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Slot Machines - Reduce or Eliminate Your Risk

February 25, 2014 - For a while, the small casino where I worked in the 1990s offered customers a $10 roll of quarters when they walked in the door. It was meant for the slot machines. The casino didn't monitor whether people played the machines or not, so couples could -- and did -- collect $20 between them and walk back out the door to go to lunch. Some elderly couples were caught returning in disguise, trying to make $40 or more per day (the limit was one roll each).

So back then, at least in that casino, you could make a little money playing slot machines, as long as you played only briefly (or not at all) to conserve most of your free quarters. Cash giveaways like that are long gone, but there are still... Read More Here: Slot Machines

Secrets of Walmart Shopping

January 27, 2015 - When Walmart opened a store in the small Michigan town where I lived at the time, I bought a bottle of shampoo. Up to that point I had been paying $1.67 for this brand. Walmart's price was 99 cents -- one example of many, many low prices. The arrival of that store was like getting a big pay raise, particularly since I earned only a bit over minimum wage at the time.

So do you shop at Walmart? It's true that, according to one poll the public has a more favorable opinion of some airlines than of Walmart. But that doesn't stop 100 million Americans from... Read More Here: Walmart Secrets

How to Save Hundreds of Dollars on Car Repairs and Maintenance

December 30, 2014 - Your car is probably one of the biggest expenses in your life. Maintenance seems to get ever more expensive, and repairs bills come at the worst times. Fortunately there are ways to save hundreds of dollars on car repairs and maintenance. Here are six of them.

1. Do Maintenance by the Numbers

The old saying, "A stitch in time saves nine," can make sense. Replacing brake pads before you destroy the drums or rotors, for example, saves money and keeps you safe. But if twelve stitches in time save nine you're overdoing it. In other words, when safety is not an issue you should balance the cost of maintenance against... Read More Here: Save on Car Repairs

Thoughts on $500 Per-Pound Cheese

December 2, 2014 - I was recently reading about a cheese that cost $500 per pound. At the moment I can buy a decent cheddar or Swiss cheese for $5 per pound. Is the expensive cheese better for you? There is no research on this that I could find. Does it taste better? Maybe, although it seems that with many expensive cheeses the taste is worse at first bite. Only after we accustom ourselves to them do they seem to taste better. These are what we call acquired tastes.

(Flickr photo by Smabs Sputzer)

Now, if we have to train our bodies to like the taste, and there is no additional health benefit, why would we pay 100 times as much for something that is functionally the same as the alternative? In fact, wouldn't it make more sense to... Read more here: Expensive Cheese

Can the Presence of Money Reduce Pain?

Wad of CashNovember 22, 2014 - Money is important to people - there's nothing new in that. But according to the latest research the symbolic power of money goes beyond mere desire for it or our willingness to do various things for it. Apparently just handling currency has the power to alter our experiences.

(Flickr photo by Andrew Magill)

In the journal Psychological Science Xinyue Zhou, Kathleen Vohs and Roy Baumeister published a paper in late 2009 called "The Symbolic Power of Money: Reminders of Money Alter Social Distress and Physical Pain." Their research looked at how money could reduce pain in a person and also lessen one's need for social... Read more here: Money and Pain

How to Become a Poetry Whore

Poetry BrothelNovember 11, 2014 - I wouldn't normally use the word "whore" to describe anyone, but that's how poets at "poetry brothels" identify themselves, so I'll go with their preferred title. But what is a poetry brothel? What are poetry whores? How do they make money? How do you become one of them?

(Flickr photo by Pauline Balba)

Let's answer those questions by starting at the beginning. In 2007 Nicholas Adamski and Stephanie Berger decided that the New York poetry scene was "boring," and they wanted to do something about it. Their solution was to start The Poetry Brothel, where they are now known as "Tennessee Pink" and "The Madame."

Customers come to events to see and hear poets onstage, and for one-to-one readings in the back rooms of the "brothel." The poetry whores who read to them are both male and female, and can accept tips or... Read more here: Poetry Whore

A Cuddle Party Is Not an Orgy, But It's Intimate and Profitable

September 18, 2014 - At "cuddle parties" people pay to enter someone's home and snuggle up with a bunch of strangers in pajamas. Now maybe that isn't worth $30 or $50 to you, but what if you were the one collecting the money? You can make good money as a cuddle party facilitator.

