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The September Issue

July 14th, 2010 at 12:43 am

I just did some research and found out that all Australian residents can apply for a HECS loan, regardless of income. So that's some exciting news, and something I don't have to worry about so much now. Also found out my course *might* only be costing me ~$8500, a bit less than I originally thought. And I won't have to pay it back until my annual income exceeds $44k - OR if I choose to pay portions of it back early, I get 10% more paid off for each payment. (So if I pay back $500, the balance is reduced by $550). Awesome.

DF is bottling a homebrew, and then my mother is hosting a dinner party for DF's dad and his parents, who are visiting from inter state. DF and I aren't particularly thrilled about going, it's been a veeeerrrryyy long time since I've been to any night-time sort of function with my mum and I doubt she'll be abstaining from alcohol, even though she knows how everyone feels about it. But DF and I are the only people that ever say anything about it, so we are the baddies. Everyone else just keeps their mouth shut. Excuse me, but I didn that for 8+ years and it didn't help. *shrug* I told DF if it seems like it's going sour, we're leaving, even if our plates are half full.

I just watched the documentary The September Issue. It was fantastic. Has anyone else seen it? It's the real-life version of The Devil Wears Prada, pretty much. Starring Miss Anna Wintour herself.

On a side note, this is my 500th entry!



Currently Reading: And The Ass Saw The Angel, by Nick Cave

7 Responses to “The September Issue”

  1. HouseHopeful Says:

    I tend to cut & run when certain family members misbehave at functions. I know I can't change them, but surely don't have to watch them do whatever it is they're doing. It sounds like you guys have a good plan.

  2. momcents Says:


    Sounds like a great loan option with good benefits for early repayment. And nothing wrong with an early departure should things turn sour at the dinner. Hopefully mum can keep it together. Sadly, my father and his girlfriend made a wretched scene one Christmas (didn't ruin it for me or my kids) but we are STILL talking about it five years later. They are still together (Lord knows why) and we always sort of hold our breath when they show up at get togethers. One year I actually told them to stay home or skip or not come together. Sad, but sometimes for our own sanity and happiness it is best to avoid trouble.

  3. sm808 Says:

    This is one of my favorite movies - absolutely love it!

  4. Shiela Says:

    I think it used to be also that if you pay up front you get 20% off, this probably still apply now.

  5. whitestripe Says:

    yes it is shiela! but i don't think we could do it right now. I would love to, but would pretty much leave our EF empty which would worry me a bit, and we'd have to hold off building our fence for the doggies. at the moment i think financial and property security is more important than the interest we'll pay on my student loan. smaller bite sized pieces is what we'll work on, though i plan to pay atleast $500-$1000 upfront which will help make a dent atleast.

  6. Shiela Says:

    It virtually no interest on it anyway. It only goes up by inflation rate, around 3-4% at the moment.

  7. whitestripe Says:

    that's good to know! they make it a bit difficult to find out this kind of info, it's weird.

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