Guest Post from the Misses

Reasons why never to buy a new car. Within a week of having our ‘new to us’ car someone already ran into it. I’m guessing the side view mirror of another van or truck. They didn’t bother to leave a phone number like a good person would. A good friend and co-worker of mine bought the same mini van brand new and when she rode in ours said it seemed identical. By not buying a new car we let someone else take the biggest hit on an item that will only depreciate. It already had a few minor scratches on it so I’m not as annoyed with the first boo boo. Plus I have two children that will be hard on it. But my favorite part of buying used is that we paid cash and it has no payments. It made negotiating (which I hate dealing with salespeople¬†of any kind – if you are one, beware because I am your biggest nightmare) so much easier. We could make an offer and walk away not all worked up if it didn’t work out. Thankful for my very wise husband who likes to research and get good deals. There Adam Amrine I wrote your next blog post:)

Kids = Cash

Couch Kid

Sure, you already know that kids cost money to raise. Too much money sometimes. Have you ever considered turning the tables and raising some cash at your kids’ expense?

Check out the ideas below.

  • Tax Deductions – Kids are definitely a tax deduction and if you’re not taking the deduction already, you’re crazy! It doesn’t even put a dent in what you spend on them in a year.
  • Babysitting – When they’re old enough, you can have them babysit and make some money. They may not give it to you, but at least it’s money in their pocket that they shouldn’t be asking you for.
  • Rent them out – Neighbor’s lawn needs mowed? Friend’s weeds need pulled? Send your kid over and have them do it. Then you can make a back room deal with your friend for them to pay you directly. Just tell your kid they’re doing a service project.
  • Craigslist – If all else fails, sell them on Craigslist. Sure, I could have said Amazon or eBay, but I’m pretty sure they’ve got strict rules against that kind of thing. Craigslist is more of a free for all type of thing anyhow. You might get enough interest before your classified ad is reported. Remember, younger kids have the cuteness factor, but older kids can be put to work. Be sure to stress that in your post.

The most important thing to remember this April 1st is to be creative. Kids have creative ways of sucking our wallets dry, so you might as well be creative in how you fill it back up. Be sure to leave your creative ideas in the comments below.

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