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Recycle That Old Phone You Hate, Get Money and Help a Good Cause!

For the past two years I’ve used a smartphone that I’ve absolutely hated. It gave me nothing but issues within the first few months of getting it. It never had service,  would randomly shut down, and the camera would stall among a million other things. I even had my original one replaced because AT&T thought maybe the first phone was faulty.

No, the Android Trill was just a hunk of junk, and I dreamed of the day that I could run it over with my car or take a hammer to it. Luckily for me I was so excited when I was due for a new phone that I forgot the death promises I had made. That hunk of junk ended up being cash in my pocket.

While waiting on line at the post office one day I had grabbed a free bag available for recycling ink cartridges. On that bag was also an advertisement for Maxback.com which is an online electronics recycling service that takes back old cellphones, iPods and tablets.

I looked up that Android phone that I so despised and found that MaxBack was willing to give me $84 for it! If I was willing to mail it to them in my own box (rather than having them send me a box for shipping) they would add an additional $5 to that price. And to top it off, they would give a 10% commission to a local school or charity of my choice, without taking that 10% out of the money they were going to give me.

That was a win, win, win situation if I ever heard one! The process was more than easy. I just had to create an account, select my cell phone and the condition it was in, picked a school in my town and mailed it! That was it! They even provided a prepaid printable shipping label.

They received my phone within 3 days of me shipping it and I was paid literally the next day through PayPal (if you don’t have a PayPal account you can request to have a check sent to you). I’m currently in the process of looking for some of my older phones, that I kept for whatever reason, to see what I can get for them too.

This site is awesome and I absolutely recommend checking it out if you have any old phones, iPods or tablets lying around  Why not get a few easy bucks from something you are going to get rid of anyway. Plus you’re saving the planet and helping a local cause at the same time!

Save a Tree, Trade and Get Books for Free

If you’re anything like me you’ve got a pile of books that you read once and wish you never bought in the first place, old school books and childhood books that your never going to use again. I’ve tried selling books on Amazon and eBay but usually I find that it costs me more to ship them then the people are willing to pay for them. Not exactly a win win situation when you want the cash to buy a new book.

A few years ago my sister told me about PaperBackSwap.com which is a place where users can post books they no longer want, earn points and request books that other people are trying to get rid. All books are swapped using a point based system and pretty much relies on the honestly of others. I was skeptical at first but decided to give it a chance seeing as I had nothing to lose except a few books I didn’t really want anymore anyway.

Four years later I’m still hooked! According to the site I have saved almost $80 in books which is great. But what I love the most is that I’m able to keep track of books I’ve read, books I want to read and find books that I never knew existed.

After setting up an account you can browse tons of books from numerous genres including new books, create a “wish list” of books that you’re dying to get your hands on, post any book you’re trying to get rid of (as long as it is in reasonable condition) and make friend connections. When someone requests one of your books, all you have to do is wrap it up in the shipping label that PaperBackSwap provides for you and pay the media mail shipping price. Once the recipient gets the book, they record it on the site and you earn a point to request a book for yourself. All in all it’s a very simple process and in the four years I have used the site, I have never once had an issue with people being dishonest or trying to scam for more points.

If you’ve got even one book that you don’t want, I suggest you check it out. The banner below will take you directly to PaperBackSwap.com to get started. What have you got to lose? The way I look at is that the media mail shipping price that I pay to mail someone a book, is much cheaper than the price of 95% of the books I’ve requested from people and gotten for free using the points I earned from mailing a book.

Happy Reading!
Trade Books for Free - PaperBack Swap.

American Veterans Deserve Better

My now 28 year old boyfriend was in the Marines for 5 years. He served in Iraq and spent some time in Japan, all before I even met him. He doesn’t talk much about the time he spent at war… occasionally he’ll tell me stories about funny things that happen while he was in Japan. I’d love to ask him about what it was like in Iraq… was he scared? Did he ever get hurt? Did he regret going? But I know just watching war movies can make him uneasy so I don’t want to risk making him upset by asking about his real life situations. It breaks my heart seeing him get like that and I can’t even imagine some of the things he must have went through.

Since he’s been home he’s been going to grad school for fiance and working odd jobs. Now he’s looking for a finance job because he is no longer receiving the little bit of money he was getting for being in the service. He also doesn’t have medical insurance and has had to pay hundreds and hundreds of dollars to get tests done and an emergency hospital visit.

It’s sad to think that there are tons of men and women who have served for our country and barely receive anything back for their sacrifices. Not even a thank you. My Marine came home with all of his limbs and can function on a daily basis but there are others that are far worse off. How horrible is it that we have veterans living on the streets? Homeless veterans…what kind of country did they fight for?

If you ask me, anyone who served their time in the service should receive free heath insurance (not having to wait months and months to maybe get an appointment at the VA hospital) or should at least received a decent set amount of money every month for the rest of their lives. They sacrificed so much for us and put their lives on the line.

What do they get back? One day a year that maybe all of America thanks them.

Thank you to all of our veterans and those who are still serving our country! I appreciate all that you do for us.

American Flag Outside My Window

American Flag Outside My Window