It's been a while since I updated on my book sales, so I'll wade right in.
The View From Saturday - $2.01
Vanishing Acts - $4.91
Someone Like You - $
The Mavericks - $1.80 profit
The Great American Novel - $4.77
Standing In The Rainbow - $3.06
Airs Above The Ground - $2.65
Fix It & Forget It Lightly - $7.43
The Cheehakoes - $8.14
Ballad of the Whiskey Robber - $4.08
Snow Crash - $2.32
Light - $3.05
The $20 challenge total is $785.36 now. That is an invisible number, as I had to close out my account in order to pay taxes. Mean, nasty taxes! Now I have to figure out a way to replace that money.
I took a pile of clothing to the consignment shop, things that I purchased at the last few yard sales I went to. I took some yard-sale purchased household items to another consignment shop, so hopefully that money will start to trickle in.
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It's been a while since I updated on my book sales, so I'll wade right in.
I've been getting the books that sold ready to ship, so I may as well update.
Delos - .88
Mommy Knows Worse - $4.58
Surviving Schitzophrenia - .81
Coming Out Straight - $13.19
Basics of Pistol Shooting - $4.73
Not very thrilling this time, but every little bit helps. This time adds $23.31 to $716.95, making the new total $740.26
I went to the bank and took out $40 so I could hit some garage sales. Well, I ended up going to two before coming home. The first one was an older couple, selling home decor, tools, housewares, golf items, etc. Nothing too exciting there. The second sale was awesome!
First of all, this garage was tricked out; it was the nicest one I've been in. The flooring was a combination of Pergo-type wood laminate and an all purpose carpet, like what you would have in a business. There was a pool table, a small bar area, and a very nice setup to store tools. There was a TV on the wall. I've never seen anyone finish a garage to look like a rec room before, but they did a nice job.
Anyhow, I was able to find tons of beautiful infant clothes and household items. I spent less than $45 and walked away with a huge box of goodies.
Yesterday I went to the library and spent $1.00 on two books. Don't laugh - they have sold already.
Guns, Germs, and Steel - $7.81 profit
Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister - $5.14 profit
also sold last night;
Shoot the Moon - $2.48 profit
Totals for the last couple of days - $45.25 spent and $15.43 profit. I need to subtract $29.82 from the challenge total of $746.77 to make the new amount $716.95.
Here are some book that have sold recently;
Fibroids - $2.46 profit
The Joy of Fatherhood - .24 LOL
Blowing My Cover - $2.86
A Table in the Presence - $3.82
Crazy Plates - $10.14
I'm too nice sometimes. I assumed that the fatherhood book is for Father's day and there's no way it will get from here to California via media mail on time. People just have no idea how long media mail can take. So, I shipped it Priority. Sheesh. Big profit there. Anyhow, the challenge total is $746.77
I'm going to try very hard to buy and sell more books. We have a tax bill that is huge and needs to be paid. I think I'm going to have to use a chunk of the challenge money to help pay it off. It's also time to hit the garage sales to find things to sell, plus have one of my own.
With that said, here are a few books that have sold recently;
The Kite Runner - $2.86 profit
Blackberry Wine - $3.25
Jumpstart Prep - $1.93
Sick Puppy - $3.04
Snowfall - $1.45
A Red Heart of Memories - $3.91
Why a Daughter Needs a Dad - $3.79
Excuse Me, Your Life Is Waiting - $5.69
I would have done better on the last title but I decided to ship it via Priority mail, which costs $2.46 more. I'm assuming that it's a Father's Day gift and media mail might not get it there in time. A lot of people don't realize how long media mail can take.
The total for this lot is $25.92 and I'm hoping to work on adding and culling books from my bookshelf over the next few weeks.
I have $727.25 in the challenge savings account. I'm not sure if I'll be able to hang on to that. The tax bill is due in about two weeks. I also need to transfer some money from my last paycheck to add to savings. That's on hold for the moment while I go over our budget.
