How much do things cost in Australia

Welcome to Part 3 of my Australian weekly wage series. If you checked out my prior posts on the finances of living in Australia you may want to know how much things cost. Here’s some 2018 prices off list from my recent shopping trip at one of the major grocery stores. Some of the items where on special hence by indicated dual pricing in the list. This is a very basic budget and don’t expect to gain any weight!

Milk 2L $4.80 cheap milk is lower quality$2
Bread 1 loaf $4 as the dough is not imported.
Eggs 12 $4. 95  usually $6.75 – branded free range cause you need to save the chickens and no idea where the non-branded eggs come from.
Chicken $16 for 1 Kilo free range Ozzie as no idea where the non-branded stuff comes from.
Oats $3.85 as it’s low GI and on special.
Beef mince $9 for a store brand.
Apples 1Kg $4 for store brand.
Bananas 1Kg $4 for generic brand.
Butter $5 European brand as they don’t do GM food.
Jam $5.40 boutique band as it’s not from China.
Tim Tam $2,50 as it’s on special.
Biscuits $3.50 as I was hungry.
Instant coffee $11 branded.
Toothpaste large $5.50 branded.
Misc items: $20 eg. mints, snacks, cheese

Ironically it basically costs $99.50 and this is a single person’s food budget and doesn’t include lunch when working and edible luxuries. If you do sports or  health related activity you will need to spend more.

In summary, food or grocery prices in Australia are quite expensive in 2018 regardless where you shop relative to the average weekly wage. Going out for dinner or takeaway is even more so. I can also say generally that cheaper price definitely means lower quality. I will probably do a comparison in a later post.

Affordable yet special motorcycles in 2018

Since the loss of my DN01 and other adventures I am once again looking for a new ride. Yes, the desire to get a new motorcycle comes and goes dependent on circumstance – like most people. So I went through the model lists and decided that the following models are my picks for the best motorcycles you can buy in 2018. I will post the models I’ve selected in their own posts with much more detailed reasoning over the next few weeks for you to enjoy.

Over the decades as a motorcycle riders we’ve been through may motorcycle trends. For example the sports V-Twin trend in the 90’s due to the advantage it had in racing competitions of Ducati’s Vs the mainly 4 cylinder Japanese in non MotoGP races. However the most noticeable was the competition to build the fastest motorcycle in the world the Suzuki Hayabusa, Kawasaki ZX10R and the Honda Blackbird. This of course the original reason for me to create the website in the first place.

Motorcycle trends are linked to a lot of factors beyond the traditional factors image and performance. The world has turned and the children of the 50’s and 60’s generally aspired to and bought Harley’s, British brands or Honda Goldwings or the fastest motorcycle they could buy. The child of the 70’s bought Japanese sport bikes, cruisers, adventure bikes and Ducati’s, the children of the 80’s are all about the past and sport bikes and adventure motorcycles especially cafe racers, Ducati’s and the BMW GS1200. The children of the 90s where all about the 600cc race replicas and 1000cc super bikes and 2000’s well I have no idea just like most manufacturers.

To not only satisfy the desire to define what will be the my next motorcycle and perhaps find the next trend, I decided to find the most affordable motorcycles with something special about in 2018.

The List: Affordable and special motorcycles.

Harley Davidson Street 500

Vespa GTS 300

Suzuki DR650

Royal Enfield Classic

Ducati Scrambler