(Flickr photo by John Johnson)

In a previous post we looked at being a professional cuddler and charging $60 per hour to spoon with strangers. But that's a one-on-one experience. For some people, one snuggle partner is not enough. They want to... Read more here: Cuddle Party

This Writer's Roller Coaster Ride

October 11, 2014 - I started with nothing but simple websites, made it to six figures and a book contract, then had to take minimum wage jobs, and then started a new career freelance writing...

When you consistently make money writing you're a "professional writer." As for myself, I would write even if I wasn't paid, and I would be happier to be called a bum for double the pay. Unlike labels or recognition, money can be translated into freedom -- a topic for another time. For now, if you're an aspiring writer, let's see if you can learn something from my story, and translate that "something" into cash.

The lessons will be positive and negative, and about accepting the randomness of life. In other words, I'm going to tell you what I did right, what I did wrong, and how... Read more here: Writing for a Living

How to Sell Your Body

September 27, 2014 - Okay, keep your clothes on; this isn't going to be about selling your body in that way. But there are some ways to use your body and sell parts of it that are worth mentioning in case you're looking for some extra income. Let's start with the body parts...

Sell Your Eggs - One of the most lucrative parts a woman can sell is her eggs. That's right, couples who are having trouble coneiving will pay big bucks for eggs. In fact you can get $8,000 to $15,000 for good healthy eggs, according to a report on the Huffington Post. But you will have a lot of paperwork to fill out, and you'll be subjected to therapy sessions, hormone shots, and what is known as "egg... Read more here: Sell Your Body

Professional Cuddlers Keep Their Clothes On

October 2, 2014 - A man comes to your home and wants to get into bed with you, just to cuddle. What do you do? Tell him your hourly rate of course! That's right; you can make good money cuddling with complete strangers. And no, it isn't what it sounds like. Jackie Samuel of Penfield, New York may have been one of the first to snuggle professionally. According to her website it costs... Read more here: Cuddle for Money

Profitable Friendships

August 16, 2014 -Make money by being a friend? That's right, there are websites where you can post your profile and get hired as a "friend" for up to $50 per hour. Now, it might seem that there is something wrong about this concept, but in reality you sell services. Calling the business something like "Rent a Friend" doesn't mean you and your clients will actually be friends, although that can happen... Read more here: Rent a Friend

More Featured Pages, News and Ideas

What is a Ghostwriter? - As a ghostwriter you write articles, books, reports, or any other texts that are officially credited to someone else. This is common online, and a lot of what's out there has been written by someone other than whoever has the byline. You do the work and they get the credit. That's okay as long as you get... Read more here: Ghost Writer

How to Be a Human Guinea Pig - I recently took ten pills in ten days to make $30. Yes, that isn't much for participating in a medical trial, but hey, you have to start somewhere. And you can make a lot more. How much more? In one study NASA paid volunteers $15,000 just to stay in bed for a few months, so there is some potential to make thousands of dollars as a human guinea pig. Earlier this year... Read more here: Human Guinea Pig

Second Time Around - The best jobs when you are over fifty and looking for a new career was the topic of a recent article on They used a "Quality of Life" index that involved grading the jobs based on personal satisfaction, benefit to society, low stress, and flexibility. Some of the jobs that scored highest were grant coordinator, personal trainer, online content marketing writer, and tutor.


(Click the bold titles to get to the index with all the pages in that section.)

=> Fun and Interesting Jobs (35 pages)

You might enjoy going to work with a job like these...

How to become a Cryptozoologist and Chase Bigfoot

How to Be a Movie Extra

Become a Pet Detective

=> Fast Ways to Make Money (23 pages)

This section focuses on making money now, especially this first page...

Thirteen Ways to Make Money in an Hour

I Was Paid to Be a Fake Juror

Selling Your Hair for up to $2,000

=> Odd Ways to Make Money (63 pages)

These are some of the more interesting ways to make money...

Make $1,000 per Month to Selling Sperm

How to Be a Human Guinea Pig

Crazy Ways to Make Money

Make Money Without a Job

Ambergris (Whale Poop) Hunter

=> Artistic and Creative Work (31 pages)

Express your creative side profitably...

Make and Sell Paper Jewelry

Street Musician

How to Become a Cartoonist

=> Money Making Ideas (23 pages)

Unproven but waiting for you to try them...

Search Dogs Business

Letters From the Dead

How to Print Money

=> Real Estate Profits (20 pages)

We look for the less common ways, including...

