Making some money in creative ways (without becoming a stripper)

Eric and I have been thinking of ways to rack up some dough to help us with upcoming costs associated with the move.

In addition to paying an extra week’s worth of rent due to an overlap in our leases, we will also need to buy a fridge and a television (things that came with our current apartment but not our new place). Luckily we already paid the deposit (straight out of savings!) so we at least got that covered.

Fridge. I had lunch with a former boss of mine and she offered to give us her stainless steel fridge! This was great news, except her fridge was too large to fit into the designated fridge space. Luckily, my parents offered to take that fridge and give us $75 instead. So now we’re trolling for a used fridge on Craigslist. I’m hoping a black fridge with freezer on the bottom (which I LOVE) will work out for $150! Costing us only $75 total!

Garage Sale. Sometimes in order to get new things you have to get rid of old things–and what better way than to sell them? My mother-in-law is having a garage sale this weekend and offered to let us sell some of our own items. I’m taking mostly clothes and some wall paintings. My goal is to make $50 (I don’t know what’s normal for a garage sale since I’ve never done one before!) And I plan on using all $50 for my pillows!

Ebay. Eric has had two pictures or paintings or posters– or whatever you want to call them–from his bachelor days that I have been begging politely asking him to get rid of. They don’t go with our decor at all, and it’s not like we have any extra space right now for his man cave. One painting is already up to $80 on Ebay! I hope to use the money from his paintings to go toward our “new TV” fund–that way he’ll feel like his paintings went toward something that would benefit him (and not my pillow obsession).

Consignment. I took about 5 pairs of designer jeans (Seven for all Mankind, Rock and Republic) that I hardly ever wore to a consignment store. I’ll know in about a month how they did, I hope to make enough to buy another pair of jeans, since I’m down to about 3 that I actually wear and winter is coming!

So there you have it. Four ways we’re trying to save money, make money and get new things! Gotta keep everything within budget!

Have you ever come up with some creative ways to make money besides your day job?

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