Posted by: kel65
Hmmm I would check that amount if I was you. I am on single parent pension and I am very grateful that the government gives it to me but I only pay $210wk rent and that is 1/2 of what I get from Centrelink so the other half pays for all the bills, food, petrol, car rego & insurance etc. I can tell you right now that it's very tight. Those single mums that are out getting their hair and nails done and buying alcohol and cigarettes are either not paying their bills or have other money coming from elsewhere. Come back here in a couple of months and let us know how comfortably you are living on the single parent pension, I will be very interested to know how you do. I also put my dd into daycare but only on a casual basis if I really need to do something and it costs me (with my big discount) $11 a day whether it is for 1/2 hr or all day.
That amount is single parent pension, fax tax a, fam tax b, rent assistance, and PES. It totalls $1196.84. Its in writing from centrelink on the paperwork they gave me today.
I was on single parent pension and all the other payments when DS12 was born, and got about $900 per fortnight, and managed to live on that and save- was paying less rent then tho. I pay $330 per week now, and have worked out all our expenses, and have some left over to save every week. And my kids have new clothes every season, and a massive rumpus room which was pretty much full before i even met DP.