Since the itchy-fingered DG challenged me to substantiate my claim that I live on no more than $50 a week in the very expensive Land of Oz, here is a standard weekly budget:
$2.25 - 1.5 bags of rolled oats
$3.00 – half a bag of powdered milk, used for both breakfast (oats) and home-made yoghurt
$2.20 – two home-made loaves of bread.
$2.80 – 500 g of cottage cheese
$1.00 – usage of jars of honey, peanut butter and vegemite
$2.00 – 750 g of brown rice
$1.15 – a kilogram bag of pasta, if I don’t make my own.
$3.60 – assorted fresh beans (red kidney, chickpeas etc) and cans of beans
$10.00 – fresh fruit and vegetables – in season and on special
$1.50 – toilet paper
$3.00 – my indulgence: coffee beans (decaf)
$5.50 – occasional items, such as soap, detergent, toothpaste etc.
$12.00 – Meal out, transport, bicycle maintenance, etc.
As you can see, there’s considerable room for luxuries, such as coffee, eating out, etc.
Note that this does not include accommodation, utilities, and internet costs: $180 per week. That’s a total of $230 per week for a very comfortable life.
All this comprises one reason why I argue that most people working at universities are grossly overpaid.