6 Ways To Turn $6 Into The Money Making Mom Business Of Your Dreams


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Crystal sent me a copy of her new book Money Making Mom and a few treats.

How to start your Money Making Mom venture with just $6

One of the treats included was a jar of Jolly Ranchers and when my daughter opened it (hey, I am a mom, I rarely get to open my own gifts–especially if they are edible) she found a roll of dollar bills. 6 dollar bills to be exact. Why did Crystal include cash? Look at the cover of the book and I think you can see how the gift and the book relate perfectly.

That six dollars got me thinking. How could one take $6 and slowly grow a thriving business over time?

6 ways to turn six dollars into the money making mom business of your dreams

6 Ways To Turn $6 Into The Money Making Mom Business Of Your Dreams

1. Flip It

You can take the $6 and go to a yard sale or a thrift store in search of an item that is under valued. Clean the undervalued item up and resell it on eBay for a profit. Take that money and buy more undervalued products and repeat over and over until you are making enough to take a portion out of the profits each week for yourself.

Continue on this path if you are finding you love reselling items for a profit or until you have enough money to start the business that better suits your passions and talents.

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2. Blog It

If you get in on a  good domain name sale you can buy a domain with that $6 and then start on a free blog platform like Blogger. I know WordPress is the preferred blogging platform but I have seen some amazingly successful bloggers that have either started on Blogger and switched later or they find they love it so much they stick with it.

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3. Buy Poster Board & A King Sized Sharpie

No, you are not creating a job out of drawing caricatures at the local park. Unless you are very artistic, if so–go for it! Why I am having you buy bright poster board and a king sized sharpie? You are going to host a huge yard sale. (psst…my local dollar store sells both items for $1 each. Yours probably does too).

Spend a week going through your home room by room, possession by possession and be ruthless. Put everything you can in a sell pile. Take a week cleaning up the stuff in the sell pile and finding out appropriate yard sale prices for it in your area. Then use the poster board and sharpie to make awesome yard sale signs to place in key areas in your neighborhood. You can be thrifty and cut them in half and still make decent signs out of them–double the signs for half the price.

Advertise your sale on Facebook in yard sale groups, on your personal page, and ask your friends to share your status (make sure you set it to public so it has the most eyes on it). You can also list your yard sale for free on Craigslist.

Use all the proceeds from the sale to fund your business idea.

For more ideas on hosting a great yard sale, see my best tips that have caused me to have sales as profitable  as $600 in one day.

4. Craft It

If you have made someone a handmade gift before and they won’t stop raving about it, chances are you might have a product that will sell. Use the $6 to buy craft supplies (here is an article I wrote about how to save money on them which should help stretch that $6 further). Sell your finished product at a profit and reinvest, buying enough supplies to make more than one. Repeat and repeat and soon you should have enough to buy in bulk and create in bulk.

Not sure where to sell your handmade items?

Start with this simple way to sell your crafts.

If you have just the right environment this idea might work for you too.

Once you have more than just one item (I heard 40 items is a good number to start with) look into selling on Etsy or Shopify. Both are low cost platforms for craft sellers. Here is a great eBook I read on starting your own Etsy shop and if this idea interests you, check out The Brilliant Business Mom’s website & podcast where they often give Etsy shop tips but they also talk about all other sorts of businesses as well .

5. Bank it

No, we are not being like the servant in the bible who buried the money his master gave him, although he didn’t even put it in the bank, and his master was really mad about that too since in those days they actually earned good interest on banked money–now not so much.

What I am suggesting is that you open up a bank account with that $6 and then start using Swagbucks to earn SB points that you can convert to PayPal and then through PayPal you can transfer your money to your account and pool it with your $6 and hopefully soon you will have enough money to begin your business idea.

I have readers that report earnings of $100 a month from Swagbucks so depending on the cost of getting your business it might not take that long to get the money you need.

To make the process go even faster, start using the ibotta app Receipt Hog, and Berry Cart when you shop –all 3 have a PayPal payout option. You could also buy all your online purchase through Ebates  who offer cash backs that you can cash out through Pay Pal.

Here are articles I have written to help you going with these sites and apps

A small trickle of income here and there can soon become a river--Crystal Paine says so in her book! and I have seen it happen here on my blog (my income is currently more like a small creek, but it is growing steadily)

6. Print it

In no way am I suggesting you start printing your own money–that is 100% illegal (just in case you didn’t somehow already know that).

