I know I mentioned sharing a post about cost-per-use, which I meant to publish yesterday, but, you know, life got in the way. So, here are five frugal things for you, and we’ll chat about cost-per-use another day.
1. I sold another outgrown bike.
And I still hate selling things.
If I could sell things and not deal with people, that would be fine.
But people who email back and forth and then drop off the face of the earth, and people who can never nail down a pickup time, and people who haggle when the price is already fair…they make me hate selling stuff.
For instance, I listed the bike for $125, which was very fair based on the used market. A guy emailed and asked if I’d take $75, and when I said no, $100 is the lowest I’d go, he told me he’d offer $80.
Dear sir, that is not how haggling is supposed to go. I go down $25 from my asking price, meeting you in the middle, and then you only go up $5 from the price you want?
And he wasn’t the only one.
I patiently waited for the right person to come along and got $110 for it (info I’d like to share with the guy who said my listing would still be there in two months. ).
I know we’re only talking $25 or so of difference here, and I’m not even normally a stubborn person. But man, every so often, something comes along that I do not want to budge on. And this was one of those things.
(Kind of like when I dug my heels in about those cabinet drawer slide brackets.)
Anyway. It’s gone! I have my money! All is well.
2. I sold a bed frame.
This was a frustrating process too. So many people emailed me and then just disappeared, some even after setting a pickup time.
Luckily, someone finally followed through, and it’s out of the house. Yay!
As usual, I’m giving myself some big, fat, puffy gold hearts for getting stuff sold.
(This has reminded me why I only sell stuff worth $50 or more. Unless I’m getting $50, it’s just not worth the time and headache!)
3. We picked up a used college book from a friend.
The used version at the college bookstore was over $100, but Joshua’s friend said he’d sell his copy for $20.
Done, and done!
The other one is going back to the college bookstore posthaste for a refund.
(I kept the receipt in a safe place in case this happened!)
4. I made rice pudding with leftover rice.
I don’t have a recipe for this….I just dump the dry, leftover rice into a pot, cover it with milk, add cinnamon and salt, and let it simmer, stirring occasionally, until the rice is soft and creamy.
My girls love eating this as a snack, sprinkled with some cinnamon sugar.
Sadly, the last time I had leftover rice, I forgot about it until it was too late and the rice was smelling funky. But this time, I did better!
I made a smoothie for breakfast, (using up produce from my produce box), stopped at Target and bought only what I planned to (unlike the day I impulsively bought this from Target), picked up library books (free!), and made dinner.