I just gave this story a lookover… not sure I’m sold on the list:
- pet boarding
- virtual assistant
- waitressing (um, not easy)
- calligraphy ???
well, at least they didn’t recommend babysitting, house cleaning, or taking in someone’s ironing.
I could really use a little extra cashola, if you know what I mean… I have a teenager who needs braces, and the house could use a little updating (Pier 1 level updating, not remodel the kitchen updating). So I was thinking about perhaps babysitting as a way to earn a little extra money. I do have children, I know how to entertain and feed the wee little ones.
Pros: tax free! I could stay in my own home (drop-offs encouraged)! I could get to know the neighbors better :)
Cons: couldn’t babysit for children that are allergic to animals, loss of privacy, other people’s kids can be annoying and/or destructive. I could find out the neighbors are assholes :(
What do you think?
Just plug in your take home pay, then monthly expenses to quickly and easily see how much you have left over each month. Definitely an eye opener! Looks like I have more wiggle room than I thought :)
It’s a Thursday night and I’m digging around the internet, looking for helpful tips on budgeting when I find the most ridiculous article on MSN Money How to live well on $40,000 or less which is the biggest crock of shit I have seen! Written just a year ago (March 2011), it’s full of unbelievable figures.
Let me elaborate: “Amy and Jack have similar expenses:
- Mortgage: $900
- Food: $400
- Retirement: $833
- Internet/phone: $170
- Utilities: Heating and cooking are wood-fired”
back up... yes, heating and cooking are wood-fired. Do you see a charge for electricity? Do Amy and Jack live in a tent? They feed a family of 4 on roughly $100 per week? Do they not own cars because I don’t see any numbers for auto insurance, gasoline, or car payments. I call bullshit.
One of the strategies cited is to “Start with cheaper housing” … wow, that is SO helpful! My mortgage payment is $1400 per month and we are upside down thanks to the recession, and my area in particular suffered a huge hit in home values. Selling the house? Not in the cards since I owe more than it’s worth.
Get real, I’m going to find some real-world based advice that doesn’t come from some hippy who lives in a commune.