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eBay Sales: August $2601.00 & Driving Without AC

Last month I sold $2601.00. Which isn’t bad at all. I’m really happy. Selling on eBay isn’t all fun. It may seem like it is but I do have days where I just want to give up. I have days where I  doubt myself. That also includes asshole customers that return things item not as described when they clearly wore the item. I also have customers who don’t pay, and customers who want a partial discount claiming a minor flaw… blah blah blah blah. Still I’m able to do this on my own time. Please don’t use my experience/example if you should do it by yourself. I have to also point out my husband works too and we do have health insurance through him.

I also have been driving my car without the AC on. Living in the desert requires…REQUIRES AC in your car. Unfortunately we already have been spending on my car,on other things, and other household expenses have priority. It’s not too bad. I’m just lucky we live close to almost everything and the weather has become considerably better ( mostly 80s this week).

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Student Loans $14,870

I don’t update my side bar enough. It’s because I’m ashamed to admit that I haven’t been paying down my student loan debt as fast. So I updated it today and there is $14,870 left.

I feel like I have to look at our finances again. You know, combing through every credit card statements, loan statements, bills etc. Even though we generally have an idea how much we are saving and spending, every now and then it’s good to do this. Especially since we have a new monthly bill for our used car now. We are not spend thrifts by any means but doing this keeps us in track. Perhaps I’ll put up our numbers come September.

$18.00 Per Hour To Rent A 2 Bd Home

Head on over to Business Insider to find out how much it cost to rent a 2 bedroom home in your state.

I would say that seems about right. Currently Las Vegas is at that stage again where it’s cheaper to buy a home than it is to rent. I have friends and family members who are looking to buy a home. Rent is going up and to them it doesn’t make sense to pay that much money when they can buy a home with more space. Las Vegas is a very volatile market in real estate so I would be very careful to buy if you are not planning to live here for a while. We lucked out on ours because we bought ( I sold my townhome) during the recession.

Is the map accurate for your area?

Online Seller Update

Hey everyone. I hope your weekend is going great. I just wanted to update a little about sales on eBay. For May my total (meaning sales+shipping) was $1850.00. The summer slow down is here. Luckily I paid off our small debt for our computer, and able to pay other things with that still.

It’s been a few weeks of quitting my part time job and I don’t miss it. I do miss some people. For example the managers at Albertsons & Dollar Tree were very helpful and accomodating. The ones are Walmart were can I say… ugh. If you are new here my part time job was a merchandiser for a separate company. I did not work at these stores as employees but as a vendor. I still had to follow certain rules and got to look what goes on in the back scene. Overall my experience was generally good.

Here’s wishing to great sales on the weekend!

Moment Of “Uhh What?”

I met with a friend I hadn’t seen in forever after having Calvin. Though I think what I said to her probably won’t make her want to schedule a get together anymore. I thought I should mention it because it is finance related. I really don’t care how people spend their money. Yes I will judge when they complain because when I say things it’s because my insight is probably something they didn’t think about.

Anyways my said friend was asking me if there was a way to bypass pandora’s ads appearing during music. I told her why don’t you just pay the $3.99 a month to bypass it. I know that comes out to $48 a year but to my family it’s money worth spending because we listen to it for hours everyday. She then tells me she doesn’t want to spend the money monthly. She then starts to down a  $12.00 cocktail. Which I pointed out the money spent on a $12.00 cocktail was  3 months worth of ads free music. Yup …. which she downed in half an hour.

April 2017 Month In Review: eBay Sales $2,350.00

In April I sold  $2350.00 That’s pretty accurate and that’s after a few returns. I’m pretty happy about that number and I’m ready for May. In April I had spurts of listing rhythms and some days I didn’t. I currently list 15-18 items a day between 15-20 days a month. I hope to list 25 items a day eventually. I’m just slowly easing myself in to that.

We just came back from our weekend getaway.  I think it might have helped my husband but I still think he needs to see a therapist. He still doesn’t want to but he eventually wants to schedule one. I can’t just force him to see one. He has to want to see one on his own as oppose to his wife dictating what he should do.

Our weekend get away was at Lake Havasu City, AZ. It’s about a couple hours drive from Las Vegas. I definitely enjoyed the drive getting there and our hotel room was pretty sweet. We  stayed at London Bridge Hotel and we love the cozy atmosphere at during the week. Unfortunately I didn’t take much pictures. Was having too much. I will post what I did take eventually.

Budget Travels: Planning Calvin’s 1st Birthday. ROAD TRIP:).

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(Calvin in his play pen)

My family is planning a road trip to CA for Calvin’s 1st Birthday. The main reason is we want to celebrate a double birthday with my Father in Law. My husband has a few vacation days left and we figure we will use them to go to him. He actually flies out to visit my brother in law’s daughter (his granddaughter) the same month. So having him fly out twice is tiring. I know most seniors don’t want to accept the fact that they are a little more worn down. He keeps telling us he doesn’t mind flying to us instead of us driving to him. Yet we reminded him we want to do this. CA  in our opinion probably has more family friendly things to do instead of NV. Plus my son is almost at that walking stage and to be honest my Father In Law’s house is big enough for his curious mind and active body to be entertained for hours.

What will cost us money is renting a car. We use to take my husband’s car but it is old. 2001 Honda Civic. We are literally trying to drive it until it falls apart and I know it is at that stage. Except we don’t have the money to buy a car. We do, but we would like to save a big down payment before we do. Unfortunately his car is only good for getting around town and not for driving state to state. My car is too small and doesn’t have cruise control for trips like that (We try to pack everything we need for Calvin instead of buying stuff there). So now we decided for every road trip that will take more than 3 hours, we will rent a car.

We rented an SUV last Christmas from Hertz through AAA.com. Our car rental experience was a so so experience so we are renting a Minivan through dollar rent a car through AAA.com. Let’s hope we have a better experience. You see Hertz knowingly rented us a recalled SUV (Hyundai Santa Fe). Driving a recalled car is no biggie because even our current cars have recalls. Except that this recall affected the gas tank. It wouldn’t let us fill the tank all the way. At first my husband just traded the car in without double checking the receipt. I noticed the charge for gas and told him to talk to the car rental place about it. They said it’s because we traded the car in. Of course after telling them” why should we pay for gas on a recalled SUV that was having that problem?” they gave us a full refund. I’m not sure if they normally give out refunds, or if it’s because we rented through AAA. Still we wanted to try other options. Let’s hope the dollar rent a car is better.

I still haven’t plan out an itinerary but I want to go to Julian CA to just walk around and enjoy their famous apple pie. We still don’t know if we want to go to the zoo. It’s a short trip and planning things to do around my son’s naps isn’t exactly fun. Going on a vacation with a baby isn’t exactly a calm vacation but we feel it’s worth it to enjoy more time with Grandpa. I can’t believe my sweet baby is turning 1 already. It makes me all teary eyed just thinking about it.