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$32.50 More to the Challenge and Lifestyle Changes

November 25th, 2008 at 10:55 am

I had planned to list some of my curriculum items on Craig's list in January or February. This isn't really the time of year that people are buying this kind of item.

But, someone put a "wanted" posting on a local homeschooling yahoo group for a curriculum item that I had. From my first response to the requestor to when I dropped the item off and had the check in my hand was about 24 hours. I cashed the check about three hours after that. Woo-hoo!

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Yesterday I reset the programmable thermostat to 65 during the hours that I was home. It wasn't that bad. I was surprised - I'm really a wimp when it comes to being cold. I also took a navy shower.

But the thing I wonder about these lifestyle changes is - is there anyway to calculate how much money is saved by doing them? I know I can look at the bill when it comes in, but is there anyway to estimate how much these actions save each time I do them?

Craig's List

October 30th, 2008 at 04:11 am

Finally coming up for air. I think we're adjusted to Daisy's adventure to "away school" now. She is doing well there. Fall's always a little busy around here - the start of the school year (and its activities) is followed by Daisy's birthday, then Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's - and all their associated activities.

After reporting on a discussion between myself and Mr. H, and reading the comments I got, I did a lot of thinking and observing of teamwork, helping and "usness". It's been eye-opening, and will probably get a few blog posts later.

But tonight, since it's almost my bedtime, I'll report on something I did this month that I've never done before: I sold an item on Craig's list. I was kind of intimidated by the whole process, and I've been procrastinating about it. With Daisy in school though I have time and energy to pursue these kinds of projects. I have a pile of curriculum items, and decided to check the Wanteds one day. I couldn't believe it when someone was looking for an art curriculum I had. That sale went well and brought in $120.

I haven't participated in the $20 Challenge up to this point, but I think I'll add any Craig's list items to the $20 Challenge.