This idea will work well for service business ideas. Perhaps you love to walk and wouldn’t mind bringing a dog or two along with you and get paid for it. Perhaps you want to provide in-home childcare. There are a tonne of service jobs out there that don’t require you to go out and buy anything right away–you simply offer your labor & time.

Whatever your service talent you could take advantage of photo deals to advertise them for under $6.

(before I go further with this idea please note: some service jobs require licenses or that special steps be followed to protect both the server and the person being served. Check with your local governing office for details before you begin)

Here is my idea, business cards can get expensive and the free deal ones always come out looking cheesy (trust me on that one). Plus, business cards get easily lost. However, recently I ordered 101 prints for free using a Shutterfly code I got from the sites Facebook page and paid less than $6 to have them shipped to my house.

What I suggest you do is make up a 4 by 6 printable using the free area of the website Pic Monkey that is a good visual representation of your business and includes all the important information in print, such as how to best contact you, your credentials, your website address, and your social media accounts.  Basically put on the printable whatever you would normally find on a business card.

You could also use a  head shot of yourself, or another picture that shows your business in action and then put the lettering on top using the font area of Pic Monkey. Just make sure it is the same size as a 4 by 6. Use google to help figure it out.

Hand out these 4 by 6 prints to people like you would a business card. Put them up on community bulletin boards. Pass them out to your neighbors who might need the service your provide or know someone who does.

Don’t forget to also take the download of the printable you made and upload it to your social media accounts to further make use of it to advertise your service.

Got another idea of how to get a business idea off the ground for just $6 or less? I would love to read about it–share it in the comment section at the bottom of this post.

How to become a money making mom

If you are serious about wanting to start an at-home business so that you can be a Money Making Mom, I highly recommend reading Money Making Mom. It will cost you more than $6 to purchase but it will pay you back in dividends–not only in money that you will make from implementing the advice Crystal shares, but in inspiration and encouragement to not just start a business, but keep at it when the going gets tough.

I have already highlighted several pages of my copy to look back at again and again on those low days when I feel like giving up on this whole work-at-home mom gig. So my suggestion, make sure you have a highlighter ready when you start reading your copy of Money Making Mom because there are going to be words in the pages of the book that you too will need to return to for a pep talk now and again.

Go Grab Your Copy Of Money Making Mom Today

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52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Week 45


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So I decided this week that I am just going to let the rolling under the bed containers stay uncluttered and move onto the attic. With just 7 weeks left in 2015 I really want to make sure I leave enough time to start and finish to decluttering the attic.

You see the attic is the room that while I was lost in the deep waves of  the emotions of mourning  I shoved the majority of the stuff I didn’t feel up to sorting through.  A pile of winter clothes—to the attic. A pile of books—to the attic. A pile of toys—to the attic.

Which is why week one my attic looks like this!

Week 45 beforeYes that is my attic and sadly that is just one wing of three and all three wings look this bad. Out of all the pictures I have had to show of my clutter this year as I have worked through this challenge this is the hardest one to let you all see.

Especially since the first year I started this blog I decluttered  our attic, and then again the second year–but sadly after that I didn’t touch it again and I sent way too much up the stairs to it—stuff  that should have gone straight to the thrift store instead.

I am approaching the attic a bit differently than I have other areas. I decided instead of breaking down the attic into sections to attack each week I would break it down into podcasts.

In case you are wondering what that means it means that each week I will listen to a podcast of 30 minutes or more while I declutter and I will not stop decluttering until the podcast ends.

If you don’t know what a podcast is -they are a lot like talk radio shows but you listen to them over I-Tunes. They are available on all sorts of different topics so it isn’t hard to find one you might like.

Podcasts make cleaning so much more enjoyable which makes the whole process go faster.

Another thing I did was I knew that Thanksgiving isn’t far away and I wanted to get a little ahead in case the busyness of the holiday takes me away from my goal. So yesterday I did 3 podcasts worth of work in one go. It was a long grueling afternoon-but the results were worth it.

