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A Survivor's Tale
Burn baby burn
In the immortal words of Sawyer, "Waaaaugh..."

Chasing up some (very) old loose ends, I just found out that I owe $7000 on my HECS debt. HECS is how we pay for uni in Australia; the government sort of gives you a loan to cover it, and then you can either voluntarily repay the loan, or they trim it off the top of your wage when you start earning above a certain threshold. Up 'til now they haven't been trimming my wage because I wasn't earning enough. This year they have been, but I'll get it all back at tax time anyway because my yearly earnings are altogether quite low due to the lean periods when we were getting the business up off the ground.

Anyway, I was making toast while on hold to the tax office, the toaster got stuck, and had it not been for Mark's quick action, I might just have burned down the kitchen. (Ultimately we had to actually take the smoke alarm off the ceiling to shut it up.) Our toaster here at work is known for such hijinks, and I would happily buy and bring in a new one if I hadn't just found out that the tax office owns my ass.

Also, those were my last two slices of toast and I haven't had breakfast. D:

Seriously, though - not a problem. I'll save up and pay it off in one hit next year so I get the 10% discount that comes with a voluntary repayment-in-full. This makes me sad, though. Seven grand, that's an overseas holiday! Financially, the hits never, ever seem to stop coming but at least these days I can keep my nose above the waterline.
4 have fought ~ fight the power!
hammond From: hammond Date: July 18th, 2008 05:26 am (UTC) (Link)
My HECS-HELP debt is at $20k and climbing!! With 3 more semesters it'll be at about $35k by the time I graduate \o/
whyrl From: whyrl Date: July 18th, 2008 07:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Mine's at $22k and falling. I got out of uni before Howard pulled all the funding out of higher education. :P
sigmoidal_suseq From: sigmoidal_suseq Date: July 18th, 2008 06:20 am (UTC) (Link)
just think of the things you learnt *cough*

Mine's at about 15,000 total right now. Luckily they can't take out of international accounts and I chose to pay $500 a semester (25% discount).

Remember to fact in the 2.8%
porsupah From: porsupah Date: July 18th, 2008 10:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Eeg. Quite a hit, but still, I suppose it's a hell of a lot lower than many in the US face upon graduation, where several thousand might buy a semester. =:P

Living's an expensive business, ne? Moving in to my current warren necessitated a loan I'm just about to finish paying back - £1600, minus £400 I could put in immediately, over three months. *sigh* Still, whilst I'd sooner be somewhere with a little more happening, the house itself is one of the nicest places I've ever had the pleasure of living in. The owners really went all out on renovating the place, to the extent of moving a couple walls around, let alone everything new in.. well, every room, really. (And the black leather couches.. oh, yes. Those are worth the rent by themselves =:)

That reminds me - when I'm back in the Bay, I need to get my CO2 tube hooked up to a suitable gas supply and PSU. The world of toast development has stood still for far too long.

4 have fought ~ fight the power!