Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to me, happy birthday Minting Nickels…..
Wow, one year of blogging has whooshed right on by. It seems only yesterday I hit that scary blue Publish button for the very first time, on a post that I’d spent weeks (months?) writing and rewriting to perfection.
My hands may have been shaking a little when I did that one year ago today.
(Oh my, I feel this post has the potential to get all squishy and sappy. I’ll try to contain myself.)
Since this is a website about our adventures in learning how to make money (at least, that’s what our tagline says we’re about), I thought it would be fun to take a look at how much we’ve made so far and break it up into bite-sized pieces.
Here’s how we made $5812 by selling our stuff over the course of one year.
Yard Sales – $165
Selling our old media at Half.com and used bookstores
CDs – $436
Books – $545
Comic books – $115
Video games – $169
DVDs – $26
Selling unwanted gift cards – $82
Cashing in our coins – $198
Trading old electronics to into Gazelle and eBay instant sale – $79
Craigslist sales (old furniture and a lawn mower) – $530
Selling music gear to a friend – $100
Selling baby gear at the kid consignment store – $32
Rebates – $69
Ebay sales – $3166
Selling our gold jewelry – $100
Whew! It doesn’t seem so scary broken up like that. It goes to show, those little transactions really add up over time (in case you missed it, see our transactions page for detailed posts on all of the above).
You may be wanting to ask, Lindy, are you finally finished selling your stuff?
To which I may be wanting to respond, Nopes.
Will we ever be done? Probably not. The good news is, we’ve done a fine job of decluttering over the past year. The bad news is, it just keeps on coming. Not that we’re buying a lot of new stuff, because we aren’t, but as the kids get older and grow out of their old things, there’s more stuff we can get rid of. Same goes for us adults.
At some point we’ll need to decide if we want to continue the ritual of selling our things, or if we want to call it a day and go back to donating it all. I guess we’ll figure that out as we go.
We have some fun things planned for the next year of Minting Nickels – new ways to make money, new ways to save money, new ways to stretch and grow,
and not sleep.
But most of all, I’m looking forward to spending another year with all of you. Thank you, thank you, thank you for coming along with us! Thank you for sharing your stories, and advice when we’re particularly clueless. You make this all worth our while.
(me = sappy)
And now, for a trip down memory lane, with a little photo montage.
PS: Today also happens to be the one year blog birthday of Niki at Debt Free by 30. That’s right, we’re blog twins. And in case you’re wondering if blog twins are like real twins in that we finish each others’ sentences and any time she burns her hand, I feel it too, the answer is yes. Niki is hosting a giveaway for her birthday. Head on over to her site and sign up to win copies of The Millionaire Next Door and Your Money or Your Life.