What I plan to do for the next few weeks is show you what the attic looked like at the end of each podcast as well as what I threw away.

week 45 afterI was pleased to get this far in just over 30 minutes. I now have a place to stand and sort. I am hoping later to reduce the size of the piles by at least half.

week 45 tossI filled up two boxes to overflowing with things to go to the thrift store and I also am taking a very old TV/ VCR combo to the thrift store as well.

I filled up half a trash bag with trash and that blue bin in the picture above this one (with the #16 on it) that is recycling.

All in all I was very happy with the progress I made during the first podcast and I am looking forward to showing you what I got done during the second podcast I listened to–so come back next week.

What area of your home did you declutter this week?

Grab the plan and join along as we declutter our homes one inch at a time.

You can also join The Snail Pacing Goal Achievers Facebook group where you will find  the support you need to keep decluttering one inch at time.

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Tips For A Successful Date Day & Why Date Day Rocks!


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I start looking forward to this day the moment it goes on the calendar every month. The night before I am glowing with anticipation.

What is it? It is date day! A full day for just my hubby and me.

tips for a successful date day and why date day rocks

Why Date Day Rules & Date Night–Not So Much

I know this isn’t going to work for every couple. I know it is extremely hard to carve out 3 hours one night a month, let alone a whole day–but here is why date day rocks for my husband and I.

I am a  morning bird–my husband a night owl. That pretty much makes evening dates a flop. Picture one mate trying to keep their eyes open while the other is talking a mile a minute about their ideas for a new backyard project—not good relationship building time.

date day how to have a great one

Us at Riverside Park in Cincinnati. Awesome sunny day for our November date day.

Other reasons why date days are awesome

  • More choice of activities: Unless it is summer, night hikes or walks can be a bummer. Not many museums are open after 5. A lot of free community activities take place during the daylight hours only.
  • Less expensive: Even though the time span is longer, if your babysitting is free (some ideas on how to make that happen in a moment), then there is less expense involved in a date day due to more free activities being available during the day. Get those bikes out of the garage and take a day bike ride. Borrow a friend’s Kayaks, pack a lunch, and paddle around the lake. Window shop that small and quaint town you always zoom by on your way to something more pressing.
  • More time to let conversations go deeper: When you only have 2 or 3 hours you often don’t bring up things that are bugging you because you just don’t want to spoil the short time you have. When you have 12 hours you have time to mention it, discuss it, and move on to enjoying one another.
  • It strengthens the marriage relationship greater than a date night: These last few years I have lost more loved ones than I wish to count and it has made me realize something–every moment I spend building relationships is never wasted. I will never say, “Man, I wish I chose that day to blog instead of investing it in my marriage.” Yes, we have to earn an income. Yes, we do have to keep our homes to at least minimal hygiene levels. But taking a day off once a month to invest in your marriage will pay back in huge dividends and give you plenty of time for secondary priorities.
date day the art of brick

Oh my! Don’t they look alike! This is at The Art Of Brick exhibit going on at the Cincinnati museum until May 2016

How long are our date days?

On average we enjoy 12 hours of uninterrupted couple time during one of our date days. What do we do with it?

Date day begins with Hazelnut Coffee

Seriously the best Caramel Macchiato I have ever had. If you ever go through Sarnia, Ohio, Hazelnut Coffee is worth the stop.

Here is what we did on our last date day

  • We took a day trip to a larger center 3 hours away and filled the time spent traveling with talking about our current life & dreaming about our life to come.
  • We stopped at a locally owned coffee shop for amazing coffee & a cowboy cookie that was out of this world. The cookie caused us to talk about our childhoods–what his mom baked, and what mine did.
  • We hit IKEA. While there, we tried out chairs (still hunting for the perfect blogging chair for our room) and looked through kitchen displays discussing how we want to change ours one day. Before leaving we enjoyed a lunch of Swedish meatballs and got chocolate to bring home to the kiddos.
  • We stopped at Bass Pro Shop and walked through the camping aisle picking out products that might come in handy for the camping across the USA trip we want to take when the last child flies from the nest. We bought nothing, just dreamed.
  • We looked at a lot of Lego. Yep, Lego. We went to The Art Of Brick exhibit. It was awesome!
  • We walked for miles along the banks of the Ohio river. During the walk we discussed would we ever move to chase warmer temperatures when the children are gone.
  • We ate an awesome dinner.
  • We drove home with the sun setting in front of us. Along with sharing thoughts of awe about this amazing treat God put on display for our ride home, we talked about my Tiny House obsession (grab the FYI app if you share my obession). That talked led to a crazy plan to build a smallish cabin in the woods someday–but not authentically Tiny–too scary for my hubby. He just can’t wrap his mind around a composting toilet.
Date day make time to just be

Some of the most relaxing time my husband and I have spent together on our date days are times where we have just sat side by side holding hands and soaking up the view.

