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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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