Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Money Spent and Closing the Antique Booth

Money made today: $18
Money spent today: $31

Another day of more spending money than making money. Hoping sales pick up soon. Money spent today was breakfast with Dad and a trip to the pharmacy.

I went by the antique booth today and decided to give my move out notice.  Although I enjoy going, its just not profitable enough to continue spending my time there. I decided its time to move on to hopefully bigger and better things. I'm relieved actually.

I didn't list much today but I did declutter some. I have a small pile left in our bedroom that I have to go through which I'm excited about. I can't remember the last time my home felt like a house and not a thrift store. LOL!

I hope to list 5 items tomorrow and possibly sell some clothes for cash locally.

Have a great evening!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Money Spent and life update

Money made today - $0
Money spent today-  $125


I decided to start noting my money made and spent on each blog. I'm interested to see what is actually coming in versus going out. As you can see, I'm in the red for the day.We are in the process of preparing for a summer trip so I'm trying to keep spending  LOW.  Today's spending consisted of $115 for my doctor copay and a balance that was due from my last visit after insurance. The remaining $10 was for fresh flowers for my mom's gravesite. I try to take some at least once a month. She loved growing and receiving fresh flowers when she was alive. It was one of those things she hoped we would do for her when she passed.

Ebay was a bit slow at the beginning of the summer but sales have begun to pick up this month.

We took a trip at the beginning of summer and paid it completely with cash! Woohoo for us. For this next trip to see my inlaws, I'm trying really hard to budget with cash. Keeping fingers crossed!

Things at the antique booth are okay. I'm able to make my rent and then some but I'm considering closing up shop because its just not producing enough for me. I think my time would be better spent branching out on different social media platforms.

I'm off to continue listing before I make dinner. Hope everyone has a great evening!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Side Hustles, Decluttering and Grocery Delivery

Good Morning! I've been up since 630 am trying to find items to take to a cash for clothes place that opened up recently. Its a Mom and Pop place. A friend had mentioned it a few weeks ago and then again yesterday. She stopped by and received about 40 dollars for 11 items of clothing. That may not seem like a lot but for clothes that was going to give away that is not bad. I had a stack of clothing that was not really Ebay worthy yet I knew it still had some value. So, I took it on over and left 10 minutes later with $60. I decluttered and made $$. Today, I'm headed over with some items and we will see how it goes.

I will also continue to declutter as well as file and shred mountains of old paperwork. I so despise doing it but I need to clear this stuff that really holds me back at times. Clean house = more productive me!

Hopefully, by 2 this afternoon, I can get to taking pictures and listing at least 5 items on Ebay. I need to generate some much needed income. Today, my goal is at least $50 in sales.  I'm trying to supplement our food budget because our kiddos are out of school and eating everything in sight. I'm seriously trying to avoid going to get fast food since it never satisfies their hunger. As long as I have fruit, veggies and sandwich fixings, they are good.

I've recently discovered the joys of home delivery for my groceries! I had tried the order online and pickup at the grocery store / Walmart. That was fine but this is even better. The service is Instacart and after two deliveries I am HOOKED! I ordered online, scheduled same day delivery and voila! groceries are at my doorstep. The delivery lady is super nice and the best part is the service is for a year. I do try to tip well since I'm saving a ton by not impulse buying a ton of junk! You can click here to get $10 off your first order and save a ton of time too!

Homemade burgers are what's for dinner tonight. Instead of fries we are doing sliced cucumbers. For dessert we are going to have fruit.

Off to reclaim my home from the clutter monster! Hoping each one of you has a super day!


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Busy Paying off Debt!

For the past year, I have been paying off debt. Am I debt free yet? Not yet but my debt payoff plan is gaining momentum and we are putting larger chunks of money towards our debt repayment. We have paid off three credit cards which I am so happy about. By December of 2018, we hope to be free of all credit card debt. I also expect to pay off a loan as well. I see the light at the end of the tunnel but I know there is still a ways to go before we are 100% debt free.

It has not been easy and requires willpower that we sometimes do not have. Do we still go out to eat a bit too much. YES. Do we still buy a lottery ticket in hopes of winning big, YES. However, we also have recognized our triggers. Before, my husband and I enabled each other. Now we try to talk each other off a financial ledge. We are financially growing up.

Paying off 3 credit cards has enabled us to plan for a family vacation as well as a family reunion. Could we pay off debt quicker by staying at home? Absolutely, but we realize we have to take a break sometimes and have some fun. We are paying for our vacation and Mr. Man's family reunion with cash. We refuse to put anything on credit. Its counterproductive. We know how it will play out if we do. We will put it off, keep charging and then eventually max out the card. NOT what we want to do.

We also have a plan and a budget. We have adjusted our budget for our trips. Grocery, gas and entertainment budget have been halved to account for our vacation spending. We also will be purchasing tickets online before our trip so that the only spending we will do is for food and gas.

I hope in the coming months, you all will see more items on our debt page disappear. I also hope to get back to reading some of my favorite budget blogs as well as finding new ones.

I'm off to list more items on Ebay, hope you all have a happy rest of the week!