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7 Websites to Sell Used Stuff Profitably

7 Websites to Sell Used Stuff Profitably

Do you have a lot of stuff you don’t use just sitting around the house and collecting dust? If so, why not sell it? This is a great way to de-clutter your home and make some extra cash while you’re at it. There are all kinds of great websites where you can sell the things you no longer want or need, and you can get top dollar as long as your items are in good condition. Here are some of our favorite websites for selling old stuff to make money.

1. Vinted

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    Use this site to sell any clothing, shoes, accessories, etc. that you are no longer wearing. You can also find some great deals on new-to-you stuff, just in case you are looking to spend your money on a new wardrobe. You will find a great community of sellers and buyers, and you may even find that you make a lot of new friends while you are at it.

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    2. Chairish

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      When you have furniture you no longer want, but it is in great shape so you don’t just want to give it away, this is a great place to sell it and make extra cash. Buying and selling any kind of furniture or household accessory is fast and easy. List items in two minutes, and let Chairish take care of shipping. You get to keep 80% of the sale price (commission is 20%).

      3. Oodle

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        Here is a site that is basically reinventing online classified ads through the power of social media. You will find this is a great place to sell and trade items, as well as buy new items from other sellers. Oodle operates a marketplace network with more than 15 million users monthly. You are sure to find someone who wants what you are selling, and you can make money by getting rid of the stuff that is taking up space in your home.

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        4. Sell Laptop

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          When you want to sell your laptop, make sure that you sell it where you are going to make the most money. As long as it is in great shape, you can do that at CashYourLaptop. Search for your device, provide some details about the laptop, fill out the checkout form, and receive a free, pre-paid shipping label. You will be paid via check or PayPal.

          5. Valore Books

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            If you are in college, you can save a lot of money on textbooks by buying them here. You can also sell your old textbooks to make extra cash. Once the semester is through, you no longer need those books. Sell them here, and use the money towards the books you will need for the coming semester, which are already being sold at discount prices because someone else owned them previously.

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            6. CarDaddy

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              Selling a vehicle and getting a good price for it is easier than ever when you are using this website. This is a company that wants to make it easy for you to sell your old car, and even help you get behind the wheel of something newer. You will enjoy a safe online shopping experience, and your information shouldn’t be sold or shared.

              7. VarageSale

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                Instead of going through all of the trouble of having an actual garage sale, enjoy the ease of a virtual garage sale by using this site. You can easily earn extra cash without having to drag everything outside or to the garage, advertise a sale, get up extra-early on a weekend, etc. You can also find great deals on a lot of the stuff you want to buy. This is a great place to find out more about your community: buy and sell to the people you can trust.

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                Published on September 17, 2018

                How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

                How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

                Achieving financial success is not something that just happens. Maybe if you win the lottery or something, but for the average person like you or me, it comes from a series of small steps you take over a long period of time.

                With each step, you form a new smart money habit. And with each smart money habit, you build towards financial independence.

                So what sort of habits can you form to get on that path? Let’s take a look at smart money habits you can start today to get you closer to a financially independent future.

                1. Avoid being “penny wise but pound foolish”

                It’s tempting to try saving a couple cents here and there when buying small items. However, that’s not where the real money is saved. You’re putting in extra effort for something that doesn’t move the needle.

                You get the most bang when you’re able to cut down on your bigger bills. For example, finding a lower interest rate for your mortgage could save you $50+ per month. And cutting your transportation bill by purchasing a cheaper car or taking public transportation can provide large gains as well.

                So, look at your recurring expenses such as housing, transportation, and insurance, and see where there’s wiggle room. It’s a much better use of your time than trying to pinch pennies here and there on smaller purchases.

                2. When you want something big, wait

                Impulsivity can get you in trouble in most aspects of life. Finances are no different.

                It’s human nature to see something and want it right then and there. It starts as a kid in the checkout line at the grocery store, and it continues on through adulthood.

                We get an idea in our head of something we want, and it’s hard not to go out and get it right then.

                A good example is wanting a new car. Perhaps you’ve had your car for several years. It’s crossed the 100k mile mark. Maybe maintenance is due, and you’re annoyed that you need to replace the timing belt or purchase new tires.

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                So, you get the itch.

                You start digging around online, and you realize you could trade in your current car for something newer and more exciting… all for a few hundred bucks a month. Then you get obsessed.

