Clothing resale hasn't been very successful for me either but I buy most of my kids clothes from resale so I'm not all that concerned about what I spend on their clothes. Shoes? Well, that's another matter.
I wish I could coupon! I do use them from time to time on things like toilet paper or a store coupon, the spend enough and you'll save a little kind of coupon. Beyond that we can't really coupon. We buy all our meat from a farm, same with eggs, eat only raw dairy, and fresh veg. There is very little possibility for coupon savings where our groceries are concerned.
ilovemygirl- I likely am being modest and probably can knit better than I'm letting on but I am self taught and don't do everything by the book so I feel a little less than confident I could teach effectively.
The extra cash isn't something we need to survive but we have a lot of medical bills and I'd really like to be able to pay them off faster. We spent all our savings over a three year period where dh did not have reliable employment and was out of work more than he was working. We survived but now we're trying to catch up so the extra cash is needed but not do or die.
A job outside of the house is not likely going to work as dh's travel is varied in schedule, length, and distance, I could never be reliable. DH's in town schedule isn't any better, I never know when he's going to have to work late. DH works in auto racing and he leaves a couple days before the race and doesn't arrive home until a day or two after the race. If the driver crashes his car or there's mechanical problems dh is the one fixing it which requires extra hours at the shop in town. He works a regular full day when they're in town and stays late if there are extra things to do like body repair or mechanical repair. There have been times when dh hasn't been home at all during normal waking hours, he's even been known to sleep at the race shop. This is why I'm looking for something less than typical for myself, something I can do even if dh is working so much he decides to just sleep at the shop.
When I read threads like this one I find myself wishing we could all be sipping tea or coffee in some lovely cafe just chatting about these things that come to mind.