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This is my final “Paying for Christmas” post as today I shipped my last packages of the 2015 Christmas season! People were really waiting until the last minute for gifts… I would never do that ūüėČ

I had some great luck these past two weeks! I finally sold a high dollar item I’ve had sitting around for awhile and I got rid of a lot of items, some that I just purchased! I also had great luck with the lot of¬†Littlest Pet Shops I bought for $30. If you remember from last time, I’m just saying each piece costs me $2, even though there were¬†WAY more than 15 items in the box, most pieces didn’t have much value. I love making money, what can I say?! Unfortunately, I still have a lot of items I didn’t have time to list before Christmas. It was my goal to get them all listed, but time always gets away (especially when you’re working full time and planning a wedding!) and I kept buying more stuff to sell! So I’ll continue listing and selling in my free time. It’s a hobby I enjoy, most of the time ūüėČ I’m very happy with everything I’ve managed to accomplish these last few weeks of 2015. I haven’t decided if I’m going to keep posting my sales after Christmas, but it’s honestly a great motivation to get things listed sometimes! Catch me¬†on the Facebook group if you’re into online¬†deals and frugal chit chat! I am happy to say that my 6 weeks of eBay sales have paid for all my Christmas presents! Read below to find out what recently sold!

These past 2 weeks I sold:

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Princess Polly Pockets and Magic Clip Dolls
Bought for: $4
Sold for: $40 shipped

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Germ Guardian Air Filters (2)
Bought for: $0 (shipped to us on accident, seller didn’t want them shipped back)
Sold for: $26 plus shipping

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Le Creuset Butter Dish and Shakers
Bought for: $8
Sold for: $30 plus shipping

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Littlest Pet Shop Dachshund
Bought for: $2
Sold for: $75 shipped (WOOT WOOT)

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Littlest Pet Shop Beagle
Bought for: $2
Sold for: $16.99 shipped

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Littlest Pet Shop Chihuahua
Bought for: $2
Sold for: $14.50 shipped

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Cathrineholm Red Pot
Bought for: $8
Sold for: $250 plus shipping (WOOT WOOT)

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Hazel Atlas Red Stripe Bowl and Cup
Bought for: $3
Sold for: $26 plus shipping

Etsy Profits: $24

Flash Notes Profits: $8.39 
*Students, did you know you can upload your notes and study guides and people will buy them? Did you know they’ll buy them 2+ years after you graduate? Neither did I! But a few times a year I get a few bucks in my Paypal, especially during exam season! I guess I won’t ever take them down! Looking back, I wish I would have uploaded a bunch more!

That makes this week’s net profit (this is after Paypal fees, eBay fees, and all other expenses): $423.63
Week Two’s profit: $137.41
Week One’s profit: $105
Week Three’s profit: $82.89
Week Four’s¬†profit: $79.25

Total profit: $838.18

If you haven’t read the previous posts in the series, please click the links below!
Week One
Week Two
Week Three
Week Four

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This week I had a number of sales but nothing too huge. It seems people like to shop on the¬†weekends the most so I need to get things listed for this weekend! This week, I was happy to get rid of those Skylanders because I knew I wasn’t going to make much money off of them (6+ months ago they were selling for about $25 each, but I waited too long). I also wanted to get rid of the Holt Piggy Bank because I spent a lot on it, mainly because I knew it was something special and I couldn’t let it sit at Goodwill (#collectorproblems). It was also in perfect condition! And then you’ll see some new things in the sold category, Littlest Pet Shops! Hopefully you have a bin of these in your basement collecting dust, because they can be a great money maker! I’m no expert at them by any means, but I’m trying to catch on fairly quickly. I picked up a lot of LPS (Littlest Pet Shops for short) off a yard sale Facebook page for $30. It was a cardboard box full of animals and the buildings. I’ve been going through the animals, picking out the ones worth money and working on making a profit off the lot! I’ve already made back my money selling just 2 of the pets and I have an $80 dog¬†listed! It’ll take me a bit to finish sorting through and then everything that isn’t worth much, I’ll probably toss back on a yard sale page (or eBay, who knows!) for $20-$30, especially the houses and buildings that are missing doors and accessories.

I also toy around on Etsy, but it’s definitely not my #1 spot. I included my Etsy profits from the week though!

