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I'm committed to a no-spend year. However I have some stuff I'm selling on Craigslist right now. If you were me (in a no spend year) would you feel justified in spending the money you earned on selling items? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/Sheepish.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Sheepish">: It would break even as far as not really spending money out of the household account. If I sell some of our items I will have just enough $ to buy a used mattress, and a used frame for our queen sized futon that I'm retiring. It's not the best for sleeping on, but it will still make a nice sofa (and we need one!).
 

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You are the one who sets the rules for your own no-spend year, but if it were me and my challenge, I would say no.<br><br>
What is the difference between you selling things on craigslist for money and you selling your time for money?<br><br>
Are you saying that in your no-spend challenge you can only not-spend paycheck money? Any other money you come upon is free game?<br><br>
At one point you spent paycheck money on those items you are craigslisting right now...so I would say no.<br><br>
If you are trying to go all-out-no-spend...the point is the not-spending, not where the money comes from.<br><br>
Does that make sense?
 

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Be careful with a used mattress. Bedbugs are making a resurgence.<br><br>
To answer your question........it depends on how bad your bed is now. We bought a mattress topper from Costco, and it feels like a whole new bed, for a lot less money.
 

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You will come up with a dozen "needs" like this in the next few months.<br><br>
This is where you have to power through.<br><br>
Yes, you probably <b>do</b> need a nice sofa...but there was a reason you decided to do this year of no-spending and you need that reason to be successful too.<br><br>
You can do it, Mama. Go put that craigslist money in your savings account and let it earn interest.<br><br>
Buy a futon frame in January 2010.<br><br>
You can do it.
 

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We had a futon frame that we gave away because we didn't want it and nobody really wanted to buy just the frame. Garage sales/freecycle. (The guy bought the plywood that was part of the futon and we made him take the frame because it was just taking up space.)
 

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Well . . . my dh ended up picking up the futon frame on the way home without telling me! It was a "surprise." I was talking to him about what to do with this queen sized futon mattress we have that's not very comfy to sleep on. Donate it? Turn it into a sofa?<br><br>
Just to clear up things-- we already have a nice queen mattress that is used every night. Also, I have just moved into another room to sleep since dh's bed habits have caused me years of lost sleep. That's why I was looking for another mattress for that room. We will make do with what we have. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> (Except for the futon frame, which I should return but it will hurt dh who *never* buys things for the house so this is a rare occasion. The frame was only $69 so at least it's not sending us into debt.) I did email some people on Craigslist but they had already given away their futon frames and just forgot to take their ad down.<br><br>
Better yet, I have been decluttering and just gave away an old but good dresser, some bedding, a couple of pots and pans, and some extra food to a place that helps get the homeless back on their feet. That sure felt good!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Be careful with a used mattress. Bedbugs are making a resurgence.<br><br>
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OT, how $ was a mattress topper, because we are thinking we need a new mattress soon, but so much $ for a new cali king!<br>
Thanks
 
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