1-A-Week: Week 46-48: Catching up

Dec 1, 2011 by

I am tracking what I am getting rid of each week for this 1AW project and trying to post each week as well.  I’ve done fairly well in this, but sometimes I just miss some weeks.  As the end of the year approaches I can tell I missed some weeks somewhere, so I’m trying to catch up now.

This week I got up in the garage attic area to get down the Christmas lights and decorations.  I couldn’t get in the mood to put  them up as it was 85 degrees here that day.  But while up in the garage attic I pulled down a ton of boxes of crap that I have no idea why I was saving.  I got rid of an old light module for a ceiling fan I don’t own.   My garage is pretty full of stuff I enjoy, like camping gear and my car projects so anytime I can clear out stuff I don’t need is a good thing.  So that is my goal is to continue finding and getting rid of that stuff that is just in the way.

Ben…

1AW is a project by which I’m getting rid of at least 1 thing each week that I do not need, want, or use anymore. Doing at least one thing per week helps me reduce the clutter in my life and make room for what is truly important.

What are you getting rid of this week? Leave a comment and let me know.

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1-A-Week: Week 44-45: Helping others get rid of their junk

Nov 18, 2011 by

I was up visiting my family last week and my family and my sister asked me to help her get rid of some stuff from her garage.  She has done a good job of cleaning it up and getting it all onto one side of the garage so she can park her car.  Now she wanted to get rid of some of the bigger items and wanted some help.  So for my 1AW I walked her through setting a post up on Craigslist.  This is very easy so I thought I’d create a quick guide here to help any of you who may not be familiar with Craigslist.

Truly Simple guide to posting on Craigslist

First, go to www.Cragislist.com

You can browse all the posts without an account, but you will need an account to post something.  It is free.

Simply click on the ‘my account link”

If you already have an account, simply log in with your email address and password.  If you don’t have an account you can create one by clicking the “sign up for an account” link.

When you are logged into your account click on the “new posting” tab

Choose what kind of posting it will be.  If you are selling or even offering the item for free, you will select “for sale”

Select what area best suits what you are offering.  For this example I chose “free”

Select the region you live in.

For your post you need the following:

A short and accurate description of what you are offering

put the city where you live in the specific location area.

In the product description be as detailed as possible.  If I am selling something I will copy and paste the product description from the manufacturers website and include all relevant information.

Include this information:

  • Does it work?
  • Anything wrong with it?
  • Any visual blemishes?
  • Why you are selling it (optional)
You want to weed out those that are truly interested in the item.  If it has a big scratch on it you don’t want to waste your time having many interested parties come to see it only to walk away because of that scratch.
Finally include how you’d like to be contacted.  I only use email and never my phone.  I made that mistake once and was inundated with phone calls while my wife was trying to take a nap.  Emails are easier to go through and respond to.

Next you MUST add images.  Click the “add/edit images” button

Here you can add 4 images.  Add all that you can.  Click the “choose file” button next to each image area to select an image.

Its important to take pictures of all sides of the item if you can.  Click “continue” when you have added the images.

the final step is to enter the words/letters/numbers in the captcha to prove you are a human and not some robot trying to spam the system.

That’s it!  Your listing is now posted and you will start to receive offers via email for your items.

Some other helpful tips:

If you are uncomfortable having people come over to your house to pick up the items you can meet at a local parking lot.

If they are haggling over price, make sure to come to an agreement on price before meeting to avoid wasting time

That’s it.  Its really very easy.

Got any other good Craigslist tips to share?  Let me know in the comments.

Ben…

1AW is a project by which I’m getting rid of at least 1 thing each week that I do not need, want, or use anymore. Doing at least one thing per week helps me reduce the clutter in my life and make room for what is truly important.

What are you getting rid of this week? Leave a comment and let me know.

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1-A-Week: Week 43: Old Stereo Receiver

Nov 5, 2011 by

As I was getting rid of some old electronics gear, I just sold my old receiver on Craigslist for $75 dollars.

I have had that receiver for over 10 years and bought my new one for $150.  Amazing.