You’ll notice if you add up my sold prices and look at what I actually made, it is a pretty crazy difference. Item costs, shipping and fees take a large cut of the profits. If you’re looking into selling on eBay, keep in mind they charge about 10% of the selling price AND shipping. In addition, Paypal takes a cut of $0.30 + 3% (approximately). It doesn’t sound like a lot, but these fees really add up. I owe eBay a good chunk of change each month and Paypal sucks it right out of your earnings when it’s deposited. I can’t complain though as eBay has proven to be a great way for me to make some extra cash this holiday season. As usual, I still have plenty of items to¬†list so I need to get moving! It is so, so busy around here! ¬†Don’t forget to keep up with us on the Facebook group if you’re into online¬†deals and frugal chatting!

This past week I sold:

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Two Skylanders Trap Team
Bought for: $13 (I planned to sell when they were selling for more money, but I didn’t get them listed when I should have)
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Littlest Pet Shop Collie
Bought for: $2 (I bought a whole box of pets and houses for $30, so really, it was less than $2 but this will just keep things simple)
Sold for: $32 shipped

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Little Pet Shop Corgi
Bought for: $2 (See above)
Sold for: $12.99 shipped

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Holt Corky Pig Piggy Bank
Bought for: $15
Sold for: $44.67 + shipping

Etsy Profits: $20.35

That makes this week’s net profit (this is after Paypal fees, eBay fees, and all other expenses): $79.25
Week Two’s profit: $137.41
Week One’s profit: $105
Week Three’s profit: $82.89

Total profit: $404.55

If you haven’t read the previous posts in the series, please click the link below!
Week One
Week Two
Week Three

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I skipped a week two weeks ago because I was on vacation and surprisingly (and lucky for me because I didn’t close any listed items on eBay) nothing sold! As much as I would have loved the sales, not having to worry about someone shipping my items while I was gone was great! Nerdboy and I are finally engaged. We enjoyed a beautiful and romantic vacation Jamaica. It was so nice to get away! When we came back, we said goodbye to our family pet, our 14 year old Golden Retriever, Jake. When Wednesday came along, we started Thanksgiving festivities. We traveled to visit family on Thursday and Friday and returned back home this past weekend to start Christmas preparations! I hadn’t listed anything for sale in a good two weeks. Obviously I have been quite busy, but it’s a bummer because you can’t really sell anything if you don’t take the time to list it. I’m doing much better this coming week and already listed a few new things, so week 4 sales are already starting!

Thanks to Thanksgiving sales, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, I’ve bought a quite a few Christmas presents! I think I’m almost done shopping for people. Honestly, I have no idea how much I’ve spent though but I will tally it up and compare it to my earnings to see how well I’m doing. I still have plenty of items to sell, but time is ticking and I need to get listing and selling! ¬†I’ve also picked up some great deals on Amazon, so keep up with the Facebook group if you’re into Amazon deals!

I sold on eBay only and at this point, I hadn’t listed anything new in two weeks so the CHA-CHINGs were surprising! I sold an item on Thanksgiving, Black Friday and then that Saturday. I guess people were in the shopping mood :)

This past week I sold:

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Pyrex Refrigerator Set
Bought for: $13
Sold for: $80 shipped

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Beauty and the Beast “Chip” Bank
Bought for: $2
Sold for: $20 + shipping

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Melissa & Doug Trunki
Bought for: $4
Sold for: $34.99 + shipping

That makes this week’s net profit (this is after Paypal fees, eBay fees, and all other expenses): $82.89
Week Two’s profit: $137.41
Week One’s profit: $105
Total profit: $325.30

If you haven’t read the previous posts in the series, please click the link below!
Week One
Week Two

New Coupons to Print for Thanksgiving!

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I had another week of some great sales that I’ll be sharing with you guys! So far, I’ve bought a few Christmas presents but I’m still in the positive and haven’t gone over what I’ve earned from reselling yet. Luckily, I don’t have many people to buy for and I’ve been really frugal with the spending. ūüėČ I’ve actually picked up quite a few amazing presents for way less than retail at thrift stores, which I realize sounds pretty awful, but I promise it’s pretty cool. I would have never thought¬†to buy gifts for people at a thrift store, but when you find Lego sets New in Box and American Girl dolls for dollars… how can you not?! I’m either buying them as gifts or buying them to resell, and some of my recipients would be very grateful for these items that I would otherwise not be able to afford (or choose not to pay) retail for. I’ve also picked up some great deals on Amazon, so keep up with the Facebook group if you’re into Amazon deals!

