Selling Clothes on ThredUp – Yay or Nay?

Over the last couple of years I've made a really concerted effort to downsize my belongings while getting a little money in return. I do donate a lot of things to charity, but for some items I wanted to see if I could get a bit of money for them. I've tried a lot of methods including selling on consignment in local consignment stores or at special pop-up consignment sales, selling on Ebay, and selling on Facebook groups. I've had some successes with all of these methods. A few months ago, … [Read more...]

Why You Should Embrace “Sunk Costs” When You are Decluttering Your Home

A few years ago, I sold my home and moved to a new city where I decided to rent an apartment. The apartment had less than half the square footage of my previous house. Before I moved, I got rid of a lot of stuff. Yet, despite this, I still had way too much stuff. My new apartment was stuffed to the gills. I am ashamed to admit this, but I had to use half of my daughter's bedroom just to put my junk! She was only 4-5 years old at the time and didn't care, but I still felt incredibly guilty … [Read more...]

Selling your home? Here are 9 things to do to your yard to instantly add value.

If you are thinking of selling your home, you have probably given considerable thought to all of the things you need to do to get the inside ready. But many people tend to ignore or give little weight to some very easy things you can do to the outside that instantly improve curb appeal, attract more buyers, and raise value. The great thing about these particular tasks is that most of them require no special skills or require much money to accomplish. Here are 9 things you can do to your yard … [Read more...]

13 Ways to Stay Safer While Walking or Running

Exercise is good for us, but anytime we go outside and exercise alone, we are vulnerable. There are countless stories of women being attacked, kidnapped, or raped while out jogging or walking the dog or similar activity. There are ways to reduce your risk though and still continue doing your favorite things. Here are a few tips to remember next time you go outside: Discuss your itinerary with someone you know and trust. If someone knows you are going to be gone around an hour, then they … [Read more...]

How Healthy Living Saves Money

The cost of healthcare in the United States is ridiculous. Prescriptions, deductibles, and copays add up quickly. So it goes without saying that the less you need medical care, the more money you will save. But, Americans in general (myself included!) don't live the healthiest lifestyles. We eat too much, we exercise too little, and we do a lot of other things that seem to hasten disease and death.   Conditions like diabetes and Alzheimer's can reduce a person's ability to live … [Read more...]