I figured it was time to sit down and tell you all a little about me. I must confess that I have been putting this off because there is nothing I hate more than talking about myself. I’m Susan. A wife, mother, and teacher from Georgia.
I have spent my life teaching others and helping them grow and this site is a natural progression of that. While in my day job, I teach letters and numbers, my real passion has always been saving money. I suppose the obsession began as a child when we barely had enough to get by (sometimes we didn’t get by) and it continues to grow. Not that I have ever had very much money, I have just always been very careful with my finances because I was afraid of not being able to feed my family.
As you will read in my story, I have always been fond of the side hustle. I don’t think I have ever really had one job. I have had one main job and some hustles. If you are wanting to learn how to hustle yourself up a little money on the side you’re in the right place, so keep reading.
I am also a bit weird when it comes to doing small things to save money. I am a firm believer that small changes add up . You will find many ideas on this site about small changes you can start making to your lifestyle that can help create large changes in your bottom line. Does that sound like what you are looking for?
My Backward Life
I have never really done things in the typical order. I got married at 17 as a junior in high school and had my first child a month after graduation. While I certainly don’t regret that decision, it hasn’t made life easy. I worked for several years in the day care industry and eventually got a job as a bookkeeper in a great company. I worked there for 10 years.
In that job, I was on a computer, so I listened to Dave Ramsey every day online. One day, while listening to his radio show I heard a caller talking about how they had worked their way through college debt-free. That got my attention! I had always gotten good grades and in Georgia we have the lottery-funded HOPE scholarship which will basically pay for college if you maintain a high enough GPA.
That got my wheels turning so I decided then and there that I was going to college and make my dream of becoming a teacher a reality. I was 31 years old when I had this revelation. This was NOT going to be easy. I knew the one thing standing in my way was health insurance for my family since my husband was self-employed and I had always carried the insurance. I was not about to let that stop me so I decided to figure out a way to insure my family and go to school at the same time. I starting brainstorming ways to make this happen when I realized that I already knew the solution. I could drive a school bus. School bus drivers make almost no money but they have great health insurance through the local school systems. That day I called my local Board of Education to find out what qualifications I needed. I worked my tail off learning all the ends and outs of driving a bus and got my license.
Oh, I should probably mention that all during these years, I had been a hobby seller on eBay. So, once I got my CDL license I started driving as substitute. I couldn’t get health insurance until I was full-time so I kept my bookkeeping job and my wonderful boss allowed me to come in a bit late and leave early enough to drive the bus in the afternoon. I was also listing and selling items on eBay as a side hustle to make some extra money.
Dreams Do Come True
But they require hard work
During this time, I applied and was accepted to college. Once my classes started, I stopped working full-time at the bookkeeping job but they talked me into coming in on Saturdays. My first semester was insane! I was driving the bus every morning and afternoon, going to college in the middle of the day with a 17 hour schedule, and working in the office on Saturday. When did I sleep? Looking back, I’m not sure I did.
I somehow managed to graduate with honors 4 1/2 years later. Completely debt-free.
At the present moment, I have my teaching job as my main job. But my current side hustles include selling on eBay, selling on Amazon, and substitute bus driving. I could also include writing this blog but I have not made any money from this. And although I would happily like to make a few dollars from this site, the primary reason for creating this site is to help others.
I hope you will take a moment and click around, maybe read an article or two. If you see something you like, please consider adding me on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. I would love it if you would share with your friends as well.
If you have questions or comments, feel free to contact us. We would love to hear your story or help you with a problem.