This week I sold on eBay, Amazon, Facebook and a textbook site. I don’t know how some of these people have hundreds and thousands of listings on eBay. I find it so¬†time time consuming¬†to¬†take pictures and write up the listings, but maybe I’m just super slow. Of course, when my phone goes $$CHA-CHINGS$$ it’s totally worth it, but it is tedious, so warning to anyone wanting to get started.

This past week I sold:

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Beauty and the Beast Mrs. Potts and Chip Tea Set
Bought for: $6
Sold for: $69.99 + shipping

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Three textbooks
Bought for: $0
Sold for: $57

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Pyrex Pink Gooseberry Bowl
Bought for: $1
Sold for: $14 + shipping

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Pyrex Butterprint Bowl
Bought for: $1
Sold for: $14 + shipping

That makes this week’s net profit (this is after Paypal fees, eBay fees, and all other expenses):¬†$137.41
Week One’s profit: $105
Total profit: $242.41

If you haven’t read the previous posts in the series, please click the link below!
Week One

payingforchristmas

Hey everyone!

This blog has been neglected for too long so I’m going to be posting to it again! It won’t be as frequent as it used to be (How did I post 20 times in one day? Did I really have that much free time and flexibility while being a full-time student? Apparently so!). I’ll be changing the name sometime soon as I graduated college TWO.YEARS.AGO. Nowadays, I hope to just post general (boring) things on the blog and all the deals with deadlines that you need to be quick on your feet with (think Amazon deals and other hot online deals) will be posted on my Facebook group. You have to request to join the group as it is closed, so all your family and friends don’t see everything you post, like, and comment on. It gives you the privacy, especially around Christmas time when you don’t need everyone seeing what you’re buying! Just request to join and I will add you!

As for this post, I wanted to share with you my goal for the rest of 2015. I vowed to only use money that I have earned through reselling (pretty much my favorite hobby, next to thrifting, but luckily they go hand in hand) to purchase gifts for this holiday season. I’m going to post the details of what I buy and sell on the blog to hold myself accountable. Why would I disclose what I’m buying and selling to other people, therefore increasing the competition and making it harder for me? Well, not many people are going to read this (that’s what a 2 year bloggin break does to your stats) and reselling is very difficult job. It involves countless trips to thrift stores, flea markets, estates sales and yard sales. It involves countless hours of research to make sure what you’re buying is actually worth money in its current condition. It involves countless hours of photographing and listing the items for sale. And lastly, there are many grueling hours of packaging and shipping when the item sells. I have been doing this on and off for years. It’s a lot of work, but luckily I love most of it. If you are willing to put in that kind of time, you are welcome to see the items I sell and hopefully it helps you and your family out too. I use many different selling platforms, including eBay, Etsy, Instagram, Facebook and Craigslist.

I will use these earnings to purchase presents for people for Christmas. One note is that if a great deal pops up on an item I’ve been looking for, I will purchase it even if I haven’t earned enough money with hopes that more items will sell and I’ll recover the negative. Saving money is just as important as making money so I won’t pass up a great deal, but I will make sure to have it paid for by Christmas.

Last week I sold:

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20 Piece Corelle Spring Blossom Set NIB
Bought for: $20
Sold for: $69.99 + shipping

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Lot of 225 Box Tops for Education (Yes, they sell well, and yes, I know they should be donated to schools. We donated thousands of them to our schools in the past, now I can choose what to do with them. They are still going to someone’s schools and not being trashed.)
Bought for: Free (just time collecting, cutting, counting)
Sold for: $24.99 Shipped

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Pyrex Friendship Refrigerator Set
Bought for: Approximately $25
Sold for: $70 + shipping

 

Net profit of about $105 after expenses and fees.

Will update next week! I guess I better get to listing!

Free Sample of Nestle’s Nesquik!

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Click here to snag a free sample of Nesquik! Sample pack includes five (5) NESTL√Ȭģ NESQUIK¬ģ stick packs and a coupon to save $1.50 on your next purchase of any size, any flavor of NESTL√Ȭģ NESQUIK¬ģ powder. Offer good in the US only. Offer valid only while supplies last. Limit one (1) sample pack per household or address. Please allow 6 – 8 weeks for delivery.

