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#781 of 796 Old 07-18-2014, 07:49 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Against my better judgement I'm trying ebay again. we have lots of homeschool stuff to sell, i probably missed the timing by a month or so but hey... i need to try.... the resale bookstore gives pennies for this stuff, maybe ebay can be better. after the homeschool load comes the lego load.

we need money even a few dollars will help (oye the fees, and now it seems they are restricting what i can charge for shipping.... hating this before i even start)

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That sounds like it could be a hassle. I hope your stuff sells though. Good luck!

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Zebra - actually I've been selling quite a bit of Homeschooling stuff this month. Mostly Sonlight items - if you have anything Sonlight I would post it for sale now & be sure to opt IN to the global shipping program. About half the stuff I've sold lately has gone overseas. Legos do good too. You can also try posting the homeschool stuff on Homeschool Classifieds - it's free, but slower. I don't know anything about ebay restricting what you can charge for shipping - I always do calculated shipping by weight when I list, and then give the item weight padded a little to allow for a box / packing materials / etc.


Still chugging along here. Going to a giant community garage sale tomorrow - hoping to find good stuff for me & to sell on ebay.

Working on cleaning house. It has gotten away from me the last month or so because I wasn't feeling good.
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Ugh I need to clean house. I got our bedding all washed up and I'm moving some of those items out of here. I really need to get motivated tomorrow to do something though.

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Those of you who sell stuff on Ebay or Craigslist HOW do you know how much to ask for? I have a couple appliances and I can look up the price online except that the models I have are old.

I also have some silver things like a sugar spoon and a thimble. I may have jewelry too. I have not idea at all what they are worth. I looked up appraisers and that might work but they really look at estate sales etc. Someone suggested a pawn shop that how much do they really know?

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Those of you who sell stuff on Ebay or Craigslist HOW do you know how much to ask for? I have a couple appliances and I can look up the price online except that the models I have are old.

I also have some silver things like a sugar spoon and a thimble. I may have jewelry too. I have not idea at all what they are worth. I looked up appraisers and that might work but they really look at estate sales etc. Someone suggested a pawn shop that how much do they really know?

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For high end in demand stuff start low and let the buyers fight over it! For smaller items look into the past selling history on ebay. Craigslist is a bit harder as it really is what your city can hold as looking at an item for sale few cities over cost may not be accurate for the market you have. I HATE craigslist selling due to the ones who email life story of how they need it cheaper. I am usually selling for something I need to buy so really yeah i get it but I can not cut price as then I can not buy item I need.

I have email JUST for craigslist. Makes it easier to ignore people if they become a hassle. Also if you are selling many items of smaller item I would list them all as one ad as found that helps to make one person buy multiple items getting stuff out faster.
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Nice weekend. Yesterday was tiring because of longer lines than expected at the petting zoo but otherwise good. Still teading water, still not getting ahead as quickly as Id like. But hubbys raise starts reflecting next week. Catching up on housework today and eating leftovers. Did some more purging and looking through hubbys wardrobe. Im hoping to buy a discounted gc soon and pick up a few needed things.

Hubbys bonus finally comes next week but was eaten up by taxes so its only 185. Im going to use it for school supplies, toothpaste and hold back the rest.
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Glad you're finally getting the bonus in even if it isn't a larger as you hoped. The raise showing up on the checks will start making a difference. Our first raise check comes Thurs. It'll be nice for it to finally be here.

We're still trudging along here too. Dh will finally return home in 2 days. This has been an extremely long hitch and it'll be great to have some adult backup in this house again! I've done pretty good keeping spending down this week so that's good. I do need to go to the store and get a few things today or tomorrow before dh returns. I have to pay bills again next week so I've been trying to hold onto what I can from his checks until I get that done. It'll be nice once we get the money in to finally get some of this stuff paid off/up.

