We have had a lot of snow the past couple of weeks. A couple days ago, that snow turned to rain. Frozen, snowy ground plus lots of rain equals puddles. Lots of puddles. Growing into small lakes all around town. Our yard was no exception. In fact, when my husband looked out at our backyard, his first thought was, “that would make a great hockey rink if it gets below freezing.”
But outside isn’t the only place we’ve been finding puddles. About 8:30 pm on Saturday night we found a small pool on the boy’s dresser. Turns out there was a leak in the ceiling. Of course the leak was in the room where I had three little boys trying to sleep. So I moved their beds into their playroom. And there they camped out while Josh and I tried to assess the situation and do a little damage control.
Luckily the rain stopped and so did the constant drip from the ceiling. But after some investigative work in our attic and on our roof the next day, we realized we need a new roof. Not exactly where we had been hoping to spend a large amount of money this Spring. We have an Emergency Fund in place for such situations. And while I guess this would qualify as an emergency, neither of us really wants to raid that fund for this problem.
So that left me thinking of creative ways that I could save a few bucks and make a few bucks to contribute to the “new roof fund.” I’m always hesitant to get involved in trying to make money because I don’t want it to take my focus away from the very important job of caring for my family. But that doesn’t mean I can’t help out in some small ways. My initial brainstorming list left me with the following ideas to try:
- Reduce grocery expenditures (this is oddly an ongoing hobby for me anyway).
- Turn off those lights. Make sure I’m using natural light whenever possible.
- Turn down the heat a couple degrees when possible (this may require my boys to have to put on pants, but hey, everyone has to make sacrifices, right?)
- Collect and turn in our pop cans for deposit. (We live in a state where you can get five cents per pop can you return. I admit I do not do this. I simply recycle them for convenience.)
- Sell used books on Amazon.
- Sell kid stuff. (We have some V-Tech toys the kids have outgrown and a few other baby items that I can sell).
None of these items are huge money makers, but it’s a start. And you know what, we seem to thrive on periods of gazelle intensity in our financial lives. I think this will be a good opportunity for Josh and I buckle down and save a little extra.
Do you have any other ideas to make a few dollars with limited free time? I’d love to hear them!