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Side Hustle Money


My side hustle has begun to pick up again. I guess the first of the school year honeymoon period is over and teachers are ready for occasional breaks, have sick kids or have conferences to attend. This year I limited myself to just subbing for the high school. I did this for two reasons:

  1. I much prefer this age group. The middle school is okay, but I know I don’t have the temperament for elementary school.
  2. The block schedule (longer classes) is much more conducive to me being able to get some of my own work done versus changing classes every 45 minutes to an hour.

I’m continuing with the same plan for this money as I did last spring…just letting it build up in a savings account. I am paid once a month and have it direct deposited into its own account. So I truly never see it unless I go looking for it.

In fact, when I was paid this past week, I was surprised. (My first paycheck from teaching since last May.) It’s not a lot, well, depending on how often I get called. But an extra $69 a day is a decent wage for just sitting and monitoring kids doing work. It really is a great side gig. And I enjoy “teaching” the kids. I miss that aspect of homeschooling and the classes I taught at our co op.

At this point, I do not and have no plans to include this income in my budget. First it is too variable. And second, I have no plans to use it for the time being, just letting it grow.

I also set up a account on Rover.com to pet site or walk dogs a few weeks ago, but no hits on that. I’m not surprised seeing as we live in a tiny little town. But I will keep it active just in case. Do you have a seasonal side gig that you enjoy?

No More Cuts to Make


After several years of blogging here, I finally do not believe there is anywhere else I can (or am willing to) cut expenses. While we certainly do not live bare bones, we are generally very frugal in our day to day living.

With that being said, my way forward is to increase my income. I have written about side hustles, passive income and every other way I can think of to make more money. But the bottom line is I have to keep growing my business. Somehow.


The problem is that there are a limited number of hours in the day. And I’m about at capacity. Even with my 11 hour work days. So help me…give me some suggestions for increasing my income in my current business.

I know increasing my pricing is one option and I’m certainly open to that…maybe early next year. But do you have any other ideas for me?

Debt update coming soon. We’ve been staying busy with volleyball season and work. Princess has a part time job lined up to start in October. And History Buff is making some decisions for what he will be doing in January this month.