Hi there, Mrs. 1500 today, cautiously excited to ask you for a good book recommendation.
But let’s go back to last week’s creative side hustle question. It was a leading question – I only asked so I could tell you about my neighbor’s Swinging, Banging Side Hustle on Tuesday.
But I am always thinking of a side hustle I could do to bring in some extra cash. Here’s what you had to say.
Mr. Frugalwoods has a friend who “refurbishes old axe heads and fits them to new handmade handles for a hipster outdoors store in Portland OR. He buys the rusty heads at garage sales and flea markets for $5-10, and sells the finished product for $150 or more.” I love it. Too bad I don’t know anything about axe handles…
Norm from Ridinkulous used to “…make paintings of scenes from Nintendo games in all their 8-bit glory…” Oh, Norm, I would LOVE to see one of those!
Eric over at Retire 29 lives in an apartment building, and collects the bank offers “$500 for you” coupons and sells them on eBay. I didn’t know there was a market for them, and neither of us are too sure of the legality of this endeavor, so please check with your attorney before you do this, yadda yadda yadda. But he averages about $15 for each one. Not bad…
Reader Zugzug is a pizza delivery driver. He says it is one of the easiest jobs and he is paying down his student loans much faster now. I love to hear stories like this!
Mr. PoP from Planting our Pennies works with a guy who has a finger on the luxury sports car market in Florida. He buys the cars around the country, drives them around for a bit, then resells. He is at least breaking even, plus gets to drive around Ferrari’s. Nice.
So back to today’s question, can you recommend a good finance book? You see, Mr. 1500 has two sisters, both of whom have no concept of money. The younger one, especially.
They know it gets spent, and spend it they do. They see something they want, they buy it without regard to what other, more useful items they could be buying with that money. “Oh, but it’s only a dollar…” I hear that a lot.
But recently, the tides have shifted. No, not with the younger one. I don’t think that one will change until both parents who currently fund her life have passed on.
But the older one seems to realize that her current ways cannot continue. She is a wonderful example of what not to do. It doesn’t matter what she is doing, she is making the wrong choice. She chose to go back to school to get a degree that didn’t really mean anything to her, rather than take the opportunity of a lifetime and go through paid training to learn a computer system that is used in almost every single physician’s office in America. She had difficulty in her classes at school, ended up in massive debt with still no degree. Sigh.
She had to take a lesser paying job to go to school. When she finally decided that school wasn’t going to work for her, her old job was no longer available. Neither was that sweet deal with the paid training.
Fast forward several difficult years, and she asked Mr. 1500 if he could recommend a book about budgeting. She knows he is ‘good with money.’
So I am now asking you for your recommendations on financial books in general, and budgeting specifically.
Has anything helped you out? Any program you would recommend? Thanks!
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