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Monday Q&A | Selling Books and making Photo CD covers

Every Monday, I answer a few of the questions that my readers send me. If you have a question you’d like me to answer in a future Q&A post, just leave me a comment here or email me (thefrugalgirl [at] gmail [dot] com) and put Q&A in the subject line. I look forward to hearing from you!

Two quick ones today because my life is busy right now.

My husband and I have tons of books, some we need and some we don’t. I am hoping to sell the latter online. Do you find Craig’s List, Amazon, Ebay or (?) easier to use?


I actually prefer to sell my books on, an Ebay company. I’ve written about my love for before, so go check that post out. is WAY easier to use than Craig’s List or Ebay because you don’t have to take pictures or make a listing from scratch…just enter the ISBN, choose the appropriate condition and price, and your book is ready for sale.

I noticed you make cd covers for your family photography sessions and I have to know how you did that?!??! I only give my clients a cd with edited pics but I don’t have a clever cover!!


It’s actually super easy! I use Picasa (a free photo editing program) to crop a photo to a square shape, and then I use the text tool to add a title and date.

I print the photos on 8.5×11 paper, choose the 5×7 option, click “shrink to fit, and then I can fit two square photos onto one piece of paper. The finished photos need a bit of cropping to fit inside a CD case, so just make sure you don’t put your text too close to the edge of the photo.

And that’s it! Easy and cheap.

By the way, if you’re giving photos as a Christmas gift, this can make the presentation a whole lot more gift-worthy.


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Monday 19th of December 2011

Just finished another semester of classes and I have a ton of books to sell - what a timely post! Thanks!

Jennifer G.

Monday 19th of December 2011

I also sell on Amazon--love it! Seriously. It's so easy.


Monday 19th of December 2011

I have a question for one of your future Q&A posts. I know you have been doing wonderful at keeping your food waste to a minimum, but what happens when you make a large dish of food that no one in your family likes? For example, I made some soup the other day, and no one, myself included, liked it. It was so mushy that I couldn't think of any other way to use it, so I threw it out. :( Do you ever make a large casserole, or dish of something you just can't think of doing something else with? Do you throw it out, or try to come up with some way of fixing it up?


Monday 19th of December 2011

BookMooch, people!! Best swapping system ever. You donate a book to someone else, get points in return and use them for getting other books from other users. :)


Monday 19th of December 2011

The CD's cover's look fab!

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