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Not So Materialistic

If any one thing defines me, besides supreme awesomeness and authentic gangsta flavor, I'd say that it's my materialistic bent. The fact of the matter is that I usually love buying things. I love finding the best deals, I love buying the best of things (yeah, sorry... had to put that project on hold for a minute). There have been weeks where I've gotten a package every single day. Check part of my intro in the game :

In his spare time - which was basically all his time - he explored caves, recorded extremely catchy rap songs, and surfed the Internet for unusual items to buy and then never use.

It's true too. I have a $500 fountain pen. I don't even handwrite anything ever. I have three japanese LED watches, one watch with a GPS, another that tracks my sleep patterns, another that monitors my heart, and I don't wear a watch. I have the best toaster in the world (Dualit), the same one the queen uses. I use that a few times a year.

Purging Personal Belongings

On The Constance Chronicles

Before moving to Korea I had to make the tough decision of whether I should stow my personal possessions or get rid of everything I owned. I opted for the latter. Through the years I lived in Austin, I had accumulated a lot of stuff. This stuff ranged from toys, second hand dishes and kitchen appliances, 50 pairs of shoes, multiple book shelves, 2 gigantic flat screens, over 300 DVD's and CD's, and boxes of things I hadn't laid eyes on in years. There was stuff in every closet, drawer, and the walls in my garage were lined with filled boxes and unwanted furniture. It took moving out of the country to decide to declutter my life. Here is how I made a few thousand dollars before I left the country and how I plan to make purchases when I return.

1. Sell your furniture. Most of your furniture is probably from Ikea anyway. Wipe all of it down, repair the damages, take some good photos, and post it on Craigslist. I was able to make a killing on two bed frames, two bookshelves, and an entertainment center. When I return, I plan on making or buying vintage and restoring all of my own furniture. This is affordable and way cheaper than Ikea. This will ensure the pieces are quality and I can set a higher price if I ever want to sell. Plus, now I've adopted a new hobby and skill.

2. Sell your car. Get the inspection and registration updated. Check the tires and replace them if needed. Clean the inside and make it look and smell like new. Wash the outside and buff out any scratches using rubbing compound. Under shoot the Blue Book price. We always believe are possessions are worth more than they really are. When I was selling cars for Ford (there will be a future post about this) we would take trade ins. For every dent and scratch, $200 was deducted from the trade price. The buyer will appreciate your integrity and in turn make this purchase comfortably without needing time to think about. In doing this, I got a buyer within a week and half of my money back on a car that was already 7 years old. Before handing over the keys, take your license plates off the car. Those are yours to keep and will force the buyer to get the title transferred and their own license plates. It's still up in the air where I will be relocating to when I move back to the US. If there is public transit available, purchasing a new car may not be necessary.

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