Spring Cleaning

The last few months have seen us move home and embark on some renovations and have me start my own business, so the pressure is on when it comes to saving and budgeting – holy moly I don’t know about you with the cost of living these days, but those end-of-month salticrax are starting to appear earlier each month ;)

So when Spring kicked in, I decided to do a major clean out and donated masses of stuff to charity, but there were quite a few gadgets that we just don’t need or use anymore and I looked at them and decided to sell them – a few extra za ronds would come in handy indeed.

There was a myriad array of stuff though – a few household items and appliances, plus my old iPhone – but I didn’t even know how much to sell any of it for. Then I remembered reading some posts on other blogs about a price checker tool on Gumtree.
I looked it up and that’s exactly what the phone price checker does – checks the price of all the other phones for sale, so you can then get an idea of what to sell yours for and choose to make it the same or cheaper, to get rid of it faster – clever.

I was amazed that the average price for my used iPhone on Gumtree was R4500!
{I could buy a lot of paint with that!!!}
Most makes and models of phones are listed and you just click on the one that you want to see the average price for and then click through to see all the ads for that phone in your area, as well as post your ad if you want to – very simple.
There’s also a car price checker and a property price checker – hopefully I won’t need either of those soon!

I then had a squizz around the site and looked for any ads that were selling some of the other items I’m trying to get rid of.
A stupid modem we got from MTN (never again!!!) is being sold for R1300 – glad I didn’t toss it against the wall like I had wanted to! And the number of surfboards I’m sure a certain someone doesn’t really need would fetch a pretty price on Gumtree too – I tallied up all the new furniture I could be buying if we sold those… kidding!

I also see that there’s now a guide to help you set up an ad, to get the most responses and get rid of your item quickly – hopefully that means fewer badly worded ads where you wonder what on earth is actually being sold.
Would love them to get a tool which stops people from trying to sell a flipping dinning suit though…

As is usual for a bargain hunter like myself, I also had a look around for anything I might want to buy and found an amazing holiday home in Simbithi to rent over December, that’s it pictured up at the top of this post – how amazing!?
But alas, it doesn’t fit in with my budgeting plans, so now I’m now furiously pinning inspiration pics for our new renovated open plan living space, to get me back on track for saving ;)

Here’s a sneak peek at some of my pinterest inspiration:

I’ve got my fingers crossed I’ll find some of those wishbone chairs on Gumtree!

*Posted in collaboration with Gumtree, but all words are my own and I do personally use the site frequently to buy and sell. And yes, I really did nearly drop kick an MTN modem into the wall.


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  • Reply
    18th September 2015 at 10:34 PM

    Gorgeous pics and ideas friend x

    • Reply
      Nicola Ashe
      19th September 2015 at 1:34 PM

      Thank you Caley xox

  • Reply
    18th September 2015 at 11:18 AM

    Love your tips and ideas. Well done Nicola xx

    • Reply
      Nicola Ashe
      18th September 2015 at 12:13 PM

      Thanks Su, crazy how much cash you can make selling all this stuff! x

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