About ten years back, I was buying a newly-prescribed inhaler for asthma. It was quite expensive, and I thought there surely had been a problem with my pharmacy insurance claim. But, I checked with my insurance company and there wasn’t a mistake. It was simply an expensive medicine.
The next time I went to the drug store to have the prescription filled, I mentioned to the pharmacy clerk how expensive I thought the medicine was. I was shocked to hear that I could get a coupon from the manufacturer for a free inhaler. A free inhaler? I had never heard of coupons for medicine. I never did follow up on the offer. It somehow seemed strange to me.
Coupons for cookies? Yes. Coupons for detergents? Yes. Coupons for medicines? There had to be a catch…so I passed on the idea.
With the warm weather approaching, you may be thinking about having a garage sale. Garage sales are a great way to turn unwanted items into extra cash. And, an added bonus is you get to de-clutter your house at the same time.
A garage sale differs from a house or moving sale, in several ways. Basically the differences are:
What To Sell
If you have high-quality furniture to sell, gold jewelry, or expensive china, you will probably not find your buyer at a garage sale.
“If everything else fails, read the instructions.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Sometimes instructions aren’t a good thing. For example, if you are purchasing a lovely piece of furniture, do you really want it to come with instructions? This means that when you get it home you will need to unpack the box, find the instructions, and hope against hope that you can follow them. Usually it all works out…and a mere three hours later you will have your lovely new bookcase.
Of course, by this time you have become so grumpy that your significant other has decided that she doesn’t really want to move in with you after all. Or, at least, delay it for a while. And, oh, perhaps she has learned that not all men are as handy around the house as her daddy is.
Yes, sometimes it’s a bad sign when things come with instructions.
If you are downsizing to a smaller home, you will undoubtedly have tons of stuff you are leaving behind. We sure did! One great way to earn extra money for your move is to host your own Moving/Estate Sale. Now, I’m not talking about a simple garage sale. I’m talking about a huge Moving/Estate sale – people in your home, going through your closets. Yeah…that kind of sale.
After all, what you can’t take with you, you may have to pay for to have hauled away. (Today many charities will not even enter a home to pick up furniture or goods.)
Hiring an estate sale company to organize and run your sale can be costly. At first, I thought this was going to be our only option. But after lots of research, and speaking to many estate sale company owners, I realized we could do it on our own. And so we did!
Just taking risks for risk’s sake, that doesn’t do it for me. I’m willing to take risks that I think are worth it, and I’ve worked so hard to make sure that I survive.
– Chris Hadfield
War is an incredible risk for countries, their populations and the world and the men and women who fight them. If it is all risk and no reward, as some people are making out the Vietnam war to be, the no reward falls squarely on the shoulders of vocal people “back home.” When you “go home” the welcome has to be a recognition of the risk and the rewards. Vietnam had no “going home.”
“When in doubt, throw out!”
– My Mom
We had been living in our nine-room house for 16 years, when we were faced with downsizing to a two-bedroom apartment. Initially, we just had three questions about packing. They were:
Aside from that, everything seemed quite under control.
It is difficult to say exactly how long packing actually took us; until the last two weeks, packing was more sporadic and included lots of sorting. But here are some tips that we discovered along the way.
“The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.”
– Oscar Wilde
My father wasn’t one to offer too much advice. He usually just worked hard, and quietly lived the family life. He was a chemical engineer, who was employed by the same engineering firm for about 35 years, until he retired at age 65. That’s how it was in the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. You worked for one company all your adult life, if you could. Loyalty was a big plus to employers. Job-hopping was severely frowned upon by all; employers would see you as a person who was untrustworthy, as you might pick up and quit at any time.