Crazy Things People Do To Make Ends Meet

Desperate times call for desperate measures and with the state of today's economy there are certainly a lot more people struggling to make ends meet than ever before. Because of this some people are turning to more unusual means in order to make ends meet.This article goes over just a few of some of the strange ways that some people choose to make money


crazy things people do to make ends meet
crazy things people do to make ends meet

From Lawyer To Topless Dancer

One young women I recently heard about who after being laid off in 2009 and unable to find work eventually turned to topless dancing as a means to support herself and pay off her debts and student loans.

Carla is living proof that a law degree is no guarantee of a high paying job. And although she finds the dancing degrading, the money is good enough to allow her to get her life back on track ,and she estimates that within another six months she'll be able to retire from the dancing, hopefully for good.

Dumpster Diving

I think that we've all heard that saying that one man's trash is another man's treasure and this is certainly true of dumpster divers. A good dumpster diver can expect to find plenty of food as well as clothing, shoes, makeup and other items that can be sold on eBay and Craigs list for cash.

One requirement for anyone interested in dumpster diving is of course a strong stomach. This is especially true during the hot summer months when food will quickly turn rancid and start to smell during a matter of hours.

Firefighter In Iraq

This job may sound a little more risky than some of the others that you will find profiled on this page. But nobody can deny that working as a government contractor fighting fires in Iraq can make the difference between falling deeper into debt or becoming financially

Salaries for firefighters in Iraq start out at 90,000 a year and many times this may be tax free. Housing and food are also supplied with the job. But make no mistake, turnover with the job is high as this type of job is extremely boring as well as more than a little risky. There is no alcohol allowed on the base and the firefighters have no social life what so ever.

Selling Blood Plasma

Although it's not the best pay that you'll ever find,quite a few people practice selling blood plasma. The good thing about this is that it's a very worthwhile endeavor so not only are you helping someone out but you're also getting a little cash in the process.

Blood plasma is used to treat hemophilia as well as for making products that treat and prevent diseases like tetanus, rabies, measles and hepatitis B. Donors have to be at least 18 years old and be in good health as well as weighing at least 110 pounds.

If you're interested in selling blood plasma just check out your local yellow pages for collection centers in your area.

Selling Your Eggs

Healthy young women between the ages of 19-32 can choose to donate their eggs for a fee that ranges anywhere from 3,000 - 25,000 and up depending on the buyer. In order to be eligible women must be able to pass a medical history as well as a disease and physiological exam.

But donating your eggs isn't as easy as you might think, donors have to take hormones for weeks ahead of time. And the actual collection process which isn't all that easy in itself involves a needle which is inserted through the walls of the vagina into an ovary.

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Dorsi 5 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

Yikes...I think I'll stick with freelance writing!) Great hub!


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JamaGenee 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

Dumpster diving (but NOT for food!) and curb shopping is how I've always made ends meet, and sometimes they don't just meet, they overlap! ;D


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Cathleena Beams 5 years ago from Lascassas, Tennessee

Yes - Bad times bring on desperate measures. Thanking God right now for taking such good care of me and my family.


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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

Lots of women are going the topless route now-a-days. Don't patronize em but know a very dedicated Christian young woman who's doing it and trying to keep her church and family from finding out. Yep, all you named here are on the up-tick Karen. Timely Hub.


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Karen N 5 years ago from United States Author

You're right Dorsi, freelance writing is easier but unfortunately it doesn't always pay as well as other things.

That's true Jama, I've heard that a lot of people make good money dumpster diving and curb shopping.

Thanks for stopping by Cathleena, I think that we all have to be grateful for what we do have.

I think that you're right there Alastar because I have heard that women from all walks of life have taken up with topless dancing in order to make ends meet.


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Troppus1 5 years ago from Mississauga, Ontario

Wow...just posted a question about making extra money outside of a job, and saw this come up in the right margin...a few suit males, obviously the egg donation and I don't think anyone one wants to see my chest.


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Millionaire Tips 5 years ago from USA

A neighbor of mine likes to make his money selling his sperm.

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