Jen goes on a cost-cutting spree

Cleared out clutter

My spare room is full of unopened boxes of books, and my bookshelf is still overflowing. So I sorted out what I really wanted to keep and listed almost all the rest on half.com, a used-book market. I made sure that selling the book would be worth it, too. If, say, the going price of a paperback is 50 cents, I'm not doing it. Between the cost of the mailing envelopes, which I bought in bulk from Staples, and the fee half.com takes, I'd lose money (the buyer pays the shipping fee). Those books went into the donate pile and then to the library. I made sure to get a receipt so I could write off the donation on my taxes.

Annual savings: $30 so far, and I expect a total take of about $100 a year after all the most-in-demand books are sold.