Unusual Ways (To Make and Save Money)
By Steve Gillman
What will you get in the Unusual Ways Newsletter? Unusual
ways to make and save money, of course. Here are some more specific
Money Info (and entertainment)
There is always a money article or item to start off each
newsletter. Here are a couple excerpts to give you an idea:
Human Guinea Pigs
Yes, it's true. Professional human guinea pigs are compensated
for medical experiments (and sometimes very well paid). It reminds
me of the scene from the movie "Monty Python's The Meaning
of Life," in which the father explains to his 50 children
that he can't afford to feed them any longer. "It's medical
experiments for the lot of you," he announces, and all the
children are sad (after singing the infamous "sperm"
In real life it isn't so bad according to those that do this
for a living. You take a drug and get a check. That sounds easy
Medical, health and psychological research requires a steady
supply of humans for testing. Trials and experiments can be for
testing of new drugs, new medical devices, or even new psychological
therapies. They can also be general research into various diets,
exercise routines or...
You'll find the rest of this article in your first issue of
How would you like to start printing money to generate more
income? There is a legal way to do so, and I am not using the
expression metaphorically. I am talking about printing bills
that can be used to pay for things you need. The catch? You have
to have a business of the right kind.
I first saw this done when I worked at a pizza restaurant...
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Each issue has a couple good "money quotes," like
If money is your hope for independence you will never have
it. The only real security that a man will have in this world
is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability. - Henry Ford
Steve's Unusual History Corner
This department is just a fun look at my various jobs, businesses,
and other schemes, from age 8 to 48. Here's an example from the
Age 11 to 12 - Candyman
I sold candy in school from a hollow book. (My brother Mike
may have been the first to do this.) I bought hard candy and
packs of chewing gum by the bag at the grocery store, and sold
it by the piece in school for a 100% mark-up. I even sewed pockets
on the inside of my jacket, so I could carry a lot more candy
around inconspicuously (it was against the school rules, of course).
I cover my futures market speculation, a job serving legal
papers, and 50 or 60 other unusual ways I have made money over
This Week's Page Reminder
(These are reminders of useful pages you may have missed on
Money Saving Tips
Every issue has a money-saving tip, like the following (taken
from the newsletter).
Try discount catalogs. Places like Sierra Trading Post sell
over-stocked, out-of-season, and discontinued gear and clothing
for up to 70% off retail. I regularly buy $80 running shoes for
$30, just because they are last year's style.
Ask carpet cleaners if they'll discount for just doing the
"traffic" areas. This means they won't move anything,
but just clean the visible areas (that's where the dirt is anyhow).
They will charge for the full square footage of the room if you