- Savings: $202.44
- IRA: $121.46
eBay Challenge: $49.63
Survey Money: $0
Overall a pretty good month. I can't believe how much I made via half.com. I hope July will be just as good!
Archive for June, 2009
Today boyfriend and I finally bought a mattress.
We found a really good deal. Mattress, box spring, free delivery, and sales tax included for $299! It is a really comfortable mattress too, a Sealy.
Now the only other thing we have to buy is at least two dinning chairs. Everything else we are getting from family or can live without for a few months.
Unexpectedly, we are having a dinner party tonight. Boyfriend's two best friends (twins) are in town for only a couple more days (one is marine stationed in Japan and the other goes to school year round in Arizona). Because I pointed out to boyfriend that he doesn't have any more spending money (and can't go to the casino), he invited them over to the condo. Which is fine, but I have to somehow figure out how to feed 4 17-22 year old men who have stomaches the size of Mars on a meal that is only 4 servings (and I mean real servings- not the Americanized servings). I have a feeling I am going to come up with something extra to feed the five of us.
I finally got around to listing about half of the books I had found on half.com. I'll add the rest over the next couple days.
Two more days until we can begin moving in!
I've been doing some packing every day this week. A little here, a little there. Yesterday boyfriend and I picked up some glass jars for the pantry. I will use them to hold things like flour, cornstarch, pasta, etc.
I'm really anxious to move in. 3 more days! Wednesday we will sign the lease after my classes and we plan on bringing several boxes on the first day.
I sold a couple more books. My total is around $45 now. This month has been pretty good. I found about a dozen more books to add to half.com. I'm not sure I'm going to add them though. It takes some time to list them all but I don't want to put in the effort. Lazy, yes. I'm not going to give them away just yet. I've put them in the box with all the other books I'm selling for the time being. I'm going to wait a few weeks to decide what to do with them.
I think I'm going to make spaghetti tonight. I've been craving spaghetti lately.
Billy Mays was found dead today. Cause of death has not been announced yet. May he RIP.
I'm really starting to enjoy cooking. It is fun- a lot more fun than I used to give it credit for.
Boyfriend and I start to move in on Wednesday (I can't believe it is so soon!) and I want to make sure we have some things in the pantry before we move in officially.
So, how do I start a well stocked pantry? When I moved into my dad's, I didn't have to worry about that. My dad has pretty much everything you could ask for. All I needed to do was to keep it stocked.
I have a list of items I would like to get to get us started but I feel like I'm missing stuff. Any thoughts?
1. Olive Oil.
2. Canola Oil.
4. Brown Sugar
6. Buttermilk (dry, you add water)
7. Apple Cider Vinegar (quickly becoming a favorite!)
8. Some canned veggies (tomatoes, green beans, carrots, etc)
10. Canned tuna and chicken
11. Chicken Broth
14. Peanut Butter
18. Some canned soup (chicken noodle, cream of potato, etc.)
That's all I can think right now. These are the items I've used the most frequently over the past couple months but I plan on trying a bunch of new recipes (and making some of my own!). I'm just not sure what else I need. I would like all the items in my pantry to be able to be used in several recipes, not just a few specific ones.
Both Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson died yesterday.
Regardless of how you might have felt about either, everyone deserves to be mourned.
May they both RIP.
Today I sold three more books on half.com to the same buyer. I made $8.12 after commission. Shipping should come to about $5 as I had to put it in two separate packages. If it would be cheaper to send it in a flat rate box, I will do that.
My monthly total so far is: $40.53.
I also listed four more books today for sale. Hopefully they will sell quickly!
I went to the school library to check out a couple cook books. I couldn't find them! Or, I couldn't find any I liked. The only ones I could find were vegetarian cook books. I did check out a few interesting food related books: Julie and Julia, Dictionary of Culinary Arts, and The Gallery of Regrettable Food. I checked out a couple others but I can't remember the titles.
Yippee! After depositing my paycheck I now have $2,113 in my IRA!
Along with this good news comes bad news. I think I lost the debit card to my dad's checking. I can't find it anywhere. There is a chance it was thrown out last evening. Hoping to find our trash bag, I went to the dumpster this morning but it had already been picked up by WM.
I'll search for it tomorrow morning before class and if I don't find it I'll call the bank when they open.
One place I haven't looked is my boyfriend's car. I might have dropped it in his car.
At work today I seemed to injure and bruise myself non-stop. It was just one of those days. Constantly bumping into things, running things over my foot... you get the drift.
And then I get home, park my car, get out and walk in front of my car and.. ram my knee into my license plate! Already a bruise is forming.
I got my paycheck today! The one bright side. It was for $404.88. So Monday I will go to the bank and deposit it. $202.44 will go into savings, $121.46 will go into my iRA, and $80.97 will be used for spending money. Which I've kind of already spent. Not all of it, only about $30. Agh.
You know, it is a lot easier to justify spending little amounts of money when you are already spending large amounts of money. Boyfriend and I both had a lot of expenses this month- car registration/insurance, parking permits, medical bills... And we started to let our fun money go slightly over because hey, we just wrote a $200 check to boyfriend's doctor, what's the big deal?
Luckily our "out of control spending" lasted only a couple days and cost us only $30. Well, technically $32 and change when you consider sales tax.
Ok, I need to get to sleep. I am way past my bed time.
The heaviest, and most expensive, book I had listed sold today!
The book old for $7 + shipping. After commission I made $9.02. I compared the prices of shipping it and Media Mail will be the cheapest. It will cost $3.16 to mail.
This sale brings my June total to $32.41!
Is there any place I can check out general reviews of mattresses?
Boyfriend and I are shopping for a mattress. We want a good quality mattress, as it very important to have a good night's sleep. I've never paid much attention to the different brands of mattresses and really couldn't name any brands or even tell you their general quality. I'm not even sure what brand my current mattress is. Lol.
We'll be gong to RC Willey tonight as they are having a sale on mattresses. I'm wondering though- are there any brands of mattresses we should avoid? We want to get a mattress that will last a long time.
I tried a google search for reviews of mattresses but didn't come up with much.
Does anyone know of any websites I should check out or have a recommendation of what type of mattress we should shop for?
I finally reached a decision about the parking permit situation.
I had two options. Option A was to stick with my current parking permit and pay $205. Option B was to "step down" and go with the cheaper permit and pay $105.
My main concern was about walking to and from my car if I were to park in Option B. Since a shuttle does not stop in that area, there is less foot traffic coming and going. But I went over my schedule for the fall and the latest I get out is at 4 pm. Even during the winter, there is still some daylight at 4 pm.
So I have opted for Option B.
I also sold another book this morning! I made $3.48, bringing my total to $23.39 for the month. I'm starting to become a regular at the post office.
Another sale! Another $3.28, bringing my total to $19.91!
A conversation about my sales went as follows today:
Me: My books are selling so much faster than usual.
Boyfriend: Don't you have more listed than usual?
Him: So doesn't it make sense that the more you have listed, the more chances you have to sell one?
Me: Shut up.
Don't you just hate it when SOs point out the obvious to you?