Slumlording for Good Investment Returns

Fixer-Upper Mobile Homes

Optioning Hilltops and More

=> Outdoor Work (33 pages)

Ah, fresh air, sunshine and profits...

Building and Installing Cat Enclosures

Ways to Find Gold

Collecting and Selling Wildflowers

=> Online Profits (25 pages)

Hey, this is working so far...

Get Publicity and Traffic Using Google Alerts

How to Sell Photos Online

How to Create an Ebook Without Writing

Make Money on YouTube

=> Money Articles (43 pages)

Thoughts and ideas on a variety of subjects...

Ads on Your Car?

More Than 100 Ways I've Made Money

Bullsh-- Employee Assessment Questionnaires

Amish Entrepreneurs

Radical Money Moves

=> Some Good Jobs (42 pages)

Good pay, good work, or good employers...

Working at a Brew Pub (an Interview)

An Entomologist Career

Environmental Engineer

=> Diversified Investments (21 pages)

Not your usual investment opportunities...

How to Invest in Movies

Investing in Wine

Loan Money for Profit

=> Some Good Businesses (37 pages)

These pages include businesses that can be started with very little money...

Creative Businesses

Furniture Businesses You Can Start Cheap

Military Surplus Businesses

Portable Restroom Rentals: A Pooportunity

=> Work From Your Home (25 pages)

Online, offline, at home or from home...

Several Ways to Make Money With a Hobby

How to Party for Profit

An Interview With a Work at Home Agent

=> How to Write for Money (29 pages)

I just did it with this sentence, but there are many other ways...

Ghostwriting Jobs (My Experience)

Self-Publish Your Book... Cheap!

Publishing on Kindle at no Cost

=> Green Jobs and Businesses (18 pages)

Help the environment and your wallet...

Become a Green Cleaner

Examples of Green Marketing Jobs

=> Best Money Books and Courses (17 pages)

A few reviews of books worth reading...

101 Weird Ways to Make Money

Is 'The Four Hour Work Week' an Exaggeration?

=> Interviews With People Making Money (17 pages)

See what their jobs and businesses are really like...

Kris Sharpe: The Flying Entrepreneur

Water Taxi Captain

Margaritaville Job: Michael Kopcynski

How to Invent and Sell a Game

=> Make More Money From Your Business (33 pages)

Each page here covers a specific way to make more from your existing business...

Measure Advertising Results to Maximise Returns

Increase the Average Sale Amount

Increase Customer Frequency

=> Ways to Save (Spend Less) (11 pages)

Ways to make your money worth more by making it go fatrher...

Some Radical Ways to Cut Your Cost of Living

How to Be a Frugal Opportunist

Other Pages

Five Ways to Bet to Win - And legal too!

My Paychecks, Businesses, and Investments - Putting together a living

Ideas and Businesses and Jobs - Proven and theoretical.

The Three Purposes of Investing - And which investment accomplishes all three.

Cash Jobs - How and where to find them.

Elvis Minister - There are a few openings...

Make Matzo for Money - Making food for money.

Coin Roll Hunting - Dig through rolls of coins for...

High Rise Window Washer - A decent job or business.

Creative Ways to Make Money - Crazy videos; find treasures..

Grave Digger - You get to work outdoors.

Make More Money From Your Job - Starting this week.

Growing Catnip - Sell to cat owners or retailers.

Club Moss Spores - Harvest and sell natural flash powder.

The Business of Roadkill Cleanup - Someone has to do it.

Buy and Sell Used Cars - Decent profits is a short time.

Shomer - Overnight guardian at a funeral home.

Making Tips - Cash tips even when you're not employed?

Cemetery Visit for Money - Yes, this is a real business.

Street Vending in the Philippines - From someone who spent time there.

How to Sell Your Stuff - What's the best way?

Senior Services Business - Work from home if you want.

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This Month's Quotes

When a person with money meets a person with experience, the person with the experience winds up with the money and the person with the money winds up with the experience. - Harvey B. MacKay

Money, it turned out, was exactly like sex, you thought of nothing else if you didn't have it and thought of other things if you did. - James Baldwin

Working at Home - When you are working from your home, don’t answer the phone every time it rings, unless it is the business line. Set aside a time to return calls and let the answering machine do its job for you. The “minor” interruption of talking to a friend for a few minutes usually burns up more time than you realize, both for the conversation itself and because it takes time to get back into “working” mode. In fact, a call can often derail a task that you were focused on and working on efficiently. Turn the ringer off if necessary, and let the machine take the calls.

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