Comparison shopping everything
Tim has decided to sell off his Magic cards and play the online version. I think he'll get back into the more physical version of the game when money's better, but for now he's adamant. (Trust me, I tried to dissuade him.)
So, on Friday night, he sat down with the laptop and started making a "sell" order with his favorite shop, Card Kingdom. He likes it because we can drop the cards off in person, rather than the added cost of mailing, and the store has always treated him well.
But being the miser that I am, I insisted we check around. So Saturday morning, I printed out the sell order and started comparison shopping. By the time he got up about an hour later, I had a proposition for him: I'll divvy up the cards according to store, but I get 25% of the extra money he gets. (It's going toward debt.)
It took me just over an hour to finish checking four other sites. It would have taken even less time, but one of the websites is divided by set -- each set page loading painfully slowly. I had found nearly $100 more for the cards. Taking out shipping costs, Tim should get around $60 more for his digital cards; and I will have another $20 to throw at debt.
Just proof once again that comparison shopping pays off.
As a side note, Living Almost Large was kind enough to interview me on her site. Check it out here!
And I'll be hosting the Carnival of Money Hacks this Weds, May 6th, so be sure to get your stories submitted!