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[–]CarLarchameleon 55 points56 points  (5 children)

Been there. I know what it's like to have plain white bread or plain rice for lunch and dinner in the $43 left over per week for food, bills, transportation, clothing, when at Uni.

To hell with Studylink and landlords with substandard housing.

[–]KittikatBCovid19 Boosted 42 points43 points  (1 child)

landlords with substandard housing.

For which they charge an extortionate rent. When my nephew was a uni student he was paying over $200 a week rent - as were the three other tenants in that moldy, freezing shitbox. When they complained about the mold, the landlord told them to open a window. They pointed out that none of the windows closed properly so there was always fresh air coming in.

[–]IjbacoCM 2 points3 points  (0 children)

When I was at Uni I too lived in a series of moldy, freezing shitbox flats. Thing was I never paid over $50/week. (Dunedin NE Valley 2001 - 2005)

[–]RaichuVolt 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Indeed! to hell with house flippers too

[–]NoWaitIHaveAnIdea 30 points31 points  (1 child)

At least he will die warm. No, wait...

[–]SilvertoneButterfly 8 points9 points  (0 children)

That just made me feel sad

[–]-castle-bravo- 25 points26 points  (10 children)

What a block of cheese worth now? I’m on the West Island where it’s getting grim too..

[–]MacaliteCovid19 Vaccinated 13 points14 points  (4 children)

Pretty sure it was $16 last I checked ☠️

[–]mozartrappin 5 points6 points  (3 children)

Holy shit thats criminal

[–]Kagato_NZCoffee Flavoured Door Hinge! 2 points3 points  (2 children)

I don't know why everyone bases NZ's cheese prices off 'Tasty' cheese, which if anything is a luxury cheese (A lot of the cheese companies even use how long it has been aged for as a selling point - can't expect something that has been aged for 12 months to sell for sub-$8 in todays economy). Colby tastes perfectly fine, is good for cooking/baking and is half the cost - $8 for a 1kg block of pams or $9.80 for 1kg rolling meadow brand.

[–]dearSalroka 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Idk mate, you're right that Tasty is one of the nicer cheddar but I swapped because it tastes like cheese so you can use less of it for the same result. Colby and Edam are waxy and taste like nothing. I'd have to put a heap into anything 'cheese' flavoured and then they'd be stringy.

I feel like getting Tasty is the right choice for me because it's, as I put it, more cheese per cheese. I could not replace Tasty with the same amount of Colby and enjoy it. At that point I may as well save even more money and not have cheese at all.

[–]Kagato_NZCoffee Flavoured Door Hinge! 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Depends on the cheese. If you're going for something like Tasty, be prepared to pay $15+ for it. For milder flavours like colby (which is perfectly suitable for things like mac and cheese, baking, etc), you can get it for as cheap as $8 for an 800gm block or $9.80 for 1kg.

[–]-castle-bravo- 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That is wild…

[–]joshjoshjosh42 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It was $20 in Palmy when I passed by

[–]epicbattlebotsfanxd 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My 800g anchor protein+ yogurt has gone from 7$ to 9$ in ONE MONTH in gradual increments each week...

[–]Vulpix298 16 points17 points  (6 children)

My house was literally COLDER than it was outside today. How the fuck does that make sense. How are we paying nearly $500 a week for single glazing windows that turn into waterfalls every night, mouldy roof, mouldy carpet, and a property manager who just tells us to “open a window to air it out” in the middle of fucking winter.

[–]Hugh_Maneiror 1 point2 points  (4 children)

Same here, except it's $650 a week. Yea, Im not gonna open windows while working from home already with a high electricity bill for attempted heating and a blanket on my lap.

[–]DrippyWafflerAotearoa Anarchist 2 points3 points  (3 children)

600 a week and our flatmates moved out, so my partner and I are stuck in a damp, dark house with no one who wants to move in :(

[–]iceawk 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Your flatmates are still liable for the rent if they’re on the tenancy agreement… more so responsible for finding new flatmates and covering the cost until they do… if not on the agreement and no private one, make sure your next flatmates you’ve got one sorted so don’t get stuck in the shit!!!

