Ok so I've made it through Frugal Feb and have succeeded in not spending more than the money I earned through ebay/returns.
All up I earned $7,300 and only spent $2,800 so I did pretty well. But mainly, I learnt the one lesson I wanted to learn through this exercise: I learnt to plan and budget my purchases instead of throwing my credit card at any SA who would take it.
I kept a spreadsheet to keep track of all the numbers:
At one point, I hadn't earned enough to make a purchase I wanted to make, so I had to sell something else to get me over the line. It made me rethink the purchase - do I really need it? Is there anywhere I can get it cheaper?
And because I was in that frame of mind I started thinking frugally in other aspects - I planned meals around using up some of the stuff in our freezer/pantry. I went to Myer to replenish my Clinique skincare regime (and because they had a GWP) but balked at the prices (Aus RRP is more than double US RRP). Because I had bought them US duty-free I just couldn't bring myself to pay Aus RRP so I came home and searched online for a price closer to US RRP.
I enjoyed Frugal Feb so much that I might continue it in March!