My family is planning a trip to San Diego for the summer. Although we saved money for the trip, the initial sticker shock almost made us change our plans. The cost of the flight for a family of five was well over $2000. Add in the hotel, entertainment, food, parking, and transportation and the price skyrocketed. We knew that we needed some extra cash if we wanted to cover all of the expenses.

I developed a plan make the extra money to help defray some of the costs by selling some items on eBay (redstartoyz). My goal is to make $1000 by August. So far my sales have netted $200 and I plan to list items each week until I reach my goal.

If you’re looking for a way to finance your summer plans, you should definitely give eBay a try. If you’re like me, you probably have several unused items around your house that you can turn into cash. eBay’s Selling Inspiration House can help you to find top selling items in your home such as kid’s clothing, women’s fashions, and electronics. If you’ve never sold on eBay before, read my post, “How to Sell on eBay in 7 Easy Steps,” to help you get started.

eBay is also a good place to get great deals on items you’ll need for your summer vacation. The site is filled with discounted clothing, camping equipment, gift cards, tech gadgets, and sporting goods.

To help with your summer vacation planning, I’d like to give one reader the opportunity to win a $100 eBay gift card.

Mandatory Entry

To enter the contest, answer the one (or both) of the following question in the comments section (NOTE: You must leave your eBay User ID along with your comment or your entry will be invalid):

  • How often do you sell on eBay (share some of your current listings)?

  • What has been your best buy on eBay?

Additional Entries

After you have submitted your mandatory entry, you can receive additional entries by doing any or all of the following things:

Mocha Dad’s “Plan Your Summer Vacation with eBay Contest” starts on Thursday, May 17, 2012 and ends Thursday, June 7, 2012 at 11:59 a.m. (CST), and is open to all Mocha Dad readers, subscribers, and/or fans in the continental U.S. No purchase required. Relatives and employees of Mocha Dad Media are not eligible to win. You are also ineligible if you’ve won a prize from this blog within the past 60 days. One winner will be chosen via and announced on Friday, June 8, 2012. You must leave your contact information to collect your prize. If a winner does not respond within 3 days, a new winner will be chosen. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received compensation and/or one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. All opinions are my own.