$1000 May Challenge

Well, it is time to try something different over here at the Kashman household.  We have too much stuff for our upcoming move, plus I would like to beef up our bank account and/or make payments against our new car.  I have been threatening to eBay/craiglist/yardsale a bunch of stuff for at least a year, and now it is time to do it.  I require constant motivation, so I’m making a challenge for myself.

I’m making a personal goal of somehow scrounging up $1000 during the month of May, solely by getting rid of objects that shouldn’t be in our house.  This includes things that need to be returned, selling back textbooks, selling things on eBay or Craiglist, taking clothes and housewares to the consignment shop, and any other ideas that might pop up.  I need all the ideas that I can think of, so please share yours.

Step one, a make way of visually measuring my progress.

Step two, a to-do list:

  1. Find textbooks that can be sold back to college.  Put in car.
  2. Gather all returns and receipts.  Put in car.
  3. Go through each room in house and identify stuff that can be sold on eBay.  Put in one big pile.
  4. Photograph eBay stuff.
  5. Upload items to eBay.
  6. Take clothes to consignment shop.

Step three, doing the things on the to-do list.

Step four, mailing the things that are sold on eBay.

I’m going to keep my little chart on top so you can see how I am progressing throughout the month.  Please share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments.

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Kate Horrell
Kate Horrell is a military financial coach, mom of four teens, and Navy spouse. She has a background in taxes and mortgage banking, and a trove of experience helping other military families with their money. Follow her on twitter @realKateHorrell.
  • jessica

    half.com for your old text books may take a bit longer but may produce a better return.

  • It can be done! I sell my kids clothes every spring and summer. This spring I sold a ton of my clothes, the kids clothes, and random misc., I made roughly $700. I made a big credit card payment!!

  • We are 41 days from moving date so our purging is in high gear!! My husband decided to part with some of his larger tools, I listed them to my friends on FB, they were ALL gone with hours.

    We were so thrilled about that that we started a blog for other stuff, like clothes or kitchen tools like bake-ware, kids’ toys, and such. That’s going well. Best part: a blog was free, so I have no listing fees. And I can set a firm price and if they want it, great! I thought about CL but was nervous about strange people coming to my house during the day.

    Also you can save the books and after you move, post them on PaperBackSwap.com and get credit for them. That’s how I got 75% of my kids homeschooling books for free…

    Isn’t moving FUN :) ?

  • also scan your receipts so you’ll have a copy for taxes…