Make Money Writing, Homemade Gifts for Men, and More
I've just signed up at Associated Content, where you can make a little extra money for your writing. I'm not sure that this will be a huge source of income for us, but every little bit counts, of course. Right now, they have a special where if you sign up now and get five posts up before December 31, you get five dollars. Manage to publish 10 posts by December 31 and you'll get ten dollars. For this program your posts do not even have to be new content. You can take old blog posts or other articles published elsewhere and repost them at AC and still be eligible for that five or ten dollars.
For previously published materials, your payment scale is based solely on number of hits.
For example, I wrote a post on ten home-made and frugal gifts to make for men, and it currently has 238 hits, and at this point that will bring me a whopping .38 cents. But this is content I previously posted on my blog, so all I had to do was copy, paste, and make sure the formatting worked, and the article will continue to make money as people google the topic, or kindly follow links such as this one (thanks!). I like this post a lot and I believe it has some uniquely frugal ideas that are a cut above the usual 'color a picture,' 'paint a t-shirt,' projects.
The payment scale is a little higher for articles that have not previously been published elsewhere. You can also submit articles in response to particular requests posted by AC on their site- this article on three easy but nice crafts you can make with your kids hasn't had any hits yet, but I'm already being paid 2.34 for it. Admittedly, this is small change, and I've made more publishing for in print magazines before, but it can add up, and friends who have been doing this for a while tell me they pay upfront, and the money increases as you go. The crafting article, incidentally, includes a recipe and a picture for a dough for making ornaments that works so well that we have some ornaments made 25 years ago that still look as nice as they did when new.
If you haven't already seen it, you may find something useful in this article on ten ways to help your children stop their 'gimme-gimmes.' which is another article first posted on our regular blog and then reposted at AC in order to meet the ten posts by December 31 deadline.
Other AC articles:
Holiday Recipes for those allergic to wheat, corn, dairy, or eggs (none of these recipes use exotic or expensive ingredients)
This post is a collection of recipes for a tasty and beautiful vegan feast for the season- acorn squash with kasha, and kale with craisins.
This post gives instructions for making your own puzzle for a preschooler using a Styrofoam tray. If you're simplifying Christmas at your house, this might make a nice gift for the little ones at your house.
There are a number of frugal ideas in my other AC posts (8 posts so far). Take a look and see what you can use, be kind and click the thumbs up while you're there. And if you like to write and can get ten posts up by December 31, consider signing up at AC for yourself!