November 3, 2017

Day 70: Getting Paid For What You Love

So I have a part time job coaching volleyball for one of our local club teams. The tryouts start in September and it is a highly competitive club. I was grocery shopping the other day and bumped into one of my player’s parent. We got to talking and I told her if her daughter ever needed a little extra help before the season started she should just give me a call and we could set something up. Well next thing I know I am giving her daughter private lessons. Every Tuesday I meet her at their gym; we set up a net and work on things that are specific to her needs. It is a great way for me to teach skills one on one and work on her weaknesses with her. Not to mention the family pays me buy the hour. It has been a great gig and a great extra income coming in. I get to go work out and play volleyball and help out one of my favorite players and get paid. Tuesdays are starting to become one of my favorite nights of the week. On top of coaching some private lessons, I also helped out with a soccer camp last week. For two nights I went to the field from 5:00-8:00pm. Working with the same age group I coach for volleyball, I was able to get back into my soccer grove and teach these kids the fundamentals of soccer, the game I loved playing growing up. These nights were also paid. Altogether I was able to put $480 into my Australia fund from coaching. With the season starting up again for my primary coaching job I will be receiving a small income from that each month. To be able to do what I love and coach and make […]
November 3, 2017

Australia Bound: Weekend Activities

In the summer I rarely get a free weekend. From weddings to BBQs to vacations it’s rare I ever get a free moment to myself. This weekend was the best weekend of the summer so far. I woke up late, made some amazing meals and just hung out for once. Had no deadlines, no places to be the only thing I had to do was to relax. And that relaxation lasted for about twenty minutes. I needed to do something I couldn’t just lay on the couch for two days straight. I started thinking about Australia and panicking about how I was going to get there and how I needed to find more ways to find money. I have had a coin jar going for my trip and decided this would be the weekend I count and roll the coins. I wasn’t thinking there was a lot in there so I turned on the TV and aimlessly started rolling away. An hour went by and I looked down at my pile. I had $50 just from coins around the house. It might not seem like a lot and it’s definitely not enough to get to my goal of $2,500 but I was enjoying a lazy weekend watching TV and made $50 from it! I was so excited by this little accomplishment that I needed to make more. What else could I do this weekend to make some extra cash? Our house is full of beer drinkers and we don’t usually take our cans out on trash day, we just kinda leave them under the steps until someone decides to return them. So I cleaned out the garage cleaned under the steps and returned seven big bags of recyclables to the store. Spent a lovely Sunday afternoon with a homeless man […]
November 3, 2017

Australia Bound: So Many Weddings!

As we approach that age where everyone is getting engaged and then naturally married our weekends become booked quite quickly. The save the date magnets start coming in the mail so that every day you are reminded about how much money you need to save to enjoy a weekend of fun. For the next couple of years we should all just bank on our vacation days, bonuses and any extra cash we have going towards our friends weddings. Now don’t get me wrong, I LOVE GOING TO WEDDINGS. Like love them. Just not so much the cost. So this past weekend one of my oldest friends got married. I had the honor of being in the wedding. This was my first experience of being in a wedding and let me tell you, I can’t wait to do it again. Being in a wedding is expensive though like let’s be honest from the hair to the nails to dress to the shoes and each time you’re in a wedding you have to get all the same stuff over and over again. It’s crazy! These are the things, however, that you can’t control unless you want to get attack by a scary creature also known as bridezilla. So if you have a lot of weddings coming up in the near future here are some things you can control and how to actually save some money at a wedding. The first thing I saved money on was my nails. I got them done at a place near work where they were running a special. Mani/Pedi for $35…can’t beat it. If I had gotten them done at the hotel spa I would have paid closer to $100. Overall savings- $65. If you are going to a wedding chances are you will know another couple […]
October 26, 2017

Australia Bound: A Poor Girl’s Journal

Day 95: So for the past two days I have brought lunch to work. I try to bring my lunch at least two times a week but I tend to eat out when I’m really busy at work. We usually eat out on Fridays and occasionally I’ll forget my lunch and have to go out. We never get anything too fancy so I’ll usually spend anywhere between $5 and $10. So since I have brought lunch the past two days and successfully not bought a cup of coffee on the way into work…I am putting $20 away into the fund (go me!). Let’s say for the next 95 days I bring lunch every day to work. Let’s say an average lunch costs $7 and I eat out about three times a week. For the next 14 weeks if I brought lunch every week I would save $294! (Here’s the math for those of you who need it 3*$7=21: $21*14=$294). That doesn’t seem like a lot but $300 will just about cover my flight to New Zealand while I’m there. Therefore I will be brown bagging my lunch until I leave for Australia. Couple tips I have learned since the switch: Make your lunch the night before otherwise you are just grabbing whatever you can reach in the fridge in the morning and it’s not always the best option. Make extra food at dinner so you can just wrap up the leftovers and take them for lunch. Bring in boxes of snacks and have a snack drawer at work. Also helps with those afternoon hunger strikes and chocolate cravings. Make a list before you go to the grocery store and never shop on an empty stomach. That way you will always buy just the right amount and be less likely to […]
October 26, 2017

The German Gamble

Any of you DINC’s catch the World Cup Semi-Final between Germany and Brazil? What an absolute blowout! For those of you who don’t watch soccer or sports period, Germany won 7-1. What is even more impressive is the fact that Germany scored 5 goals in the first 30 minutes! 7 goals in soccer is equivalent to about 80 points in football (not Futbol, haha). Here at DINC we are obsessed with numbers, returns, and money; so naturally we looked into the odds of Germany winning by 6 goals. Any guesses what the odds were? 2 to 1, 10 to 1, 500 to 1?!? Not even close to any of those it was 20,000 to 1! That is ridiculous, if you bet $100 that Germany would win by 6 goals, you would have walked away with a cool $2,000,000! Not a bad day at the office, and you could stash that away for your future and be set. Unfortunately for you (and ourselves), we didn’t do that and we are now $2,000,000 poorer than we could have been. Can you imagine $2 million for retirement? THE EASY LIFE. Since neither you nor I have the prowess to gamble like that, I think it’s best to start saving money ourselves. So start a DINC account and get going on your way to that $2 million mark! In the meantime, there is another game on today; Netherlands vs. Argentina. I’m leaning toward Argentina winning by 6 (I’m just kidding, don’t actually put $100 on that; put it in your DINC account).
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