6.17.2010

5 Ways to Declutter Books and Make a Little Money

I love books! It doesn't matter the author or the length; if it is a book I will read it with just one exception. I do not read Sci-Fi. The problem is there is only so much room in my home to store all the books that I read and my library doesn't always have the book I want to read either so that leaves me to buy quite a few. Some of you know that one of my goals for this year is to declutter the house and turn it into the home we can love and enjoy. This means I am looking for ways to get rid of books on a fairly regular schedule. So I thought I would share with you what I have been doing to accomplish this task.

1. Local Public Library - I check my local library's online catalog to see if they have the books. (Our local library built a brand new building last year and they do not have a lot of money to buy new books. Also when I walked in to it the first time, I was absolutely amazed at how many paperback books it had compared to hardback. I've had a library card since I was 5 and in all our years of living in many different places have never seen that many paperbacks in a library.)

2. Used Book Store - We are lucky enough to have 2 used book stores close by and a few others within driving distance. (I trade paperbacks here in order to try and save some money not having to pay full price.)

3. Goodwill - I have donated many books to them over the years. If you itemize your taxes they can be written off under charitable donations.

4. CKY Books - This is something new I just found and tried recently. I had several books that the library didn't need and was hoping to get a little money back from them. It was so easy. You go to their site, enter the ISBN and they will tell you what they pay for them. If you accept the offer, you then print out the packing slip & free mailing label, box up your books, drop the box at the PO and wait for payment to your Paypal account. I prepared them for shipping on June 6, mailed the box out on June 7, and received a deposit to my Paypal on June 15 for $22.68.

5. Paperback Swap - I have had a membership there for 3 years and have had 242 transactions. At Paperback Swap after you join, you list all the books you want to swap and then wait for other members to request them from you, when you receive a request you wrap up the book and mail it out. (Only cost to you is the postage to mail.) When you sign up and list 10 books to receive 2 free credits. You then use the credits to request books from other member. For each book you send to others you get 1 credit. According to them I have saved $427.50 trading books. It is super easy and with postage paid online you can drop the book in your home mailbox. The only complaint I have is the wait for books I want to read to be available. I may or may not possibly have issues with patience.

Currently my preferred way is the local library and the used book store, but I think CKY books may quickly become a new favorite way.

6.06.2010

Getting to Know Me...

Getting to know YOU

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The questions..

1. If a person has a booger in their nose. and you can see it, do you tell them?
That would depend on who it is.
2. What are you passionate about? Sad to say but nothing lately.
3. How long have you been blogging? Shockingly 5-1/2 years. My goodness I didn't realize I had been doing this that long.
4. What is your favorite "summer" drink? Ice tea. I'm a true born Southern so there is nothing better than a good cold glass of sweet ice tea.
5. What is your favorite type of music? Classic rock.
6. Something I do before I go to bed is......? Brush my teeth. Pretty boring huh.
7. My Summer vacation plans are...? We don't have any plans for vacation this year. I told hubby that we need to start planning 1 week of his vacation to travel to all those places we've always wanted to go but have never taken the time to.
8. My favorite must have, can't live without, beauty product is? I'm going to say nail polish. I never ever go without painting my toenails.

6.04.2010

When it Rains...

Why is that every time I start thinking about getting serious about getting out of debt something comes up that we have to spend money for and not small amounts of money either? Hubby called this morning from work and said he found oil on top of the engine so that means he is going to have to pull most of the engine out to fix it. Guess this weekend will be spent looking for hubby a vehicle he can drive while he fixes his car. So not how I was looking to spend a weekend or money!! When it rains it pours definitely fits at our house.

We have so got to figure out how to get out of debt and still be able for me to stay at home with the kids. Over the years we have made some really DUMB financial decisions and now we are paying for them. So far I haven't figured out how to get more money coming in without me having to go back to work. Sometimes I think we should sale our house and move to an apartment in order to cut back on some of our out going expenses but not sure we could get what we owe on it at this time. Not sure I could even convince hubby that it is a good idea either.

I have read blogs and websites and books about getting out of debt & finances and so far nothing is working for us. This is something I have so got to get a handle on and soon!

6.01.2010

Getting to Know Me...

This is usually posted on Sunday but this past weekend the kids and I were out of town. So here are my answers a couple of days late.


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1. Have you ever snooped around someone else's house? Nope because I always feel guilty even thinking about it.

2. Can guys and girls be friends? Yes they can in most cases.

3. Can you curl your tongue? No and I've been able to even though everyone else in my family can.

4. Have you ever stolen anything? No...Never!

5. Would you rather talk on the phone or text? Text...with 2 kids and a hubby it is easier to text and not have to worry about all the interruptions.

6. Memorial Day plans? Spent the weekend in Greenville, SC visiting family & school friends.

7. What do you do to relax? Read. There is nothing like a good book to help you kick back and relax.

8. Do you do anything to honor those that have died fighting for our freedom? Nothing special. Hubby retired from the US Navy 5 years ago and we always have our American flag flying high and proud.