Sorry for the silence this week. I’ve been busy with the second wave of card-selling that has kept us occupied. The good news is that we’re almost done, and it will net us yet another hefty set of paychecks.
The first batches we sent out are starting to yield payouts. So far, we’ve been paid $87 from one store and been notified of a $65 check that’s being sent out. The third store appears to still be sorting through our sell order, but it should be done reasonably soon. That’s the biggie that will net us over $400.
Meanwhile, I cashed in some rewards points for a $25 gift card to Macy’s, which I plan to sell. I checked eBay prices, but I’ll get about the same results (with a lot less hassle) by simply selling to a discount gift card store like Plastic Jungle or CardPool. I also found a gift card with just over $40 on it. Taken together, these will net us $48.50, less any mailing costs. So let’s say about $46.50.
Finally, our eBay auctions both sold relatively quickly. From that, after fees and postage, we got just over $360 — or about $60 a card. That’s not just an awesome addition to the home fund. It’s also nice to know that, despite the painfully high price of the card, we really only paid about $15 per card for nine months’ use.
Card-cost rationalization aside, that means our PayPal now has $448.44 due for the home fund. Add in last week’s $2. and the $100 anniversary gift we’ve yet to cash, and we’re at $550.44 in hand.
We also anticipate:
* The $46.50 from the GCs.
* $450-480 for the 3rd store’s payout
* At least $300 from this last batch of card sale (and that’s really low-balling it)
* At least $500 (probably closer to $700) for my extra project at work.
So, assuming worst-case scenario, we should have about $1850 of the $2300 down payment. Granted, I’d also like to have the $2500 in closing costs, so we’re not out of the woods yet.
Toward that end, Tim has asked that I sell off some of my collectibles. It’s really only fair, given that he has sold off a ton of cards. The part of me that is sentimentally attached to them, of course, protests. But they have been languishing unused and unseen for awhile now, partially due to space concerns but partially just temporary, partial indifference.
So it will be healthy to pare down my collection somewhat. Even if it means gritting my teeth at times. I’ve already identified at least four big items that should bring in over $225 after eBay fes. And there are little things, here and there, that will add up.
Since I’m a packrat by nature, it’ll be good for me to really evaluate what I should and shouldn’t keep. That’s true of personal possessions when we pack up to move, too. It will go a long way toward making sure our new place isn’t crowded — and that it’s buyable to begin with.