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eBay Sales, New Car, Random Updates

Just a note: I’m actually more active on my instagram page maithriftsthings. Click there to see my latest post.

My latest post on Instagram was me posting my numbers on eBay & Poshmark. My numbers were great in my opinion. Most of those items sold were stuff I’ve been trying to get rid of so I sold them at cost plus fees. Aside from my reseller life, we bought a new (used) car, and finally had our first meeting for a therapist.

On eBay my total sales (does not minus fees, shipping, taxes, etc) was $2470.00 I’m REALLY happy with that number because that means my profit after said fees, shipping, and taxes) is usually 50% or 60% of whatever I sell. So let’s just say I profitted $1,250.00 Much needed profit for the new used car we bought (eBay also pays my side of bills such as insurances, and etc).

Yup… we bought a car for my husband. Actually we bought a minivan. My husband car was a 2001 Honda Civic and it was just getting costly to fix. Plus with our growing family, we wanted something bigger. Could we afford it? Well to be honest no. I still had my student loans to pay off. The car payment is roughly $300.00 a month…except it’s for 72 months. It’s not super expensive but why would we get a loan for 72 months? Couldn’t we just get a car that’s $200 a month? Sure but to be honest we have been talking about getting a minivan for a while now. Plus I have been putting $500-$700 in the savings account based on the profits of reselling. The 72 months gave us the better rate of 2.5 percent . I’m hoping we can pay this off earlier though. We are talking about paying $350 instead of $300 a month to speed off paying it off.

Another thing I want to mention was that we finally saw the consultant at the Mental Health place for my husband. It went well and she referred us to a licensed therapist who has dealt with people who are suffering the same depressive episodes. She doesn’t think my husband needs medication right now but it’s for the other therapist to really do a better diagnosis. She is a licensed therapist too but she feels the other one would be a better fit. It’s a therapy sessions for us for the next couple of months and I am happy. My husband is happy too and feels he should have done this sooner.

 

Blah Kind Of Day

Today is Saturday. Usually on this day I’m pretty busy. Listing, shipping, cleaning, watching Calvin, and planning what to make for dinner for the whole week. I’m in a blah kind of mood so I decide to just take a break from everything but taking care of my Son and dinner.  The mess will be here tomorrow still and my eBay store is still up and running.

Do you have one of those days? Most days I just charge on even if I am tired but today I’m just tired. I feel it in my bones I need to rest. I feel fortunate that this is a luxury I can do. Technically I’m still busy doing mommy duties but that’s a duty I don’t turn off ever even if I am sick.

Finally! Mental Health Progress

It finally happen Y’all! My husband has agreed to see a therapist! I don’t write here enough about it. I mentioned in the past that he has been having high anxiety and OCD tendencies. He has been like this for at least 4 months and it just felt forever. I love my husband but just watching him suffer hurts me. If you have a love one who is literally begging you to see one then you probably should think of it. Even if it will cost money.

Unfortunately we will have to wait until August for his initial consultation. The office we want to go to is very busy. Also Nevada doesn’t exactly have a good system in mental health so finding a decent doctor is hard. Let’s hope we get a good one because I just want him to stop having so much anxiety.

If you just stumbled onto this page because of this title only, let me tell you a little about my husband. He does have a history of ADD. He went through many doctors, medications to get his ADD in control. Unfortunately I think around high school he wanted to stop taking medication. So he did and has done pretty good without it until now. I have a feeling we will have to go through tests and I’m not familiar with it. Especially since he is an adult. Let’s hope everything works out and I can’t wait for the first appointment. If you have anything to say that is HELPFUL to comment feel free to comment below. I do have to approve comments since I do not pay for spam not to be posted.

 

My Car, And Slump Of Sales

I’m experiencing the summer slump of sales eBay. At first I started to miss the extra money my former part time job brought in then I just realized I didn’t get much hours in the summer either. Which is why I’m thankful we have a small savings account for unexpected expenses.

