I’m happy to report that I made $3.32 this weekend! It may not seem like a lot but if you take my average earnings per week, of approximately $3.50, and you multiply it by 52 weeks, by the end of this year I will have made almost $200.
Perhaps you are wondering how I might have come upon such riches…….
- Maybe you’re thinking that I’ve started checking pay phones for leftover change (Nope! I probably couldn’t find a pay phone these days even if you threatened to hurt me).
- Maybe you think that I’ve started making my nephews pay me a nickel for every goldfish cracker I give them (Nope! Although, this is not a bad idea??!!!).
- Maybe you think I’ve decided to make hubby pay me a quarter every time he leaves a dirty dish in the sink instead of the in dishwasher (Nope! If this was the case, I would have made closer to $15.00 this week!)
Since those are all wrong answers, I bet you are still asking yourself, how did she make all that extra cashola?
Well, to be quite honest I didn’t do anything crazy. I simply did a couple of loads of laundry. How simple, how basic, how rewarding….. how annoying!?
There we have it.. I finally landed on the right adjective… how annoying!
Like many other women, I am the designated “laundry doer” at our house. This means that each week, I trudge down into the basement with overflowing, unsorted baskets of dirty clothes. I separate all the clothes into the appropriate piles, I right-side-out all the socks, most of hubby’s t-shirts and some of hubby pants (you get the picture!). And, then I spend extra time going thru every single pocket, in every single piece of hubby’s clothing. I have found quite a variety of hidden treasures over the years. There have been hard candies, crumpled receipts, rubber bands, nuts & bolts and, on many weekends, an assortment of cash. Sometimes it’s just a dime and sometimes it’s a few folded bills… but every time I find cash, I celebrate a little bit. Because underneath all those piles of dirty, smelly clothes it’s nice to have a happy moment!
You may remember in some previous posts (here & here) that I have some laundry challenges with hubby. And, I’ve pretty much told him that if he doesn’t empty his pockets before they hit the hamper then whatever I find becomes mine. That’s the rule at our house and some weeks it serves me quite well! At the end of a year where I have a good take, I could be up to $200! And, I think it’s a pretty good deal!
In my opinion, it’s a small price to pay for him to have clean clothes…
It is however interesting, that he can remove all the big bills, so I never, ever see Benjamin Franklin peeking out from a pocket. I wonder how come he can always remember to remove his wallet but, he can’t seem to remove the wrappers & change before he tosses his dirty jeans into the hamper? Quite interesting…. Don’t you think??!!