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I have been a SAHM for 11 months now. Currently, my husband is working 60-70 hours a week, so there is virtually no time for me to have a part-time job. Also, I can’t put my daughter in daycare. I’ve worked at 2, and I am just not comfortable doing that.
We are always short of money, and with christmas coming up, we are starting to worry. What are some ways that you make a little extra money from home? I feel guilty because I am not contributing to the money aspect of the household. He always seems stressed, and I kind of feel responsible.
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!

10 Comments so far

  1. qweesh on May 30, 2014 3:55 am

    I make money by not making the stupid decision to have kids

  2. laurenrad on May 30, 2014 4:30 am

    Avon, Mary Kay, distribute phone directories, or deliver news papers..the last two are really early in the morning. so, you would be done before he leaves for work.

  3. keonlisen on May 30, 2014 5:23 am

    I have a friend who is 23 with a 7 year old daughter and a 2 year old son. Her boyfriend works full time but she stays home and baby sits other children. She also sews ring slings and sells them on ebay and craigslist for $30 each. They are able to afford their own apartment and live comfortably. She also has saved lots of money by using cloth diapers, if that’s something you haven’t considered yet.

  4. lil_pumpkin on May 30, 2014 6:18 am

    You need to decide what works best for you.. putting your daughter in the care of someone else, or having more $$$. If you can afford to stay home, then do it… but if you really can’t and you and hubby are wracking up debt, it’s time to make a decision. There are some great child care facilities out there.. just try to chose wisely and ask questions, check references and do some research first. A family member may even take you up on watching the baby if asked. Explore all of your options. But only you know what is best. When you say short of money.. do you mean for extra items and luxury items? Or are you short for bills and necessities? There’s a big difference. Best of luck.

    ps. I am a SAHM until April.. and this Christmas we are doing framed pics of the baby for everyone. It’s a less expensive idea than a $100 gift card to Macy’s. Just a thought.

  5. Daisyhill on May 30, 2014 7:10 am

    Selling on Ebay. Selling Avon products from home..look at their website, it is very respected and well established. Or what about starting an ironing business from home? You could put leaflets in shop windows and an ad. in the local paper….if you offer to pick up and collect you can charge per bag…lots of people hate ironing and are short of time but not money…

  6. My3Boys on May 30, 2014 7:38 am

    You’ve got to let go of the guilt – he’d be stressed whether you were working or not. If you want to try to earn some extra cash, go for it. You could see if your local ‘Welcome Wagon’ needs any new hosts, or take on something like Avon that lets you set your own schedule and workload…

    You are contributing immensely to your family, you’re just not getting a regular paycheque for it. This is a normal feeling for a stay-at-home mother, but remember that the work you are doing is no less valuable than what your husband is doing.

  7. askbabbs on May 30, 2014 8:04 am

    How about baby-sitting in your home during the day? Your home anyway.

  8. becky q on May 30, 2014 8:15 am

    I am a SAHM of a 28 mth old boy. I really never wanted to go back to work so I took in 3 kids. I charge 30 a day for each kid. My son gets to socillize and have friends, I get to stay home with him, I decide my own work schedual and when my holidays are and I am still contributing to our income.

    You have to find what works best for you though. I love kids and the more the merrier but some would be drove batty having 4 toddlers around.

  9. MerlotMoon on May 30, 2014 8:22 am

    selling on ebay.

    I have plenty of unwanted things around the house – new and used but in good condition.

    you can also buy things to sell and make a profit – buying lots of items on ebay can be sold individually with some research.

  10. saxcat on May 30, 2014 8:46 am

    There are two ways I have found to make money without getting a job..

    One…look around your house closely. You will be really surprised how much stuff you have on hand that you can make some serious cash on Ebay with. Jewelry you don’t wear?? An encyclopedia set you don’t use? Clothes your daughter has grown out of? Dress clothes you don’t have a use for? Handbags you can part with? Even unused cans of formula and baby food. Oh, and don’t forget all those formula checks you get in the mail from Enfamil and Similac…those often go for almost face value on Ebay. When I started selling on Ebay I got addicted….I just started seeing dollar signs on everything…lol. One word of advice though…make sure you make your shipping high enough. The first round of items I sold my shipping was a bit too low and I ended up loosing money. Also, combine like items together, such as baby onsesies…you’ll make more money selling a “lot” than you will selling like items separately.

    Ok. That said, I have also been a mystery shopper. It’s great because you can usually take your kids with you. The best site that is free is I have also shopped with National Shopping Service and Violition. Some jobs go for as much as $300…in which you invite a sales rep into your home to give you an estimate on window treatments, etc….but there are also very easy jobs at banks, restuarants, retails stores, that pay about $10-15 per job. Think about it..if you lined at least one of these up every day during the week (and they literally take a few minutes to complete) That’s $200 a month in easy income!!

    I included my favorite website for mystery shopping sites…makes it easy to get started…

    Good luck to you!!!

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