This week I am going to make a big pot of Chili. We should be able to get several meals out of my chili.
There is only 2 of us so what I am cooking this afternoon is our homemade Spicy (to me) Chili and I am dividing it in to 3 containers for 3 different nights. We can add some crackers or bread for a fast tasty dinner. My recipe is for 6 servings so would be a nice amount for 4 to 6 people. 1 1/2 pounds of ground beef 85 percent fat free
small amount of onion chopped up 2 tsp of garlic 4 tsp of Chili 2 tsp of basil 1/2 tsp of salt 1 tsp of pepper 2 tsp of cumin 2 tsp of oregano 2 16 oz cans of Chili or Kidney beans 1 32 oz cans of crushed tomatoes 1 32 oz can of Tomato Sauce 1 can of water
Brown ground beef
then add your spices and stir
Add your tomato sauce, diced tomatoes and chili beans
Simmer for about 45 minutes . It is now ready to eat or cool and freeze for future meals.
This pot has been divided into 3 containers for dinner and there was enough for us to each have a small bowl for lunch.
Winter is over or at least in most of the US. We have spent the winter in Las Vegas and now will leave to return to the shores of Lake Superior. It is still cool in my home town but time to head back to children and grand children.
I will return to my kitchen and my appliances. Time to start menu planning full force and start my project of cutting our eating budget. We have cooked less here since dining in the casinos is so easy.
At this time we have a weekly budget of $150 for groceries, dining out and gas. I hope to that we eat out less and cook more. The difference will partly go to paying off our van early.
Watch for future postings on my menu plans and shopping budget.
Good bye Las Vegas... Hello beautiful Lake Superior
I belong to several face book groups of eBay sellers. Common complaint is I am not selling or why is it so slow. All eBay's fault of course.
My sales are not as great as I would like but I do recognize some of the reasons. It is my doing not eBay doing. For the winter we are living in Las Vegas and only brought stock that would fit in our van. So when we return home we can put back on eBay the stock that was removed.
Our inventory will increase. Another reason sales are small is that I specialize in vintage paper and sales dollar amounts are small.
What I can do and am doing the majority of the time is to list 10 listings a day.
Share these listings on Facebook, Pinterest and twitter. When I do this I do see my listings get more views.
Another thing that I am doing is putting my store on sale a couple of times a month for 1 or 2 days. No longer we want the buyer to have a sense of urgency.
I can also learn new categories to sell in that may have a higher dollar amount.
Are you selling on eBay? Do you have any ideas to share with us?
I have found that people will buy just about anything. It is easy to sell on eBay and setting up your account is free.
When deciding what to sell just check out their website and do your research.
Some things I sell on a regular basis are vintage photos, postcards, jewelry and barbie doll items. Buyers are willing to buy just about anything. I save box tops for education and Campbell soup education labels Make sure they have not expired. I also save and sell my used ink cartridges to sell. They also will buy clean toilet paper and paper towel rolls and used medicine bottles that are great for crafters
These I not sold as of yet but I am saving my medicine bottles.
Take some time over the next few days and search eBay for odd things that sell.
You never know what you may be able to make some money off.
For 15 years we owned 1 to 2 used bookstores before retiring. .
I have put off buying a kindle until two weeks ago. I went down fighting the old bookstore logic of
wanting to fight the kindle since it is hurting brick and mortar bookstores.
This winter we are spending our time in the sun and warmth of Nevada.
Times spent in the afternoon by the pool reading books.
I had loaded the amazon kindle on my phone so I could find reasonable books as we traveled.
Problem is sitting in the sun I could not see my screen to read.
Long story short my hubby accidentally spilled water on his lap top. Off to the geeks at best buy
to see if they could help us. Answer was buy a new lap top or be frugal and buy a key board to
connect to hubby computer. After looking at the prices of new lap tops we decided to put off buying
him or both of us new computers since our goal is to pay off our van and build up our savings
account to 3 to 6 months of our monthly income.
On the way to check out I just happened to spot the kindle white page and my sweet hubby twisted
my arm to buy it.
I am in my glory enjoying my white page kindle. Sitting by the pool or laying in bed late at night
while hubby sleeps to read just a little more before I doze off.
So I am on the look out for thrifty books to read and FREE is even better.
I am paying for some of my favorite authors but filling my kindle with free reads also.
Today I have found and down loaded a FREE romantic suspense called the Lake House by
Debra Burroughs. The following is from Amazon.
About the Author
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Debra Burroughs can be found most days sitting in front of her computer in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, dreaming up and writing exciting murder mysteries with a delicious twist of romance. Her characters are rich and the stories are full of compelling suspense and real romance. If you're looking for graphic violence and explicit sex scenes, these are not the books for you, but if you're looking for stories with real romance that will entertain you, grab your attention, touch your heart, and leave you wanting more, dive into one of her captivating books.
