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    Default Money from "Nothing" Challenge 6/13

    This is more of a challenge to myself, but maybe someone would like to join and motivate?

    I'm challenging myself to see how much money I can make from "nothing" by June 13th. I'm feeling a little desperate to build up my emergency fund (we have been having weekly rounds of layoffs at my office).

    It feels like I have no resources beyond my job, but today on my way to work, I saw my neighbors had put all their returnable bottles from a weekend cookout on the curb in a clear bag for trash collection, so I put them in my car to return them.

    Now, I have a couple of jars of change I could roll, I have some wedding gifts I never used/will use still in their original packaging in my basement, I can sell those on e-bay and if I push myself every night when I get home from work I think I could have a pretty decent yardsale on June 13th. I wonder how much money I could make between now and then?

    Anyone up for a challenge? Anyone have any ideas for other ways we could "make money from nothing" in the next couple of weeks?

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    What great ideas you have! I can't think of anything else but you sound like a gal on a mission! I can't wait to see how you do, I bet your going to reach your goal and then some

    Keep us posted with your ideas and progress

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    I'm going to teach a couple of week long seminars for kids tis summer. . . one on wilderness living, one on cooking safely. The wilderness living one, will cost me nothing to set up, except the cost of few handouts, and fliers for advertising. The cooking one, will cos me the food items, but I'll charge enough to cover that, plus make money. I've been asked to teach one for adults on saving money, and another one of doing Christmas for under $100

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    Default I love a good challenge...

    I am new to this site today, so hope I get it right. I started this project a few months ago, when income dropped, and other expenses went thru the roof. I hope some of my ideas help Increased health ins ded's ($2004), canceled a small life pol ($220), increased home/auto ded's ($150), changed phone carriers ($240), 2 garage sales ($500), switched to generic meds ($1222), cashed out IRA (it had dropped by half, $6600), stopped yard service ($600), turn down w/heater daily ($50), sold scrap gold ($125), consigned clothes ($50), used cash value from life pol to pay 5 mo's prem's ($2000), used credit card reward points to get a new vacuum and grill (free), shop grocery BOGO's w/coupons weekly ($600 yr?), brown bag lunches ($600), pay auto ins thru checking debit ($67), have my business/home electric on the "on call" program ($144). There is more, & I am still working it, but so far, I am around $18,326 ahead of the game I would LOVE to hear other ideas.

    Thanks!

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    You could also recycle aluminum cans. I cash mine in about every 2 months. I only got $16 last month but hey, that covers a tank of gas(or did then).
    cherylkarr57 what a terrific first post. You go girl.

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    What a great idea!

    I will be watching how it goes and please let us know everything you do OK?

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    beekeeper - what an interesting idea!! Love the great ideas shared so far and am looking forward to seeing what comes up.

    I'll be joining you just to see what 'free' money opportunities do come my way - totally expanding my horizons. Mahalo!!

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    I am in for this one. It will be intresting to see how much I can come up with in a couple of weeks AND I might actually have that yardsale I keep putting off.

    One of the things we use to do when we were really strapped was "go junkin". Basically we would dumpster dive from factory or stores that were closing or remodeling dumpsters for things that could be scrapped or sold at a yardsale. You would be very surprised at what you can find at those particular types of dumpsters. A drugstore that was going out put out full cases of things such as sunglassess, conditioners, frisbees, and so on during thier last week as they had to have the store completely empty by the end of the final day. Small places in those business complexes (can't think of the right term for them at the moment) will just pitch thier seconds. We use to frequent a place that cut the electrical tape into rolls. If they weren't cut just right they got pitched.

    Good Luck!!!!

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    Wow, ladies - so many great ideas! Here's what I came up with for yesterday:

    Returned neighbors cans - $5.75!

    Offered to babysit for a neighbor who owns a commercial bakery. I told her my scheme and she said she would make a dozen cinnamin rolls and pack them individually in exchange for baby sitting Friday night. I'll take those dozen cinnamin rolls to the Farmers Market, where my friend has a booth and sell the cinnamin rolls for $2.50each ($30 potential profit), along with 5 vases of flowers from my garden for $15 each. The vases will be some older mason jars, we have a virtual poppy field at the moment, and I think poppies are expensive flowers (will have to do some research today).

