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#1 zebra99

Posted 22 November 2019 - 07:40 PM

We are a family who have been living overseas for the past few years and are returning to Melbourne next month.  We have 3 kids.
I've finished working so am trying to do some research to prepare as best I can!  Amongst my list I would like some advice on  the following:

- Private health insurance - what are the best comparison sites that actually give you a good comparison of different providers?   I really find it so confusing!  We will need Dental, and some extras as oldest son plays loads of sport, DH has glasses too.

- Mobile phone providers / plans - can anyone recommend a good basic pay as you go for my teenagers?  We already have our phones so we just need a $ friendly option that includes some data too.  We will not get a home phone this time so will be only using our mobiles.  Or are there any suggestions for good value contracts (even though I really dislike having to sign up for long term plans if this is more cost efficient we may need to go that way).  Living in the south east suburbs so I don't think network should be an issue.

- Best place to search for deals on gas/electricity?

Thanks in advance for any advice you can provide :yes:

Edited by zebra99, 22 November 2019 - 07:40 PM.

#2 Cheesy Sanga

Posted 22 November 2019 - 08:33 PM




Aldi is meant to be good for prepaid mobile.



#3 IamOzgirl

Posted 22 November 2019 - 08:50 PM

This is the govt health care comparison site

And finder.com.au is a good comparison site too

#4 Veritas Vinum Arte

Posted 22 November 2019 - 08:53 PM

We use Kogan for the kids mobiles. Unlimited calls/text and data limits depends on your plan.

Gas/electricity can depend on where you are living.

#5 zebra99

Posted 22 November 2019 - 09:03 PM

Fantastic!  Thank you!

#6 tothebeach

Posted 22 November 2019 - 09:08 PM

For mobiles, Kogan or Aldi.   You can get 12 month deals which work well for teenagers.  My son has 24GB and works out to round $20 per month.  Unlimited calls and texts.

#7 IamOzgirl

Posted 22 November 2019 - 09:16 PM

Oh and dodo were advertising a new $5 plan for kids today

But I find Optus are the best for family data sharing.

#8 -Emissary-

Posted 23 November 2019 - 08:29 AM

Boost is another good one for prepaid sim. They have 365 days prepaid with unlimited calls and text and comes with 80 gigs for $150.

They use the Telstra network.

#9 IamzFeralz

Posted 23 November 2019 - 01:10 PM

Both my kids are on Kogan 365 day prepaid plans.  If you time it right they sometimes run specials in which they give you lots  of extra data.  I make sure however once the account is set up I turn off auto recharge so I can shop around when the time is up.

#10 zebra99

Posted 23 November 2019 - 08:10 PM

Thanks all for the tips!

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