Try eBay, said the most obvious woman alive.

Coach wristlet

Remember when I talked about selling your closet, then I talked about buying other people’s closets on apps such as Tradesy, Threadflip and Posh? Here’s my advice from the most obvious woman alive. Try eBay.

I know that’s not earth shattering news, but as I research all of these options, I’ve found the peer-to-peer selling sites to be way overpriced and eBay to be the best deal for designer goods.

For example, I searched Coach, sorting the results by ending soonest (Take note, that’s the key — sniping in at the last minute to outbid others I’ve learned). I picked up this black leather Coach wristlet to match a Coach purchase I had for less than $20.

Of course, with designer goods, do your homework about authenticity. By virtue of shopping eBay, I learned how to identify authentic Coach products and wrote a couple of guides:

In other news from the most obvious woman alive, buy things on sale and use coupons to save money. Aren’t you impressed by my expertise? Me neither.

 

5 Lessons You Never Learned in School

Jim Rohn Guide Series SUCCESS

To the untrained ear, the advice given to Jim Rohn by his mentor Earl Schoaff sounds contradictory.

“Learn to work harder on yourself than you do on your job,” the late philosopher says with his unique cadence and tone.

But listen to the words from Rohn’s mouth and you know that this man’s advice is anything but contradictory. He’s not saying you shouldn’t work hard at a job you love. The hard work comes naturally when you love what you do. What Rohn is saying is that personal development—the building and strengthening of you—is how you become better at everything else. Communication, time management, goal setting, leadership—these all improve when you do.

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Spring Clean Your Bookshelves with Amazon Buyback

Ready to spring clean? Consider selling your books to Amazon.com for free Amazon credit and gift cards. I’ve used Amazon’s textbook buyback–which is open to all books, not just textbooks–dozens of times and it’s worked great every time.

Here’s the how-to:
1. Visit Amazon’s trade-in store page and enter your book’s ISBN number, often found on the back cover near the barcode.

2. If Amazon is buying the book, it’ll show you the Trade-In Value. If it’s not (for example, if it’s not in demand, too old, a select paperback or sometimes self-published), it’ll say Did Not Match Any Products.

3. When you’re done entering books, click Submit and Select a Shipping Method–best methods are UPS via pre-paid label or USPS. Package your books in a box, adhere the shipping label to the outside, and voila!

4. In about 2-3 weeks, your Amazon credit will automatically be deposited into your textbook buyback account.

 

A Primer on Couponing

People who use coupons aren’t all like the TLC show Extreme Couponers, but sometimes they’re not far off.

You can purchase coupons online at eBay and Craig’s List, although the fine print states you’re paying for the time someone took to cut those coupons, rather than paying for the actual coupons, which is a violation of manufacturer’s coupon redemption policies.

Even more creatively, people claim to sell an envelope that contain coupons inside for free. That’s according to the Coupon Information Center, an association of consumer product manufacturers such as Kraft, General Mills Nestle and more. To show these brand giants mean business, the Coupon Information Center cites the most extreme penalties for coupon fraud: 17 years in prison and $5 million fine, though often connected to other criminal activities such as tax evasion and food stamp fraud.

Often the prices for these costly “envelopes” are gorged so consider finding coupons on a coupon clipping service, such as the mompreneur-owned TheCouponClippers.com or other coupon sites such as FreeCouponClips.com, where you can watch sponsored videos to earn points to trade-in for manufacturer coupons.

 

Make a Book from Your Instagram Photos

Blurb Books is a little different photo book site– yes, it has all the tools you need to create and publish print books, but what makes it unique is the ability to create everything from ebooks, to easy-to-make books of your Facebook and Instagram photos, to innovative portfolios, to professional-quality business books that you can sell on the site.

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Indiegogo for Gifts

Christmas gifts. Don’t freak out on me. I’m just saying, the crowdfunding site Indiegogo.com along with Kickstarter.com are great places to find unique, one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts.

Ring Clock: A Ring That Gives You Time On Your Hands

 

Gourmand’s Grater- Retro, 3-in-1 Food Tool that Grates, Grinds & even Muehls!

Find more projects at Indiegogo.com.