    DH saw some of those old metal bouncy lawn chairs by the side of the road in bad shape, peeling paint and some rust. He brought those home yesterday. Once he scrubs them with a metal brush, washes and paints them, I think we could get about $15 each for them at a yard sale.

    Last thing, we have a TON of old 3 ring binders at my office the facilities manager was going to throw away. I took them and they are in my cubicle now, I'll sell them for .25 each at the yardsale (maybe $20 worth of binders?)

    So, other than the $5.75, it's still all theoretical money:
    $30 cinnamin buns
    $75 fresh cut flowers
    $30 "vintage" bouncy lawn chairs
    $20 binders

    It's still remains to be seen if I can get this money from these things (I will find out this weekend!) but I'm impressed we were able to come up with $155 in potential cash from "nothing" in just one day. If I could keep it up for the next 16 days, that would be $2,480, which would cover the household bills for a month if I were to be laid off.

    I think I am getting a little ahead of myself, but I am excited! Can anyone come up with any more money from nothing ideas?

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    Default This site could become addictive...

    I am into this frugal thing in a big way...you know how it goes, one idea leads to another. I look forward to learning your ways to save/find money. A little here & there equal A LOT as the end result. It is like a treasure hunt. I pick up every coin I see on the ground and put it in a jar ($30 - $80 yr) A great place to look is at any drive up window, or convenience store cash register. Go to Freecyclers on the web, find your area, and join. These are people like us, that post things they no longer want/need. You receive emails (I get about sixty a day). Yesterday I got a free George Foreman grill. The day before, I gave away XBOX games. The idea is to help each other and not send so much to our landfills.

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    Great Challenge!! Once you get going it is amazing the money you can "find". I use my change jar and botte return towards paying off my credit card. Once i get that accomplished i would like to set up a separate savings account for "found" money.
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    OMG, do you know how much one of those metal chairs cost? I just saw an ad last week and they were $60 each on sale. I love those chairs as those were the in thing for outdoor furniture when I was little and my aunt had them. Your hubby found a treasure. I'm a wee bit jealous, but happy for you.

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    Selling plasma will net you $25 for one time. . . $30 the second time in a week. So about $200/month. . .tax free money. It takes about 1 1/2 hours to donate each time. . . more the first time, to get all the paper work, etc. done.

    I have a cheap digital camera. . . but live on a farm, and have an eye for photography, to some degree. I took some of the kids senior pictures in our barn, in the horse corral, in the flower beds, etc. I just saved them all on a CD, sold the kids the CD and let them take them to Walgreens, Walmart, etc. to print them , themselves.

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    I love this idea...Although I can't do the lawn sale thing...because I live in an apartment...but oh well...I can sell on ebay! I have plenty of things if I just take the time out of my busy schedule, that I can do...I have returnable cans that I can cash in...and I can figure something out..may not be much..but it's better than nothing!

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    Thanks everyone, I figure with a tight deadline like this, we can all give it a little push. I love the idea about the photographs. We have a nice camera, and a beautiful garden, I should see if I can work something out...my best met might just be offering our property to a photographer to use for a wedding, family portraits, etc. for a small fee. We also just got the house listed with the state film board in case someone might want to use it for a movie (it helps to have a place that's never, ever been changed except for absolute essentials!) and Adam Sandler is currently filming a movie just down the road, as is Mel Gibson so who knows!

    I didn't do much yesterday, I did find my great-grandmother's silver tea set in the basement (we bought the house from my great-aunts estate, seven generations of my family have lived here, I never know what I might find), but I have to think about selling it. I don't think I will.

    But my DH scored BIG (although not in a "money" way). He owns a moving company, so he is constantly getting things off jobs, (mostly junk in my opinion). But yesterday, the client was moving cross country and emptied out her freezer and gave him the contents, almost all meat - roasts, sausages, steaks, ground beef, etc. It must have been over $200 of very good quality meats.

    It's not money, but it's a big addition to our stockpile. We had to give some to our neighbor because we couldn't fit the last two roasts into our freezer (currently savings for upright freezer for basement stockpile).

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