During our vacation this past weekend, we tried coming up with a game plan to help get out of debt. We’ve been doing the Dave Ramsey classes for the last few weeks and last week was the Debt Snowball lesson. Basically, it’s finding the bills that are owed, making minimum payments on those bills and then once something is paid off, adding that amount to the next line down. It’s actually a neat (and smart) way to get out of debt.
So we talked about downsizing things: Our storage locker, Ray’s beading things, and, with a heavy heart, our books.
Reading is something both of us have in common. We actually shared some of the same books (the better looking ones stayed while the others got donated). There are a lot of books one the shelves I haven’t read and Ray mentioned that she rarely reads books more than once. So why keep books that we aren’t going to pick up again? Status maybe. I haven’t fully figured that one out yet. We always had bookshelves in our house and in our rooms growing up so I’m used to having a lot of books around.
Selling things though can be interesting. There’s Amazon, eBay Craigslist, various Facebook yard sales, and even second hand bookstores.
Now to just finish my list of the books we have, what can go, what can stay, and where the books are going. Bookscouter.com and Goodreads is about to become my best friends, along with my Excel spreadsheet.
Wish us luck!
Listening to: The Wretched of Muirwood by Jeff Wheeler
Quote of the Day: You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ Eleanor Roosevelt