3 things to sell, when you have nothing left to sell

Things to sell when you don’t think you have anything else.

You may think you have nothing in your home to sell. Last year when I started on this journey I didn’t think I had anything to sell. I tried to sell my clothes but wasn’t overly successful. I sold some of my excess furniture but I didn’t have a lot to sell. The more I looked around the more I had to sell, the candle holder I ‘needed’ but when I got it home I no longer loved, the spare high chair that I have never used and everyone has one in my family. Everything I could find I sold. So this year when I was keen to Make Money May and sell more stuff to start the ball rolling I had run out of stuff to sell – or so I thought. Here are the things I have found to sell – when I thought I didn’t have anything else left to sell. The great thing about these items is 2 of them are also direct sales so no waiting on gumtree for a buyer!

things to sell
things to sell when you think you have nothing left
  1. Electronic devices. Things like old phones, working or not sell well. Either to specific buyers who fix or strip them. Or on Ebay and the like to home repairers who think that can make money.
  2. Old Jewellery. You won’t get rich quick selling your old silver or gold but you will make some money and get rid of your ex from your life forever. The best part about old jewellery is that it doesn’t have to be attractive or even working. Old jewellery is bought by weight only so functionality or appearance doesn’t count. Places such as Cash converters and pawn shops are a good place to start. As are jewellery shops with jewellery made on site.
  3. CD’s and DVD’s. It’s easy now to no longer need a hard copy of every movie you love. And while they are small combined they take up a lot of space. Selling old CD’s and DVD’s is easy with being able to make bulk packs. You won’t make a ton of money for each title but in packs of 3-5 you will be able to make sales on Buy Swap and Sell Facebook pages, and Gumtree.

I have sold all of these things this Making Money May. When I thought that I had nothing left to sell, and its been easy.  I hope that you get the same success that I have of selling these things.  Do you have any other items that sell really successfully?  I would love to know.

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Mum’s returning to Full Time Work

Returning to full time work after having my son was probably the most daunting experience (after becoming a mother) in my life.  I had returned to work part time previously for a couple of months before stepping up to full time.  I have found preparation isn’t just key but it is also imperative.  The calmer you are at home the easier the transition will be – hopefully.


Menu planning – the only way to survive the dinner rush.  Know what you are cooking so you can get meat out of your freezer or prep your veggies early if you have time.  This saves the dreaded afternoon – what are we having for dinner and also cuts back on the chances of take away.  I have it on the fridge so EVERYONE knows what’s for dinner.

Recipe book – I have a daggy display folder that I trundle out most days.  It has all my favourite recipes that I use regularly printed out in there.  It’s like my bible.  You may not thinking that this is very important, but not having to look them up every night is a massive stress saver for me.   It’s all there, no worrying about the i-pad battery or the internet connection.

Schedule  – I have a hand written schedule on the fridge.  This doesn’t change, it’s where the baby is going that day.  What events/exercises are on at night.  What washing/cleaning needs to be done.  It’s simple I made it with coloured textas but it does the job.   It also encourages my husband to help, if he knows what needs to be done.  I am not great with communication so it helps with me asking for help instead of doing it all on my own.

Outsourcing – If you can afford it – get help.  The whole reason I am at work is to save money, but I am not Wonder Woman.  My husband does big days so he isn’t a lot of help (no fault of his own).  This means I also have the baby with me if I am not at work.  Groceries at 5 pm with a baby that has been at day care since 8am isn’t ideal (trust me I tried it.)  So most weeks I order my groceries online.  It isn’t the cheapest way to do the groceries (although it’s great for stopping impulse buying and sticking to a budget) but it saves my sanity.  I do it in my pyjamas on a Wednesday night and get it delivered on a Friday night.  If I could I would have a cleaner and an ironing lady but at this point it just isn’t in the budget.

These things have helped me immensely.  I still however haven’t figured out the mum guilt and cry most days between day care drop off and work – but no body is perfect!

Do you have any tips for surviving back to work?

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Budget Mum Blog’s First Birthday!

Today is Budget Mum Blog’s first birthday! That’s right, this time last year I decided to go ahead with my little idea!

