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Making an Extra $600 For Ski Passes

Ski liftA few weeks ago, my family challenged ourselves to come up with enough extra income to buy ski passes for Telluride this year. We needed $600 to allow us to go three times. We do have money in savings that we could have used, but that’s really no fun. This is certainly a want, not a need, so we felt raising money was a better option. We haven’t been skiing in Telluride for a while due to cost and the fact that we were paying off credit card debt. Now since that’s done, we get to have some fun again. How did we do with our extra income?

Freelance/Side Hustle Money

Jim made $200 in landscaping money. Sadly, he has another $100 coming for a few end of the season tasks, but there won’t be any more yard mowing until next summer. If only I could talk him into shoveling snow……. Another fun benefit of landscaping for a side gig is that you can tell people that’s your job. If salesmen think you have a high income, they try to sell you lots of things. If they think you mow yards, they leave you alone!

I also made $150 by writing about eyeballs  for a major health website. After firing me as a freelance writer in early September, they sent me an email saying they made a mistake and wanted me back. I guess they don’t have any other writers who know about eyes.


We cleaned out the closet and garage and made $226.80 after Ebay fees. Honestly, unless you are a minimalist, you probably have something to sell on Ebay. My Sonicare toothbrush died,  and I had a package of tootbrush heads that hadn’t been opened. I sold those for $9. We sold a Tinkerbelle costume for $34. I had a Macy’s gift card for $47 from returning a gift. We don’t have a Macy’s anywhere close to us, and I never shop there anyway, so we sold that for $43. I’d rather have the cash to spend on something useful than a shirt I don’t need.


If you have items that are too bulky or not worth selling on Ebay, consigment is a good option. The shop usually takes half of the sale price, but they can generally get higher prices than you would make with a yard sale. You also don’t have to deal with the hastle of having a sale or dealing with weirdos on Craig’s list. We made $52 in consignment sales, mostly from selling our daughter’s outgrown clothes and a few household items.

Total Extra Income: $628.80

No, it isn’t close to Making Cents of Sense income, but this was easy stuff we did in addition to our regular salary and blog income. We made so much that we don’t even have to use the $100 saved up from the daughter’s gift money collection from the grandparents.

As I’ve said many times before, anyone can make at least $500 in extra income per month. Use skills you have to make extra money. It does take a bit of effort, but it’s well worth it, especially for paying off debt or for buying things you really can’t justify as needs.

What goals are you saving up for? How are you going to earn extra income this month?


About Kim Parr

Kim Parr is a private practice optometrist, freelance writer, and personal financial blogger. You can follow her journey to 20/20 financial vision at Eyes on the Dollar.


  1. Good for y’all, I love giving myself challenges like this. Last year I did something similar to raise money for a canoe that I wanted. It really helped me convince my wife that it was worth buying. I also added an exercise requirement to the challenge– 100 crunches a day for 30 days. It worked, and we are enjoying our canoe!

  2. Oh I so would have bought your sonicare toothbrush heads. Those things are expensive and the world’s oldest sonicare is still chugging along! =)

    I just filed for a bunch of reimbursements and cash back rewards from our credit cards, so that’ll be a decent chunk thrown our way. And as the garage progresses, we’re starting to accumulate a pile of stuff that will either be sold or given away.

  3. Very cool! I try to do this as well to finance things like travel. I’m doing what I can to increase my side income, but sometimes there just isn’t time. I am sticking to blogging for now but I know there are so many other ways to make money. It can be a bit overwhelming sometime!

  4. I’m working on the side income part and am (slowly but) steadily chugging along. Selling stuff is harder for me. I’m not a minimalist but I don’t have a lot of things as a side effect of moving about every 12 months. Things just don’t accumulate, which is a good thing until you’re looking to make a few dollars from selling them!

  5. Very cool Kim! I love how you did it with a specific goal in mind. I agree that it is not too difficult to come up with an extra $500 or so each month if you start thinking about it and find ways to use your talents. We’re working on our trip for next summer right now – a trip to San Diego. We’ll be driving, which really has me questioning my sanity at the moment. Very cool on getting the freelance gig back – I’d agree – they did make a mistake. 🙂 Have a great weekend Kim!

