Usually, the 15th would be the halfway point for the month, but since this month is a little shorter the end will be here before we even know it.
Today I slept in and relaxed most of the morning, in the afternoon I went to a wedding and in the evening I spent a little money.
Here is what happened:
1.) More Bed Bath & Beyond Sourcing
I didn't intend to source more today, however, on my way to Walmart, I decided to check back in at Bed Bath & Beyond to see if they still had a certain item I had purchased that would bring in a good profit.
I was planning to buy them all since that item sells about 2 on eBay per day and they had about 20 of them.
Turns out someone had bought them out which stinks. However I should have just bought them when I first saw them because they were clearanced down to $1 each. Lesson learned.
I did however find that they had added a lot more red dots to items and ended up spending a total of $58.37 on items including some UGG brand pillowcases which I should profit handsomely on.
I hope to at least double my money when it is all said and done, but I think I can actually do better than that but we will see I guess.
2.) Spent Some Money on Lighting
Since we moved in to our new apartment a couple months ago, we really have no furniture. The only things we have is our mattress, a Lifetime table I bought for my reselling and a camping chair.
That being said, we had not even bought any lamps for our living room and there are no ceiling lights.
Since all my reselling stuff is set up in the living room, it makes it difficult to work there in the evening because it is so dark.
This has really affected my productivity and motivation to get things done and sort of been an excuse for me.
Since I am a night owl, this is the time I should be getting the most done so I decided today was enough.
No more excuses! I went out and spent a total of $61.97 on two stand up lamps with with a reading light (so two light bulbs) and a case of light bulbs.
I specifically got the daylight one which were more expensive because the soft white (more yellowish) lights don't help the mood either.
While this is a big chunk of money to spend on lighting, I did purchase the cheaper lamps which I have used before and they work just fine. I also went the more economical route by purchase a case of light bulbs instead of just a few.
Hopefully, this will positively affect my productivity and allow me to focus more on things that will be profitable, such as setting up more listings on eBay.
FUN FACT: According to the National Institue of Mental Health, "Research has shown that light is important for more than just vision—it directly impacts mood and learning." source
3.) Calculator Purchases
For those of you who don't know, I buy and sell a lot of Texas Instrument Calculators (used for college classes)
Since I live in a city with two state colleges (NDSU & MSUM) and a couple schools, a lot of these get thrown up on Facebook marketplace, especially as school is coming to an end.
This is usually the best time to get good deals on them as people are just wanting some extra cash and willing to sell and a really good price.
I did end up picking up one yesterday from a guy for just $40, it was one of the newer and fancier models so I should be able to sell it for $100 on eBay or more on Amazon.
Today I reached out to someone selling the older but still very popular model which they had listed at $40. I offered them $30 and they accepted my offer right away. However, they are out of town so I won't get it for sure until Monday, but they marked the listing as sold already so I don't see why I shouldn't be able to get it then.
This one should also sell anywhere from $80-$200
LESSON FROM TODAY: Spending money is a necessary part of life, but it should not be spent frivolously. There are many things in life which require an immediate investment for a future payout, and not every payout can be calculated in financial terms.
All in all, I spent quite a bit in a short amount of time. However, that money was spent with purpose and should all lead to a financial WIN in one way or another. It's really just a matter of perspective!
What is your latest win?
What are some things that you have found help you be more productive?