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Amid an unsustainable surge in household groceries and ever-rising interest rates, Australians are beginning to feel the pinch of financial insecurity on a scale not seen since the outbreak of the GFC.
Gold Coast FIFO Bride Mercii Lou-Ellen Macrae (48) is not one of those people.
With a husband doing the 6 weeks on 2 weeks on swings in the coal mines of North Queensland, Mercii says life goes on for blue-collar families like hers – who dragged themselves out of the destitute middle class and bought their own heavily mortgaged slice of the Australian Dream in the Coomera Canals.
“It’s not without sacrifice,” she says.
“My husband Rhys has only ever worked in heavy work”
While Mercii is a strong believer in the “live, laugh, love” philosophy, she also says the key to happiness isn’t necessarily dictated by bank balance. It’s about what you do with it.
“The last few years have been tough without Bali,” she says, pointing to their 5-bedroom, brick-built waterfront estate.
“I sometimes wonder how he does, you know, work 47 days straight to come home to the fucking Gold Coast”
After 20 years underground, Mercii says she worries her family’s stoic provider isn’t treating herself enough, and that selflessness is something she takes it upon herself to resolve.
“I just look at this place and think it really doesn’t ask for much”
“The jet ski is half screwed and hasn’t really done a spin since the lockdown.”
“Not to mention his Raptor in the driveway, I don’t drive manual so that thing just sits there in the sun leaking oil”
As one of the lucky families clinging to a resource-sector paycheck, Mercii says it’s important to spend as much money as you can — otherwise what’s the point.
That’s why she ordered a secret layout of the kitchen island.
“We already have these faucets that can boil water and sparkling water,” she says.
“But this new opus will take the cake”
After spending weeks doing their own research, Mercii finally found a local company that could fix a permanent French onion fountain in the middle of their dining room.
“I’m going to keep an endless supply of cabanossi and pepper jatz on the table,” she says.
“That’s why he spends long hours underground”
“Haha uh oh… I think we just became Christmas house haha”