Friday, June 25, 2010

One Housewife's Income

As I see it, there are two ways of being a frugal housewife. One is to save all of the hubby's money that you can by being careful with what you purchase and using coupons. The other is to make money in simple, time-efficient ways. I'm trying my best to do both so that our family can A. get out of debt, and B. travel and have fun together without being super-stressed about money.
Here are a few of the ways that I try to make money for our family.
1. I teach ballet. My mom made the wonderful investment of paying for lessons from the time I was 4 until I was 18. (Thanks, Mom!) I would never have considered myself a true ballerina, but when I got to college the idea and opportunity presented themselves to teach little girls beginner ballet. It was a great way to make money through college, and I always said I would start teaching again when my own daughter wanted to take. A few years ago the oldest came out with a "I want to take ballet, Momma," and that was all it took. Since then I have taught semesters of ballet, ballet clinics, and ballet camps. I have taught in a mirrored room in a friend's house, in a studio, and in a school gym. This summer's ballet camps are located in a near-by school "skating rink" which is really just a big basement room. Low time commitment, time with my daughter, and a little extra cash are huge benefits. I love to dance, and I love to teach, so teaching ballet is a great fit for me!
2. I have signed up for various on-line survey opportunities. The two that I am most involved in are Inbox Dollars and MyPoints. They both send survey opportunities and "paid emails," emails that you click on to earn a penny or a few points. I signed up for Inbox Dollars about six months ago, and I've probably put 3 hours into surveys. Right now I have earned $38.69 and they will send me a check when I get to $40. I signed up for MyPoints only a couple of months ago and I have 1,135 points. At around 1,500 points, you can cash in for a $10 gift card. Both of these places also give you points for shopping online through them. If you're interested in Inbox Dollars, please click to them through this site! If you do, you'll get a $5 sign-on bonus, and I'll get $5 too!

3. There are also various online shopping communities. I'm a member of Shop At Home. They have coupons available and cash back opportunities for almost every store online. Some stores give you a higher percentage back than others. I currently have a balance of $18.87 there, and they will send a check when my balance reaches $20. Again, if you're interested in Shop At Home, please click the ad below because they will reward me for referring members!
ShopAtHome Banner
4. My last money-maker is one I would like to see grow! I advertise here on this blog for Adsense and Amazon. If you click on my Adsense ads and see where they go, I make money. (You don't have to buy anything!) And if you click through my Amazon ad to buy something, I make a percentage of your purchase. After nine months with Adsense, I have a total of $47.29; they will send a check when I reach $100. After a month with Amazon, I have $3.45. They will send an Amazon gift card when I reach $10.
So there you have it. My earnings for the year are not much, but they have been enough to pay for the kids' mother's day out program and the earnings I have now will pay for their school this coming year. Last fall we used what I made in ballet to buy a swing set to replace the dilapidated  one in our back yard. And with the bits and pieces of internet earnings, I hope to not have to disturb our regular monthly budget in order to buy Christmas presents.
Linked with Friday Finding BeautyFiner Things FridayTickled Pink, and Frugal Fridays.
(Isn't saving money a beautiful, finer thing?)


  1. Love your money making ideas! What a great way to use your ballet training. As a stay-at-home mom, I like to find little ways to contribute to our finances,too. I have taught writing classes in the past and I take online surveys now. Every little bit helps!

  2. Good for you! That's so cool about the ballet. I studied ballet until I was 14. I never thought about teaching it. Hmm....

  3. Good suggestions. I taught dance in college...and drill team camps during the summers. I was a dance major. That was years ago, but I still enjoy dance and it is in my heart. My daughter-in-law is a ballerina and a performance arts major...she might could teach when they decide to bless me with a grandchild one day.

  4. It's great that you are finding ways to make money. Every little bit helps. Good for you!

  5. Wonderful that you are using your gifts to bless your family!

  6. You're using creative ways to generate resources. Brava! I signed up for What have I done? It seems endle$$. Seriously, I'm getting some good coffee and Spanish lessons for a song. Thanks for the tip; glad to send $ your way.

  7. You're using creative ways to generate resources. Brava! I signed up for What have I done? It seems endle$$. Seriously, I'm getting some good coffee, Spanish lessons and an iPad for a song. Is this too good to be true? Thanks for the tip; glad to send some $ your way.

  8. Oh, how I wish I had studied ballet when I was young, cause I love to dance!

    Good luck to your endeavors!

    Friday Finding Beauty

  9. Its good to hear that you're using your talents and all those years of classes paid off, or shall I say, pay now!

    I have been a SAHM for 14 yrs. When my son was 1yrs old, I had a paper route in AZ. When he was 2, I did secretarial work from home. I worked for West Corp for four years and have done mystery shopping. The best part is that I have been available to my kids and feel like I'm financially contributing, even if its small.

  10. Every little bit counts doesn't it! That's the way I look at it.

  11. How did I miss this post?
    And how are the ballet camps going this summer?
    Wait, don't tell me. Let's get together so I can actually hear!

  12. Great ideas...I would have never realized you could make any money this way! I am impressed. Thanks for sharing and linking up.