Living on next to nothing challenge - Day 1 of 40



  • Well done. You are doing great so far.
    If you would like to generate a bit of extra cash without using ebay, have a look in your area for a 50/50 shop. They work by taking your second hand clothes/toys/books etc, selling them in their shop and then they keep 50% and you get the remaining 50% of whatever they make. We have one in the next village to us and last time I was in she had £26 pounds to give me only one week after I took her a big bundle of clothes.

    I usually take everything to this shop, all well ironed to make it look as good as poss and anything she can't sell or doesn't want I take to another one down the road who is less fussy about wear etc...

    Also, if you have a lot of books like us, try taking any you don't want to a second hand book shop. Most will pay a reasonable amount, though it can be worth shopping around before you decide who you sell them to as offers can vary a lot.

    Best of luck.
  • Just another thought...
    If you have any friends or family birthdays you would normally buy presents for over the forthcoming weeks, why not give them a home made card enclosing an IOU. You could then get them a really nice prezzie when your finances have recovered. Any friend worth having would be fine with that.

    T'other thing is, have you tried a car boot. You could share a pitch with a friend to cut the cost. I have found that all the stuff that is too poor to sell on ebay or at the 50/50 shop gets sold at a car boot. I go to one once a year and make around £100 by selling rubbish. It is amazing what people will buy. I don't ask a lot for anything and find that way I sell more and make more money than those who put high prices on everything. The added bonus is that I have more space at home and the charity shop gets anything that I don't sell.
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