I well imagine we have all came up with some creative ways to make extra money in our lifetimes. I know I have. Today, is about some of the ways we added 'income' even if it wasn't really considered a job!
I worked all my adult life in accounting and human resources. There were times that I needed to supplement some extra income to help the budget or because I was between jobs.
In the late 70's - maybe early 80's, I did a 2nd job in retail, which was actually kind of fun. I worked in women's clothes department.
I also did a second job as a consultant for at-home parties that sold lingerie! Yep! LOL! It was kind of the same plan as Tupperware and Home Interior - just lingerie. No there was no modeling! LOL!
While single I worked a 2nd job selling earrings and piecing ears for the Earring Tree.
I used to do a lot of crafts of all kinds - I painted tons of plaster craft, made wreaths, decorated sweatshirts, made jewelry, etc. My friend and I did lots of home shows and we participated in a lot of craft shows and bazaars.
I was a prolific couponer for a long time. No, it wasn't actually making cash - but it kind of was! Back in the day of double and triple coupons, I got tons of things for free. That was just extra money in our pockets. I used to amaze G with my hauls, and he would brag about it!
My best was a weekend triple coupon event at a local store. They tripled all coupons up to and including .75 ones. You were restricted to one trip per day (had to use shopper card) - I went 3 different days. My best buy was close to $400 worth of product for sales tax. Tax was only applied to non-edible items. I seem to remember it was less than $10.
I belonged to coupon clubs at the time and received coupons from other states, and my mailman used to bring me all the extra coupon fliers from empty homes on his route!
I did great with that! Coupons used to actually be good!!!!!!!
I also did surveys. I belonged to a group that did surveys of all types. Some were just products received free (no name shown). You tried products for free and rated them.
Other times, I went to little seminars and watched and listed and gave opinions for $$$$$. Most often these paid a minimum of $50 and some paid $100. I rated china patterns, ideas for investing, decorating ideas, and my most memorable was for a product not yet on the market - the TV channel guide system!!!!! I remember coming home after that one and telling G all about it - and he thought it sounded pretty neat. Within 2 years there it was on our TV - cable channel guide!
I swear for the first several years of marriage, we never bought bread or sweets of any kind. Glen had a friend that worked at Kroger - and he would call G at the street department and let him know when they were taking bread and sweets out back (supposedly for dumpster). G and the guys would go and get all they wanted. Heck one time we even got tons of frozen chicken and pork, when the high schools electricity went out. Nothing was even thawed - we just got huge boxes of meat! They said they couldn't serve - just because! We lucked out many times.
Of course, there have been yard sales - many yard sales. We always had plenty of stuff to sell. G got tons of stuff from the trash (street dept. perk) that was perfectly good. People just didn't want it. He would bring it home and we would clean it up or fix little odds and ends and sell it. Lots of times it was 'guy' stuff and that always sold well at our yard sales. I think our best one-day sale made about $600.
We raffled off a car we wanted to get rid of once. Sold tickets for $25 each. Someone got a decent station wagon and we got money (more than selling it outright)! G also raffled off a shotgun once - he made some pretty good money on that. He wanted a new gun and didn't want to take money out of savings - so he made some money!
We sure got creative when we needed to. Lots of times in life there was a need to just get by and pay off bills and other times it was a WANT that we earned extra money for.
What ways have you 'earned' extra money for things? How have you gotten creative over the years? What ways did you find that worked for extra funds? Any ODD jobs?
I think it will be fun to know what people have done. It may help someone else out as well!
Let's have some fun!