Ben…

1AW is a project by which I’m getting rid of at least 1 thing each week that I do not need, want, or use anymore. Doing at least one thing per week helps me reduce the clutter in my life and make room for what is truly important.

What are you getting rid of this week? Leave a comment and let me know.

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Remember remember the 5th of November

Nov 4, 2011 by

The time has come.

Being complacent is no longer an option.

Convenience is no longer a valid excuse.

It’s time to take action.

Are you upset at our current economic situation and want to do something about it?

Do you wan to support the Occupy Wall Street movement but don’t have time to camp out?

Do you not care about any of this?

Either way, you should move your money out of the big banks and put it in your local credit union.  It just makes sense.   The big banks don’t offer you anything that you can’t get from your local credit union.  And you won’t pay anything for it.  In fact you will actually make interest on them holding your money.  Strange concept, the banks giving you interest on YOUR money, I know.

Why are you giving your money to large corporations when you could be giving it to a local company that YOU own and that pays YOU with its profits?  Seriously, why would you?

I already moved my money into a credit union before I heard about the National Move Your Money Day on November 5th, but thats OK, you can do it anytime.  Just do it.  And here is how get started:

Step 1: Find a local credit union and open an account.

Step 2: Request your new debit card and order new checks (if you still use checks)

Step 3: Re-route your direct deposit from your employer (if needed)

Step 4: If you have any bills auto-paid from your old checking account, get them set up from your new account. Or you can stop paying bills and make money while doing it.

Step 5: Close your old bank account.

 

When you close your old account I first recommend electronically transferring most of your money out of your old bank account directly into your credit union and leaving just a little bit in there to close out to avoid any trouble.

Also be kind and courteous to the clerk when they ask you why you are closing your account.  Simply smile and tell them that you don’t need to pay them to hold your money when you don’t have to.

Then smile, walk out, and hold your head high knowing that you have made a great decision that will help support your local community and save you money.  And tell your friends about it too.  Spread the word.  Tell them that you have joined the over 650,000 that have joined a credit union in the last month (which is more than all of 2010!)

Its time to make some wise decisions about how you vote with your wallet.  Take action now. 

Ben…

If you switched to a local bank or credit union, let me know in the comments.

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1-A-Week: Week 42: An old Star Wars book

Oct 29, 2011 by

This week for my 1AW project I gave away an old Star Wars storybook I’ve had since I was a wee lad.  I was going to sell it on ebay, but one of my friends sons looked at it and his eyes got all big and excited so I gave it to him.  He LOVED it and that made me very happy.

 

Ben…

1AW is a project by which I’m getting rid of at least 1 thing each week that I do not need, want, or use anymore. Doing at least one thing per week helps me reduce the clutter in my life and make room for what is truly important.

What are you getting rid of this week? Leave a comment and let me know.

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1-A-Week: Week 41: My ReplayTV

Oct 19, 2011 by

I cut the cord a long time ago.  Much to the dismay of my beautiful wife, I was sick of paying so much for our TV cable bill, and was sick of watching so much TV, so I dropped it.  We stopped getting TV, and shortly thereafter I canceled our home phone as well.

One thing I didn’t do at the time was get rid of our old ReplayTV DVR.  Not sure why, but probably because I didn’t want to get behind and mess with all the wires to get it out etc.

Well our old receiver was dying so I had to replace it, so I took the opportunity to clean out the electronics gear and get rid of the old ReplayTV.

This thing was AWESOME back in the day.  They had this sweet commercial advance function that juts automatically skipped all the commercials in your recorded shows.  It was the best, and that is why they were sued out of existence by the wonderful Hollywood studios.  But this DVR was still the best thing around.  I even upgraded it with a bigger hard drive to record more shows.

Sad to see it go, but Its been sitting around collecting dust and not getting any use, so on Craigslist it goes and hopefully someone can use it.

Ben…

1AW is a project by which I’m getting rid of at least 1 thing each week that I do not need, want, or use anymore. Doing at least one thing per week helps me reduce the clutter in my life and make room for what is truly important.

What are you getting rid of this week? Leave a comment and let me know.

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