An Aussie woman living abroad in London has received backlash online after speaking about struggling to save for a two-bedroom flat on a AU$122,000 salary.
The 29-year-old’s hefty project manager salary puts her in the top five per cent of UK salary earners, but she can’t save a deposit for her first home.
Kate’s dream is to buy an apartment in East London, where the average property price sits at nearly AU$1 million. But housing prices aren’t that steep across the whole of London. Across the UK, the average property price is around AU$400,000.
Speaking to British newspaper iNews about how she saves her money, Kate shared the sacrifices she has made to fit her budget, including cancelling her AU$265 monthly gym membership and stopping herself from buying a red jacket.
“Recently I was going to buy a red jacket, but then I thought: ‘I don’t need a red jacket, I’ve got a navy one and it’s fine.’ So I’ve changed my train of thought about what I really need to spend money on,” she said.
The millennial also leaves herself AU$664 a month to spend on weekend getaways and an additional AU$215 a week to spend on just about anything she likes.
Twitter users were quick to point out Kate’s lavish spending habits, mocking the ‘sacrifices’ she has made on her six-figure salary.
Try living in London on 1/3 of that salary. Some people haven’t had a holiday in decades. Some people need to know what it’s like in the REAL world!
— Milstead On Movies (@MilsteadMovies) July 18, 2018
“How I saved to buy a flat while bringing in a wage that puts me in the top 5% of UK earners and will now make you want to smash your head into the desk.” https://t.co/UJ7PdXONts
— Mic Wright (@brokenbottleboy) July 17, 2018
Her ‘left overs’ for a week, is more than I have to live on!
— Chris Ruffell (@ChrisARuffell) July 17, 2018
Money saving tips from someone who thought £150 a month for the gym was a good deal ???? Mine is about 200 for the year!!!
— Mark (@Mark_In_Madrid) July 17, 2018
On the other hand, some people defended Kate, pointing out the cost of living in London and sympathising with the struggle of buying your first home.
People criticising need to realise living in London, which I assume she does, is a different kettle of fish than living anywhere else. Salaries might be higher so are expenses. I do sympathise, for a first time buy on your own it is very difficult wherever you are
— Andrew Boullemier (@spaceofandy) July 18, 2018
Wow Twitter hits a new level of stupidity. Well done to you all. This is about how she is saving. She’s not claiming she has a tough life. Love how people love to belittle someone doing well.
— Richard Bate (@rich_bate) July 18, 2018
What do you think? Is someone on a six-figure salary allowed to complain about housing affordability?
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