Reducing waste and saving money

My wife and I undertook 10 in 100 challenge earlier this year. Basically this is about reducing the clutter in your life by removing 10 things each day for 100 days.

We did pretty well, reduced a hell of a lot of clutter and junk, some things went in the bin (or recycling), some we sold on Ebay and some we donated to charity. We actually didn’t get to the 100th day, after our move to Melbourne only a year before we had already reduced a lot of stuff, still amazed at how much we had that was extra!

I think thought that we might need to do this again on a smaller scale, after all we should only have the last 12 months or so to build up clutter.

I think I might make this the 10 in 30 challenge and once again find 10 things a day to remove from our life for 30 days. I think 300 things would be a great investment and certainly reduce once again the clutter and streamline our lives even more.

Like last time I will post this via Instragram to show you all what I have reduced (maybe even let you know where it will be going). So keep an eye out for the #10×30 you are most welcome to do your own #10×100 or #10×30 I highly recommend it.

A recent post from the MillennialMoneyHack is on a similar line but for wastage in expenses, the model there is cut 3 for 3. It’s simple, cut three expenses each month for 3 months. Key here is to start small, cut the easy stuff, the things you really won’t miss or those expenses that you had been meaning to cancel or change.

We recently re-newed our phone contacts (mobiles) and saved ourselves over $30 a month, most of the rest of our expenses are pretty close to the bone or are our one vice (like coffee out etc) so while I applaud and support this challenge and can see a benefit, for a family like mine on 1 and a bit income I just don’t see the extra expenses we can live without.

Our focus is removing the debit of personal loan and credit card, while continuing to reduce the mortgage and keeping on top of bills, for us that is a win. Long term we want to start to save for an overseas family holiday – but that is a few years off but that vision is there and in the mean time if we can see waste we need to remove it.

Let me know your ideas or similar challenges and check back to see how I go with the #10×30 challenge this year.

Image from Andrea Decker