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7
Dec

More Surprising Things That Sell Well on eBay

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ebay-881309_1920What’s going on everyone? The holiday season is upon us. Hopefully, you have enough money to buy everything that you want and more. If not, it’s time to start side hustling. A few months ago I wrote a post about surprising things that sell well on eBay. Today, I share with you more surprising things that sell well. People make a lot of money off eBay. People will buy all types of items. Below are five more items that sell well on eBay.

Egg Cartons

Empty egg cartons are the first item on the list. I will be the first to say that I’m a little shocked that they sell well. I guess arts and crafts teachers buy them. Empty egg cartons sell on eBay for pretty good prices. Many people sell them by the bulk to get the best price. A group of 350 cartons recently sold for $155. If I had that many egg cartons, I’d list them right now.

Empty Ink Cartridges

The second surprising thing that sells well on eBay is empty ink cartridges. People can recycle those cartridges. They can go for big money. This item is also sold in large groups or lots as well. One lot of 5000 empty HP ink cartridges sold for $5000. That’s a great price for something that is already used. Another set of three sold for $410. It’s a little weird that people will pay that much for empty cartridges, but it’s not my money. I need to find some and list them myself. Looking at some of the recent sales, I see that HP and Canon are some of the brands that sell the most.

Mason Jars

I know you’ve seen them before. You might have a few of them in your house. The third item to sell is mason jars. Mason jars are one of those things that can have multi-uses. A vintage olive screen major jar recently sold for $360. I don’t know about you, but I’m about to start looking for some of them.

Vintage Maxi Pads

The next item on the list is the most surprising thing that I’ve ever seen sold. It is vintage maxi pads. I haven’t run across any of these yet and honestly, I’m not sure I’d purchase them if I saw them. I read that the reason that the vintage maxi pads sell is that people use them as props in movies. So it seems that there is a good market for them out there. An unopened package of “Always” that were produced in 1982 sold for $140. I’m shocked that people are actually buying these

Nexus Aloe Rid Shampoo

The final item on the list is Nexus Aloe Rid Shampoo. It is selling that much because it’s the old formula. Bottles are selling for $200. The reason that they sell for so much is that this product is not being manufactured anymore.

In summary, the surprising things that sell well on eBay are empty egg cartons, empty ink cartridges, mason jars, vintage maxi pads, and Nexus Aloe Rid shampoo. I don’t know about you, but I’m going to look for some of the items to sell this weekend.

5
Dec

The 365 Day Money Challenge

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dollar-163473_1280Hello, everyone. There have been multiple money challenges out there. One of them, the 52-week money challenge has gained a lot of popularity during the last couple of years. The 52-week money challenge works for some people, while others start off strong and fall off to the wayside. I recently stumbled along and found another challenge that seems kind of interesting. It’s called the 365-day money challenge.

Pay Yourself First

The concept of the challenge is pretty simple. There are 365 days in the year. Each day before you go out, you need to pay yourself first. That is vital. Paying yourself first means that you don’t have to worry about that later.

The second important point is that until paying yourself first becomes a habit; it needs to be extremely easy to do. It takes 21 days to form a habit, so it’s important to make saving as easy as possible for those first three weeks.

How Does the Challenge Work?

Each morning when you get up, you need to pay yourself some amount before you do anything. The payment can be anywhere between a penny to $3.65. Once you’ve made that payment to yourself, you “x” out the box on your chart. The next payment the following morning can be any of the remaining amounts on the diagram. You do this each and every morning for the entire year. When you are done, you will have saved $667.95. Even better, you will have started the habit of paying yourself first which will be an asset for the rest of your life.

There are a couple of necessary steps that go along with the challenge. After printing out the challenge sheet, you need to place it somewhere where you will see it every morning. The bathroom or your room is fine. It needs to be visible so that it’s in your face each morning.

The second thing is that you need to make the payment each morning physically. You need to go to your purse or wallet and place the amount you decide to pay yourself that day into a jar that is specifically for this challenge. That payment is significant. It will benefit you in the future.

There are two advantages to this challenge over the 52-week money challenge for those who struggled to get their finances in order. The first is that you’re starting with small amounts that anyone, no matter what their current financial situation can participate in. If all you can do is pay the minimum amount each day for the first month, you’re only out of $4.65 for three days. There should be nothing holding you back.

The second main advantage is the challenge is done daily. It requires you to think about saving every day. Even though the amount that needs to be saved isn’t that much, the process of thinking about it will cross your mind each morning as you pay yourself. By the end of the 365 days, paying yourself and saving money each day will be a natural part of your day. When you are only thinking about saving once a week, it can turn into a situation where saving money is only thought about at the last minute at the end of the week, and the process never gets instilled as a habit.