Yesterday DS had his graduation ceremony from elementary school. Next year we have middle school to look forward to - yikes! They did a nice job for the most part. I enjoyed the slide show; each kid was shown as a baby or very young child and then as they are today. I have to admit I got a little mushy over that part. It seems like just yesterday...(sniff)
I took him to a movie after he got home from school. I was going to add my piggy bank money to the challenge amount, but spent it yesterday. Movie tickets - $5.50 each (twilight show), candy, soda, and an ice cream at the store, $6.00, and popcorn at the movie theatre $4.00 (we shared a medium and it was just right). It was nice to have the money on hand for doing something fun and I wanted to celebrate with him the end of the school year. It was worth the $21.00 I spent.
The library is within a mile of the movie theater and you know I just had to stop to see if there were any good books to buy. I set DS up with a book of his choosing and one I grabbed on impulse, "Freaky Friday". He got really immersed in that one and seemed sorry to return it to the shelf when I was done with my book purchase. There are so many good children's books that just never go out of style.
I spent $6.00 on my books. As I was paying with the money from my piggy bank I was a little embarassed to be paying with quarters and dimes but the librarian was so grateful for the change. She said they needed it badly. The ladies that work at the library are so nice and I enjoy going there. I spent $6.00 and so the new challenge amount is $701.33.
Here are some books that I have sold recently;
Candy - $6.57 profit
Death On The Installment Plan - $7.96 profit
I Know This Much Is True - $1.91 profit
Into Love And Out Again - $4.20
Ishmael - $2.71
Bird By Bird - $6.46
The Underpants - $1.98
One Continuous Mistake - $1.69
The Sweater Letter - $17.02
The Many Lives & Secret Sorrows Of Josephine B. - $1.57
I'll be right back - I think I'm burning dinner...
OK, I'm back, and the rice has been rescued. The book sales for this time came to $52.07, and my new challenge total amount is $707.33.
Today while I was running errands I went to the bank to add to the $20 challenge savings account. I've been saving a percentage of my paycheck and today I added $60 to my saving account. I was delighted to see that the total is $715.26 saved.
This branch seems to always be slow. It's not the tellers, it's the customers. Today there was the woman, totally ignoring the fact that there were six people waiting in line, asking question after question about saving accounts, certificates of deposit, etc.
Let me tell you that the teller helping her is someone that I like. She said "Why don't you go over to the sit-down area, and someone is ready to help you there with your questions?" The woman said "No, I'm OK", and wanted more information. The teller said "You may be OK, but the people behind you are waiting for us to finish here. It would make more sense for me to assist them, and for someone to help you that can give you the detailed answers that you need."
It was so awesome. She said it in a nice but firm way. I know that anyone that has to deal with customers needs to keep them happy, but a little common sense is a good thing too. Luckily the woman took it the right way and went to be helped where she should have gone in the first place.
I haven't updated the $20 challenge in a kazillion years. Well, a couple of weeks, anyhow. Here are the books that have sold;
Deerproofing Your Yard & Garden - $3.50
The Known World - $4.19
The Dirt On Breaking Up - $2.50
Women's Encyclopedia of Natural Healing - $10.49
Dark Nights of the Soul - $3.76
Night of the Mary-Kay Commandos - $1.91
Detours, Tow Trucks, and Angels in Disguise - $1.69
The Wedding - $2.18
The Unbearable Lightness of Being - $5.57
I Know This Much Is True - $3.07
Those Pearly Gates - $4.64
Scary Stories 3 - $1.33
That adds up to $44.83 to add to my $20 challenge savings account. I also received a reward for opening a checking account at TCF bank for $50.00. Pretty good incentive! $568.43 + $94.83 is $663.26. I wouldn't have believed it would add up so quickly. I went to the library Tuesday and bought some more books. The total was $8.00, again. So my new challenge total stands at $655.26.
I went to the library the other day and found some more books to sell. The total cost was $8.00, and my new $20 challenge total is $568.43.
I never did take a photo of the front before DH put the mulch down. This is the after.
I don't know if I'm doing this right. Let me know if you can see anything through my link.
