Ssshhh!!! Don't tell my girls... but the Baby Oleg dressed as Olaf they've been cooing over on TV... we've just sold it on eBaby for £24! Yep. Sorry, girls, what you don't know can't hurt you... and as if you need another cuddly toy!
We comparison shopped and purchased this year's car insurance through comparethemarket.com. I am not necessarily endorsing this website, but it is very smart to use comparison website when it's time to purchase new insurance. For a limited time comparethemarket.com is giving customers who purchase insurance through their site the choice of either a Baby Ayana dressed as Elsa or a Baby Oleg dressed as Olaf.
We chose the Baby Oleg because at the time, Baby Olegs dressed as Olaf were selling for more on eBay than Baby Ayanas. Baby Oleg did take a few weeks to arrive, but when he did, my husband immediately listed him on eBay without the girls ever knowing. A week later someone out there bought Baby Oleg for £24! That £24 is going directly into our "Home Expenditures" category on our budget, since that really needs a boost at the moment after we bought our older daughter her new bed.
Not only did we get the best-priced car insurance saving £94.09 over last year's and Baby Oleg that made us £24, we also get the Meerkat Movies app that gives us a voucher code for 2 for 1 cinema tickets on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Hey, if you don't mind going mid-week to the cinema, it's a cheaper way of going out to the movies! We used this twice in the last couple of months (we bought insurance through comparethemarket.com sometime last year, too) saving about £10 per visit to the cinema.
I actually didn't start out this blog post with the intention of talking so much about comparethemarket.com. My intention was to show you that sometimes there are ways to think outside the box when it comes to making and saving money. Twenty-four pounds isn't a huge amount of money, but it has helped to boost our "House Expenditure" category on our budget and hasn't added to the stuffed animal/cuddly toy mountain in our girls' rooms. Another way we thought about selling Baby Oleg is by asking ourselves how much we would pay for Baby Oleg at the toy shop... if at all. I definitely wouldn't buy him for £24, but if we had kept him, that would have been £24 lost.
I'd love to challenge you to think about the money-making items in your house. Is there anything collecting dust, something that you don't love or your children no longer love that could make a few "bucks"/"quid" by selling? We are currently in the process of slowly de-cluttering our house... and it feels soooo good! Please leave a comment if you've sold something in a similar unconventional way as we sold Baby Oleg.