A second job may not be possible or even desired. Instead, get paid for something you're already doing.
Getting a second job isn't always possible or practical. But with a little creativity you might get paid for something you're already doing.
Here's how to supersize your groceries without joining a club.
But if I change my mind, I can get the chili for $5.58 -- and without paying a single warehouse-club fee.
Where can you get that kind of deal?
A national survey says catering costs $61 per person. But there are ways to feed your guests for less.
Bride and groom cut into the bottom layer, smile for the photos and share a bite. Then the impostor pastry gets wheeled into the kitchen, where sheet cakes are waiting to be sliced and sent back out.
"No one will ever know or care, as long as it's good," says event planner Jan McBee of La Fete in Atlanta.
I traveled from Philadelphia to New York City for a buck via Megabus.com. If you find a cheaper fare, let me know.
Yes, $3.50 for three tickets.
How could it be that cheap?
A quart of popcorn costs less than a dime. But don't limit yourself to butter and salt. Chipotle-lime corn, anyone?
Last week at an ethnic market I found a 4-pound bag of popcorn on sale for $3.69 (normally it's $3.99). That's less than 8 cents per ounce, and an ounce of kernels pops up into a quart of corn.
By itself, popcorn is low in calories: 31 per cup for air-popped and up to 55 calories if oil-popped (more on that in a minute). You can keep it low-cal by going easy on the butter and flavoring it instead with items like garam masala, dill, Italian herbs or onion powder.
Let's see: cheap, reasonably healthy and easy to make. Why do so many people buy popcorn only at the movies, where it costs a lot more?
High hotel costs can shorten your stay. Alternative accommodations stretch your travel budget and can enrich your trip.
Last spring I found a fairly inexpensive ticket to London. Why fly all that way and stay for only four or five days?
Last summer I attended a conference in New York City. Why not explore the most exciting city in the U.S.?
Hotel costs, that's why. But I found an alternative that let me stay for a week in New York and almost three weeks in the United Kingdom.
Basic sewing can save you a bundle. Why pay $5 to have a button replaced?
- Take it to a dry cleaner. Many offer repair services.
- Learn to sew, and fix it yourself.
Not an adventurous cook? You'll probably find deals on the things you use every day.
Live near an ethnic market but never think of going in? Think again, even if you're a meat-and-potatoes type -- because the meat and potatoes might both be cheaper there.
While visiting my daughter in Phoenix we shopped in a Hispanic market that had astounding prices on fruits and vegetables. Its meat department was enormous, with choices I had never seen in a typical U.S. supermarket -- and I'm talking specialty cuts of beef and pork as well as goat.
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