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Half Price or Donate?

August 27th, 2015 at 08:19 am

I've got four (!) bags of books from my office makeover. I'm sure three of them are useless to anywhere except the Goodwill or library donation pile, but one has some more current stuff--albeit worthless on Amazon. So I'm debating the wisdom of a 15-minute drive to Half Price Books. I think I'll put it on my "maybe" list for the day while donations will be on the "definite" list.

My DH's tuition is due early next week. I hate paying $1500 for his class, but we're committed to his history degree. I just wish August had a bit more squoosh room. But always doing better than my university friends who are super super broke. I'll get a small check on September 1 from my adjunct work, but nothing from my primary employer until October 1. I finished up a textbook study for a publisher the other night which promises $125. I hope it comes soon!

And I bought a new carry-on bag last night at ebags. I've been looking for a wheeled bag that fits the new carry-on requirements and has a laptop compartment, and this Delsey fits the bill on all of those. It wasn't as cheap as I'd like, but I've had good experiences with my other Delsey luggage, and made Swagbucks rebates, ebags rebates, and will get some cash back. One of my biggest travel headaches of the past few years has been inadequate and nonwheeled carry-ons. So I'm excited. August cash flow be d---d.

Four more days of August, but an afternoon full of booooooooring meetings loom.

4 Responses to “Half Price or Donate?”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    My experience with Half Price books is that they pay garage sale prices. 50 cents or less per item. They give you a flat offer, so you don't really know how much they are paying for each book they will take. And some books even they won't take.

    I know I like the cash at times, but sometimes its just easier to donate!

  2. snafu Says:

    Our two nearby book consignment/remainder outlets have shut since June. The really large outlet is still functioning but I'm guessing it's just a matter of time and shop's rental contract. Our library is offering a huge percentage of electronic books for readers and computer.

  3. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Can your DH claim the tuition back on tax?

  4. frugaltexan75 Says:

    If there is something else in the area of Half Price that would be something you'd want to do/go to, I'd do it. Otherwise, probably just donate.

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