Budget Mum Blog's First Birthday
My Birthday Celebration
I was a stay at home mum to a 4 month old baby boy.  I was on paid maternity leave but knew it was going to run out soon.  And I was eager to stay at home for a least a year so I wanted to squeeze every cent out of our money.  I searched and searched online and what I found was a ton of great websites, most of which were in USA.

So I had an idea… Maybe I could start a blog.  A blog about getting the most out of your money.  A blog that would help me stay on track and inspire me to try harder.  A blog that might help others…

So I started writing, then I published a couple, and people started reading. I was excited!  What I didn’t count on is the Australian community that was building on Social Media.  #Budgetmum & #frugalliving are rabbit holes for people like me (and maybe you?) Instagram is wonderful for people who love saving money and love sharing tips!  So as a Thank You to everyone who visits my little blog, chats with me on Instagram and follows me on Facebook I appreciate every comment and like, I am having a little giveaway to celebrate!


To celebrate Budget Mum Blog’s first birthday Budget Mum Blog is giving away 2 prizes!

On Facebook I will be giving away a $50 Coles Myer voucher to one follower.  All you need to do is follow us on Facebook and comment on the competition post! 


On Instagram I will be giving away a copy of Scott Pape’s Barefoot Investor book!  To be in the running you need to follow Budget Mum Blog on Instagram and comment on the competition post!

budget mum blog birthday
Neither of these giveaways are sponsored by Instagram or Facebook.  Both prizes have been provided by Budget Mum Blog and have no affiliation with the prize creators.

The competition posts will run from Today 26/1/2017 to 8 PM (AEST/ QLD TIME) Sunday 29/1/2017.  Both competitions are only open to Australian Residents, with postal addresses in Australia. You can enter both or one competition.  Thank you and good luck!  Here’s to many more birthdays and friendships…

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PS – if you follow me on Instagram I have decided, or succumbed to peer pressure that I will reveal my face if I ever reach 10,000 followers!

Making Money with Tupperware

Selling Tupperware – an amazing story from a lady that went from making some extra money on Maternity leave to the top of Tupperware!  If this story doesn’t leave you inspired, I don’t know what will!  I interviewed Bec for this story – at the time Bec and her husband had just been promoted and now run their own distributorship.  Making money with Tupperware has never been so easy!

a true inspirational story how to sell tupperware and make a ton of money
How this lady made a TON of money selling TUPPERWARE
Bec’s interview about how she has made serious money with Tupperware

The best tips for a Car Boot Sale

After I completed my Spring Fling IT and got rid of a truck load of stuff out of my house. I was left with a truck load of stuff in my garage!  So naturally I wanted to get rid of this stuff quickly but was looking forward to making some extra money too.  So I went to a Car Boot Sale!  Here are my tips for a car boot sale

Our car boot sale is very local to our house and only $20 to have a site.  So quite reasonable for such a large car boot sale that attracts a lot of buyers. This is what I have learnt in my time of going to and selling at a car boot sale.

