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Closing out my 2009 Challenge...

December 23rd, 2009 at 08:24 pm

...with $158.62. Not bad for 2 1/2 months. I'm not anticipating anything else coming in over the next week, and if it does, I'll likely not get to the bank anyway.

So the 2010 challenge is on!

I'm setting my goal high at $100/month. I'll be off to a good start because I'm still waiting for $15.20 in rebates that I haven't yet received, I need to mail in a rebate for about $10, and I just sold 4 books for a net of $37.16. I also never opened up my additional checking account (need to find the best bonus going), and I never cashed in all of my coins (though I did raid it of all its quarters on the day I went to the laundromat). Nothing like getting off to a good start!

Regarding the books, for anyone that's interested in selling books online, it really pays to compare prices. I had 4 hardcover books to sell. If I sold all 4 to Cash4books I would have gotten $28.99. If I sold all 4 to Powells, I would have gotten $32.50. By comparing the price for each of the 4 books, I'm selling 2 to Cash4Books and 2 to Powells for a total of $37.16. That's a big difference! In one case, I received $9.50 instead of $3.23, and in another I got $12.98 instead of $9. It only takes a few minutes to run the ISBN #s through both sites, so definitely worth it.

I spent a bit more than I wanted to for Christmas. More than last year but less than the year before. I'm happy with what I got though, generally bought on sale, and things that I think were really wanted and would be used and enjoyed.

Grocery shopping tomorrow, dinner at a cousin's tomorrow night, then hosting Friday. If I don't get a chance to get back on I'd like to wish my blogger friends a peaceful, merry Christmas filled with love and laughter!

6 Responses to “Closing out my 2009 Challenge...”

  1. homebody Says:

    Thanks for the book info. DH and I are not done decluttering and the books are next. We don't have that many, but I was just going to donate, but we have donated so much this year, a little cash next year might be nice.

  2. Ima saver Says:

    Have a wonderful christmas!!

  3. disneysteve Says:

    homebody, better to sell the books and then donate the cash if you'd like. You will probably get a lot more for the books that way. Give books to somewhere like Goodwill and they will just sell them in their store for $1. If you can sell them online for more than that, you can make a larger donation, get a larger deduction and possibly still keep some cash for yourself. Everyone wins.

  4. disneysteve Says:

    The problem with those sites that buy your books is they pay you very little compared to what you can get selling them yourself on half.com. I just checked a book that I listed this week on half.com. It is brand new, the 2010 edition of a medical reference book. Cover price is $15.95. On half.com, I priced it at $10.79 which is the lowest price currently being offered.

    Powell's will give me $3.00.
    Cash4Books will give me $3.32.

    No thanks. I'll stick with half.com. Might take a little while for it to sell, but I'm willing to be patient to get more than three times as much for it.

  5. mjrube94 Says:

    Good point, Disney Steve! My inventory on half.com expired a while ago and I never relisted it. I'm usually too much of an "instant gratification" girl for half, but I should get better about it.

  6. poohstixx Says:

    I appreciate the book info too! Decluttering our bookshelves is one of our upcoming projects. I'm definately going to check into the sites mentioned!

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