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I'm going to start my midwifery apprenticeship in January. I live in an area where there are no homebirth midwives, so my teaching midwife is 1.5 hours away from me, in Texas. Louisiana isn't a very midwife friendly state (although supposedly we can be licensed here...I have yet to see it!), but Texas is. I'm going to complete the Association of Texas Midwives training program so that I can legally attend homebirths just across the border in Texas (20 minutes) as well as here in Louisiana.<br><br>
Long story short: I've got to pay off my car and a few other bills in order to afford the gas and child care expenses, as well as the tuition for the ATM program. Paying off the car will require coming up with $1600 EXTRA $$ by December, in addition to the double payments we're already managing to make on it.<br><br>
I've had a yard sale (didn't do very well), have another one scheduled, and I'm thinking about doing some auctions to help pay for it (and maybe putting a link in my siggy if possible). Because I'm not in Texas, I don't qualify for the one ATM scholarship awarded each year, and I'm not finding any student loans out there for this kind of vocational program.<br><br>
Does anyone else have any tips? I'm starting to consider a home equity loan because I don't know what else to do <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">.
 

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i'm in a similar boat...i have chosen Ancient Arts to study with, but that leaves me with some practical skills to learn. in addition to paying for the school (which is reall quite affordable compared to the other schools, but still more than i have just lying around!), i plan to attend workshops at the Farm next year. add to that the cost of books...it's quite overwhelming for our already struggling family!<br><br>
my only idea, and i'm not sure how good it is...i've yet to really research it, is to sign up with a temp agency for some sort of evening office cleaning or something. right now my youngest is 6 months and still exclusively nursing, but i figure this may be an option in the future. the lack of commitment is what really makes me think this might work. if i really need money, i could always take as many jobs as my family and i can manage, but the option is always there to say "no". cleaning came to mind because i figure that each shift wouldn't last a full 8 hours...but then again, i don't really know much about this kind of thing. just kicking it around in my head...<br><br>
hope this helps!<br><br>
ps- try e-bay! you'd be amazed at what people will pay for!
 

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Charmie-Do you have any cool things laying around, or are you good at making crafts? Try selling on e-bay. You generally make more $ that way than at yard sales. If you personally have nothing, ask family members for donations of items.<br><br>
I'm currently in Nursing School, and I've paid for some of my text books with money I've made off ebay (mostly clothes I grew out of or never really liked, some books I bought at the library for $.10 sold for $3-$5-which adds up!-some baby items I had left over from my son), even coupons for baby items. It's cheaper than you'd think to sell on ebay (usually just $.40 per auction or something like that).<br>
Some good sellers are seasonal maternity clothes, brand name clothes, books, stuff like that. Just log on to ebay and look around! (But be careful not to buy a lot!)<br><br>
I'd guess that I made about $200 total in about a year, having sold about 25-30 things that I just had laying around. It may not seem like a lot, but then, I'm not really trying too hard, and I just do it once in a while. i could've easily made 5 times that if I had time to do it.<br><br>
Best of Luck with everything!<br>
Kelly
 
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