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Monday, November 11, 2013

How I Earned Christmas Cash with Coupons!

I've been dabbling with selling things on eBay for about a year now, and it took me a while to get the hang of it. A few times I actually lost money because I sold things for too little, and by the time I paid my eBay, PayPal, and shipping fees, I ended up in the hole.

Last month I decided to make a concerted effort to find and list more items to save up for Christmas. Here are the results so far:

If you have been following this blog since last spring, you may recall that Hautman Brothers Wildlife Series Christmas Ornament that I found one day while dumpster diving.  It was still new in the original package and I sold it for $9.99!

Remember that deal I posted for the money maker Paypal Mobile Credit Card Readers in October?  I did that deal, made a $6.00 profit after submitting for the rebate, then listed and sold them for $17.00!

I did that Gas-X money maker deal twice at Rite Aid - once in October and once in November - and sold the lot of 18 for $45.00.

I sold a lot of 2 Bausch & Lomb Soothe Hydration Drops that were a money maker at Rite Aid back in July for $13.00.

I had 18 Poise Towlettes and Panty Fresheners that I got at Rite Aid as fillers. I think they cost me 19 cents each after my Gold Discount and a $3.00 insert coupon, but of course I "bought" them with UP Rewards - not cash. I boxed them up and sold them for $18.00.

There were 4 boxes of Clairol Nice N Easy Hair Color sitting in my basement since last April, when they were a money maker at Rite Aid. They sold for $24.75!

I had a lot of 5 Oral B Toothbrush Replacement Heads from money maker deals at Rite Aid that I sold for $16.00.

I found these 15 back issues of Cooks Illustrated magazine in the dumpster a few months ago, and sold them tonight for $19.50.

And my favorite deal of all was this lot of 14 Highlights Activity Books that I found in the dumpster last week - brand new, some with the plastic still on - that I sold for $36.50!
The above sales total $200, but I had to pay for shipping, eBay fees, and PayPal fees on all these items, so I calculate my profits at around $150.
It just goes to show you that people will buy anything, and that one man's trash is another man's treasure!


  1. That is very very exciting!!! Congrats!!! :-)

  2. I sold the Biblical Archaeology magazines I found in the dumpster! I love this post, thanks!

  3. Pure Inspiration!!! You continue to amaze me ways to save/earn $ !!! Normally, donate finds i cannot use -- but hung onto a few i.e. gucci sneakers/size 10 or red coach handbag, old lp's -- may be worth setting up ebay acct. after all. dologram ((*.*))

  4. I really need to start ebaying. I have so much stuff around the house that needs to go out and this is the perfect season. Back before kids, my husband and I used to do it with computer parts because he repairs computers and we have memory and cords coming out of the wood work but stopped as soon as I got pregnant!! I am going to see if we can get going again and pull in some money to pay for Christmas. Great just and I can't believe how much you found!!!

  5. Wow, great post!! I always forget that I can sell free items I get while couponing. I've passed up tons of free hair color at CVS and other items throughout the last year because I thought, I have no where to store it. Thanks for the reminder! You made a great amount of cash. Good for you! :)

  6. Is dumpster diving legal if you live within a condominium community? There are 5 enclosed dumpster areas open to everyone. I've been told to stop "diving" by the Assoc. attorney! I'm 70 years old and have decorated my condo in "Dumpster Nostalgia". Beautiful items. So, is it legal if I am an owner???

    1. It really depends on your city and county ordinances. It is different for each state and county. You will need to do a little Google research to find out, but most place don't encourage dumpster diving for liability reasons. They don't want to be sued if you cut yourself on a piece of glass. I always wear gloves and go when no one is around.