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Well I decided its silly to buy toothpaste in bulk when its approx the same price as the natural food store in town. I can just up the grocery/hba budget a couple bucks if necessary and buy as needed. Im so used to having no wiggle room. Finally gotten house straightened. The kiddos are finally done snipping at each other too lol. Going to do a face and hair mask set up, get lunch together and relax before checking on my sisters cat.
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My DP and i got the rental house! We move in August 1st. I have already talked to my current landlord and he is super nice about letting me go on short notice and not paying for the week of the move and getting my deposit back.

My ex did a completely cool and awesome thing and loaned me enough to secure the new place. We also settled on child support today. I just feel like everything is falling into place here, well except for time to do the packing! My DP has lined up people to help us move as well. I am going to be facing a lot of new things in life and last week I was so stressed, making so many changes can be hard, but it looks like the best thing right now is to stop worrying! I worried myself sick last week wondering how all this would turn out and it looks like things are falling in place just as planned.
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That is awesome! Congratulations on your new rental. I hope you get settled in quickly and love the new place.

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I am just a bit cranky, and glad to have this space to vent - thank you my friends!


I just found that my bank account is $28 overdrawn. Not the worst thing in the world, but payday is 10 days away, and I will need to fill the gas tank about twice to get through work (I drive around 50 miles a day between clients' homes). We probably have plenty of food, but will run out of milk and fresh veggies. This all came about because I had a major car repair issue last week: $650 plus car rental. Yuck!


Ran out to the store for DD to get some packing tape for an Ebay order (go, DD!), and came home to find the dog had eaten 1 1/2 quiches I had stupidly left out to cool. Seriously, that was 9 servings, greedy dog! Grrrrr!


Very long story, but it looks like it will be very complicated for DD to get VA dependents' benefits for college. Don't know if it is even possible. A major part of my job is advocating for families to get help they need and deserve, but doing this for my own family is one of my least favorite ways to spend my time. Sheesh!


I keep applying for jobs that will pay better than my current one. I get few responses, and even fewer interviews. I know this is just how the process works, but tonight I wish folks would make their decisions more quickly! It is discouraging after a while.


OK, I am done whining. If those 4 things are all I can think of to complain about, I guess my life isn't so bad after all. Thank you for the spot to write it out and realize that it really is manageable. MDC to the rescue! Once again!

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Oh mamarhu, Im sorry! Vent away! Can u sell anything? Borrow from someone? That sucks!

I have good news. Hubby got his milage check in the mail today and it faaaar exceeded my expectations. Its our grocery money for the month! Were cashing it and throwing it in our grocery envelope so we can pay ahead on bills out of the checking account. We were looking at the finances since hubby got this new raise and if we stay the course we could be debt free by the end of next year!
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Gratefuls:
-I was gifted 3 boxes of cheerios. My kids are psyched.
-free lunch program.
-Rice and beans til the cows come home!!! Cheap food rocks.
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@mamarhu that is awful! I hope you can find some break in all this.
@happyhats that's great! I'm glad the check came out to more than you thought it would.
@justmama Nice gratefuls! Knowing food is covered and no one will be hungry is always a big grateful!

I actually have some pretty good gratefuls for today:
- Dh comes home in the morning! It's been a really long 3 weeks with him gone. I'm surprised it was so hard but I guess I got spoiled with the 7/7 schedule for the last year.
- Have done pretty good with limited spending so that we should have some extra money after paying all the big bills when dh gets paid this week
- I haven't smoked in 3 days!!!! I am so proud of myself and hope I can keep it up.

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Ugh just got a disconnect notice on the electric - have till Friday to get it paid. Going to call in the morning & see if I can get an extension. Really need to go down to the county office & find out what is up with this aid payment only every 3 months instead of monthly. Going to have a yard sale Thursday & Friday to try to come up with the bill money.

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~Scored a bunch more $3 off beef WYB Fiesta Seasonings coupons at Walmart - the vendor was putting them on & gave me a big stack I am stocking the freezer with beef to last until next summer when they come out again.
~PBS. I have been happily watching shows all day while I cleaned. And I am excited to see the Frontline show "Poor Kids" tonight - it's about folks like us struggling to make it work.
~Stuff to sell at my garage sale, on ebay, and on FB.
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