Hi there, Mrs. 1500 coming at you again.
Last week, I asked if you collect aluminum cans. I had done it a few years ago, and was surprised at the paltry return. $32 for 4 very large bags of squashed cans.
It seems that many of you have done it in the past, and realized the same thing, the effort is not really worth the reward. Grayson @ Debt Roundup also collected and quit after the first disappointing trip to the recyclery (or whatever they call the place you drop off the cans.) As did Suburban Finance and John over at Frugal Rules.
JC @ Passive Income Pursuit had a really good point: “…you’re still getting cash for what would have just been thrown away.” (Or recycled, I hope.) He also added that if he had an SUV, he could easily bring home 2-4 bags of smashed cans per week from work. I say 2-4 bags would fit in a car, so go ahead and start bringing them home. One giant trip to the recyclery (I like that name) and you have perhaps paid for a tank of gas? Maybe even find a way to drive by the recyclery on the way home from work?
Done by Forty and Anna over at Are Ya Gonna Eat That both mentioned the term “side hustle” in their comments. This is a term I have seen over and over on numerous personal finance blogs, and got me thinking about side hustles.
I have purchased several snowboards at thrift stores and garage sales – usually Burton brand which is perceived by many to be among the best boards. They were one of the first board makers. When I can find them for ultra cheap, I pick them up and store them until snowboarding season. Living in Colorado, there are numerous opportunities to pick the up on the cheap – spring and summer at thrift stores, along with garage sales and flea markets any time. I have sold them on eBay in the past, but their new fee schedule is making that almost not worth it. The amounts they now charge borders on the obscene.
So that is/was my side hustle. What is your side hustle?
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