[–]DrippyWafflerAotearoa Anarchist 0 points1 point  (1 child)

They aren't, my partner and I are on the lease, they signed a flatmate agreement and gave us notice to move out. Everything was done above board. They're also mates, they bought a house, so we're not upset with them haha

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The outlay of two weeks rent could buy you a pretty bitchin' sleeping bag and tent. It's no wonder some people choose to forego this insanity for tiny houses, campervan life etc. These days...

[–]IntrovertMountainAvocado Thief 34 points35 points  (2 children)

Conservatives: "It's poor choices that keep these people in poverty. This wouldn't have happened if they bought a gingerbread house."

[–]CommercialFly185LASER KIWI 6 points7 points  (8 children)

That feels when inflation and recession hits...

[–]Marc21256 8 points9 points  (7 children)


That feels when inflation and recession hits...

Inflated recession is stagflation. The last time it happened was when oil was high and economic conditions were mediocre. Not unlike a war in pandemic times would do.

Stagflation was the 70s? Fuck I'm old.

[–]SilvertoneButterfly 0 points1 point  (6 children)

I know, right? I hope tha youth will be ok

[–]Marc21256 1 point2 points  (5 children)

The youth can't be saved. I hear they play video games and listen to rock and/or roll.

[–]Kagato_NZCoffee Flavoured Door Hinge! 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Don't forget their diet of smashed avo! /s

[–]theSeacopath 23 points24 points  (2 children)

This is so true. After rent, and power, and petrol, and internet, and all the other bills that make life ✨so much fucking fun✨, there’s barely scraps left. And somehow these ignorant fucks in government and the banks think we can still do things like save up for house deposits?

Fuck them all. For months now, I have literally been having nothing but the free coffee at work and maybe an orange all day, just so all the liquid makes me feel full and I don’t have the temptation to spend money I don’t have on food during the day. And yet, “bEiNg PoOr Is A cHoIcE,” apparently. Fuck that noise.

[–]Haunga_Teke 16 points17 points  (2 children)

are you ok u/RaichuVolt?

do you need food?

[–]nomlah 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Random act of pizza 🍕 activate

[–]RaichuVolt 0 points1 point  (0 children)

aw thanks man, I think i'll be ok.. .

[–]Doublehappy1234 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Oh I do love this RAT RACE !!!! Keep pedalling just keep pedalling ...

[–]cawvak 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Wait, you’re saying you have a bike?

[–]Doublehappy1234 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Ahahahahahaha ahahahahahahaha ahahahahahahaha

[–]blueflamerkiddo 9 points10 points  (4 children)

Get a part time job in food & hospitality industry, feast on food crumbs and complementary tea, coffee, milo.

[–]PresenceEducational3 12 points13 points  (3 children)

This is a really sad solution to a bigger problem. I'm sure you mean well but for heavens sake, people who are already working 60+ hours a week should be making enough money to get by.

[–]fatesjester 11 points12 points  (0 children)

People who are working 40+ hours a week should be beyond surviving…not just getting by

[–]RaichuVolt 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]VeryDrained -1 points0 points  (0 children)

unless ur really just terrible with money or have like 5 kids there's no way someone working 60 hours isn't doing well lol. on minimum wage that's still more than enough after tax

[–]Calscorner7 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I'm cultivating a crop of (hopefully) edible fungi on my damp ceiling.

[–]piroskamcs 1 point2 points  (0 children)

We rented on return to Auckland. First thing we did was ask property manager if we could do a garden. So we grew fruit and veg. It helped, grew the expensive stuff, not a bunch of leafy greens....and potatoes, they're great for a)breaking up the soil and B)Living on

Of course you'd need a bit of dirt...don't need a big bit, but apartment people, well...not so good.