lighter.

I would have had this car for 3 years in Jan next year, it has already done 135,000km ohmy.gif my last car was 9 years old and had only done 78,000km.

#22 Gumbette

Posted 30 November 2012 - 12:19 PM

Around $200 a week, 2 cars but DH has a diesel so costs us less even though he drives more. Cost will go down when I go back to work and I can't live at the shops any more  sad.gif

#23 Gumbette

Posted 30 November 2012 - 12:22 PM

QUOTE (MrsLexiK @ 30/11/2012, 01:16 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I would have had this car for 3 years in Jan next year, it has already done 135,000km ohmy.gif

Dear lord, you must be moonlighting as a taxi driver ffear.gif

#24 joeyn

Posted 30 November 2012 - 12:23 PM

QUOTE (BadCat @ 30/11/2012, 12:36 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
As far as saving fuel goes:

use public transport Not available
have shopping delivered  Not available
drive outside of peak times if possible
keep your car well tuned and the tyres at appropriate pressure
drive smoothly


I avaerage 350kms a week, fill up once a fortnight and it costs around $95.  
Car pooling with other parents to get kids to and from ballet/gym/swimming/cubs/school helps a lot.

#25 Wahwah

Posted 30 November 2012 - 12:26 PM

Wow, wow, wow. I'm blown away by how much some people have to spend on petrol. It's such a small expenditure for us, so it's hardly my radar.

For me I fill up about once every 5 weeks. So my petrol cost per week, would be about $15. I work from home mostly, and we walk to school. I don't need to travel far to get to shops, entertainment, etc.

He would spend $20-$25 pw travelling to work by car (although there's no reason he couldn't get PT other than laziness and long hours).

So I guess our total weekly cost between 2 cars is about $40.




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