I’ve been a very busy bee the last few weeks. We’ve had a lot going on, and somehow, accidentally, started a little side business. The post is more of a good, bad, and ugly life update, but it’s positive. 🙂
A few months ago I mentioned being contacted by a collections agency for an invoice from my dentists office from 2014. I know I paid this, but couldn’t prove it since we switched banks and our old bank was unable to provide statements for us from 2014. (The ultimate downside of paperless…) I’ve been making $50/mo payments on it ever since. Fast forward to last week with excruciating tooth pain, I called to make an appointment, but they refused to see me until I paid the collections balance in full. $400. Then $153 for the appointment – nothing wrong, must be “bruising in the gumline.” $153 for less than 10 minutes. Pointless dental insurance.
We need to replace windows in our living room and master bathroom. Not an emergency must-do, but definitely a “should be done in the near future” kind of problem. We had the company that came out quote replacing all windows and replacing just the two rooms. Entire house: $59,041. LOL!!! Just the two rooms: $21,940. LOL!! They have lost their minds!! The lady was here for four hours and would not leave. High pressure sales, you’ve met your match. I’m not signing a damn thing. 😉 Sure gave us a good, hearty laugh.
We recently experienced some unusually cold, wintry mix weather here. Around three inches of snow and lots of ice. DH’s work was closed for the day due to this weather, and his manager told him to “make the call” for his night shift crew. He drove out there and the roads were still quite bad, plus it was still raining, and temps were dropping to 16 that night. Thank goodness for 4WD. Anyway, DH called off for the night. Yesterday he found out HR is refusing to pay him for that night, because “he did not make an attempt to work.” Yet the day time workers are receiving full pay since the store closed due to hazardous weather conditions. I’m sorry, but how the hell is that fair? Especially when the weather was even worse that night?! I don’t understand why the store manager and HR have different stipulations for daytime and nighttime crews regarding store closures. It’s outrageous. I hate that place!
As for the good, DH and I had a long talk about all the stuff we have in this house. We still have boxes we haven’t unpacked from two moves ago. He had a few days off this week and we tackled a good bit of the house. Tons of trash, tons to donate, and I have nearly 25 bins to consign. It feels GOOD! Not only that, but DH has decided to part with a collection of his. Turns out this was a very profitable side gig selling off these figures. In just a few weeks, we’ve made about $1,500, and still have 100+ to sell. He also ‘flipped’ a few figures for other ones, and was able to make even more money selling those. It has kept me very busy packaging and shipping every night after the kids go down. I’m averaging 15 shipments per day right now.
The local consignment sale is only a month away, I have a lot to do for that. Right now I have to figure out if I will volunteer or not. By not volunteering you pay a $11.95 participation fee and earn 70%. Volunteer 8 hours, receive 75% / 12 hours, receive 80%. DH use to do the volunteering as security, but he can’t with his new work schedule. I just have to juggle DH’s schedule plus the kids, and is an extra 5% really worth my time?! I expect to make over $1000, if not closer to $2000 after fee’s anyway (based on 70%).
I’m feeling a bit more optimistic and motivated these days. Hoping this lasts long enough to get through the seemingly endless piles of crap we have. 😉