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Published August 2nd 2014
St Vincent de Paul Society - shop till you drop and more
Do you know that the average weekly earning of a full-time adult employee in Australia is $1,483.50 gross a week. ABS. It may seem a lot, but read on.
The ABS survey states that the weekly expenditure of a single person under the age of 35 is averaging around $869.00.
A couple can spend up to $1,429.00.
For those who have children under the age of 5, they approximately spend $1,484.00 a week.
Parents whose kids are between 5–14 years of age, spend an average of $1,670.00, and those who have young adults, that are between 14 and 24, spend a whopping $1,900.00 a week.
So, how does it equate? It doesn't.
The figures above are deemed impossible to some people to sustain and enjoy day to day living
What about those people or families that earns less than the average wage? Or the mum or dad who needs to stay home to look after their young children?
What about the retirees who worked and paid their taxes all of their working lives?
How do we sustain a decent enjoyable living in one of the greatest cities in the world?
We shop smart. We re-cycle. By re-cycling and shopping smart, we are not only helping Mother Earth, but we can potentially save some cash along the way. The old adage of "Someone else's trash, is someone else's treasure" is definitely true.
There are hundreds of $2 or $10 dollar shops around Australia, but the quality is compromised. Most likely, products that have been purchased from these shops do not have a warranty and possibly render unusable within a few days time.
Another alternative place to shop would be the Opportunity Shops like Saint Vincent De Paul.
I'm sure that 99.9 % of Australia's population have heard of Saint Vincent De Paul Society. This Catholic charity organisation was founded during the 1800's by a 20 year old Parisian student named Frederic Ozanam. In Australia, the Society has more than 40,000 members and volunteers. They also operate in 149 different countries. There are 627 Vinnies shops in Australia and 267 shops are located in NSW alone.
You can virtually find a Saint Vincent De Paul Shop in every suburb in Sydney. I've been to a few of them, but I must say that my favourite Vinnies is located at the Shire. Nestled in the midst of bustling Sutherland at 710 Old Princes Hwy, this shop is massive, and well stocked. It has everything that you can possibly need.
From fridges, lounges, paintings, bric-a-brac and you might even find a brides dress. There is a rack specifically for Designer clothing.
Majority of the goods are second hand, but it's also possible to find some brand new items.
The term shop till you drop is understated. You will shop, then take it back to your car and head back inside for more. It's a shopping orgy.
In fact, St Vincent De Paul Society has a dedicated website where you can find information and facts about Vinnies Promotion and Competitions, Sustainability and Recycling, Up Cycling and Style Tips and Vinnies Treasure Chest Gallery. Just visit Vinnies
Apart from the shopping extravaganza, the Society also provides Budget Counselling, Childcare Services, Disability Services, Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation, Emergency Accommodation, Mental Support and Low-cost Food Outlets. Please log into Vinnies for more details.
You may want to get involve or become a volunteer. It's a chance for you to give something back to the community.
Enhance the lives of others and in the process, you might learn some valuable life skills, and in turn will also help you along the way.