  1. A car boot sale is a good option if you are wanting to sell a lot of items. But aren’t comfortable with people coming to your house for a garage sale or perhaps have smaller stuff that is easily moved.  I chose a car boot sale because we didn’t have any furniture to sell (I sold that on gumtree) and I most things were small enough to easily move.
  2. Think out your stall design.  I luckily have trestle tables when I use to do handmade markets, these are ideal for a car boot sale.  If you can borrow some please do so. It will make your life easier and it will make your stall easier for people to look through.  Otherwise, a tarp or a waterproof  for the ground if you are laying items on the ground.  I also used boxes I had packed items in upside down to display my more interesting stuff that way things were different heights and it creates interest and items at the back aren’t overlooked.
  3. Setting up the stall – I set up a $10 table, $5 table and a $2 table. This way it was easy prices, and you don’t have to individually price items.  I made signs for each table. So easy for me to set up but also easy for people to see the prices. So when I packed my stuff I had already sorted into price boxes so it was easy to unpack onto the tables.  Place more expensive items closest to you so can
  4. Pricing – people will want to haggle, nothing surer.  Not everyone but people will, it’s part of the thrill for being at a car boot sale – so be prepared.  But don’t think you have to accept it. It’s your stuff and if you are wanting more money then stick to your guns.  I found bulk pricing is easiest instead of random priced items. I had a rack with all clothes $2, this seemed fairly standard amongst the stalls. Even items I thought were probably worth more, for the 2 items I wanted to sell for $5 it wasn’t worth having a different stand for me so I priced it all the same for some quick and easy sales.
  5. Packing the car in reverse – the best advice possible.  Otherwise you are pulling out all your items and putting them on the ground before you can get to your tables.
  6. Your comfort – don’t forget about YOU.  Pack yourself a chair, snacks, hat, water and shade if possible.  You don’t know what the day will bring best to be prepared then wasting your profit on buying food etc.
  7. Float – you will need a basic float for your sales.  Have a good spread of denominations, you don’t want to miss out on a sale because you can’t make the change.  Also consider where you are going to store your money, on you is the best policy.  I left my handbag at home and swapped it for a smaller cross body bag that had my float in it and my phone. Simple and its on you at all time!
  8. Be surprised what sells – and what doesn’t!  Weird things sell.  It’s the truth. I had a ton of my husbands brand name shirts to sell as he has lost weight.  The first thing that sold was an old faded no brand shirt… There was Ralph Lauren polo shirts in the same size but no the old t-shirt was my first sale, and the buyer was stoked! I sold magazines, old junk jewellery, glasses even an old wallet.  But people ummed and arred over a brand new $70 piece of tupperware I was selling for $10!
  9. By the end of the day I was left with a bag of clothes, that went straight to the Salvation Army. And a couple of my $10 pieces that I felt were already a bargain and I didn’t want to lower the price. (I now have them on Gumtree). So it was a raging success – well worth my 4 am wake up!
  10. It can be done alone.  I wanted to be able to do it myself. My husband came for about half an hour so I could have a quick look around and to run to the bathroom.  But both set up and pull down is fairly easy and I always felt completely safe.  I found other stall holders very nice and helpful.

I hope this inspires you to clear out your unwanted and unneeded stuff and start making money with a car boot sale.

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How I decluttered my whole house

So recently I undertook a decluttering of our whole house,  I called it the Spring Fling IT and I LOVED IT. How I decluttered my whole house – This is what I learnt from doing it and how I did it.  Decluttering for me is trying to restore some order and try to make my life easier but having less.  Less clutter makes it easier to find things, easier to put everything away and easier to clean.  It also goes hand in hand with leading a simpler life, I no longer buy for the sake of buying. Once you start decluttering you will find it simpler and simpler it seems like an ongoing event. You will always be questioning if you need it, where you will put it, etc.  It’s a great thing to start to regain control and start living simpler.  Here is my tips to help you get started.

How I decluttered my whole house in ONE month
Spring Fling IT – How I decluttered my WHOLE house
What I learnt decluttering my whole house
  1. Clean the house first – start with a clean house so you aren’t moving mess to start making more mess.  It doesn’t have to be spotless as once you start moving items around you will make mess but a cleanish house with space is easier to start with.
  2. Have a specific area in your house to store your items.  If you have an empty room or a garage it makes it easier to store your items once you are getting rid of them.  If you have a big job at hand you may want to consider hiring a skip bin so you can easily throw items out.  I had tables set up in my garage so I could sort as I went between items to be sold or items to be thrown out or be donated.
  3. Have supplies, garbage bags, boxes etc ready for your big move.  Items that are being donated can be bagged or boxed up as you go to allow your self more space.  As can items to be thrown out, if a trip to the tip is necessary having items bagged up is easier when unloading.
  4. Stay focused – I set myself a goal.  It had to be completed by this date.  That made me keep going, until I was finished all my goal rooms.  I still have one room to go.  Our study but it’s my sewing/craft room and I’m in the middle of a big sewing project so it’s easier to leave that for the time being.
  5. Know your objectives.  For me it was being able to function easier in my house.  Our house has very limited storage, so for me it is about the day to day things like Tupperware not avalanching onto me every time I open that cupboard. Or finding the clothes I want to wear, not the 10 other black singlets I had in the wrong size. Things that would make my life easier.  So that was my aim, everything that will fit in here easily. I now have space in some of my cupboards because once I started I found it easier to let go of a lot more.
  6. Have an area set up for items for sale.  The more time and space you have to home these things dictate how you may want to sell them.  I went to a car boot sale and got rid of most of my items there, other bigger priced items (that I wouldn’t haggle on.) Then I listed on gumtree and buy, swap and sell pages on Facebook.  I then had a cut off date if these items don’t sell in the coming months they will will be reduced and then donated as well.
  7. Start where you will see the biggest difference. That way you will want to continue because you can see the difference it has made for you so far.
  8. As an added bonus, you can make a lot of money from items you no longer need!!! And you will find saving money going forward because you no longer want to buy items that you don’t need.