It’s so hot right now that I haven’t been thrifting out as much. I purchased a small wholesale lot from a well respected instagram reseller and it will be on its way soon. Which means I have to list everything else before it comes. Besides that part of my life, my car has been having trouble.

As of now we probably put in nearly $650 on it for a bunch of testing and repairs. Ouch… we paid it and now I’m more confident in driving my car. It turned off while we were at a stop sign. My anxiety definitely showed up. I didn’t realize how much anxiety when I had my son with me. See if I was by myself I tend to not worry. Yet with a baby in the back, I started to worry. I didn’t have my AAA card and it was hot outside. Worse time to be stuck like that. Luckily my husband was with me and there was a gas station nearby. My car started eventually and we immediately brought it to our auto mechanic. It was bunch of things like the battery, and something with the electrical, plus we needed to replace brake pads too. Now I make sure to have my AAA card with me.

Some Updates

I haven’t been in a good place emotionally which is why I haven’t updated in a while. Something is currently going in my family which is currently under investigation. Finding out about this brings tears to my eyes and has put me through periods of daze and emotional pain. Which is why I decided to leave my part time job.

I think I mentioned that I was planning to leave since I had to choose between it and eBay. While my job gave me the freedom to come in when I want to it still took family time. eBay definitely takes time too but I’m able to turn it off when needed as oppose to someone depending on me. Since I was going in my job just sad and sometimes crying I thought it was best to leave earlier than expected.

Weekend Getaway & Anxiety

We are going away for a couple of days to Lake Havasu. My eBay business has definitely brought in some money and it’s nice to spend a small chunk of it on a much needed weekend getaway. I know I said it before we are saving for a car but I’m hoping this mini vacation will help my husband.

You see his anxiety has gotten worse recently. My husband has adult ADD and he is not taking any medication. He has gone off it for ten years at least. It was his personal choice not to take it and for the past ten years he did pretty good. Except his anxiety has gotten worse over the past few weeks. I have told him we can find a therapist. He doesn’t want to see one so I have to respect that. I know it’s because he doesn’t want to go back to the medication. I told him seeing a therapist doesn’t mean he has to go back on medication. A therapist can help him cope with his anxiety without being medicated.

Even though I have known him for 9 years, I can not comfortable say I understand adult ADD. I know him for sure but it’s not like I have the right to say I understand adult ADD. Which is why I’m willing to look for a therapist for him. I’m not a professional so speaking to one may even give me a better understand on how to help my husband when he is stressed. Though I have to respect his decision now to not see one. I told him if it is starting to affect our relationship negatively then maybe he should see one. He is slowly starting to warm up to the idea.

Aside from this, I’m pretty much just trying to work and take care of my son. He is doing well and has recently gone through a growth spurt. I can tell because he eats and sleeps more. Plus his hair is starting to grow faster. I hope Y’all have a good week.

Plan To Quit My Part Time Job

My husband and I have been discussing me leaving my part time job. I know my eBay income has improved dramatically since I started focusing on it more but will it last? That’s always the mentality of someone who is frugal.

My part time job isn’t very much hours but I do like the flexibility. Lately it has begun being a place I’m starting to dread going in. Which is why if I can get eBay to replace the income it brings, I would happily turn in my resignation.Yet there is so much things we want to do that it involves money. It makes leaving any type of steady income hard.

I have to also put things in perspective. This part time job really doesn’t have any benefits. I’m not even qualified for their 401K plan ( Well I am but I make so little It’s not worth putting money in). Plus it’s really starting to interfere with family time with my boys (husband and baby).

You see I can only source for inventory on my husband’s day off. Now I’m spending his days off either sourcing or at work. I know most families don’t get that much time with each other, but that’s not something my husband and I want. We really enjoy spending time with each other and if there is a viable way to do it then it should be done.

I’m not going to quit tomorrow. I’m thinking closer to the holidays is when I want it to happen. Plus I would give a month’s notice (my usual notice) so my managers can find and train someone.