In Ask Sherry, Shopping, Style

Ask Sherry: How do I win eBay auctions?

You asked, and I am answering every Friday once I have enough questions!

You can ask any question using the form here.

You’ve mentioned winning ebay auctions a lot. I seem to always get outbid. Can you share some of your strategies?

I would say if I have an aim to win an auction, I win about 99% of the time unless it is ending at some time that I am not willing to stay up for (e.g. past 10 p.m. EST)…

My strategy is as follows…. I snipe.

I’m a very good sniper having trained on video games my whole life.

  • Mark it as a favourite but don’t bid on it until the last minute
  • Check around for what other competing offers there are and when they’re ending & what price they’re at, to get a feel for if you can snap up a second one, or if this is truly THE ONLY ONE available
  • Get a solid internet connection (not wifi unless it is your own and reliable)
  • Set a budget before hand in your head including shipping that you are comfortable with
  • About a minute before the auction ends, open a window, wait for it to slowly countdown, already pre-enter your final amount plus a random few cents ($0.07 for instance), and then about 5 seconds before it ends, press “Submit”
  • Pay for your sniped auction


Very interesting insights! I’ve often wondered how you maintain and grow your relationship when it seems like your partner and you don’t get much alone time. Your week of money stories talk a lot about going to work, spending time with your kid, going to bed early and having your own days to do stuff. But do you two ever go out? Do you have a trusted babysitter that would actually allow you to go out?

Short answer? No.

In all of my Week of Money Diaries, the ONLY time we get alone to chat is when Little Bun is preoccupied with playing, or napping. Or sleeping.

Still have a burning question?

You can ask any question using the form here and all of my previous Ask Sherry posts are here.

Share Tweet Pin It +1

Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

Am my own Sugar Daddy. Am a millionaire at 36 after getting out of $60K of student debt in 18 months, a little over a decade earlier, using I have worked 50% of my career (taking 1-2 year breaks), and quadrupled my income within 2 years of graduating, going from $65K to $260K with an average lifetime savings rate of 50%. I have 11 side incomes that are on track in 2020 to make me $50K - $75K. I could retire today if I wanted, but love my work-life balance as a freelancing consultant in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). I am all about balance - between time and money, and also enjoying my money. I also post daily on Instagram @saverspender.

You may also like

Getting ready for early retirement

Posted on June 18, 2018

Previous PostWeek of Money: On my 7th cold. IS THIS FOR REAL NOW.
Next PostIn the world of Save. Spend. Splurge: Where did they hide the Crown Jewels during WW II?


  1. Niki OShaughnessy

    Hi Sherry
    I just wanted to thank you for your excellent advice at winning ebay auctions. I won a beautiful Ted Baker coat this morning, there were about 5 serious bidders going after it, and I sniped it at 10 seconds to go!!

    1. Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

      I am so happy to hear that!!!!!!! Congratulations. I just sniped an MM Lafleur top, myself… 😉


Leave a Reply

In a nutshell…

Save. Spend. Splurge.
[ wealth. style. minimalism. ]


MOST DEBT: cleared $60K in 18 months

MONEY: Hit $1M personal net worth At 36

NEW GOAL: $1M in invested assets


HATES: being late & lazy people

SOCIAL: Instagram @saverspender

DRINKS: homemade matcha lattes

SLEEPS: on a 100% cotton U.S.-made futon

WRITES: Books (also available on Amazon).

BEAUTY: swears by Paula’s Choice


…but you can read more about me , browse my index of posts, or get in touch with me, talk to me directly on Instagram, and of course, ask me anything here.

$35 The Wealth Building Tool

Like a Boss Library (Sherry’s Books)

Referral Codes

Free Money Surveys
[ Use this link ]

[ saverspender ]

Shopping Cashback
[ Use this link ]

Clothing Resale


Private Lending
[ 7b03f0 ]

No-Fee Banking
[ 32726976S1 ]

Discount Brokerage
[ o0soehds ]

Social media scheduler
[ saverspender ]

Blog Ad Network
[ Use this link ]


Save. Spend. Splurge. uses affiliate links from Shopstyle, and Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to or ShopStyle. In addition to these, any referrals on the page will result in revenue if used such as BlueHost.

In English: If you click on a link, I could get a small commission, typically a few cents. And if you use a referral code, I could get anywhere from $10 – $70 for it. Thank you for your kind support!

Also, I am not a professional investment advisor or money manager by any means.

I am just a woman who loves money, talking about money, and making money.

All opinions expressed on this blog are personal and for entertainment value. Take them with a grain of salt and always consult a professional when in doubt.