As an experienced labor and delivery nurse, I make a good living. True, my sixteen-hour-per-week schedule will never make me wealthy, but it’s enough to pay the bills and have a little leftover for my Goodwill
But what about when I need money for extras like a trip to Japan or home improvement projects?
Well . . . there’s always the option of extra work shifts, but I’ve learned that a key component in not burning out in my stressful job is to work enough, but not too much.
But an aversion to overtime does not mean that I can’t supplement my income. In fact, I really enjoy figuring out little tricks to bring in extra money.
Here’s how I supplement my income:
I keep an eye out at thrift stores for vastly underpriced items that have resale value. Examples include:
- $25 Pottery Barn rug sold on Craigslist for $100.
- $5 wooden toy tree house sold on Craigslist for $30.
- $3 jar of antique marbles that I later sold on eBay for hundreds of dollars.
I also am a big fan of selling our unused household items rather than have them gather dust and clutter up our home. Examples include:
- Our antique Morris chair, which looks fantastic in our living room, yet is so stiff and uncomfortable that no one ever sits on it. I bought it on Craigslist in 2006 for $250, and someone is coming by today to buy it for $250. (I probably should have asked more, as I got a number of immediate eager replies.) I am through with form over function if that particular item takes up a significant amount of space.
- A stack of old Mary Engelbreit magazines that I sold for $41.00 on eBay.
- A vintage tandem bicycle that my husband and I bought in 1990, and only rode occasionally. I forget how much we paid, but I sold it for $125.
- Selling books at Powell’s bookstore. (Which you can also do online.)
- Holding garage sales.
- Listing unused sporting equipment on Craigslist.
I also help my mother run her Guest Cottage business. Mostly playing the role of cleaning lady between tenants, but lately also doing general management tasks. I think an important lesson here is that even though I’m a skilled nurse and mildly successful blogger, (not to be confused with “mild mannered” 😉 ) I am not too fine and mighty to earn money as a housekeeper.
We’re also currently renting out our spare bedroom to a Japanese college student. And even though we don’t charge much, it still adds to our Japan trip fund.
Money is money no matter how you earn it. Did you notice that nothing that I do requires any special skill or talent? Just the work and a willingness to put in the time.
What do you do to earn extra money? Please share your ideas with the Non-Consumer Advocate community in the comments section below.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”
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