Making a little extra money

I work full time, and there are only so many hours in the day, but in the absence of any offers of jobs paying me lots more money I need to make a little extra.

In my case I have some foreign students booked over the summer, but will soon start to advertise for a lodger. This will mean filling in a self assessment form for the Inland Revenue, but I will be able to earn up to £4350 tax free through the Government’s rent a room scheme.

imageI am also a trained yoga teacher and I really enjoy this. I have started teaching one evening a week but have sent my cvs around to try to get a weekend class as well.

I have sold three sets of curtains recently on eBay. It is well worth the effort with these but I have found selling clothing is more trouble than it is worth as prices are generally so low. I need to make effective use of my limited time!

Not sure what  else I can do other than selling a kidney or renting out Mr Shoestring to the highest bidder!

Fingers crossed for that elusive lottery win …

11 thoughts on “Making a little extra money

  1. My local sports center has a waiting list for there 2 yoga classes and the new class in our village hall is very well attended which only started in January. My local guide unit had a taster lesson and all the girl loved it.

  2. Interesting you sold curtains on E Bay. We are likely to have several spare pairs of curtains when we move and I had been thinking about selling them, was going between Ebay and Gumtree, did you do a sell it now price or start them low and wait for them to bid up?? Two pairs are green velevet, one pair short the others at the french windows are about 80 inches long.

    • I started them at £5 so best to do it when it is free listing I think and use Collect Plus to send them as it is cheaper than Royal Mail for heavier items. The pair I thought the nicest went for the least! I made £65 on three pairs although they weren’t designer or anything. Worth a try I think!

  3. I share your experience of trying to sell clothes on ebay. By the time you pay the fees, there’s only a few pennies to make on postage & packing if you’re lucky. I’ve started recycling/upcycling T shirts into “tarn” – cut body of garment into strips and knit up on 12mm needles. Just made a bath mat and am quite pleased with the result. Offcuts become cleaning rags.

  4. Are there any ways to further cut your expenses? I find (at 52) the more tired I am, the more likely I am to feel like skipping frugal activities and the more tempted I am for convenience. Little savings add up into a tidy “extra income”. For example, based on current prices for cleaning products and personal care items I used to buy, easy switches have brought an “extra income” in savings of about $30 per month. Our informal food co-op (mostly veggies) saves another $50 per month. Buying some items in bulk saves another $20 or more. It does take some of my time, though. Probably a few hours per week.

  5. Examples: A 12 bar pkg. of bar soap bought on sale for $8 replaces liquid hand soap and hand sanitizer at each sink and also replaces body wash, plus lasts much longer. White vinegar is the base for nearly all of my cleaning sprays (also keeps soap film at bay in the shower/bath). I have 2 jars on my kitchen counter–1 with tangerine peels soaking in vinegar, and 1 with lemon peels and fresh rosemary sprigs; after a week I’ll strain them, add water and have cleaning spray. All laundry soap works about the same, so I buy big bags of cheap every 3-4 months and store in a bucket with lid. I buy a huge pump-top bottle of shampoo (only on sale) that lasts 6-8 months; it’s moisturizing so I don’t need conditioner. Baking soda can replace toothpaste AND cleaning powder.

  6. Food Savings: I make my own “convenience” most of the time now. You’ll never need to buy broth of any kind (or canned soup for that matter) when you make good use of a slow cooker; chicken/poultry skin & bones, meat bones of any kind, and even fresh vegetable trimmings go in, cover with water and cook during an evening or weekend day. Cool, strain and store in the fridge or freezer. Buying beans, lentils, pasta and rice in bulk saves a lot, too. Stretch meat in soups and stews… get a whole something or other every few months, and cut it up yourself into meal sized portions for the freezer, then make broth from any bones or trimmings. Add your own herbs. Buy flour in bulk and make your own yeast-free beer bread a few times per month. Doing so also warms up the house!

  7. Forgive me if I’m inundating you. Not sure what you already do. I just spent about 10 minutes (after cutting them) removing seeds from store bought, fresh Roma tomatoes, because the guy in the produce department told me a few years ago they’ll sprout and grow in the garden. They do. Essentially free seeds! I also cut the eyes from potatoes (occasionally); if you make a small heap of compost in a corner of the garden, they’ll sprout and make more potatoes. The “heel” of a celery bunch can be scored and planted for more, free celery. In CA we’re on water rationing, and water is expensive; I’m thinking of putting a bucket in the shower and/or using the water after doing dishes/laundry to water our kitchen garden this year. It’s all easier than another paid job.

  8. Barter/Trade/ASK… it happened today: one next door neighbor is in his 90s and still volunteers at the local food bank. I send full meals to their house, and in exchange, every Wednesday he brings me FREE food from the food bank (much of what I use for their meals). Our other next door neighbors regularly share from their garden. I also share food with them. He came over today with his tools to trim. You see, we also allow them to park a trailer on our parking strip. We have a 3 lot yard. Aside from the kitchen garden, much needs to be maintained. Shrubs and trees are currently overgrown. I offered him $100 per week to trim until it’s done. He declined payment, but asked for produce from our garden & occasional meals from the free food we get. Is there anything like that YOU can do? It saves a huge chunk of change. Do you have parking space? Can you share produce? Or trade for other necessities? Clothing (or yoga instruction) for something else?

    • Gosh, what a lot of information! Thanks. I do a lot of what you suggest already as far as is practical. Saving a few pounds here and there has worked so far, but my income is reducing as my kids get older, so in the end what I need is more money coming in…

  9. Hi,
    I really enjoy your blog. I think you have so many talents that you could earn more money from.
    You have great computer skills and a blog, could you place an advert offering advice on basic computer skills or starting a blog?
    You’re an ace gardener, could you teach a beginners gardening lesson, gardening to feed a family, rent out a veg plot in your garden, offer a veg box for sale with recipe ideas, for soup, chutney, stews, curries, plant some seeds, herbs and sell the plants at a boot sale. Or make the chutney or pickled beetroot yourself and sell. Or take cuttings of shrubs and have them growing in your garden for sale when the plants are larger. Plants like box would fetch a lot of money if they were larger, obviously not very quick though.
    And your yoga, could you run your own class in a village hall, church hall? or people could pay you for one to one yoga /personal trainer type sessions. Maybe classes for mums with buggies, take them walking as a group and teach them the yoga moves as part of it. Many people would be intimidated by going to the gym. I would LOVE a yoga lesson (unfortunately I’m too far away lol) but maybe a group of people or friends could share the cost of your personal training session. I think you’re hiding your light under a bushel 🙂
    PS Liked what Aunt Leesie said about bartering too. Ace ideas.
    All the best, wish you lots of luck,

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