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Alternative Incomes

I’m a little funny about money.  I like to use the money I make from my job for everyday living expenses like grocery and bills … you know, the adult stuff but I’ve always had random little side gigs that pay a little money and I consider that money to be my Play Money.  I use Play Money to treat myself to goodies that I don’t want to use my main job money for.  There’s no guilt when splurging with my Play Money and half the fun is finding ways to make the Play Money.  See, I told you I’m a little funny about money.

There’s a thing floating out there in the frugal/saving blog world called “The 20 Dollar Challenge” (see this person and this person).  The idea is to see how much money you can generate outside of your main job.  People can make a few thousand dollars more a year by doing random jobs and selling things on line.  I would like to challenge myself by creating more alternative incomes by selling on Ebay, Craigslist, Etsy, etc. and I think having a progress bar like the one on the right hand side will motivate me to do more.  

Let the challenge begin!

Paid surveys

I was reading some blogs and was intrigued by the online paid surveys that some people do for a bit of money. I really like the idea of having alternative incomes even if it’s only a few bucks here and there. Some survey sites will pay you cash (paypal or check) and some will give you points that you can redeem for gift cards. I signed up for a few over the weekend and so far no surveys yet. Beware that there are tons of scams out there so I only joined ones that were recommended by other bloggers.