I’m a sucker for facts and figures. For example Love Food Hate Waste report that £60 of each family’s food spend is thrown away in the UK every month. That’s £720 a year on average and that’s post tax, we have to earn much more to actually buy that food.
(Want to reduce that figure? I’d recommend taking part in Food Waste Friday hosted here this Friday and then alternate weeks)
Another figure that sticks in my mind, and also starts with a 6, is from an article I read a couple of years ago. The only problem is I cannot find that article anywhere now. I first blogged about it back in 2012 when I embarked on my first Spring Sale.
(Click here to read all about it. But don’t read yet. Come back once you’ve finished this post it’ll make more sense)
It was claimed that an average household have £600 of saleable (and not needed) items in their home at any one time.
That sounds like a challenge to me.
Originally I planned to blog about this years Spring Sale when it started back in March. But a bad news bomb dropped, and the ground is only just starting to shake a little less at Chez Wright, in order for me to start to get back on track.
(Confused? Click here)
3 months later and we are already over £300 better off selling our clutter. Just £300 to go.
I’d planned on reaching the total by the Solstice (21 June) but as I said…bad news bomb…
The sale continues here. I plan on heading on out to sell some more of my wares at a local car-boot-sale. This is typically an annual or bi-annual event. I rarely do them more than that, as they are time-consuming and as this is England, it frequently rains.
I’ll continue to put redundant items on eBay also. Yes eBay can be a pain. Non-payers, lot’s of questions and requests to ‘Buy It Now’, but it’s still the easiest way to sell online in my opinion.
So do we have £600 of unwanted things in our home? It’s looking probable so far.
I’m curious, do you think YOU have that amount of stuff you do not need? Or even more? Would you be interested in taking part in a £600 sale challenge if I set one up to keep us all motivated and on track? I’d start from scratch again.
It’d be a fun way to keep accountable for those looking to generate some extra cash for a holiday or for those looking to make a special purchase. Or even for those wishing to top up their savings account, or reduce their credit card bill.
Head back on over next Wednesday – 1st July is a good date to start.
We’ll call it a Summer Sale this year!
(oh and I will track down that article if it’s the last thing I do)