I hope that this inspires you to start your own “Spring Fling IT” or decluttering.  It is so therapeutic and afterwards you will truly wonder why it took you so long to get started!  I hope you can use some of the tips from how I decluttered my whole house.

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How to make money with Surveys

Did you know that you could make money with surveys in Australia???  I always thought that it was only an American thing, but it’s not! We too can enjoy the sweet and easy rewards from filling in easy surveys online and make money doing so!

easy ways to make money online
Making money taking surveys online


Easy to join and to fill in, perfect for making money during nap time or lunch time and help out the budget! These are the ones that I have personal experience with!  All have a $20 reward threshold before you can cash out.

Valued Opinions– Simple to use with an app you can download onto your smart phone.  Not as many surveys others but easy claim into vouchers.

Pureprofile – Easy surveys with rewards that go into either your bank or vouchers. Now also have an easy to use app!

My Opinions

iSurvey World

Opinion Bureau

Survey Rewardz

My Survey

All of these have been simple and quick to set up and user friendly!  I recommend signing up to at least two.  If you set yourself a goal soon you can start saving up vouchers for Christmas or a Birthday.  Let me know if you do surveys and what your favourites are!

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What is passive Income

Passive income is a great thing – its a wonderful way to starting making a higher income with little effort.  Creating passive income is a great way of making more money for yourself while still concentrating on what you think is important – its a wonderful way of boosting your financial situation.

What is passive income
What is passive income
What is it –

a passive income is what you generate without you doing anything.  Sounds to be true – but it’s not.  You can make money while you are at work, school or asleep.

Why you want it –

I think this is pretty obvious – you want to make more income.  Doesn’t everyone want more income, creating more money while you can continue living the life the way you want to is a dream come true.

How to get it –

by creating a product that you can sell easily multiple times.  For example something that can be easily sold multiple times without any alteration.  So yes you have to put in effort creating your product but once you have a product you can continue to make money, again and again. So you could write an ebook, create downloadable printables or have a stagnate blog with advertising.  There are hundreds of other ideas for creating passive income, you will have to put in effort and time at the beginning but long term you can create ongoing income.

I hope you have some great ideas on making yourself some passive income to help boost your financial situation.

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Making Money – Scentsy

So it is Making Money May! And I have a couple of success stories of inspirational women who have forged ahead in their own style – which I love! And so I am going to start sharing their stories. There are so many ways that you can make money.  But what I love the most is that these ladies have gone above and beyond to do what they love.  And make it work for them and their families AND bring in the money that every family needs!  So how can you start Making Money with Scentsy.

The first wonder woman is Kristy from SCENTSY, I have never met Kirsty in person but her story is so inspirational I had to reach out to her and ask her to share her story.  She has been very successful “I made the top of the compensation plan in less than a year and was Australia’s first to do so. I did this with some pretty major struggles too, very poor health needing ICU, marriage breakdown.. you name it! The universe threw it at me! But I persisted and never gave up and love to help other’s!”  This is not a sponsored post!  I just thought it’s a great idea to share how others are making money in a less traditional job!

Making money with Scentsy
A success story of how to make money with Scentsy
Kristy’s Success Story with Scentsy

How long have you been doing Scentsy  – I have been doing Scentsy since September 2nd 2013 so 31 months now, not quite 3 years.

How you heard of Scentsy. I saw a post on Facebook!

