In my quest to try out odd jobs to recommend on this blog, I came across one that I only thought existed in the olden days and in stories. Quality synthetic hair can be produced fairly cheaply and it will probably last longer than the real stuff, yet there are still bucks to be made in the human hair market. I made $200 minus shipping and probably could have charged much more. If you don’t believe me, check out this infographic. [Read more…]
Welcome Halloween! For me, Halloween is all about the costumes. I love costumes so much that when my mom said I was too old to go out trick-or-treating (High School) and there were no activities for me to go to I got creative. I convinced my brothers and some friends to dress up and go Christmas caroling with me on October 31st. My mom gave us credit for creativity and let us go so long as we weren’t accepting candy. It was such a good experience. We had 4 part harmonies and brightened quite a few doorsteps with “Joy to the World”, “Far Far Away on Judea’s Plains”, and other favorites. [Read more…]
My husband and I are fairly divided when it comes to Halloween. He’d much rather buy candy, keep the candy, and stay up with a movie. For me, however, Halloween is all about the costumes! Since we are divided on the topic, I decided to do an experiment and let Halloween fund itself. That way, there can be no complaint.
It turns out pre-made costumes sell REALLY well. In fact, I might start making two of future costumes for extra profit. So here’s the formula: make cute costumes, sell them 10-11 months later, use the net profit as your Halloween budget for candy and such. [Read more…]
A security salesman once came to our house trying to get us to use their system. He made me laugh out loud (politely) when he asked us to look around the room and add up the prices of what we see. I was sitting on a couch from a friend who moved, he was sitting on a garage sale recliner, the entertainment center was from someone who moved, the TV/computer monitor was a hand me down, the kitchen table was a hand me down, the chairs were from a swap meet, even the decorations were free. The only pricey items in the whole room were the computer (which we built) and the wedding ring on my finger. Although it would take some time to replace the items and I’d rather not be robbed of my physical possessions (safety is still a valid concern), I really don’t think it would set us back too far. [Read more…]
A common substitute in my house is yogurt. Turns out homemade yogurt is only slightly more expensive than milk, but WAY cheaper than other store-bought milk products (yogurt, sour cream, half n half, cream cheese, etc). It is so easy to make too! The steps make sense: kill anything bad in it, introduce good stuff, let the good stuff grow, chill. [Read more…]