 

30
Nov

5 Ways to Find a Job Quickly

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job-search-276893_1920Many people have been unemployed before. It’s a horrible feeling if it happens unexpectedly. A lot of things run through your head. Will you be able to get another job soon? What will happen if you run out of money? Those are some things that could make you stressed out a little bit. To minimize that stress, you need to get a new job and do it quickly. Today, I have five things that you can do to find a new job quickly.

Friends & Family

The first thing that you can do if you are looking for a new job is to talk to your friends and family. They may own their own business or know about some opportunities. Never underestimate your network. I’ve been able to get a couple of jobs because my friends knew of opportunities. I’ve also been able to help my friends get jobs as well. They asked me and I was able to point them in the right direction. Remember, closed mouths don’t get fed. If you need a job, let your friends and family know. You may be working again in no time.

Update Your Resume

The next thing that you should do is update your resume. If you worked at your previous job for a few years, I’m sure your resume needs to be fixed. Make sure your skills and previous jobs are up to date. Also, make sure that your address is correct. If you decide to list your references on there, make sure that their information is correct as well. One of the worst things that can happen is not having the right info for your references. People have lost out on jobs because of it.

Part -Time Job

While you’re waiting for a full-time job to hire you, you can take a part-time position. If you’re in need of money, you have to do what you have to do. Realize that the part-time job is just that, part-time. You are not planning on being there forever. One of the industries that is always hiring is retail. There are so many stores out there to choose from. You should be able to find something in no time.

Dress Well

When you start getting interviews, make sure that you dress nicely. Your appearance is everything. People will immediately judge you off of it. Why not let them have good thoughts? You’d think that everyone would know to dress well for an interview, right? Unfortunately, that’s not the case. I’ve heard stories about people coming to interviews dressed down. For some jobs, that may be ok, but for most full-time positions, it’s probably not. It’s vital that you dress well for the interview.

Don’t stop Applying

Don’t stop applying for jobs until you sign an offer letter. It’s not always easy to get a job. It may take a while. I know you want to start working sooner than later, but that won’t always be the case. It took me about ten months to find a full-time job a few years ago. I didn’t get frustrated or angry. I just kept applying. I eventually got hired. The same may happen to you. Just don’t give up.

What other things can you do to get hired quickly?

 

 

28
Nov

Preparing For a Job Interview

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interview-1018333_1920Good morning. Imagine that you’ve been unemployed for a few months now. You’ve applied for hundreds of jobs, and it finally happens, you get called in for an interview. That is a good thing, but are you ready? If not, then this post is for you today. Here are some ideas to help you prepare for the job interview.

Research the Company

The first thing that you should do is research the company that you’re interviewing for. Prospective employers are more impressed by candidates who know something about their business. Find out what you can about the business, including a little history. Get some info about the company’s leaders. A few more things that you can find out about the company is their mission statement and their goals.

Practice

The saying is practice makes perfect. Practicing before an interview is vital. Look for possible interview questions. Think about how you’re going to answer them. These days’ interviewers are taking a more behavioral approach to job interviews. They are looking for examples of your ability to engage in certain behaviors that would benefit the company. They tend to ask you for examples and present scenarios rather than just asking you to describe what you’re good at. I’ve noticed that I’ve done better when I practiced before the interview. Everybody should take the time to practice before their interview.

Answer questions truthfully

The third thing that you should do is respond to questions honestly. It’s not good to lie your way through an interview. You may get caught in the middle of your lie. Besides that being embarrassing, you will probably lose your chance at that job. To me, it’s a no-brainer that you should tell the truth during your interview. In most cases, interviewers know if you’re lying or not. They’d rather hear the truth from you.

Be on time

One of the most important things that you can do is to be on time for your interview. If you don’t take being on time serious, do you think an interviewer would believe that you would be on time for your job? Make sure that you leave your house early enough to arrive on time and get yourself settled before the interview. I try to get to interviews at least 30 minutes early. I may not always get to the office 30 minutes early, but I’m at least outside of the building at the time. Another reason to leave early for your interview is that you can’t predict the traffic. Traffic is unpredictable. There could be road work going on, or a traffic accident could have just happened. One of the worst things that you can do is be late for an interview because of traffic.

Turn your cell off

This should be common sense, but it’s not. Turn off your cell phone before the interview. Better yet, leave it in the car. Do you know how tacky it would be if your phone went off during the middle of the interview? Don’t be that person.