A few months back, I agreed to make $4 an hour selling to Clothes Mentor*. Like a dummy. Because if there’s anything that I don’t do, it’s learn my lesson the first time. Enter: thredUP.
ThredUP promises to be worth it. There is the unrelenting social media advertising. There is the adorable green polka dot bag. There is the promise that it is quick and easy. So was thredUP worth it? Since I made $5.60 in just over a month, let’s go with maybe. Continue reading “Is thredUP Worth It? $5.60 Says Maybe”
I don’t hate my husband’s motorcycle. I mean, it gets better mileage than his car, and it’s not like I didn’t know about it before we got married. So I try to maintain a cool, wary distance from it. You know, when I’m not giving it the side eye for taking up space in our garage. Or wondering if it truly is loud enough to make his presence known to oblivious drivers. Or refusing rides because it’s uncomfortable to sit on and helmets are hot. Truth be told, if you asked me what kind it was, my response would be, “A red one.” Shrug.
One day this month, I noticed its title sitting out on our kitchen table. I knew what that meant. After years of ownership, my husband was finally ready to part with his bike. Our neighbor made it clear on day one of our move that he would happily take it off our hands when
we my husband was ready. That was three long years ago. So I did what any other finance loving, clutter-hating person would do: I hid the title. Continue reading “Money, Marriage, and Motorcycles”
He paid off his student loans flipping furniture. They paid off their mortgage re-selling estate sale finds. I made over $1,000 decluttering my closet. We’ve all seen the headlines. Some of us have even written them (guilty). But you know what? That’s not real life. Not all the time, anyway.
When it comes to selling my clothing, shoes, and handbags, I’ve found a great deal of success with online platforms like Poshmark, Tradesy, and even Craigslist. But when sales get slow, I take my goods to local consignment-like stores like Plato’s Closet and Clothes Mentor, or I donate them. Scratch that. From here on out, I donate them. Why? Because I don’t ever want to work for $4 an hour again. Continue reading “That Time I Made $4 an Hour”
In the past few months, I’ve earned over $500 on Poshmark. This selling frenzy is the result of the grand effort to clean out my closets. That’s right. Closets. While I like to think I brought a lot of positive things to our marriage, I also brought a lot of stuff. Way, way too much stuff. And the stuff I didn’t bring, I left at my parents’ house.
I originally started using consignment stores and resale shops like Plato’s Closet and Clothes Mentor, but netting $2 for an Ann Taylor LOFT sweater with the tag still attached seemed a little insulting. I could have gone the route of garage sales, but I was looking for something that would let me go through my drawers and hangers little by little. Poshmark fit the bill. Though their fees are a little bit high and they’ve recently increased the cost of shipping for buyers, I’m still having good luck using the app to sell my new and gently used clothes and shoes. If you’re looking to get started, here are five things I’ve learned selling on Poshmark. Continue reading “$500 in Sales & Five Things I’ve Learned on Poshmark”
Since we’re all friends here and I’m really good at confessing secrets now, I’ll let you in on another one: I’m a supremely awkward human being. Just last week, I was sitting in a work meeting with my boss and my
coworker best friend former best friend. Midway through the meeting, I swatted stray hairs from my forehead. Or I thought that’s what I did.
In fact, I managed to drag my nails across my temple and scratch myself. Then, unbeknownst to me, I proceeded to bleed for the remainder of the meeting. As we left, said coworker handed me a tissue and said, “You’ve been bleeding.” Just another glorious day in the life of Penny.
Since laughing at myself brings me great joy, I thought I’d share some fun little moments of awkwardness that have cropped up as of late. Whether it’s the food we eat, the way we live, or the clothes I keep, it seems everyone has an opinion on our frugality. And it makes for some delightfully awkward personal finance moments. Continue reading “Frugally Awesome…or Awkward”