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Scraping, scraping, scraping....

July 25th, 2007 at 09:10 pm

to get by. It seems like I've lived my whole life in that mode but, although I'm still living like that, there is one small difference. Instead of getting depressed and running up my credit card accounts, I pull up my debt repayment plan on the computer and look at the totals due and all the interest I pay each month. Talk about your wet blankets on a spending spree! That inevitably douses any desire to head to the mall with plastic in hand. I realized I had really arrived when I was flipping through the shop-at-home-til-you-drop catalogs and found that I was just flipping the pages absentmindedly. There was not ONE thing that I just HAD to have or thought would make a great present for someone. Although I only have 42.00 to get me through until next Friday, I'm optimistic that I can do it or at least make it until I get my 40.00 gas expense check. Plus, I have sold 16 CDs on Half.com and have 28 listed for sale. I sooooo wish I had not sold over 100 CDs to Half Price books. Such a waste! I think I might have received 50.00 max for all of them when I could easily have made four times that amount if not more. Oh well. Lesson learned and committed to memory. Now all I do is look at things and think "Can I sell it for more than what I paid for it"? And if I can't and don't absolutely need it then I pass it by. My new motto in life is to buy low and sell high whenever I can. Oh, to be sure, that won't happen every time I need or just plain WANT something but it will definitely hold my wants in check so that I don't go hogwild on a half-crazed shopping spree. At least not THIS week since 42.00 will not buy even a quarter-crazed spree let alone a half-crazed one. Smile



Ciao, my frugal friends!

So I begin......

July 12th, 2007 at 03:34 pm

my blog, at last! This will, of course, be short and sweet since I'm taking a few minutes from my job (bad Darla, BAD!!!!)to write a few, brief sentences. I have been lurking in the blog background long enough and decided to boldly go where just about everyone else has already gone before. Yea, I'm not much of an adventurer you could say. Smile

Anyhoo, this week has been a wonderful week for me since I just sold two items on Half.com and made about 43.00 from those two sales. I was very low on funds and worried about how I was going to make it until next Friday and now it's all good. This is the first time I have sold anything online before but it has really motivated me to go through my vast collection of crap and start listing just about everything I own with the exception of my beloved son and cat. I was so excited when I got my first sale. I wish I had done this last year before I went to Half Price books and sold off some books, cds, and dvds to them. I know that I could not have made more than 1.00 or 1.50 for each item and on Half.com I sold one item for 7.50 and another for 35.00. True, the latter was a multiple (4) CD item but the former was a single CD. I would love to kick myself in the butt for all the potential money that I have lost that could have been applied to my debt. ARGGGGGGGHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!! I WANT OUT OF DEBT!!! I'm sick of it! I looked at how much I pay in interest each month on my credit cards and loan and it just made me ill to see how much money I'm wasting. Totally NOT cool. I can't wait until the day that I'm free and clear of all debt and pay cash for everything with a big, FAT savings and retirement account on the side. Then I can say the same thing I said the day I left my ex-husband (which, appropriately enough, was also Martin Luther King day), "Free at last, free at last.....Thank God Almighty, I'm free at last!!!"

God Bless!