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June 8th, 2006 at 09:16 pm

Okay. In an attempt to help get my networth out of the negative area, I'm selling a few things on ebay including The Motley Fool's Investment Guide which I started at just 99 cents.

Let's just hope everything sells. :/


May 24th, 2006 at 12:22 am

I just realized that I never received an email from ReviewStream regarding the review I'd sent in. There was a site glitch apparently, and some of the reviews that were accepted didn't receive emails. Mine however isn't on the site at all. Now I'm not sure whether it wasn't accepted or if it was never submitted due to the glitch. Luckily I have a copy of it in an email so I'll submit it again, I suppose.

update: I submitted again but now they seem to have gone MIA. Oh well. Glad I didn't write but the one review.

MyPoints and eBay

May 22nd, 2006 at 08:05 pm

Today I requested a $10 Shell gas card from MyPoints. It should be here in a few weeks. I also sent in my rebate stuff for the Insider's Club. I'm hoping it's not too late, otherwise I'll be beating myself up about it for a while.

I mailed off the second ebay item today and the money came into my account from Paypal. I made $11.55 on it after Paypal fees and shipping. I'll figure the money from both items soon and add up my $20 challenge total.

I found several new cash programs online today and last night. I'll post more about them when I've had a bit more experience with them.

a new goal

May 18th, 2006 at 04:21 pm

Make $100 profit on eBay.
To be put towards my debt. I want to kill 2 birds with one stone - clutter & debt. I'll include the 2 things I just sold in the total but not anything sold before that. Shipping cost and ebay & paypal fees won't count towards the goals so it has to be the profit made once those fees are taken out.

(It also all goes towards the $20 challenge. So, maybe it's 3 birds with one stone? Hmmm.)

another ebay item

May 17th, 2006 at 12:48 pm

The doll I listed at the same time as the bear has sold. Once I have the figures all done for both items I'll post them into the $20 challenge.
Since I've had these successes I think I'll go ahead and try to list some more stuff, probably this weekend.

money in, money out

May 14th, 2006 at 08:15 pm

I made $15.68 on the sale of the Marine bear. That's after Paypal's fees, after the tax deductible MissionFish Red Cross donation, and after all the Ebay fees I currently owe. So, $15.68 towards the $20 challenge. I'm still hoping the doll will sell. I have a watcher for it so my fingers are crossed.

I spent money I hadn't intended to today but I finally found matching saucers for my thrift shop dinner plates and they were on sale for 25% off. I love the pattern and they're very well made dishes. I looked for the matching bowls but they didn't have any.
There are technically more than I'll need but I paid less for 11 saucers than I would just for the shipping on a single bowl of the same kind from Ebay. I'm really happy to have found them as they seem to be difficult to replace. I'm thinking I'll try selling the extras.

I joined two new survey sites. Hopefully, I'll qualify for more surveys with them than I have been with others. For a while I was making decent money with surveys but it's been a long time.
I also went ahead and requested a check from Inbox Dollars. I decided the gold membership wasn't worth it.

Flash was kind enough to provide me with a link about coupon trains so I'm off to learn more about that.


May 13th, 2006 at 09:35 pm

Let's see. Today...

I answered more questions on Helium Knowledge including a few more financial questions. (See a list of my answers here.)

I did a few Inbox Dollars emails since I'm behind on those. I have more than enough to get another check since I got an offer credited a couple of nights ago, but I'm debating on whether or not to get the Gold Membership, too. (Has anyone done this? what's your experience with it?)

One of the items I listed on ebay a few nights ago has been sold. Part of the total will go towards the Red Cross through MissionFish but the rest, minus fees, will count towards my $20 challenge. I'll know exactly how much soon. I've had decent luck with ebay on the few items I've listed but I don't like how much time it consumes in order to start an auction. I may try selling stuff on Craigslist which will also count towards the challenge.

I also wrote a couple of tips for Club Mom which I've never done before. I should hopefully get 20 points for that. We'll see if it's worth the trouble.

As for the "No Grocery Shopping..." goal:
We discovered that what we thought was a full box of spaghetti was actually less than a third full. Not too much of a dent though, we still have plenty of other pasta. Yesterday, I made a run to the bread store and got a loaf of white bread and the last bag of sourdough rolls they had. A whole $1 spent on that, not bad at all. I'm thinking the milk may last quite a while, too. We may have to pick up some more wheat bread but that's only another 50 cents. I think we shouldn't have any problem making it a month. Hmm, we do need to eat the bananas before they go bad though.

$20 Challenge

May 12th, 2006 at 09:52 pm

I've decided to join in on the $20 challenge. My first unusual action is joining HeliumKnowledge. I haven't taken part in any of the sites that pay you for writing. This will be my first experience with it. I'm hoping to make at least a little bit extra income by using it, we'll see how it goes.

I will probably put most, if not all, of my $20 challenge deposits into paying off debt since it does me more good to get rid of it than to earn interest on savings.

edit: Oh, another thing I did today that will count towards the challenge - I invested money in stocks for the first time ever. (Scary and exciting!)

I had signed up with Sharebuilder in order to qualify for a good chunk of money from one of my "get paid to..." sites. I deposited $15 at the time and another $10 this week, originally planning to earn money through the money market fund. Today I decided to put that $25 into 2 stocks. (I couldn't decide between them.)
One of them is almost 2 shares, the other is probably about a third of a share. A total of $17 dollars. The last $8 went towards Sharebuilder fees. Here's the thing though - I used their "Plan" link to make these buys. By doing that it should qualify me for $25 they agreed to give me thanks to a promo code I had.

"To receive the ShareBuilder $25 Promotion, all you need to do is make sure you've set up your ShareBuilder Plan and have a transaction before 02/05/2008"

If it does, then that makes $17 dollars worth of stock plus whatever my returns are on those stocks basically free since I will get another $25 put into my money market fund. and I will have $17+ to put towards my challenge, the way I see it.