I would love to add a little extra to our income. Heck, I’d love to add A LOT. I feel that I’ve stretched our budget as much as I can but we need to stretch a little further. I’ve thought a lot about how I can contribute to our income but haven’t come up with any great answers.
Thomas’ schedule is hectic and unpredictable. There’s no way we could make part time job hours work with that schedule. Clearly, we’re not going to pay someone to watch Adam so I can work. Even if I could find a traditional job in our tiny community, it isn’t practical. Or possible.
This week I saw an ad in our local paper for adult newspaper carriers. The three streets on the route are right behind our house. When the weather is good (dry and not obscenely cold), Adam and I walk that route every day. And the newspaper delivery is just one day a week. I called the paper and found out that they pay by the paper and this particular route will pay just over $35 a month.
At first, I wondered if it was worth it. Then I thought of what $35 can buy:
- 36 litres of milk
- 35 pounds of apples
- 14 pounds of ground beef
- 4 kilograms of cheddar cheese
- 276 eggs
- 211 rolls of toilet paper
If you’re frugal, $35 can go a long way. I can make that money walking an hour a week, which I would be doing anyway. And I can do it with Adam in tow. I make an effort to collect, trade and use coupons and store points which saves us between $30 and $60 a month. I do online surveys which pay about $1 each and paid for most of our Christmas and birthday presents last year. Delivering papers while I’m out is just another way I can make our budget stretch a little bit more.
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