Well, maybe not running. After all, this is more like a marathon and not a sprint. So let’s call it a slow jog.
As this post goes live, we’re on Day 2 of the Minsgame already. If you happened to miss my first post, click here to read about my collaboration with some fellow bloggers (links at the end). As Sara, Heather, Anthony and I anticipated the start of the month, Sara talked about picking one significant item to use for Day 1. I knew right away that mine would be this ring:
I kind of laughed at myself because while I knew it had to go, I thought about how much I loved this Simply Save post by Heather about keeping a ring she loves. I bought the ring in the photo several years ago because I loved the design and the stones. I still do. But the thing is, it doesn’t fit me.
I was 30 pounds heavier, and every couple months for the past couple years I’ve slid the ring on each of my fingers just to double check that it really doesn’t fit me anymore.
Wait a second, maybe… No.
This ring has officially made its way to the donation pile for Arc’s Value Village. We have five AVV locations in the Twin Cities, and I like supporting them for lots of great reasons that you can read about on their website.
Now that we have that over with, what’s next? Oh yeah, my movies. I used to be an avid movie-watcher (if you follow my Throwback Thursday posts from old journal entries, movies will come up a lot), and now it’s pretty rare. Chris is a Netflix subscriber, so we watch a movie together once a week to every other week or so. Even when I was on my own in my apartment, I rarely watched movies. Or I’d watch the same ones over and over (LOTR. Boondock Saints. He’s Just Not That Into You.) But it seemed like since I had the movies, I should hang onto them because you never know when the mood might strike to watch one, right?
I know with a decent amount of confidence that I will NEVER watch some of these movies. They were gifts, or I bought them for cheap at Half Price Books, and I bought way too many when Blockbuster was going out of business (RIP). So I’ve really pared it down, and by the end of the month I’ll probably narrow it down even more.
I mentioned in my first post that I had a stack to take to Half Price Books, but then Chris told me about Amazon Trade-In. I downloaded the app, and once you find the Trade-In part, all you have to do is scan the bar codes and they’ll make you an offer. It defaults to the “good condition” but you can change it to “like new” or “new” depending on what you have. Most of my movies I left as “good condition” but there were two still in the wrapper so they increased the offer price of those.
In the end, I sent them 43 items and should get a gift card for $48.07 in return once they sort through them. You can print a free shipping label, the package must be sent by a certain date, and then you wait. One thing that helped me is I finally decided to part with my boxed set of the extended editions of Lord of the Rings on DVD. I have them on blu-ray and I know I’ll never watch the DVDs because of this. But I was hanging onto them because it’s my favorite movie, and the set is so pretty.
Because I sold them as a set, I got $18, which is not anywhere close to what HPB would have given me. Amazon didn’t take a lot of my movies, so 75 of them made their way to HPB and I got $20 which is good enough for me!
And ok, so I’m a little ahead of the game but this was honestly such an easy place for me to start, and I wanted to provide you with at least one tip in the first official post.
So what did you start with, and what did the item mean to you? Sending many thanks to those who are jumping onboard the Minsgame with us, and don’t forget to use #minsgameBOSS when posting on Instagram and twitter! We’d also love for you to join the Facebook group. Now click the links below to read about Day 1 for Anthony, Heather and Sara.
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