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There goes my August spending money

Yowzers. It’s been 7 years since I bought the house.

And it’s been four years since I bought the car.

At the time I bought the car, the dealer I bought it from had just paid the rego, so it’s due every August. This year it’s $696.50.

Obviously because I bought the car in August, the insurance is also due every August. $369.05 (It can be paid monthly, but this is 15% more expensive.)

And… you guessed it… the house insurance is also due. $673.35

Can someone remind me, when/if I decide to upgrade the car at some stage in the future, not to do it in August?

  • I also just got a rates notice… happily the next installment for that isn’t due until late September.
  • A reminder why, despite their groovy advertising and the promise of cheaper premiums for people who don’t drive much, I don’t insure with Youi

Actually do plan to use a little spending money: to help fund From Bedrooms to Billions, a documentary on the beginnings of the UK video game industry. Nostalgia ahoy!

I’ve donated $100. And that was before I discovered the music they’ve used for the trailer — which starts at the 3 minute mark in the following video:

From Bedrooms to Billions – Teaser Trailer from GRACIOUS FILMS on Vimeo.

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.

6 replies on “There goes my August spending money”

For my early-2000s car I got really cheap third party insurance through OnePath (part of ANZ Bank). They don’t charge extra for pay-by-the-month, plus they offer discounts for people who don’t drive much.

(and finally, they don’t do the ‘give us a mobile number for security purposes, but we really want to call you up and do the hard sell’ scam)

Yes, August is a very expensive month for us, as well. Car reg. Car inse. House inse. and school supplies. Ouch to the bank account, for sure.

@Marcus, thanks. I’ve paid my renewal now anyway, but checked the OnePath site; the quote (with all the options I could find to reduce it, including the low kms option) came out at $463.34, almost $100 more than Bingle. (I may be getting some kind of loyalty bonus with Bingle. Or maybe OnePath thought I was untrustworthy for entering the registered driver name as Mr John Smith.)

Just paid my car rego, nearly $700, that is a bloody joke.

Apparently Balllieu hiked the rego fees to pay for the new Vic Roads registration database.

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