Financial Survival…

In today’s world it’s hard enough making ends meet as a two income household. In our house it was two adults with college degrees working full-time. While the bills were paid there was still a strict budget and not much left after that, which is why we want out of this lifestyle and into full-time RVing. That being said, we can’t just toss all our belongings today, trade in our cars, and buy an RV. We have to make it through the next ten months while I finish school. We need to save some money, research, and plan.

BUT…Being in school full-time, the nursing program at that, I am no longer working full-time. Our rent and utilities alone are about $1,250 a month! So how do we make this work? First there is the obvious ways, my boyfriend still works full-time at his regular job and is looking for a second job, and I still work every other weekend.

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Action Figures: My boyfriend has an extensive collection of action figures that he began collecting years ago. These are his prized possessions, but he did begin collecting with the intention of one day selling some of them. He also realizes we have to get rid of most of our stuff in order to fulfill this dream and is more than happy to. We haven’t sold any yet, but many of these are vintage toys and are worth some money or at least what he paid for them. We have spent countless hours taking pictures and inventorying hundreds of action figures. Thankfully there is still a small path through the living room.

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Ebay: In the past we have sold on Ebay and we recently sold a few things and plan to unload some of the action figures this way. Ebay, however, is not my favorite avenue, the fees get ridiculous for one. My biggest issue with Ebay is there is a lot of buyer protection, but very little seller protection. No matter how many pictures you take or how well you describe an item, the buyer still did not see the item in person. If the buyer decides they simply don’t want it and would like a refund, but don’t want to pay return shipping, they simply have to claim the item was defective or not as described. Most buyers are great, but there are still plenty of jerks out there and when a situation like that happens you not only refund the item price, but also the shipping, which puts you in the hole. Customer service is of very little help to sellers and these situations can be quite frustrating.

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Flea Markets: We decided we also wanted to explore flea markets as an option. So last month we rented a space at our very first one. We chose a large flea market close by that is open every weekend. It’s nothing glamorous, but it was our first time and we wanted something to learn on. Because we were just learning we brought a number of random items, but no action figures or anything very valuable. We figured we have to get rid of stuff anyway, so why not try and sell it. Over all it was a great day, the weather was beautiful, sunny, and in the 80’s. We sold quite a bit of stuff and profited almost $200. We spent about eight hours there, we brought our cooler with food and drinks, and spent the day talking with one another and selling our stuff. I also spent a good portion of the day applying and reapplying SPF 50 and still managed to get a little burnt. I wore capris that day and towards the middle of the day propped my legs up on the cooler…..three weeks later I still have a mid-calf tan line. Pale girl problems.

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Random Internet Jobs: I have over the years tried a number of ways to make money online. At one point I answered questions for ChaCha, a text service where people sent in random questions. That paid I believe two cents a question, so if you had time you could eventually make a few dollars. I have used Inbox Dollars, a survey and task site, in the past and have started using it again. Inbox Dollars is by no means a get rich quick thing or a job replacement, but it is simple enough that if a few times a week you have ten minutes to do a few things you can over time accumulate some money. I have also in the past answered nursing related questions for a website of “experts”. I can’t remember what it was called, but people would buzz in and you would chat with them over the computer about whatever questions they had and you were paid by the minute at whatever rate you set. The issue with that was sometimes no one called. There are many other things I have thought about trying, but haven’t yet such as, shadow shopping, advertising on my car, transcribing, virtual assisting, and a number of other things. I’m sure there are a few others I have tried as well over the years, but forgot to mention.

So what have you tried? What are your thoughts? What has worked? What hasn’t? What is worth the time? Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments and feel free to link your blog posts about making extra money!

 

 

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