Day 9 of Money Challenge #1: $500 in 31 days – Trouble at Target

After a night hanging out with friends, I slept in ’til noon today and laid awake thinking of how to make some money to keep my cash streak going. Since The Beard and I go to Target most Sundays to peruse the aisles for deals and get frozen meals for the week, I thought of something to make some fast cash: I’d return two clothing items I bought a Target months ago that I have since decided I no longer want. They have the tags on them still so I figured this won’t be a problem.

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A dress and a top that I bought on sale and didn’t like how they fit once I got them home. So I packed them up and we went to Target. That’s when I ran into some trouble with my plan.  Since I bought the items a couple of months ago and didn’t have a receipt, the rep couldn’t give me any cash, so I got this instead: 

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A gift card for $35.51. I was okay with it but because of my money challenge, I couldn’t figure out how to factor in this game changer. Do I put the gift card in the money bag? Does it count at all towards the challenge? Do I exchange the gift card for cash to put in the money bag? Do I try to sell the gift card? Finally after we were done shopping, I applied the gift card toward our purchase and decided that I wouldn’t count it towards the challenge at all. 

After using the gift card, taking advantage of a Buy one Get one sale, a $3 off coupon, a $2 off coupon, and 5% off by using our Target debit card, we paid only $53.25 for a $105.70 purchase. Not bad for a poor girl! 

Unfortunately, none of this counted toward my money challenge. I still have to come up with a way to make some cash.

Day 8 of Money Challenge #1: $500 in 31 days

This morning when I woke up I decided that A.) I have too many clothes. And B.) I’m going to try real hard to make at least $20 today. 

And with those two points on my mind, I went through my closet for some clothes I don’t intend on wearing again. I came up with a decent bag of brand name clothing and vintage clothes that I don’t plan on wearing in the future: 

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After the bag of clothes was assembled, I had to figure out where to take them. There’s a few places in my city that’ll pay okay for clothes they choose to buy. I decided to test my luck and take my clothes to a place of which I have a love/hate relationship. The thrift store is Arizona Trading Company:

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I had a few too many times back in college when I, desperate and broke, took my clothes there for a few bucks only to be told they didn’t want to buy anything. So I was a little nervous taking my clothes there several years later. Luckily, they liked my style today more than when I was in college and I was presented with this receipt of payment:

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They can sell the stuff they took for $83.50 so they gave me $29.23. Not bad for thirty minutes work of going through my closet. And they paid cold hard cash. So my money bag now looks like this: 

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Well, you can’t see that it’s now a few tens, fives and ones, but it is! And while I’m not where I need to be in order to secure $500 in 31 days, my money bag is growing and I haven’t gone a single day without some kind of cash gained. And that’s important when you’re poor. 

Day 8

Today’s gain: $29.23

Total amount accrued: $92.50

Left for the win: $407.50

 

Day 7 of Money Challenge #1: $500 in 31 days

I was walking around a new thrift store, thinking about how overpriced the stuff was until I came across the fabric section and saw two oddly fuzzy pieces of fabric hanging from the line for only 99 cents.  I was curious about what the hell this was, so I inspected the strange fuzzy fabric and found this:

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The gold tag, not the white. It says “American Girl” and that means it’s worth more than 99 cents in great condition. So I bought the strange pieces of fabric with the intent in reselling them on ebay. Alas, I made $10.51 profit today with that instinct to resell them!

Finding weird things at the thrift store and reselling them is always a gamble. Luckily, I’ve been doing it for about 8 years so I’m finally at that point where I know what I’m doing. And trust me, it took all of 8 years to get to this point. But even a total newbie can see that American Girl is a seller.

And that’s how I sold these…

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They’re some kind of bedding/rugs/faux animal hides for the now retired Native American Girl doll Kaya. They sold for $13 + $4 shipping, but after ebay fees, Paypal fees, and shipping costs, and what they cost me, I made 10 buckaroos.

Moral of the story: check out the fuzzy fabric at the thrift store….er, just keep an open mind when figuring out what you can sell for extra dough.

Day 7

Today’s gain: $10.51

Total amount accrued: $63.27

Left for the win: $436.73