  6. That’s awesome that you were able to save up the money! I really want to get into consignment selling. My brother makes good money and he and his wife have a tendency to shop too much so he told me anything they don’t want that I could sell I can keep half of the money. I’d rather they not go shopping for clothes/gadgets like crazy but alas, after my helpful suggestions to not shop, you can’t change a person who doesn’t want to.

    Hope the skiing is fun!

  7. I just sold two hoodies from my old place of work on ebay for $70! Now I’m going through my closet to see what else I can list!

  8. I have a stack of eBay stuff just waiting for me to break through my lethargy and sell it…..I’m not that experienced at eBay, and I think that’s the problem. I naturally shy away from tasks that are unfamiliar.

  9. Very cool idea! I’m sure we have some things we could sell on ebay or craigslist. I’ve tried a couple of times without much success, but it’s probably worth another shot.

  10. I enjoy the little challenges like this. I am using all of my extra income as part of our down payment on our next home. I do have to account for taxes though, but if you hustle, you can make good money.

  11. Nice job Kim! I’ve been lazy about ebay and just relying on Craigslist, but I need to get into that more. I also have a hard time selling clothing so I’m sure I can find a consignment store somewhere in LA. That aside, I do make pretty decent side income, but I consider almost all my income “freelance income,” so it never really feels like extra in my mind, especially months like last month where it was practically my ONLY income. But last year I didn’t even do that, so I’m so grateful I wised up about making extra money. Enjoy your pass!

  12. Nice one Kim. I’ve saved up for a week skiing for a friend’s “bachelor party” in the Alps in 5 weeks time. There is nothing better than looking forward to something this much and having the money put safely aside to cover the cost! Enjoy the skiing!

  13. I love how you made it a challenge, Kim. I think it makes even more rewarding when you accomplish that goal instead of dipping into your savings. I bet skiing in Telluride is fabulous. We generally try to make it to Mammoth a couple times a year. We enjoy skiing and the snow for a few days but then it’s nice to get back to the beach. 🙂 And I think it’s hilarious that they had to admit the made a “mistake” (well, duh) in firing you as a freelance writer. Have a great weekend!

  14. Congrats on your extra income! We are really trying to increase our savings right now as we plan on taking a 2 month trip starting in January, and I want to save as much money as we can for that. We will probably start selling some things that we don’t need.

  15. Cutting back on EVERYTHING this month for christmas 🙁

  16. This is awesome Kim! Congrats on finding the extra cash. I have found that it just takes a little creative energy and time to find some extra dough. BTW, I just got fired from a writing gig I had as well. Don’t think they are going to ask me back though…

  17. Awesome Kim! We just sold a child’s play kitchen with all the accessories on Craigslist. Love getting a bit of extra cash from things the kids don’t want anymore.

  18. I also sell on Ebay and do Cosignments, and I also do very well on Craigslist, It really depends on your area and what you are selling to keep the weirdos away!

  19. I’m impressed and I think you’re definitely right, most folks can make a few hundred dollars (or more) picking up odd jobs, selling stuff etc. I have a bunch of stuff that I’m planning to put on e-bay. With the holidays coming up, there should be a good market for some of my my stuff jewelry and purses

  20. Well done! I hope it snows a lot and you have a great ski season. I just started hosting my first airbnb guests, which has been fun and brought about $500 over 6 nights because I offered meals too to make a bit more.

  21. Yeah, I think people would be genuinely surprised on how much money worth of “junk” they have in their closets that other people would want. It isn’t my closet but I know my garage could use a good cleaning and there are probably tons of items I could sell that haven’t seen the light of day in years.

  22. Amazing work, Kim!!! I think it’s great that you guys are both working so hard to produce some type of side hustle income even though you don’t technically “need” it. Shows tenacity and perseverance, and every cent really does add up. 🙂

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