Summer Plans and Your Budget: How Using eBay Can Help (with Giveaway!)

Update! The contest is now closed… the winning number as chosen by is:

The winner!

CONGRATS Amiyrah!!!




Funnel cake, yes!

Where did the winter and spring go?

I am SO excited for summer. The warmth AND and an upcoming road trip for the family to see my grandmother and parents, and a few good friends along the way.


Have y’all see gas prices these days?

AND funnel cakes. NOT. CHEAP.

Aaanywho, I have been a little stressed about the cost of taking my family on the road. We are able to stay with friends and family much of the the way… I am loading an ice chest so we can cut cost (and calories) on food. But our regular family budget cannot support the added cost of this vacay. I’ve been tucking away some bills for a number of months, but we still need a little more so we don’t have to tap into the credit card (I HATE USING THE CREDIT CARD!!!)…

I have discovered selling on eBay is a great way to help supplement these “extras”. My goal is to earn enough to pay for the house-sitter and maybe a few tanks of gas. I don’t have any “big ticket” items, so I know I won’t be able to pay for the entire trip. BUT, in this economy… anything helps, right?

How about you? Are you heading anywhere this summer – even to a water park… a fair (see: funnel cakes)? ย These “extras” can add up. If you are looking for a way to help off-set the cost of fun, maybe you should give eBay a look-see! My friend Mocha Dad wrote a GREAT post on how to sell on eBay in 7 easy steps… and I just wrote about how simple it is to use the eBay mobile app. See? We’ve practically done half the work for you ๐Ÿ˜‰

To help kick-start your summer, I get to offer one lucky reader a $100 eBay gift card – OH YES! That could buy a lot of swimming noodles!!!

To enter for your chance at a lot of swimming noodlesย a $100 eBay gift card, listen closely… you must answer one of the following questions (and include your eBay user ID!!!)What is something you have sold on eBay? Or… What do you have lying around you could sell to help pad your summer fun budget?

***Please remember… you MUST include your eBay user ID and answer one of those questions for your entry to be valid.

For an additional entry… you can tweet something like, “Hey! Visit @jennyonthespot here:ย to check out YOUR chance to win a $100 eBay gift card!”

That means, you have TWO entry opportunities. You can like eBay on the FB, and/or ME, but I can’t make that an entry opportunity because FB says that’s a no-no.

Contest runs May 21th to May 31st at 9 pm.m PST. So…

*This is a sponsored story as part of my participation in the eBay Parent Panel. All thoughts, stories and opinions are mineโ€ฆ alllllll mine!!!


Never miss a thing! Get JOTS latest adventures viaย email or in your blog reader.

Click here to get new posts delivered to your inbox.
Let's connect: Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram | YouTube

33 Responses to “Summer Plans and Your Budget: How Using eBay Can Help (with Giveaway!)”

  1. Amiyrah says:

    I have so many rare books and DVDs around the house; i’m sure I could get a good price on those with eBay!

    My eBay handle is jdamitajoj ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Rachael says:

    We’ve sold loads of my husbands old toy Transformers – we found there was a quite a market for them so we’re calling on and hopefully it’ll grow!

    Our eBay account is – dende5416

    PS – thank you for linking Mocha Dad’s link about ebaying – even though we’ve been selling on ebay for a good half a year it’s always really helpful to keep reading tips!

  3. ebay: mhsax
    we’ve sold musical recording stuff and, much to the chagrin of hubby, a cute pink dress

  4. Jenn says:

    Baby toys.. I have sold tons of baby toys (and supplies) on eBay. As well as a huge, construction truck sandbox and a cozy coupe or two! ( I cant be fussed to do yard sales on my own, I’m so not a haggler…)

  5. Jackie Scott says:

    Woo hoo!!!! Just tweeted about your offer!

    And…I sold my old sewing machine on eBay. Sweet! My eBay username is Salinas_CA.
    Gonna go dig up some more things to sell. Thanks, Jenny!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Chacoy says:

    Sold some of my sons old winter clothes and am going to be selling the summer clothes I bought last year for some summer clothes for this year! EBUsername: LivinginLaLaLand

  7. sally t. says:

    I have been thinking about selling on ebay for a while. Between vintage sewing patterns and many stuff I think I could probably make a small fortune lol. My ebay user id is sallytaber ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. BrassyDel says:

    I’m maddeleine on eBay and I’ve sold some of my art on there before. Usually I’m the buyer, though! Right now I’m looking for a gently used dslr.

  9. Jessie C. says:

    I have tons of kids new outfits to sell.

  10. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I have sold makeup on ebay.

    Username is rounder375

  11. Jo says:

    I have sold so many things on ebay….purses, clothes, phones, jewelry, I even sold a rainbow vacuum on there!! ;o). True story!! My ebay id is jrsprik!

  12. Mocha Dad says:

    Thanks for sharing my post.

  13. Craig B. says:

    I should see what I can get for some of my Beanie Babies. I have 4 different colored Iggies, so maybe one of them is a collector’s item. If they don’t sell too well I’ll donate them to a children’s home. User ID: xxcdubstepxx

  14. Angie says:

    I’ve sold quite a bit of baby stuff in the past year on ebay. (user: adkeiser) Then I got lazy … I have quite a bit more to sell. And camera equipment. And shoes. And and and …

    I’m 3 feet from gold, aren’t I? ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. JD Northwest says:

    jdc_seattle โ€ฆ What is something you have sold on eBay? – I have sold my cell phones and used TIVO equipment. But it has been a while.

  16. ebay ID: hannie-

    I have all sorts of NASCAR die cast I’d love to sell on ebay.

  17. I also posted this to the twitter but the hanniepad doesn’t want to give me an URL I can show you. ๐Ÿ™

  18. lyndsey says:

    what haven’t we sold on ebay? ๐Ÿ˜‰ most recently, some of my husband’s biz school textbooks that are no longer needed. we love that site and i could do some serious damage with $100!

    our ebay name is utefanjack.

  19. My most successful ebay sell was a blue dress I had picked up for my baby for only $3 at a consignment store and then it never fit her. I made $25 on it;).

    Ebay user name is Karanot!

  20. FaithJ says:

    To answer the question: What is something you have sold on eBay?
    Answer: last Fall I sold a NWT Isabella Oliver green dress on eBay. I received it as a gift but it did not fit!

    eBay ID: strmcooper

    Count me in, I love shopping on eBay!
    fashionkitten03 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  21. FaithJ says:

    Here’s my tweet:

    I am ZombiMeow
    fashionkitten03 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  22. Charity S says:


    I have some really vintage handbags that I could sell. However, I really would hate to sell them. Thanks

  23. […] Summer Plans and Your Budget: How Using eBay Can Help (with Giveaway!) ( […]

Use the Form Below to Leave a Reply

Your Name: (Required)

Email Address: (Required)


Your Comments: