saving money

Family friendly sites, resources

The Hudson Valley of New York State is a wonderful place to visit.

 

     Hudson Valley, NY.. things to do.

Getting the most from Ebay

 

find great stuff on eBay

Shopping on Ebay can save you a LOT of money,

and it can also help many individuals and small businesses survive

Let’s face it, the economy is not getting much better anytime soon.   You need to shop carefully and save money whenever possible.    If you know what you are looking for and can be patient, you will maximize your savings.

How to take great product photos

A lot of people don’t  take advantage of eBay.  Some people worry they will get burned.  Well, folks, if that’s you, start rethinking.    You could save thousands of dollars annually if you get smart with Ebay, and the stuff will come right to your door.

Here are some tips.

Start with a good search.   use filters, like price, condition, even location.   Know the products you like and try searching for them on Ebay.   Narrow it down.

Look for good photos.   If you can clearly see what you are buying you can bid confidently.  On the other hand, if you know exactly what you are looking for, you may find a listing with a terrible photo that isn’t getting any bids.  That’s when you can really get a good deal.

Be careful of shipping costs.   Make sure to check it in the listing.   It’s okay to buy from international sellers, just know what it’s going to cost you.

Think before you bid.   If you really want an item, and it’s unique, rare, vintage, collectible, etc.. go all out and put in your top price.  don’t be shy.  On the other hand, if there are many of the item on Ebay, go for the lowest price.  Shop at odd hours… for example when most people are asleep, or on a holiday.   You’ll be surprised what you can get.

see also our article about Ebay on www.CashForest.com

Ebay article

And use Ebay also to SELL stuff you don’t need.   Trade your unwanted stuff for quick cash, and use that to buy what you need.   Make sure you have good photos and description.   Research prices on Ebay by using the “completed listings” feature.   That way you don’t waste your time and spend on listing fees.

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Tiny houses, and alternative spaces

Hey everyone… tiny homes are now gaining popularity fast.

It makes total sense.  How much space do we really need anyway ?   For thousands of years we all lived fine without 5,000 square foot “mcMansions” in the suburbs.  City dwellers know how to be really smart about using space efficiently.   Why heat or cool a huge space if you don’t need to ?    Small homes are much easier to clean.   Do the chores in a few minutes and get on with living.

Click on the Tiny House link below…

http://tinyhouseblog.com/stick-built/reclaimed-space-2/

and while you’re at it, check out Yurts..

Pacific Yurts


Yurts are cylindrical homes with a dome, insulated, wind resistant, and very cozy.  They’ve been used by Mongolian nomads for centuries.    In USA, they are not taxed, as opposed to a regular home.    Pacific Yurts makes incredibly beautiful yurts.