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1. Posted by sophia88 (Budding Member 21 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi there i need some serious help here!

im going to australia in 70day(yes i have a count down!) and at the moment the way things are going i will only have £1000 to take with me im begging to panic a little because i want to have fun and not worry about money, however i will be working in oz.

does any one have any tips on making money quickly?(im not looking to sell my self or anything like that lol )
how to save a bit better?
or just any tips for money???

your advice would be greatly appriciated!

sophia x x

2. Posted by isnoo (Inactive 77 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi Sophia,

You are in a bit of a pickle aren't you. That amount of money is no where near enough to survive for long out here.

You said you will be working - have you got a job lined up already?

Are you still working at home now?

I have always found it is amazing how quickly money can be saved in the short term so really you will just have to stop spending on any frivilous thing now eg going out with friends etc. Cut back on all sorts of things like buying restaurant and cafe meals, walk instead of driving.

Put the majority of your wages away into your savings account - live on the bare minimum.

Get another job - eg cleaning houses, bar work or something for cash money. I worked 7 days per week for 9 months to save for my recent overseas holiday. It was hard but was worth it as I went away knowing I was covered for all sorts of emergencies.

If by the time you are nearly ready to leave and you still have not got enough to make you feel comfortable - can you put the trip off for a few months? I realise this will cost you but that small amount may be worth the extra time to save.

Other than that............ I hope your family can assist you in some way financially.

Good luck - and hope you make it out here sometime soon.

3. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Stay away from Sydney, that is one way you can save some money. Sydney is by far the most expensive living city in Australia, so if you stay there you are sure to go through your money very quick. Undoubtedly on £1000 you will not be able to have much fun at all until you start working and saving more money.

Also when you arrive in Australia be sure not to say to the immigrations people all you have is £1000. If you do that you will risk getting sent back home. Make up that you have £5000 because that would be plenty for them to see you can support yourself financially. That's the sort of thing I have done in the past in countries like America (Australia does the same thing) which ask those sorts of questions and I have never been asked for proof that I do have that much. Had I said I only had $1000US or $2000US which was the case, I'd undoubtedly have been given an even bigger going over and probably refused entry because they can't see life from a backpackers point of view and realised you can get by on $40AUD a day and don't need to spend $200 a day like they would probably do if they were a tourist.

Before you leave be sure to do what isnoo said and punish yourself by not going out often and certainly not drinking alcohol if you go out (have the big picture in mind and know it will be worth saving those extra £ to have a better time in Australia). Try and get a 2nd job if possible for some extra money. By doing that, not only will it mean you earn more £, but it will mean you have less chance to spend the money on stuff you do not require.

4. Posted by Buckra (Budding Member 61 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I think I would be heading North and trying to pick up some fruit picking work. It isn't bad pay if you can stand being out in the sun and getting a bit sweaty. In Darwin there is mango picking season and after picking mangos all day you can head into town and go to the Mitchell Street backpackers delight which is just about anything a young girl would like and enjoy. Apart from that the previous info is right. Although if you are only staying 70 days and can handle backpacker type accomodation your money should last out if you can pep it up with what I have suggested.

5. Posted by sophia88 (Budding Member 21 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

hiya thanks for all your advice i forgot to mention i have a australian passport as i was born in clontarf sydney but moved to the uk when i was 1yr so i have never lived or no anything im just a outsider with a passport!!!! lol i will be working as soon as i get there but might have to work more than the rest unfortinatly!!!!!
sophia x