OK, so I recently discovered that our finances are down the plughole. Fun fun fun. I have some questions.
1. Is there are a really good thrift/frugality forum out there somewhere, preferably family/crunchy-oriented? No offense to you fine ladies, but MDC is pretty dead lately. I found an ERE forum ("early retirement extreme"), which was fascinating, but we're not really doing ERE and besides, most of the forum members didn't have kids (by choice, for financial reasons), and much of the lifestyle advice doesn't really apply to our situation.
2. Our flatmate/boarder is moving out in a couple of weeks. I'm honestly not sure if we'll be worse or better off financially after he goes. He eats a LOT and is on the Atkin's diet, which involves endless large hunks of meat and lots and lots of veggies. No filling him up with rice or pasta! Anyway, we're all currently living in one room (DH, me, DD and DS), and while DD could theoretically move into her own room, she doesn't really need or want to. So we have a spare room.
Any thoughts on putting it to good use? DH doesn't want another flatmate. I thought of renting it out for storage space, but we don't have a security system (nor can we afford one!), so I doubt anyone would really want it. My other idea was to have a go at buying, redoing and selling old/cheap furniture, in which case I could use the room to store the stuff and possibly as a "workshop". But that all depends on me learning to, ah, redo furniture. :p
3. Vaguely on the same theme: we could really use some extra income. I SAH with two kids (three-and-a-half and nine weeks). DH works from home. I could potentially leave the kids for a few hours, but not all day (DH has to work, can't afford childcare, breastfeeding on demand, yadda yadda).
Is there some kind of job with part-time night shifts, like from 4-8AM or 8-12PM something?
What about super-casual work? I'm on the list to be a scrutineer for the NCEA exams for a local high school, which is awesome ($50 per exam, dead boring, but flexible and unskilled!); but that's only for two weeks in November. Anyone know anything about picking fruit? Could I do that in the early morning for a few hours? Mum suggested handing out political pamphlets, but there isn't an election coming up, and I'm not sure how I feel about supporting any particular party anyway! I used to work at the movies, and could probably get a job there again, but the night shifts are 5:30-9:30, which is the baby's fussiest and thirstiest time.
I feel like I must be missing something! I've looked up work-from-home stuff, but it's all the same few ideas over and over again, most of which won't work for me. I can't sell my own baking here due to health regulations, and that's my most impressive skill. I don't sew well enough, and DEFINITELY not fast enough, to make a profit selling things. I do write, freelance, but I've been sending out dozens of queries into the void with no response, so that's clearly not a reliable income-producer right now. Watching daycare kids would almost certainly end in bloodshed. I'm sadly lacking in housecleaning/yardwork skills. Medical transcription isn't really a SAHM thing here. I can play the piano, sort of, but not nearly well enough to teach. I have an English degree, for all the good it does me!
Any ideas? Thanks...