The young and mid-life families comprising the Average Aussie segment earn average incomes, which they must stretch to cover mortgages and their kids’ education expenses. More likely to have studied at tech or commercial college than university, they’re generally employed full- or part-time in white-collar, clerical or sales jobs.
Walk with Me
We chose to buy in Sunbury for financial reasons — you get much more bang for our buck out here than you do closer to the city. We wanted a big house, so the boys could have their own bedrooms, and a good-sized backyard for the dogs. Trent and Harry spend hours outside playing cricket, and Jim’s always holding court with his mates around the barbecue.
I like keeping up with all the latest home improvement trends, especially things I can do myself without spending too much money. My best friend Sarah and I even went to Bunnings for a special Ladies’ Night a few weeks ago, where they showed us how to create a special feature wall for your lounge room.
Jim’s mad for DIY too, and practically lives in his shed when he’s not working at the bus depot. He’s always got some project on the go: keeps him out of trouble, I suppose, and saves us a ton of money. I’m only part-time at the newsagency, so we’ve got to be pretty thrifty. The other night I suggested that we’d have an extra $50-60 a week if he gave up smoking, but he wasn’t having it. “I’ll quit when you stop drinking beer,” he said. The cheek!
On the weekend, I like to get out into the garden. Yes, I’ll pour myself a glass of Melbourne Bitter, crank up the transistor radio, and get cracking on some weeding or watering. It’s cheaper than a lot of hobbies.