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$1.00 off any flavor Mott's for Tots
This new coupon just popped up for¬†$1.00 off any flavor Mott’s for Tots! Take that coupon on over to your ShopRite (if they are doubling $1 coupons) and pay just $0.50 for the Tots variety! Even if you aren’t a ShopRite shopper, stores will occasionally have Mott’s on sale for $1.99, so still a great deal after coupon.

Mott’s for Tots 2/$5
Use the¬†$1.00 off any flavor Mott’s for Tots
Final cost = $0.50 each!

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I’m just loving ShopRite recently! We’ve been shopping there for years because of their great coupon deals, but their $1 doubles just makes it that much better! A few of my coupons wouldn’t scan or double, so they wouldn’t accept them so I had a few items that needed to be put back/returned. In the end, I paid $1.42, $0.66 of that was tax! I also always bring reusable bags because you get a $0.05 credit per bag!

Bought:

  • (4) Pure Leaf Iced Tea $1.99 (Used (4) $1/1 coupons from the 5/4 RP = FREE)
  • (3) Lucky Charms $1.99 (Used (3) $1/1 printable coupons (NLA) = FREE)
  • (1) Trix $1.99 (Used $0.60/1 printable coupon + $0.50 SR ecoupon = $0.29!)
  • (2) Tide $2.99 (Used (2)¬†$1.00 off ONE Tide Detergent¬†= FREE)
  • (1) Suave Lotion $2.99 (Used $1.50/1 coupon from the 5/18 RP + $1.50/1¬†SR ecoupon = FREE!)
  • (1) Suave Professionals $1.99 (Used $1/1 coupon from the 5/18 RP+¬†$0.50/1¬†SR ecoupon = $0.50 MM!)
  • (1) Tabasco Sauce $0.99 (Used¬†$0.55 off any size, any flavor from TABASCO brand¬†= FREE!)
  • (1) Texas Toast $0.99 (Used $0.40/1 coupon from the 4/6 SS = $0.19!)

 

Gardening Update 5/28/2013

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Here's the before picture! We made 3 new raised beds in the garden and loaded them up with new dirt (I bought 2 yards of Leaf-Gro and mixed that with stuff from the chicken coop and vermiculite.)

Here’s the before picture! We made 3 new raised beds in the garden and loaded them up with new dirt (I bought 2 cubic yards of Leaf-Gro and mixed that with stuff from the chicken coop and vermiculite.)

 

Got the cinder blocks for free!

Got the cinder blocks for free!

Cloth put down to help block weeds

Cloth put down to help block weeds

Making the beds!

Making the beds!

New raised bed built by my neighbor. Contains: garlic, onion, cabbage, cauliflower, and lettuce

New raised bed built by my neighbor between our houses. This one contains: garlic, onion, cabbage, cauliflower, and lettuce

Black raspberries taking over my garden

Black raspberries taking over my garden

Huge oregano bush

Huge oregano bush

The start of my tomato and pepper area.

The start of my tomato and pepper area. It’s much more developed now!

Baby romaine lettuce

Baby romaine lettuce

The chickens found their way into the garden!

The chickens found their way into the garden!

Spinach, lettuce, young garlic (I had to dig it up because it was in the way), and eggs!

Spinach, lettuce, young garlic (I had to dig it up because it was in the way), and eggs!

Here are some updated pictures from my 2014 garden! I added a few new raised beds and bought some dirt so we’re off to a good start! The bugs have already started to eat my green beans, but everything else looks good!

So far I have planted:

  • Blackberries
  • Raspberries
  • Apple Tree
  • Peach Tree
  • Strawberries (all of mine from previous years died so I started new for 2014)
  • Blueberries (Aren’t doing well!)
  • Gourds
  • Zucchini
  • Yellow Squash
  • Brussel Sprouts (new for 2014!)
  • Cabbage¬†(new for 2014!)
  • Cauliflower
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Radish
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Carrots (which as usual don’t seem to be doing anything)
  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Peas
  • Green Beans
  • Potatoes
  • Herbs

So that’s where all my time at home has been going over the last few weeks! I’ll be posting updates throughout the season, so tune back in.