3 Guidelines For A Great Date Day

Hopefully I have you convinced to now try a date day. When you do, here are some guidelines we now follow for ours after learning the hard way what works and what doesn’t.

Set A Budget

It might seem like having a budget will ruin the mode but getting home and realizing what you just spent will ruin your week–bring on the Ramen Noodles, baby. We are broke until pay day.

Date days can involve 2 meals, snacks, and admission prices. I will talk more on how to save money on them in a bit, but for now think about what you can truly spend, take it out in cash, and don’t reach for the credit card when the cash runs out.

Plan Ahead–Just A Little

My husband has a love for being spontaneous, but I would rather have a set plan. After doing both and having both styles of date days flop we now meet in the middle. We pick the town we are heading for and then we create a list of 4  to 6 things we could do in that area. Rarely do we do everything and often we do things that are not even on the list, but having the list keeps us from driving around in circles trying to figure out what we want to see.

Set A ‘No Errands’ Until After A Set Time Rule

Our family lives in a small city that has very little in terms of shopping. Since date day generally involves us driving to a bigger city, we tend to have this mental list of all the places we should hit so as to make thrifty use of the gas. There are groceries we could grab at Sam’s Club, supplies to get at the Big Box Hardware store for our current renovation home, and on and on the list goes.

After one date day that ended up consisting of 80% errands my husband and I set a rule: no errands can be run until after dinner.

date day laugh with each other

This folding camp high chair cracked us up! We made jokes about it for much longer than we should have. Hey, where did the baby go?! (yep, lame jokes)

3 Ways To Save Money On A Date Day Activities

Pack A Cooler

If the day is nice, a picnic in the park made up of food from home could be romantic and inexpensive.

Although my husband and I haven’t done this yet, we have packed a cooler filled with water, pop, and snacks. Just packing drinks and snacks can save a significant amount of cash.

Look For Free Activities

The Lego exhibit is the first time we have paid for an activity we have done on date day–we generally stick to free activities. Walking the local trails. Window shopping the local shops. Peaking into RV’s at the RV lot while we dream of the day we take off cross country in one.

Check out the town’s tourist website or local newspaper website for more ideas. Another great source for finding out about  free activities in the area is by putting out a shout out to friends at work or on your Facebook page.

Look For Discounts

date day in the city

Snapped this picture of the city while we were lost! A date day classic for us. But hey, sometimes we have found the coolest places while lost.

3 Inexpensive Childcare Ideas

If your children are still at the age where they cannot be left at home alone, date days can be expensive and out of  the reach of many budgets due to the cost of having to pay for childcare. Our children are now all old enough to stay home alone but we have been there and these are a few ways we have cut costs but still gotten great care for our children.

Find Another Couple Willing To Do A Childcare Swap

Perhaps one month friends of yours with children your age could watch your kids for a day while you enjoy a date day and you watch theirs next month so they can do the same.

Grandparents Or Other Family

Usually (although sadly not always) Grandparents can’t wait to get a whole day with grandkids to themselves. If your parents don’t live in the same town, chances are when they visit they won’t mind you leaving the grandkids to them while you take a day off just the 2 of you–after all, once you made them grandparents it is all about the kids.

Aunts and Uncles also might be great candidates for free babysitting.

If The Stars Should Aline & All The Children Are At An Event Without You–Grab It!

I never forget the year we looked at the calendar and realized all three of our children would be at the same church camp at the same time. My husband ran off to his place of employment with the dates in hand and asked for those days off quicker than I could get out the sentence, “We should really do something together while they are gone.”

For great free and inexpensive date ideas check out the book $10 Great Dates: Connecting Love, Marriage, and Fun on a Budget

Have you ever had a date day with your spouse? Got tips to share? Share them in the comments below.

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