Shadow is still in a lot of pain. She has a new Fentanyl pain patch and has been given a prescription for Valium. The muscle relaxers and pain pills weren't doing it, and she would just cry and cry. If this isn't resolved by the end of the week, we will just have to let her go.
I've been taking time off of work to care for her, and the vet bills are adding up.
I stopped by the paint store today. I'm going to paint the front door and garage door today, and keep an eye on the dog. Hopefully she will rest more easily today. None of us have been sleeping well.
The kids know that we may have to have Shadow put to sleep. They just want her to be pain-free. She is only 6 years old.
Well, I'm off to start scraping and painting. Have a good day.
I almost forgot - I deposited $110 from my last couple of paychecks into my $20 challenge savings account. The new total is $562.85 - I need to update some books costs and sales later. It's a big step in the right direction. I haven't saved money in too long.
I've sold a few more books;
To Do My Best - $8.51 profit
Sea Of Grey - $3.28 profit
Healing Foods - $9.87 profit
Youth Bible - $6.26 profit
Who Moved My Cheese? - $2.75 profit
Not bad this time. These books were from the Salvation Army. There's another library I want to check out. I also need to find time to hit the yard sales. My new challenge total is $463.40.
Here are the recent titles of books I've sold;
Five Quarters Of The Orange - $5.61 profit
Second Helpings - $3.71 profit
Delivered From Distraction - $9.86 profit
Hank Zipter book - .80 profit
Shopaholic & Sister - $3.07 profit
Magical Thinking - $5.15 profit
Yay, You! - $4.76 profit
Daughters of the Moon - The Sacrifice - $3.89 profit
Hellion - $1.45 profit
Seven Laws of Teaching - $2.76 profit
Dead Man Walking - $2.49 profit
How Men Have Babies - $4.16 profit
Matters of the Heart - $4.62 profit
Pretty good this time. I love it when the books go for a high profit. It balances out the inexpensive ones. Total profit this time comes to $52.33, making my new total for the $20 challenge $432.73.
Bee Season - $2.13
The Heart Revolution - $2.20
The Passion - $4.35
The Idiot Girls' Action-Adventure Club - $2.09
The Dante Club - $2.02
Grand Central Winter - $2.40
Little Green Men - $1.45
Wait Till Next Year - $1.45
Total for these books is $18.09, and I made an additional $35 on E-Bay. Added to the previous $327.31, my new total is $380.40 so far. Now that yard sale season is almost here, hopefully I can invest some of this money in more things to re-sell at the local consignment shops.
Well, I was able to take care of all of my errands. First stop, Salvation Army. I spent about $4.50 on books and also got some other items. A soap dispenser for the bathroom I'm remodeling. It's of Pooh bear in the 100 acre woods. I know, I'm weird. A new computer keyboard for $5.99 - it's a nice one. The space key on this one sticks and drives me crazy. A very pretty new wreath for the front door. I've had my eye on one at Target for a while, but it's $30. This one was $2.99 and is still new. It's not the same one but is just as nice. A Pfaltzgraff item to sell on E-Bay. Pretty good haul today.
I went to a consignment shop I frequent and they had a couple of checks for me. They came to about $27; I really need to bring more items there. Last summer I bought things at yard sales and consigned them, and this year I'll add the costs and profits into the $20 challenge amount. I just love yard sales.
Next the bank, I transferred the money into my savings account for the $20 challenge and deposited my checks. Emergengy fund established!
Another consignment shop, this one a children's one. I got $8.00 there, and resisted buying a shirt for DS.
The paint store. I got a small can of ceiling paint and a small roller to touch up said ceiling and paint the trim and door. I'll probably have time to do that next Tuesday.
Next, Target. I returned a towel bar that was too short (duh) and found some hand towels on clearance. Very pretty.
Finally, the library. I did that last because it's the most time-consuming. I spent $20 and got lots of good ones.
I came home, made cookies, listed the books, and here I am!
If my math is correct, I can add $10.50 to the $20 challenge fund. I made $35, spent $24.50 on books to sell- so the new total is $327.31