Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Spending money to save money

DH had to spend $100 on 6 pieces of lumber. No wonder building a home costs and arm and a leg! He needed boards to make forms for the gate piers. He also went and talked to the guy who will be making/welding the 4 gate posts. At first he told DH it would cost $450 (mostly material costs, I guess) and then he called DH and said he underestimated the cost of the metal, it will be $650. Ok,.. it's still about a $200 savings over what he was going to buy online from a gate supplier.  Gotta save where we can. I could only imagine what having someone else make the gate pier forms would cost, so at least it's just materials and his own labor involved. And (I think) once the concrete is poured into the forms he can re-use the scrap lumber for something or other at some point.  At least this little project is giving him something to do on this nice sunny day.

Notice the tennis ball laying there in front. Silly dog kept trying to get him to play fetch.
 
It sounds like DH and the equipment operator guy will be starting work on the rockery wall again on Thursday. He's also asked our neighbor across the street's son (early 20's) if he'd like to make some extra money by helping with the labor on the rockery, so I think he will be helping, which will really help DH out, so he doesn't have to work  his muscles so hard. This kid is a hard worker and has muscles - he's a forest firefighter in summers.

My side job "boss" finally got back to me on my offer to do a little extra work for them. The one main thing I had offered to do, they are going to do internally with a different way. She didn't offer to throw anything else my way, so I guess that's a no. Darn. That would have been an easy couple hundred dollars a month to make.

I have not been doing M-Turk at all. I want to do it. I need to do it. I just can't get into the groove of it the past month or so. Getting my raise and the extra money in paycheck (total net of about $375/mo) from the tax cut took some of the pressure off of needing more money, which probably is why I haven't been too excited about spending 10 or 15 minutes to make 50 cents. But it does add up. I need to start taking a lunch break again and doing what I can with it.

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  1. You're lucky that your hubby is so handy. Like you say, it will save you hundreds. As for MTurk, I'm doing a little but lately it has been screwing up so I am giving it a break. Anna

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    1. it is nice that he can do most handy things. I made a few dollars each day the past two days. I just wish if you've already done a hit it wouldn't show up again. I don't have the memory or the time to figure out if I've done one already.

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  2. I cannot wait to see the gates and posts. A handy husband is worth his weight in gold.

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    1. he's definitely going to earn his keep ;)

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  3. Try to order the filter so that it is for which I am qualified and then highest reward first. I know there are two thoughts on this. I would rather scroll down and see if there are any dollar, fifty cent or seventy five cent or more suveys, do em and begone. But I know alot of others who do the other thing too. And then I go over to insta GC or rn passive videos on my extra tablet. I've been pushing myself to make some goodes for the fall and winter sales, especially sewing and such.

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    1. That's how I try to do it to. I just seem to keep clicking on one's I've already done. I must not be qualified for much, haha

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  4. I cannot wait to see how this turns out! I love how much personalization you and your hubby are putting into your new home.

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    1. We have some things we are personalizing. I think the gate piers are more just DH trying to do it himself to save money, LOL.

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  5. You are lucky your husband is handy. The small town where our retirement house is, there are very few people you can hire to do work and they can charge pretty much what they want! We are having our master bath tiled and having some retiling of our shower...just the bottom to take out some pink tile and put in more grade so water drains out. It has taken 2 years to get contractor and so far has cost us $1800 (we bought the tile for less than $400). And they are not even finished!

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