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How Much We Make – Update


Now that my husband is working a few more hours and one of my part-time jobs is gearing up, I feel pretty safe in updating our income. I also have a raise due from my full-time job in July, but I will count that after it is a done deal.

As of right now, it is safe to say my husband and I are making $45,000/year, an increase of $5,000. I doubt our 2006 income will reach that (because my husband will be reducing his hours and/or quitting his job at some point this year), but as of right now that is what we make.

I am excited to have some more income coming our way. That means more can go towards debt 🙂

Eight Ideas to Make a Few Extra Bucks


A great way to help reduce your debt faster is to find extra income. Here are some ideas for making a few extra bucks (remember – every little bit counts!):

1.) Are you good with word processing and spreadsheets? Ask around local businesses and see if they could use some temporary help on an outsourced basis. Do a great job with one business and word can spread like wildfire.

2.) Are you artistic? Ask area businesses if they would like their storefront windows painted for the holidays.

3.) Are you a budding shutterbug? Ask area realtors if they need photos taken of houses for sale. It could be as easy as taking 3-4 shots per house and you could earn around $9.00/photo (depending on area).

4.) Are you good in the kitchen? Why not ask area restaurants to try some of your goodies and see if they would be willing to purchase some from you?

5.) Are you a pet lover? Offer pet-sitting services if you have the room and someone home during the day.

6.) Are you crafty? Make up some of your crafty items and sell them at area craft shows or flea markets.

7.) Are you organized? Offer organizational services to businesses and residences, which may include doing the organization yourself or merely consulting.

8.) Are you a neat & tidy? Offer cleaning services to businesses and residential areas. A great market to get into is to clean newly constructed homes.

9.) If you aren’t sure what your skills may be, you can try to find options for earning extra money on JobTonic or other similar websites.

There are many other ideas out there, just remember to think outside of the box and to keep your eyes open. When it comes to reducing your debt, even an extra $20/week turns into an extra $1040 a year 🙂