My other FREE book today is a historical novel based on a true story of a young woman. Push Not The River by James Conroyd Martin.
PUSH NOT THE RIVER is based on the true eighteenth century diary of Anna Maria Berezowska, a Polish countess who lived through the rise and fall of the historic Third of May Constitution. Vivid, romantic, and thrillingly paced, it paints the emotional and unforgettable story of the metamorphosis of a nation--and of a proud and resilient young woman. The reason I want to read this historical book is because my ancestor came from this area around this to the United States. It should give me a peek into the past of what was happening in the area my ancestor lived in. If either book interests you go and grab it while it is FREE. Be sure to look at the price to make sure it is still FREE. If you have not by the kindle you can go to Amazon and find the app to down load the kindle on your phone or computer.
This last couple weeks we have been busy selling on eBay. Postcards, Photos and Barbie Items.
I am not a real expert on Barbies but I can identify a vintage barbie doll.
This last week or so I have sold three vintage barbie dolls.
Another Barbie we sold this month was a 1960s brunette Barbie with bendable knees. She sold for $24.95 and the new owner is very happy with her.
The last barbie was a real treasure that I had been holding on to for a couple years. This month I thought was a perfect time to sell her on eBay. She is a 1958 Blond Pony Tail Barbie that we sold after several bids to $150.50.
The last to sell was a a 1960s Twist and Turn Barbie Doll. I listed at $14.95 and it was bid up to $23.50. Shipped out today for the new owner.
As of today the 14th of March we have sold $330.21 on eBay and have passed February sales.
Will be keeping busy and hope to have a good month of sales.
Week 1 of February 2016 is almost at an end. We are in Nevada rather than home state of Minnesota over the winter. I brought a van load of my paper items to sell on eBay and have been attempting to list every day. My goal is 10 a day but there are some days I do not seem to get any listed.
I am at 1500 items in my store with a large majority of my items being vintage photos and postcards.
This month I am going to work at listing items other than paper most days. I do well with vintage Barbie items and do have a few to still get up for sale.
Yesterday I went to my first Goodwill Clearance store. Was not as big as I hoped and when a new row of bins came out the women became grabby. They would grab a pile and throw in their cart or tub. Lowell found a interest book for 50 cents. Will take a while to sell but started out at $29.99.
I picked out a few items to try out at a cost of $5.40. I do not sell clothes usually but want to branch out more into that category.
This morning I have rinsed out 3 intimate items and I am putting up for auction tonight. Nothing valuable but some would be some addition to sales. Will continue to list through the day.
I hope to add a total of 400 items to my store this month. So far I have added 37 items to my store as of last night. Eight were barbie items rest were postcards. Tonight we will add some clothing items.
Sales for February 2015 was only $265 my goal is to double that.
Hopefully by the end of the month my store will have grown and my sales will have increased. While we are away from home are sales to decrease.
So far for February I have sold 8 items for a total of $38.49. With increased listing will come increased sales, or so I hope.
The last two sales are a old barrel key and pieces from a Star Wars Monopoly game. Both traveled from Minnesota and have been in my store since June 2015.
This is the year that I want to pay off our van. We drive a 2012 Chrysler Stow and Go. I love my stow and go. Put the seats up and I can drive the grand kids anywhere , put them down and can help a friend or family member move something.
We had 2009 stow and go. All paid off and then BAM we got hit by a 89 year old driver who dozed off. No one was hurt but my paid off van.that was totaled.
Insurance paid us for our van , what it was worth but not enough to get us into another decent stow and go.
Car dealer found us the above car and now we have car payments. We could of bought a cheaper car with the money we had but we want to travel away from the snow and the cold for the winter. Crossing the mountains we wanted something that we could trust.
So we now owe over $13,000 on our van at $261 a month.
I am busy saving my pennies as posted in earlier post of 365 days of saving money. By doubling my pennies every day I will have saved $1135.90. This money go into savings to for any emergencies.
I am also saving dollars every week. First week of saving I put in 1 dollar. 2nd week I added 2 dollars..Every Sunday I put in my weeks dollars. This week was 7 dollars and have saved $28.00.
As the weeks get bigger it will be harder with having to put away $40, $41 and so on. eBay will help here and I do not have to go in order. If I have a super sale I can add week 52 or week 48 and cross that number off my envelope. May be hard to get some of those dollars in the envelope but anything saved is a positive.
Now to be aggressive and pay off car I will work at building our eBay store to increase the sales.
The profit will be sent to the bank. The first 1/3 will be added to our pocket book as pay for all the work, 1/3 will be saved future purchases to build the business and 1/3 of the profit will go onto the car loan.
This is my plan, I will post my journey as the year goes by. Thanks for stopping by.