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That’s something my mom and I often debate when I tell her that I’ve started ____ to save or earn money.

To test this, my trusty 2009 Excel spreadsheets showed —

Money earned —

  • $126 from selling 4 items through Ebay, Facebook Marketplace, and Half.com.
    I sold some software I never used, an XBOX 360 video game and college football tickets that I won, and a book that I purchased for a sociology class. I have a few more books listed that will hopefully be bought at the beginning of next semester. While the money earned is nice, I think this is mainly just a good way to get rid of stuff that has little value to me.
  • $100 opening bonus on my Citi Forward card. (I think I’ve spend under $400 on the card, total, ever. All of which is paid off monthly, of course.)
  • $60 in Amazon.com gift cards from Swagbucks.
  • $53 dollars in photo contest prizes.
    Much credit goes to the model (my parents’ yorkshire terrier), although I did spend a couple of hours preparing the entry..
  • $10 in Amazon.com gift cards from a post-purchase survey about rain boots I bought.

(I think all of this money-stuff was done from July–now.)

Works in Progress —

  • 1259 1289 MyCokeRewards (mycokerewards.com) points that I should really spend. I want to figure out which prize has the highest value to points ratio, first, though.
    Diet coke is my favorite — while soda is a waste of money, I figure that I might as well get as many rewards as possible out of it. (The points in my account have been accumulating for a couple years, with a lot of  help from AT who is also quite the diet coke drinker. I’ve also been known to take the 2L caps home to enter the codes after a party, too…)
  • ~3500 points on mypoints (enough for a $25 gift certificate, although I may wait until I have enough points for a $50 gift cert since the points-per-dollar ratio is lower. The lowest points per dollar giftcard is $50 to Macy’s, but their items have higher prices to begin with than other retailers so it may not be the best deal.)
  • 1200 frequent flyer miles on United. I just spent 1600 frequent flyer miles on two magazines.  The magazines probably aren’t a great deal  miles per cent wise, but I don’t plan on flying much anytime soon, and miles are notoriously difficult to use. Also, most of my trips are for business purposes and are free (to me, at least!)


  • $441.23 $449.47 total, assuming nothing gets rejected. Remember to always keep photocopies of your slips, forms, UPCs just in case a problem arises.

While no where close to a full-time income, this isn’t too bad for here-and-there activities!


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Selling Stuff

I just listed another book from the past semester on Half.com. I think it took about 5 minutes this time, as opposed to about an hour the first time while figuring everything out.

I’ve gotten a lot of textbooks from sites like eBay — this is coming from someone who’s pretty picky about smells/looks/whatnot. I like a good price, but even spending a dollar on something unsatisfactory is wasteful.

Things that I mention in the listing (based on what I normally ask a seller if I’m buying)–

  • No smoking, food stains, or mold
  • Pages are not dog-eared, cover is not torn
  • No scribbling, in ink, pencil, highlighter, or otherwise.
  • Are there notes in the book? (Usually a no for me, although I did have a few sociology books crying out for annotations last semester.)
  • How well I am going to pack the book to ensure that USPS doesn’t trample it (free USPS flat rate shipping supplies?)

Honesty is the best policy of course. I’d also recommend delivery confirmation to prevent funny business, just in case. ;)

I try to schedule listings to end on an evening between Sunday – Thursday, on the assumption that people are more likely to go out on Friday or Saturday.

Keeping seasonality in mind is a good idea, too. I sold a video game at the beginning of December since it was more likely to fetch a high price as a Christmas present (greater demand, higher price — law of supply and demand.)

Similarly, my mom got a great deal on a Christmas crystal ornament the day after Christmas. She really loves the collectible line and will continue to enjoy the purchase for years to come, but less enthusiastic people would probably forget about the listing, being busy with the holidays and no longer being able to give the item as a gift.

Working on a new header, folks. This overly-introspective misty-bridge business has already gotten old.  As soon as I get up and build a new light box, Penny Couture will have it’s first unique theme!

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