Sunday, April 22, 2012

$10 Dollar Challenge, Week 2

This past weekend I went out garage selling & found NADA. 
They were all duds.
However, on the way home from church Sunday we spotted this little drop leaf table with a sign labeled 'free' so we picked it up, took a picture, put up a 2 second ad on Craigslist & had it sold for $8.00!
In the spirit of good sportsmanship I have given this one to Ryan :-)

Week 2 Totals:
Me: $40.00 Profit, $50.00 total to spend
Ryan: $8.00 Profit, $18.00 to spend.
TOTAL PROFIT:  $48.00 in 2 weekends.
See You Next Week!

Monday, April 16, 2012

$10.00 Challenge

Ryan & I enjoy a good competition between us from time to time, so after reading this blog we got the idea to try this for ourselves.  We are EACH starting the garage sale season with $10.00 a piece.  The goal is to try to buy an item, sell it & see how much $$ we can build through the summer. We buy an item at a garage sale/Craigslist etc and then resell the said item. And whatever money we *potentially* profit we'll go on a date/weekend away etc. depending on the amount.   I will try my hardest to keep you up to date on how we are each doing.  I am ahead so far...yeah!
The Rules:
  • Our Garage Sale season starts Saturday April 14th
  • End of the competition  September 2nd
  • You cannot go in "debt" buying an item
  • you can borrow from the other person as long as they are okay with that
  • we will tithe 10% of our end profits 
Not only do I love this, but it gets my husband EXCITED about wanting to go garage selling with me! (double bonus!)  We headed out Saturday morning & I spent my whole $10.00 all in one place and bought this...
 Now, nothing special but I was able to sell it today for $50.00!  One thing had caught Ryan's eye but it was in a little rougher condition than we thought we could resell it for.  {Check back for updates throughout the summer}
Week 1 standings:
Ashley: $40.00 profit
Ryan: 0.00

Let the Games Begin!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Bookmooch Review

I'll say it...
I've turned into a bookmooch junkie!
I loooooovvvveeeee this site! 
{so much better than}
Here is how it works:
BookMooch is a community for exchanging used books. BookMooch lets you give away books you no longer need in exchange for books you really want.

  • Give & receive: Every time you give someone a book, you earn a point and can get any book you want from anyone else at BookMooch. Once you've read a book, you can keep it forever or put it back into BookMooch for someone else, as you wish.

  • No cost: there is no cost to join or use this web site: your only cost is mailing your books to others.

  • Points for entering books: you receive a tenth-of-a-point for every book you type into our system, and one point each time you give a book away. In order to keep receiving books, you need to give away at least one book for every two you receive. 

  • Feedback score: each time you receive a book, you can leave feedback with the sender, just like how eBay does it. If you keep your feedback score up, people are most likely to help you out when you ask for a book. 

  • I have never paid more than $3.00 for shipping
    I ship my books in good 'ole Kraft paper {way cheaper than bubble wrap}
    wrap well with strong shipping tape
    ship media mail {usually always cheaper than 1st class}
    my local hy-vee can send them at the customer service desk so I don't have an added trip to the post office! {my personal favorite!}
    I've already received a few books!
    I've already been to a few garage sales already & bought a few books for .25cents & sent out 2 of them.

    Three books which I am very passionate about are: The purpose driven life, babywise & Dave Ramsey's total money makeover.  My hope is to start collecting a few copies of each & given out when then time arrives.  For example, when delivering a meal to a new mom drop off a copy of babywise with it.  Even if they don't read it {any of them} I think it goes that extra mile to say you are loved.

    Pretty sweet, huh?
     Click HERE to see what all the fuss is about!

    Thursday, April 12, 2012

    How to cook ground beef in a crock pot

    A few weeks ago I was chatting with our Pastors wife about tips on a whole bunch of different topics...
     Mainly, on staying sane as a mother of young children! 
    {you mothers out there KNOW what i'm talking about!} 
    Enter Dinner time craziness!  
    She told me she cooks all  her ground beef in the crock pot.
      I was very intrigued & went home to try this method myself.

    put crock pot setting on high
    put in raw, thawed meat (i used 4 lbs)
    put in a few seasoning (all purpose seasoning & minced onions)
    come back once an hour to stir well
    drain once fully cooked (took about 4 hrs)
    and ...

    i put my cooked meat in zip lock containers & put 'em in the freezer. 
    Now, I can have quick meals...such as tacos, chili, hamburger helper meals, sloppy joe's, tator tot casserole's etc made SO quickly!  
    Pretty neat.  

    Friday, April 6, 2012

    if only I had an iphone {red stamp app}

    one of the coolest phone applications I've seen in awhile is this red stamp app. 
    very cute way to send a message.  
     Hopefully android will get this soon...
    best part?  it's FREE!
    Click HERE

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