Day 3 of Money Challenge #1, Part 2

To avoid breaking the chain of accruing cash to aid in my $500 goal, I kind of turned my dresser upside down to try to find loose change. And I looked on top of the washing machine. 

Together, my ventures provided me this modest loot: 



$0.53………I’m rollin’ in it. But at least i didn’t break the chain! Day 3 has some money buried in it after all!

Bonus for the foreign currency I found in my dresser: 



An Indian rupee….somehow in my dresser. A French franc….somehow in my dresser. And two small Canadian coins that fell out of a vending machine at my work. Look at me, I’m cultured!

Day 3…….oh my this is sad.

Today’s gain: $0.53

Total amount accrued: $12.71

Left for the win: $487.29

Day 3 of Money Challenge #1: $500 in 31 days

I’ve always been a big believer in the high probability of jinxing oneself. And I seem to have done it again. I have 5 listings floating in the big sea of Craigslist and no one’s biting!

Selling stuff online can take time. But dammit I don’t want to lose my money streak!

Scanning my brain when I got home from work for some “fast cash” possibilities, I remembered this ole’ girl:


Psst! It’s a piggy bank! The Beard and I used to make bets on random things for $1 and put it in the piggy bank, which we called The Vacation Fund. Example: “I bet you don’t know that actor’s name?” “Of course, I do! That’s Jeff Goldrush!” “Wrong! It’s Jeff GoldBLUM. Put a dollar in The Vacation Fund.”

But we kind of forgot about it. Or at least I did. Until today!

And just as I was humming “Sweet Mystery of Life” and getting ready to open the piggy bank and count up the goodness for my challenge, The Beard walked in. I had told him about the challenge yesterday and I explained the rules.

“Isn’t a piggy bank like a savings account?” He asked. “And can’t the $500 not come from any savings account you have?”  I started to make the argument that a piggy bank is not an actual savings account and it’s just forgotten money lying around like coins in the couch cushions but then I realized how desperate I sounded. Of course a piggy bank is a savings account. It may be a primitive depression-era type savings account only seriously utilized by 7 year olds and 70 year olds alike, but it’s a savings account nonetheless.

Herumph! Got me on a technicality.

Unless some sweet angel responds to my Craigslist postings with some cash in hand within the next 2 hours, Day 3 might prove fruitless.

Day 2 of Money Challenge #1: $500 in 31 days

After a blast of Spring weather yesterday, today is back to cold and dreary Winter. This made me very productive in listing stuff to sell on Craigslist while watching a marathon of the show Community.

In the last 24 hours, I’ve listed the following items on Craigslist: 

  • gross BBQ grill (see post from yesterday)
  • media shelf that’s been sitting in the garage ever since The Beard (my husband) and I downsized our dvd collection.
  • a pair of candelabras that I have no idea why I own or how i got.
  • a set of very heavy cast iron window weights from our bathroom remodel because I’m an optimist.
  • an 8 jigsaw puzzle pack that I got as a gift and never opened.
  • a picnic basket with wine and cheese accessories that I’ve had for years but have never used.

I listed stuff for cheap with the aim to sell and get rid of it.

….And it’s working!!! 

I made ten buckaroos this morning!



That’s right. I got so excited about it that I decorated a special “money bag” to store my Money Challenge loot!

Now I keep refreshing my e-mail to see if I have any other buyers. Selling stuff is strangely addicting.

Day 2

Today’s gain: $10

Total amount accrued: $12.18

Left for the win: $487.82