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“Money just doesn’t go as far as it used to” - Rocky dad

Rockhampton man Paul Carroll and his daughter Charlotte, 7, will be feeling the pinch this Christmas Photo Rachael Conaghan/The Morning Bulletin
Rockhampton man Paul Carroll and his daughter Charlotte, 7, will be feeling the pinch this Christmas Photo Rachael Conaghan/The Morning Bulletin Rachael Conaghan

CHRISTMAS is supposed to be a happy time of year, but it's also a time when many in Rockhampton start to feel the pinch.

Paul Carroll is one of many parents in Rockhampton who finds the extra costs that creep up at Christmas to be stressful, and admitted he would "just try to survive" this time of year.

Paul, who lives in Norman Gardens with his wife Leoni and their seven-year-old daughter Charlotte, said the extra financial pressures soon added up, and it could put a strain on the budget.

"We just try to survive it," he admitted.

"Money just doesn't go as far as it used to."

Paul is a shiftworker at the new Caval Ridge mine near Moranbah, and will be driving home on Christmas Eve before returning to the mine on Boxing Day.

He said buying presents for his daughter was easy enough, but when you factored in nieces, nephews and other family members, it could get pricey - especially when you had to post the gifts to them.

"It adds up pretty quickly," he said.

"Our family is all over the state, and to post things often costs more than the price of the present."

On top of that, the presents on the Christmas wish list are getting more expensive.

"You can't buy board games anymore, everything is all electronic stuff now, so it's all much more expensive," he said.

Catering for a large family also adds up, with things like the power and water bills increasing, along with the amount of staple items the house goes through.

"It's great to get everyone together, but when everyone's together then obviously everyone eats a lot more," he said.

"It's all the things you don't think of when you've got extra people staying in the house, like the extra milk, the extra loaves of bread and the extra toilet paper and washing powder."

Topics:  family, finances, mining, money




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