Sell your eggs, dumpster dive and invest with a coin flip.
Frugal Portland — These aren’t the eggs you buy at a supermarket. If you feel a bit sick or guilty about selling your eggs, ladies, Kathleen says you can earn a cool $6,000. “They call it donating your eggs so you don’t feel like a mercenary, but let’s not mince words here: you sell your eggs to a donor,” she says.
But it’s not easy. You have to be younger than 30. You have to give up a lot of information: Your medical history, your college transcript, the cutest pictures of you as a baby. That all goes into a binder full of women’s data that buyers can leaf through. You have to take hormones, arrange your schedule to have eggs removed when the buyer is available. You even get a tax form for the payment.
Frugalwoods — Dumpster diving for free stuff like glassware and a fondue pot may not appeal to everyone, but Mrs. Frugalwood digs it. Personally, I’m fine with anyone who can admit to an obsession. She explains her penchant for picking like this: “Mr. FW and I take things from the side of the road and/or other people’s trash piles, because folks throw away perfectly good, usable stuff and we like free things.” If you like free things, join in the fun — she says the best time of year is the start of September when all the college kids are moving.
Financial Uproar — With so many people confused about investing, maybe this is the way to go — choose a stock, flip a coin and roll in the dough. But even Nelson, the brainchild behind this scheme, admits there’s a big problem: “Risking your life savings on a coin flip is dumb.” That’s why you bet smaller amounts on a whole bunch of carefully researched companies.
Even then, it’s just a guessing game. “I’d say out of every 10 investments 1-2 fail, 5-6 are dead money, and 2-3 end up succeeding wildly, eventually tripling or more,” Nelson says. His point seems to be not to get paralyzed by indecision. Time to flip the coin.
Fit is the New Poor — I wouldn’t be caught dead at a Tupperware party either, unless they were serving some cool craft beers for refreshments. I don’t think even that would get this writer Michelle to join the party, though. Why does she hold Tupperware in such contempt?
It’s not just Tupperware, she won’t go to any party where stuff is being sold — not purses, makeup, or sex toys for that matter. She bashes Mary Kay and similar companies as pyramid schemes that make more money off women looking to start their own little business than they actually make selling to consumers. She also has a message to the friends that invite her.
“I cannot support you abusing our friendship, selling me junk, or participating in an obvious scam,” Michelle says. But she’s willing to offer real business advice if you ask.
Art of Being Cheap — After Andy and his wife bought a new mattress and were less than thrilled with it he decided to do something about it.
“Both of us were waking up with back pain. We had to do something, but buying a new mattress just a few months after spending hundreds of dollars on one was going to be a bit of a financial strain on us,” he says. He looked on Amazon and found some good deals, but they didn’t fit the budget. Then he found the answer: mattress toppers. He says, “It is made of the same material as a memory foam mattress, and when laid on top of your conventional mattress it feels just like a memory foam mattress.” What a memorable idea.