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i was wondering if have we saved any money in the last few months compared to last year by staying at home? The biggest saving is no petrol for 5 weeks! has anyone else found a positive saving experience?


Posted by curlytops, 13th May 2020


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  • we live on a farm so nothing much has changed for us, just having the kids home raiding the pantry constantly has put up our grocery bill up by $50 per week


  • Have saved heaps on diesel, and shopping from not popping into the supermarket because you’re in town!


  • I don’t see any savings.Kids are at home.They need lots of foods.But i found my kids not getting sick last few months.I spend less on pharmacy medicine.


  • Definitely petrol. Working from home. Not going out as much. I haven’t had to fill up for about 8 weeks.


  • I’m saving money by shopping on line. This way I don’t spot something on the shelf and decide to buy it. I’m also saving on fuel because I only shop monthly.


  • I’m definitely using less fuel and there is also no childcare costs – a huge saving and I am getting a refund of the school levy! I must say I have been ‘eating out’ more- ordering takeaway from those still open in order to support local business, however.


  • We’ve been saving a LOT during COVID-19 isolation. Two of my children do competitive swimming whilst the other two do swimming lessons. These have all been suspended and until it starts there are no fees so for this alone we are saving approx $180 per fortnight (plus more with there being no swimming competitions on) and also saving on public transport as now I’m working from home and my oldest who catches public transport is schooling from home. Saying that, we are missing “normality” but enjoying this time too.


  • Coffees ! I haven’t had a take away/eat in coffee for months. :)


  • Petrol sorta cut down, but my hubby is an essential worker so he’s still working, the main thing that we are saving money on is no swimming lessons and I havnt really gone out for coffee I just make it at home


  • We have been saving lots. No petrol, no swimming lessons, less on takeaway and we are now focusing more on where our money is going.


  • Yes and no. Savings made in fuel, public transport and before/after care fees. This probably was then evened out by the extra groceries and electricity bill.


  • Save money on train tickets!


  • I don’t think we have saved much, maybe alittle in fuel and after school activities


  • We have probably spent more or less the same, I have saved money on my train ticket as I have been able to work from home but that resulted in needing a couple of monitors as we have 2 adults working from home and 2 kids learning from home so we did have that initial outlay and then even thought we were happy enough to go and do shopping we ended up ordering things online and downloading ps4 games etc but we had 2 birthdays and mothers day and a wedding anniversary in this time frame also so spent more on presents and uber eats to celebrate as we weren’t able to go out to restaurants to celebrate these occasions.


  • Saved a bit but lost a lot more due to things we had spent money on being cancelled. Sports etc.


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