Lately, the kids and I have been very crafty with ways to make extra spending money. Well, the money I make goes towards bills right now. But for the kids ~ they are loving seeing their goals be attainable quickly.
Quinn and Sloane have started walking the neighbors dogs for a dollar a day. They each get paid $5 on Fridays. Quinn did some clean up work for our other neighbor this morning for $20. For the same neighbor, Connor is transferring VHS tapes to DVD for money. Not sure what that will bring. Hey! Maybe he can start a business! You know anybody who needs VHS tapes transferred to DVD? Let us know. Connor can help! :o)
Dave is also doing estimates for a concrete guy for extra income. We have to bridge the gap somehow until the Insurance gig kicks in.
Oh! And I am babysitting a neighbor's 2yo during the week. His name is Rece and he is sooo cute! He fits right in with the family. That was one of my stipulations to watching him. He had to be able to go with us. I didn't want to be tied down to the house. We as a homeschooling family are out and about quite a bit. That is the beauty of homeschooling, afterall.
This Labor Day weekend, I watched another neighbor's dog, Jax. Jax is a Shih-tzu mix and is just the cutest, mellowest dog you have ever seen. Emma, our dog, who doesn't like other dogs, lived quite happily this weekend sharing her space with another dog. It was good for her to have to get along. Emma didn't let Jax do anything at first. She would follow him around and snip at him for no reason. Then by today, they were best of friends.
So, we are all finding ways to buy the things we want even if we don't have family money readily available. I am really proud of us. Before Dave got laid off of work in May, we were still not grasping just HOW much money we really DON'T have. But now we know that we can have anything. All it takes is a little creativity and some hard work.