So, we have become quite the little hustlers lately. I won't say little as we stand 6'8 and 6'0 tall. However, we have been doing strange things to gain extra change...
Some may ask, what's something strange. In our thinking, something strange is something that we would have never considered doing prior to being serious about our debt free journey. We are still so far in the debt, but each month we attack our goals like we are near the end. We keep ourselves motivated by listening to the stories of others, tuning into podcast with a great deal of financial education. For instance,(@ChrisBrownOnAir),(@hisandhermoney),(@debtfreedivas) and watching @DaveRamsey.
We also keep ourselves informed on different strategies to become debt-free by reading blogs, articles and more so we are pretty familiar with various ways to earn extra cash. So far, we've become a mystery shopper and had our check automatically deposited into the account. When I first introduced Dan into Mystery Shopping I could tell that he thought I had lost my mind. So, as soon as I told him about it I followed up my sentence with, "there is nothing wrong with trying it". Well, I completed a few shopping contracts before school started and I earned a couple of extra dollars, can I get a Woot Woo..or a Ching, Ching? We've entered a few contest that have earned us gift cards that will be used rather than cash during the holiday season. Danny has been working additional hours to pick up extra cash, we have set up our Amazon account to start selling unused items and now we are.... consigning.
Now this step friends, is doing something strange. We would have never guessed that we would be pricing, tagging, ironing and bagging our kids clothes to sell. But, I am so excited and nervous at the same time. Nervous that we may not have everything set up in the manner that's expected. Excited that we may earn a few extra dollars at the end of this month. While reading some of the blogs about consigning, it seems that this is a nice way to sell without doing a garage sell. I am not the garage sell type of gal, I don't like setting up and I am not a good person to establish prices. If it were left up to me, I would practically give all of the items away. So, the pricing category is definitely not my expertise. This week we will add a few more items so that this weekend we will learn whether consigning is a new cash flow opportunity for us.
So, this weekend we will participate in our first experience with @divineconsigntx in Grapevine, TX. This year will be their largest sale ever with over 44,000 items that includes children's Winter & Fall items, toys, furniture and more. There will be 1/2 price sales, 75% off sales and opportunities to volunteer. As a family, we are winning in more ways than more. Another important factor that we found fascinating was that, unsold items will be donated from the Grapevine Sale to the Denton County Friends of the Family. This is an agency that assists individuals that have been impacted by Domestic Violence.
One thing that has become very apparent is, there are no limits when you have a goal set to pay off debt. I remember hearing Dave Ramsey mention, sell so much stuff that the kids think that they are next. We thought that was hilarious, however while we were tagging and bagging items to consign the kids appeared attached to their items. As we peeled their hands off of the bags, we informed them that if they want to live in a bigger/nicer home they better help us. Needless to say, mission accomplished on getting them out of the way and assisting in our efforts. Very quickly, they had ideas of additional items to add to our list.
So far is seems that strange things bring in big change...