In the He Says/She Says series, we discuss financial-ish topics where we agree to disagree.
I’m not a natural saver. There. It’s out there. But by our second year of marriage, Johnny (and Dave Ramsey) had helped me see the light, and I started to look for ways to pinch pennies where I could. Now, over six years into our marriage, I find it downright satisfying to get a good deal and save some moolah.
But there’s one aspect of saving that I’m still not totally sold on. And that’s the part where we try to sell our old stuff for money. Currently, we need to sell the following:
- Kitchen table and four chairs (pictured)
- Coffee table
- White Apple Macbook
- Canon Rebel XSi
- Three of Johnny’s guitars (he currently has six)
- Several vintage baseball shirts
That’s all I can think of right now, but there may be even more to add to that list. What I’d like to do is just find a bunch of people who need or want those things and give it to them. Or just give it all to Goodwill or something.
How altruistic of me, right? Wrong! I just want it out of our house as soon as possible. I detest clutter. And it’s a pain to sell stuff. AND the money we make off of our old stuff won’t make much of a difference in the long run. I mean, seriously. Let’s just load it up and give it away.
But there’s one teensy weensy problem. Johnny won’t have it. He is insistent on selling our stuff no matter what. And so oftentimes, this girl is stuck with the task of listing it on Craigslist and other classifieds. In his view, it’s all about the mindset — the mindset that working hard to earn money, wherever possible and no matter how insignificant, will make the difference. In his own words, “It’s the little day-to-day financial choices that will affect our finances most in the long run.”
Touche, Johnny. But let’s bring this conversation out of the ideal and into reality — ain’t nobody got time for that! I just want my house free of all this extra stuff pronto. The time I put into it isn’t worth the extra money we’ll make off these items. Please tell me other people understand my logic.
So to which philosophy do you adhere? Are you of the Johnny or Joanna variety? Choose wisely, or risk being in my bad graces forever ;).