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Archived Entries from September 2011


End of That Experiment...

It occurred to me the other day after I paid an extra $2 for signature confirmation for a plate that I sold on eBay for $2.99 making my total profit drop to about a buck and thirty cents, that maybe selling crap on eBay wasn't the way to go. Nobody has bid on any of the coins, and while I did sell the textbook, now PayPal is being difficult about "releasing" the money for it because they think I'm shady. Seriously? I've sold two things and both people are happy.

So whatever. It's easier to make ten bucks by NOT eating lunch out on any given day of the week than it is with all this listing and watching and packaging and shipping. So I think the big eBay experiment is officially over.

Which is fine. I checked and my raise does take effect this Friday, which is cool. We're in great shape financially, and I expect that by next Spring we'll have a flush savings account and a golf cart in the garage and a crew of people putting a new liner in the pool. And then maybe, just maybe, we can even plan a vacation.

So I'm going to keep saving, keep paying down the debt, and keep the belt as tight as possible for the next few months. We can do this, and it will be so awesome when we've finished. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel already, and I'm pretty sure it isn't a train (derp derp derp).

Posted: Wednesday, September 14, 2011, 1:30 pm
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Optimism

Weird couple of weeks, these past were. A few Fridays ago I took the day off and went fishing, and managed to get poison ivy--worse than I've had it for years.

I went to convenient care the following Tuesday and got some prednisone, but not the countdown dose pack thing that I've gotten in the past, and it didn't work so well. To make it worse, the bit patch I had all over my right arm was seeping all the time (I know, gross) and I kept it covered up all the time with adhesive bandages (big ones). So it got infected.

So on Labor Day I was back in convenient care. Finally got the step-down "Hulk smash!" steroid pack, as well as some antibiotics to fight the infection.

Anyway. Writing about my maladies makes me sound like an old man. Three more days of poison ivy pills and that should be the end of that. No more fishing at the old reservoir.

So the ridiculous lawsuit that the redhead has been inadvertently embroiled in has finally (hopefully) come to a close. The idiot that didn't pay the money to the sue-everyone people at the carpet company finally agreed to pay them, so my wife has been cut loose. Now we just have the lawyer bills to pay. We've made some payments over time, and her dad has paid some of it, so I have some money that I owe left to the lawyer, and then I can start paying back her dad. Really getting sick of having to owe people money all the time. Trying desperately to build up emergency savings so that I can use that instead of standing around with my hat in my hand every time something goes wrong.

eBay selling has started to take a turn for the better. I finally sold the water pump to the other bidder who promptly paid, and I shipped it and got my first positive feedback, which, after all, is what makes the eBay world go 'round. The guy that bought the plate finally paid as well, so yay me.

When looking through a drawer the other day I found a book from my last grad school class. As much as nostalgia wants me to keep my books, what ever on earth for? So I looked online and it sells for over $100 new, so I put it on eBay for $40.

Four bids already, with 21 views, and one "watcher." And I just listed it a day or two ago. Time to see what I have on the shelf in my office...

I think I'm going to try to challenge myself to list something new on eBay each and every day. The other evening I also went through a jar I had of old coins. Some of them are from Europe from when my Uncle was in the Army there. None of them are particularly old, or for that matter, are worth (seemingly) a whole lot, but maybe I can get unlucky and unload them in groups or something. I also have about sixty buffalo nickels with all the dates rubbed off them. If nobody wants those I suppose I can trade them in at the bank for five cents each. Heh.

As we prepare to enter the last quarter of the year, it seems to me that this turned out to be a pretty good one, and the fourth quarter should be the best (financially) for us. I got a raise last month that will take affect on my upcoming paycheck. The redhead didn't get one because their union contract has expired and is still being negotiated, but once that happens, I'm certain she will have a pay increase, and they'll back pay her to the middle of last month when the contract expired, so that will be cool. And the mortgage payment actually goes down eighty bucks starting in October to offset the amount it went up a year ago when I switched auto insurance to the gecko and that made my home insurance go through the roof because I no longer had it all in one place. Whoops.

We're making great strides with our debt. I should have the lawsuit paid off by the end of the year. I already have the plans in place for fixing the pool next Spring. The only think thus far that is on the radar for me money-wise is affording a golf cart so that the kids quit harping on me about that. And really, I miss playing golf several times a week as well. But I'll pinch my pennies and save up for that--totally doable.

All in all, everything is going well. Now let's sell some more of this stuff...

Posted: Thursday, September 08, 2011, 11:38 am
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