You know that frugal tips and I go together better than monkeys and bananas, but you might not realize that I’m also an aficionado of making extra money. Whether it’s found money, (I came across a small pile of pennies outside the library just yesterday!) or odd side-gigs, I love, love, love me some money.
But wait, shouldn’t someone who calls herself The Non-Consumer Advocate be above the crass pursuit of the American dollar?
The money I make from my job as a labor and delivery nurse goes towards retirement, household expenses and the rather dull daily expenditures of life. But the money I make from all my hinky money-hacks, that money goes towards fun stuff. Which is in and of itself an incentive to bring in extra money.
All those trips to Japan this year? They added up to over $8000 and were paid for unconventionally.
Cleaning my mother’s guest cottages between rentals, selling thrift store finds on Craisglist, participating in a reality TV segment that thankfully never aired, (cough, cough, Extreme Cheapskates) and paid writing gigs. That money added up.
Now that I’m all done shelling out the Yen, my goofy side-gigs are starting to pad my sons’ college funds, which have never been able to receive the attention they deserve. I’m selling thrifted stuff on Craigslist (I just sold a girl’s bicycle and some American Girl doll furniture) and continuing to clean houses, accepting paid writing assignments and considering unconventional methods. (Should I try to get work as an extra on one of the TV shows that shoot in Portland?)
I’ve set a personal goal of putting aside an extra $100 per week for my 11th grade son’s college account, and although I know I’ll mostly fall short, I’m enjoying the challenge.
What do you do to earn extra money? And do you spend (or save) the money differently than regularly earned money?
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“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”