                Here’s where you have to take a step back.

                Your newfound obsession is clouding your judgement. Rather than giving into the impulse, wait it out.

                Set a timeframe for yourself. Maybe you come back to the decision three months down the road. See if the obsession lasts.

                It might, but often, a funny thing happens. Often, you forget about it. And often, you find that the new car wasn’t a need at all.

                The impulse faded. And you just saved yourself a ton of money.

                3. Live smaller than you can afford

                You finally get that big raise. And you want to celebrate – and why not?

                You’ve been looking forward to this forever. And after all, it was all due to your hard work.

                That’s fine, splurge a little. However, make it a one-time deal and be done.

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                Don’t get caught in the trap that just because you’re now making more money, you should spend more.

                Too often, people get more money and feel like they that gives them the means to buy a bigger house, a bigger car… you know the drill. Resist.

                The fact is that living smaller than what you can afford is one of the fastest ways to build savings.

                But if you constantly upgrade as you begin to make more, then you’ll never get ahead. You’ll just build up more debt along the way and have just as little wiggle room as before.

                4. Practice smart grocery shopping

                Food… it’s one of the biggest portions of any budget. And if you’re not careful, it can be one of the biggest drains on your wallet.

                But luckily, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you stay smart with your money when buying groceries.

                Create a grocery budget

                Set a strict weekly grocery budget. When you know how much you can spend on groceries, you can then plan your weekly menu around it.

                Once you know what all you need, you can go shopping and keep a running tally as you shop to ensure you’re on track.

                I tend to do this in my head, rounding for each item. However, writing it down as you go would probably work best for most people.

                Make a list… and never deviate

                Never go to the grocery store without a list. If you go to the store with a ballpark idea in mind, you don’t have a true ide of what you need.

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                You’re not well-researched. You don’t know what the sales are. As a result, you’re going to make decisions on the fly.

                These impulse decisions will lead to overspending, which will derail your grocery budget.

                Eat before going grocery shopping

                It’s also important to eat prior to going to the grocery store. Hunger is a powerful force.

                If you’re shopping on an empty stomach, everything is going to look good. In particular, you may find a lot of ready-made, processed snacks will look enticing.

                After all, you’re hungry now and that food is easily available. So subconsciously, you may lean towards those items.

                Unfortunately, not only are those items typically less healthy, but they’re likely more expensive. You pay for convenience.

                However, when you eat prior to shopping, then you’ll shop with a clear mind. Your hunger won’t cloud your judgement, influencing you to make poor decisions like a cartoon devil resting on your shoulder whispering in your ear.

                This makes it much easier to stick to your grocery plan.

                5. Cancel your gym membership

                Now that you’re all set on your food, it’s time to get smart about managing your budget in terms of physical fitness. And let’s begin by avoiding the gym. The gym bill, that is.

                The average gym membership costs around $60 per month. That’s $720 a year.

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                Yet, two out of three gym memberships go unused. That means two-thirds of people who have a gym membership are literally giving away almost a thousand bucks a year. It’s crazy!

                I recommend seeking an alternative. One good alternative is to look into fitness streaming services.

                Streaming services allow you to stream hundreds of workouts like Insanity and p90x, right in your own home for around $10-20 a month. That’s $40-50 less a month than the average gym membership.

                Of course, then there’s the free option. The internet is full of free workouts that you can do on your own with minimal or no equipment.

                For example, there’s the Couch to 5K program, that I personally used a decade ago to ease myself from couch potato to running my first 5K race. If I could do it, anyone could.

                Then there are free resources like reddit that have limitless information on workouts. The Fitness subreddit has done all the research for you, populating workout tips and detailed workout routines for anyone to use in their wiki.

                There are several routines that require no equipment. And you can join in on the subreddit to become part of the community, making it easier for those seeking comraderie and encouragement in their fitness goals. All for free.

                It’s baby steps… And baby steps can start now!

                I’ve never met anyone that can’t stand to be a bit smarter with their money. And on the flip side, anyone can get smarter with their money. But remember, it doesn’t happen all at once.

                Begin by fighting your impulses. Prepare for the week and be smart at the store. And cut monthly expenses like gym memberships that are overpriced and you probably aren’t getting your money’s worth out of anyway.

                The devil is in the details. And the details can change your lifestyle and prep you for a financially independent future.

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