Why you started I had just had my 5th child and had been unemployed for some time. Due to my health issues I was no longer able to work. My husband (we are now seperated) was also unemployed, we had big debts and were struggling to make ends meet and were going to lose our home and claim bankrupcy. We even had to use the help of charitable services for food vouchers and the like. I saw the post about the Scentsy opportunity and it sounded like something I could do despite my issues and I was willing to give anything a go to save my family.

I joined Scentsy in the hopes of simply earning just enough extra income to make ends meet, week by week. 

How has it helped you financially It saved our family then from going through with applying for bankcrupy. When my marriage ended soon after joining Scentsy. It allowed me to continue earning an income to support my family of 5 children as a single Mum. I am now at the rank of Super Star Director which is the top of the compensation plan. 

I now have the freedom to run my own business and never have to worry about entering the workforce again! Prior to Scentsy, I worked in  Education with special need’s children in particular. I would have never believed anyone if they told me I could work from home and earn more than what I was! I had to work hard for this success, and you should take a look at the income disclosure statement here.

Customers already buying the products.  Why buy through someone else when you can buy through yourself and benefit from commissions, host rewards and more.

If you are in need of supplementing current income, Scentsy offer an opportunity to create income.  With a low start up cost and that can easily be made back in just a few parties, or less with your earned commissions.

If you are looking for an opportunity that is flexible: you can do home parties, basket parties, facebook style parties etc. You are not mandated to do home parties at all either, which works so well for many consultants like myself with health issues. There are many other alternative’s to running your business if home parties are not suitable for you. 

You have the opportunity to become part of an amazing company, filled with so much love and support it really does go much deeper than just financial for so many! 

If you have been on any incentive trips Each year Scentsy offer qualifying consultants an all expenses paid Incentive Trip for either 1 or 2. Since joining Scentsy, I have earned each yearly trip for 2 people. The last 2 year’s the Incentive Trips were to LA in 2014, Bali in 2015 and this year Singapore. For details on how consultants earn incentive trips see here.

If you love Kristy’s story as much as I did and think you would like to buy some Scentsy (who wouldn’t) OR join Scentsy click HERE

Here are the nitty gritty details if you think Scentsy might be for you!

How much is the initial outlay for products?

$152.00AUD and this gives you everything you will need to get started – see my webpage for further details. Here

How much commission can you earn from sales?

Commissions start at 20% on your Personal Retail Volume (PRV).   Once you accumulate your first 1,000 points in PRV you then have a 5% raise bringing the commission up to 25%. This will also have you reach your first promotion! 

Is there a minimum amount of sales you must make per month to stay active? To remain “active” a Consultant needs to make 150PRV once every three months. (This work’s out to be roughly $220.00AUD but I tell my team to add a bit extra just to be sure.) For details on the compensation plan see Here.

Is there a possibility for promotion/growth within your company? Absolutely! in addition to earning commissions from your sales, there are other bonus/rewards of extra % paid to you in commissions. Consultant’s promote and grow their businesses through reaching PRV and recruiting which results in building their own team.  

Did you love Kristy’s story as much as I did?  are you inspired to start making money with Scentsy? I love hearing how other people have made the best of a bad situation and not only survived but thrived financially and personally.  Would you love to share your story?  I would love to hear from you!

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Making Money MAY

How did you go with no spend April?  I’m going to write up how I went soon (I went OK, not great.) Can you believe it is already May? I CAN NOT!!! So let’s launch into May and make some money!

Let's Make some money in Making Money May!!!
Let’s Make some money in Making Money May!!!

As most of you know I am a stay at home mum, I financially have to return to work in October when my baby is 13 months.  Soooo my paid maternity leave has ended and I am now roaming free… haha not really free with a husband and a 7 month old.  But I am financially free of no income, not a great place to be.  So cue Make Money May.  My friend Ashleigh came up with the idea on facebook last night, and I am running with it.

I have already done some cleaning out and come up with some things to sell on Ebay.  So this month I am going to be looking for some extra ways to come up with making money! Here are some ways I have already come up with…



Get on the making money Party!!!
Get on the making money Party!!!

I have some great things organised for Making Money in May, so stay tuned! Do you have any ideas on how you are going to make extra money in May?  Let me know in the comments I would love some more ideas!

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