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How much do you need to live comfortably in each Aussie capital?

Pictured: Australian cash in shape of Australia, suggesting cost of living. Image: Getty
Where is it cheapest to live in Australia? Image: Getty

Life isn’t cheap, but if you’re living in some Aussie cities, you’re paying a lot less than others.

In fact, if you’re renting in Sydney, you’re looking at an average $3,671 a month to live comfortably, compared to Hobart, where you can get by on $2,364 a month, research from Finder has revealed.

Based off a single man living in the heart of the city, driving to and from work and going out on the weekends with four restaurant meals, one cinema trip and two train trips, Sydney-siders are paying far more to live comfortably than any other state.

In fact, homeowners in Sydney are set back an average $5,658 a month - compared to just $2,899 in Hobart.

What it costs to live comfortably in each Aussie capital per month

(Source: Finder)
(Source: Finder)

Breaking it down, however, draws out some interesting findings.

While Sydneysiders are paying more for most things, they pay significantly less for utilities than those in Darwin, with those Aussies paying $181 and $303 a month respectively.

And if you’re into the movies, you’ll find the cheapest tickets in Adelaide, where they’re $15 on average.

However, when it comes to groceries, Sydneysiders ($417) are being seriously stung - paying 17 per cent more than those in Adelaide ($355).

Let’s break it down

(Source: Finder)
(Source: Finder)

How can I save money?

Finder editor-in-chief Angus Kidman suggested Aussies check whether their service providers are charging fairly.

“Unless you need super-fast speeds, you shouldn’t be paying more than about $60 a month for unlimited broadband.”

And, he added, remember that loyalty doesn’t pay.

“If you have been with the same energy or internet provider for a while, it’s absolutely worth considering a switch.

“We urge Australian households to scrutinise their costs and rates at least every 12 months.”

The Reserve Bank of Australia also cut rates twice in June and July this year, so it’s worth finding out if you’re saving all you can.

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