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Surviving the worlds biggest shop

Well, most folks will know that blokes are not the greatest when it comes to being particularly good shoppers but today I really recon that I earned my stripes ..

First thing this morning we went to the Holden dealership to complete the paperwork for the new Astra; that we should be in a position to pick up early next week.

In the end we didn’t need an Aussie driving licence to register the car, proof of our existence in the form of our passports proved sufficient enough.

Next stop was the Ikea on the way to Scarborough beach. I had read; before we came out here that going to Ikea in Australia was a positively delightful experience compared to the hassles back in the UK.

Well, its not. It’s just like the UK Ikea experience (or at least this store was).

Crap car parking, too many people and a VERY warm store.

This particular Ikea store wasn’t air-conditioned which when it’s touching 100F outside leads to a particularly uncomfortable browsing experience.

How much money can I borrow to buy a house in Australia?

Especially when you’re carrying around a large crockery service, various pots and pans, a set of 18 glasses, spatulas, bins, kitchen clocks, kitchen trays, and a apple corer (yes I know..every good home needs one) in one of the Ikea bags shoved over each corner.

After Ikea, we packed up the car and headed to our next shop.

Here we bought a really nice and very large suede corner sofa with matching foot stools and a very snazzy dining room table with 9 chairs..

Next stop was subway (eat fresh!) for a couple of very nice sandwiches :)

Then, onto our most expensive shop – The electrical store.

Here the shopping list consisted of a new:

Stainless steel Fridge Freezer, front loading washing machine, vacuum cleaner, microwave, kettle, toaster, iron, and a very snazzy 42 inch High Def LCD TV (aka my new baby) :D .

Final stop was a short hop next door to shop number three where we bought a new bed for me and the missus and a bunk bed for junior and his soon to be visiting mates.

Lets get this party started

I don’t think I have ever bought so much stuff in one day. We just hope that delivery times work out when we move into our new house next Saturday!

I have to say though, for the last three years we’ve been putting up with sub standard stuff because we’ve known we’d be moving to Aus and didn’t see the point in buying new stuff just before we were moving down under.

It’ll be nice to be in a new place for once, with lots of nice stuff that we actually own.

As for the prices…well relatively speaking, its not that bad.

Just to summarise, as far as the main stuff we purchased today; specifically …

Large Sofa
Large dining room table and 9, very funky/modern looking chairs
Large (American sized) stainless steal fridge freezer
Front loading Washing Machine
Dyson vacuum cleaner
42 Inch, High Def Sony Flat Screen LCD TV
Digital TV Receiver
Double Bed
Two matching bedside cabinets
Large matching set of draws
Bunk beds for junior
All associated Linen, duvets and all the other good stuff we bought at Ikea..

Australian Baby Bonus - Thanks very much!

Final price for the lot – About $12,000

Now that sounds like a lot of money but if you were to go out in the UK with £4800 and buy all this stuff (and all good quality, well known branded stuff too!) I recon we’d all be hard pushed to get so much stuff for this much cash.

Certainly from an electrical perspective we saw some good deals and its safe to say when you have a big shopping list there are good deals and discounts to be had!

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Written by Mark

As the founder of Getting Down Under, Mark is passionate about demystifying the process associated with a move to Australia. Having launched Getting Down Under in early January 2006 and made the move to Australia from the UK in the same year, Mark continues to share resources and support for those looking for assistance. If you have a question for Mark, please post in our Community Forums. Please note All information provided on Getting Down Under should be considered in conjunction with our disclaimer. Please seek professional advice if you have any doubts! 

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