SAHM Needs to Make Some Extra Money..

Updated on January 25, 2013
R.G. asks from San Clemente, CA
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Any moms out there have any suggestions on how to make some extra money to help with finances? My husband is trying very hard to do it all himself in order for me to stay home with our daughter, but I really need to do something to help! (my daughter is 23 mos, I have 2 nieces 11 and 7 that my husband and i have full custody of) I stay home with baby and older girls go to school then to the boys and girls club after. :)

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answers from Kansas City on

Do you have a talent? For example, I can sew so I will take in hemming and stuff. A coworker of mine has pretty short legs and will pay 10 dollars a pair of pants for me to hem them. It's crazy easy for me but she doesn't know how. I've also done alterations for prom dresses and stuff.

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answers from Seattle on

How old are your kids and what are their schedules? And what is your husband's schedule?

School bus driver
Afternoon child care in your home
Run errands for local people
Dog sit and dog walk during the day for business people
House sit, water plants, take in mail
Drive elderly to doctor appts

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answers from New York on

take a look at the webpage its got some excellent ideas both for how you can earn a few extra bucks, i.e. as a customer support person in your own home, and also, ideas for saving money via coupons, DIY and cost cutting measures.

Good luck to you and yours.

Not sure how old your children are, or how amenable they would be to the switch. My DS is two and change. I work full time, sometimes I telecommute, sometimes I report to the office. Either way, I have to have DS in childcare because there is no getting work done if he's at home.

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answers from Washington DC on


You can sell stuff on ebay and craigslist. It's not guaranteed or even stable income but it can help.

Since your daughter is 11? I would get a part time job during school hours to help. Then you can have a somewhat reliable income and hours.

Good luck!

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answers from Pittsburgh on

eBay your daughters outgrown shoes & clothing.

Do you sew? $15/pr is the going rate to hem pants here.

Can you clean one house per week?

Can you work two evenings after your husband is home?

Can you do some babysitting?

No knowing your particular skill set--just suggesting stuff anyone can do!

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answers from Eau Claire on

Times are tough. Seems like this question has been getting asked alot lately. My advice is always to take on an extra kid during the day if you have the means. It can help boost income and your daughter can gain social skills. It's not ideal, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. Good Luck!

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answers from Minneapolis on

If you have any kids in your neighborhood who go to before and after school programs, maybe you could talk to their parents and offer to watch them. I also have a lot of friends who have been successful at the home type parties...Tastefully Simple, Thirty One Gifts, Pampered Chef. I've even been thinking about doing it on the side seeing the success they have had.

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answers from Columbus on

I sell Mary Kay, and I know a lot of moms who work in direct sales. Tupperware, Pampered Chef, Scentsy, Thirty One, and so on. It's a very flexible choice, you can work it when you have the time, or take time off for your family without having a boss to answer to. If you go to they have a list of all the reputable direct sales companies, so you can see what type of company might be a good fit for you. Feel free to message me if you want to know anything more.

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answers from Austin on

Sewing is a talent.. If you can sew, you could make good money... Costumes for children, hemming...repairs...

Offering after school pick up or driving kids to lessons..

Tutoring...weekend baby a bowling alley or fitness club facility and see if they need part time child care.. Your child could join you..

I was a personal chef/cook for a gentlemen and his daughter.. I prepared the meals in the morning and delivered them to his home each day.. They also left me a list of items they needed from the grocery store.

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answers from Oklahoma City on

The thing is, when you work you work and your child isn't watched so she ends up missing out. So you have to decide if you want to go to work to help out then stay at home when money is better or cut more spending and help that way.

If you take in ironing your utilities will go up, if you do laundry for someone then same thing.

If you want to do a job and make a living I suggest you investigate the licensing laws for your state and run a home child care where you can actually make a living that is real money.

This is truly the only way I know for someone to stay home and make actual money.

You get to write off so much of your daily living expenses on the taxes and you can do the paperwork and get most of your food bill reimbursed through government programs for child care businesses.

I think most of the mom's I know who really work at home end up up putting the kids in child care full time so they can get their work done without interruptions.

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answers from Grand Forks on

I have worked evenings in a grocery store when my husband worked days. I have done full time child care in my home. I do before and after school care in my home. I facilitated a play group that my kids belonged to. I worked in a casual child care where my kids could come to work with me. I worked as a lunch supervisor a school and brought my kids to work.

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