Post # 1
Some old threads have been revived, but let’s get a new one going with fresh ideas 🙂
Things I tried that didn’t work:
Selling Avon/Monavie-While I love health, make-up and fashion, I wasn’t passionate enough to make this work.
Not eating out as often– I would love to make this work, but between mine and FI’s schedule it’s hard not to eat out 🙁 This should improve however, once we get married and live under the same roof.
Online survey taking– way too much time for too little payoff- and most of them require you to sign up for ridiculous things and then you get spammed like crazy.
Things I tried that are still working:
Saving all my change: I have not spent any change all year and have over $300saved already. By the time we get married it will probably be closer to $1000 or more. Of course for this to really work you have to use cash a lot. FI gives me all of his change to save too.
I am now a consultant for a company called Tastefully Simple. Why does this work better than AVON, etc? Because they sell food and throw parties about food. And I LOVE food. And people always need food. And there are only 2 other people in my area that sell it. Win-Win for me 🙂
Recycling all things: paper, plastic, aluminum, metal, etc.
What have you other bees been doing to earn extra money?
Post # 3
Well, I tried to donate plasma but we discovered a heart condition so I couldn’t.
Post # 4
sorry this won’t help to earn money FOR the wedding, but as a method paying back the wedding, i have been selling ALL my wedding decor! and i am almost sold out!
i sold ALL my silk petals, chair ties, linen napkins, bridesmaid silk bouquets, veil, hair flowers, place card holders, cake knife set. i have very little left over! i made back probably over $200 – $300! I even sold the things i had been indecisive about before the wedding hence why i had 2 hair flowers, ivory AND white Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets…all gone! I might even be selling my guest book pen! who would have thought.
I didn’t pay for ads or anything. I sold everything through weddingbee.com and bestdestinationwedding.com
now who wants to buy my dress, LOL.
ETA: i also freed up some space in my closets!
Post # 5
I’m trying to save change too. It’s been adding up!
I’ve let coworkers know that I’m up or baby sitting gigs, that’s been good too. I’ll be folloiwing this thread VERY closely haha. Need all the help I can get.
Post # 6
Things that will work once we get back on track since Mr. Tattoo got a job.
-Donating Plasma-It’s only $45 a week (you can only donate twice in a 7 day period.) but that adds up to $2340 a year. Both of us doing it would be about $4700 a year.
-Picking up a second job. I’m serving right now for weekends only and I’m making about 175-$200 on the weekends. That’s about $9100 in a year
-Cutting down on Starbucks. I use to go daily, five days a week. Twice a day and spent $10. I would spend $50 a week for coffee and a coffee cake. I cut it down to twice a month. So I went from spending $200 a month ($2400 a year) to ($20 a month/$240 a year)
-I’m going to quit smoking. I need to. If I quit I could save $1000 in a year.
Post # 7
Im bumping this because Im curious to see what other suggestions people may have, who didnt see this post yet 🙂
Post # 8
I’ve been baby and dog-sitting for people in my church like crazy this summer. I haven’t advertised. Word just gets around. And most of them would rather have someone they know and trust staying at their house instead of a stranger or using a boarding kennel. I also have been saying “no” to eating out a lot and getting a coffee every day
Post # 9
As far as saving money, disconnect your cable tv! I have only local channels ($8/month) and get all my dvd’s, movies and shows from the library. I currently have Mad Men, Star Trek, Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Project Runway and a big pile of movies, all for free!
Post # 10
I’ve been dogsitting and dog walking for my friend who owns her own company. It’s a lot of work, but can be a lot of money, too. Doing it over holiday weekends is especially lucrative.
Post # 11
Couponing for groceries – take what you did save with the coupons and put it away towards the wedding. (Don’t forget the reusable bags, our stores give you .20 per bag discount)
Sign up for free samples online, you can use them for gift baskets, bathroom baskets, or just to supplement what you use at home. I have baskets full of samples, everything from laundry detergent, otc medicine, and hygiene products.
Ask friends or family members to save their cans for you. A while back there was a news article of a couple that had all their friends and family save cans for them and they paid for a very nice wedding with nothing but the can money.
Garage sale – great way to get rid of all that stuff that you don’t use any longer and make some wedding money. Or sell the stuff on CL.
My stepson makes a ton of money doing lawns and snow shoveling for comfortable retired folks, like my dad. He really shouldn’t be doing his lawn anymore or shoveling snow, so he pays the step son to do it and he passed his name onto alot of his clients who are also retire and can comfortably afford to pay someone to do it. He does the not so fortunate elderly around our house for free, he is such a good kid.
Post # 12
@tksjewelry: where do you get these free samples?
Post # 13
I am doing ChaCha answering questions! I do it randomly when i am bored and trust me you get some pretty interesting questions…
Post # 14
I was trying to find a job for extra money but found that not working was making me more money because I have to pay $200 a week for before and after school care for my son and that’s all (or less than) Id be making working part time.
Post # 15
Both my fiance and I quit smoking! Saving a ton that way. We’re also not eating lunch out anymore. We make dinner most nights but used to buy lunch almost everyday, we now eat out lunch 1-2 times a week. As far as other things, we just aren’t doing as much. We’re not going to the movies, I’m not buying nearly as many books as I used to (those really add up), I haven’t been new clothes in forever, and then doing things like surveys and what not online.
Post # 16
@MsPanda: You get paid to do that? I wanna do that!