However I am beginning to feel more and more Melburnian. This is why and I will work left to right from the top row on the photo above.
- I have a MYKI card (pale green card top row on left in photo). This is like an Oyster card and means I can travel round on Melbourne public transport. There are still paper cards in use as the system transfers to the MYKI. When we first arrived we used the paper cards as easier to buy but now we've been here for a while we've set ourselves up with the MYKI version.
- I have a Medicare card which enables me to see a doctor and get prescriptions with a government subsidy. Not used this yet but I know I'll be here long enough to fall ill so it's proof I'm here for the long haul.
- MyChemist loyalty card. MyChemist is like a poor man's Boots. The shop is not that attractive (think Home Bargains or Savers) but it sells toiletries etc at a reasonable price. The loyalty points add up to to gifts you can choose from a catalogue. I know I'm here long enough to at least get something useless. Reminds me of the old petrol station points my mum and dad used to collect and redeem for crystal goblets.
- Melbourne Library card - books in Australia are so expensive to buy. I joined the library to help save pennies. It's a good library and membership makes me feel like I'm a resident particularly as I have full membership as opposed to tourist.
- Woolworths Every Day Reward card - Woolworths is the supermarket we use so this is the equivalent to the Tesco Clubcard. I think there are also fuel savings with this but not sure how it works.
- I'm bored now. The remainder of the cards are all loyalty cards of some desciption.