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Ways to Make an Extra $1000 a Month

Updated on February 17, 2013
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I’d say that most of us could stand to make an extra $1000 a month. I know I could, so I’ve investigated 11 ways to make and extra $1000 while maintaining my current income streams. These are by no means quick money schemes. They require time, thought, and effort.

Become a Photographer

Photography is a big money business. Just think of how many businesses and people purchase images for the their websites in the US alone. If you are a hubber, you know what I mean. Good images make your articles and/or website pop. Selling photos has never been easier. There are a number of content sites which sell the members photos. These may not pay a lot, but at $0.50/ea 2000 photo sales a month earns $1000.

Lawn Care Business

I’ve explained this in my hub Earning Extra Income. Mowing lawns is a big money industry. If you mow your own grass, you already have the equipment so why not put it to good use. 25 lawns at $40 each is one way to make $1000 a month.

Sell Prodcuts Online

The simplest of things make money online. For example I have a neighbor that makes a living selling T-shirt yarn online. She has a machine that cuts old T-shirts into thin strips and balls them like yarn. She can turn a $0.25 yard sale T-shirt into $5.00 in about ten minutes. 200 T-shirts equals $1000. Sometimes it’s the little things that turn into big bucks.

Sell Produce

Sounds odd doesn’t it. A buddy of mine buys produce from a wholesaler and sells it from the back of his truck on the weekend. He buys what’s in season and turns it for a decent price. He easily makes $250-$300/weekend. If you are a gardener, you could sell your produce and turn even higher profits!

Offer Services on Fiverr is an awesome way to make a buck or five. You can offer any legal service on Fiverr for $5. I buy headers and banners through this service all the time for $5. It saves me a lot of time and effort. If you offer your services, you receive $4 of every $5 service you render. 250 projects earns you $1000.

Sell Dog Houses

Let me explain. One year my father decided that we needed extra money so he decided to start making decorative dog houses. He put them at the end of the driveway with price tags on them. Pretty soon he was taking orders for dog houses. Next he expanded to wishing wells and planter boxes. It didn’t take long and he was doing this full time. If you like crafting, there are a number of ways you can promote your crafts. You can sell at flee-markets, online, by word of mouth, or craft shows. There are a lot of folks out there making $1000 a month selling hobby items.

Substitute Teaching

Subbing is a great way to make money. Most schools pay $60-$70/day. Check out my hub Substitute Teaching For Extra Income for more information.

Become a Guide

Most people relate guiding to hunting and fishing, but there are many types of guiding. A local realtor specializes in guiding groups of women on camping tours of the local National Forest. She makes extremely good money doing this on the weekends. A friend of mine does eco tours in Florida, another guides photographers on wildlife trips. Put your expertise to work and become a guide, the subject matter is up to you.

House Sit

I thought that this was strange at first. I couldn’t imagine someone living in my home while I was away, but people do pay house sitters. Basically you are paid to keep someone’s property safe while enjoying the amenities of their home. Sounds rough doesn’t it.

Baby Sit

Break out those old babysitting skills. In some areas you have to be licensed, but it could be worth the effort. I especially like the concept of overnight sitting in your home. My wife and I have done this for working parents. They drop of their child after school or dinner and we keep the child for the night while mom or dad is at work. We get them up and ready for school in the morning and off they go. Two children per night at $25 each will earn $1000/month.

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Ways to Make an Extra $1000 a Month

Ok that’s it I have no more. That's 11 ways to make and extra $1000 a month in a nutshell. We do it and so can you. Just remember it’s the simplest of things that can make you extra cash!


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      2 years ago

      I am earning $1000 per month with my website

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      3 years ago

      Great ways to earn online! I use Fiverr and of course hubpages lol

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      Rebecca Millar 

      5 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Love the selling produce tip, I would never have thought to do it myself!

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      norman bermoy 

      5 years ago from Bremerton, WA

      Awesome ideas I will need to try some of them. What about Mystery Shopping are you familiar with it? That's a good one too, I have recently been doing it so far so good.

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      5 years ago from Sunny South Florida

      Thank you for a useful post!

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      Rema T V 

      5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Very useful information. Thank you very much. Cheers :)

    • collegedad profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from The Upper Peninsula

      Thanks to all who have commented on this hub. I've really enjoyed following all the comments and the ideas that have been presented.


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      Neelam Ramani 

      5 years ago

      nice ideas

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      5 years ago

      Some great ideas. Aother way of making money is to set up a babysitting agency. first advertise for baby sitters and interview them. Then advertise for clients.

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      Linda Bryen 

      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great ideas collegedad, thank you for sharing I will try

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      David Zermeño 

      5 years ago from Mexico

      You have great ideas, really interesting and Inspirational too, at least I already have 2 of your Ideas: selling and Hubpages. I also want to recommend the washing car industry, if you're good with it and have a little bit of patience to get the clients you can have at least $500 extra a month.

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      Elizabeth Parker 

      5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Very useful information and especially great for those who are crafty or can learn new hobbies and make money off of them.

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      5 years ago

      Great ideas - thanks for sharing! I'll break out the camera and get some vulture images directly!

    • sckeith profile image


      5 years ago

      some great ideas I had not considered. I am a former wedding photographer so I have the equipment to begin selling some still life images on line in addition to adobe knowledge I could put to use somehow.

    • collegedad profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from The Upper Peninsula

      light20, I'm glad you found hubpages. Take a look at and if I can be of any help let me know.

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      Lanao G 

      5 years ago from Ozamiz City, Philippines

      This is great...I'm new to hubpages...I need to published more quality articles and then start earning...yupee....

    • Martin-ddp profile image


      5 years ago from Ireland

      Some good ideas here. Plus if anyone is looking for more ideas try here it has some work from home online tips

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      Ivan R. 

      5 years ago from Croatia

      You write some great idea.

    • collegedad profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from The Upper Peninsula

      My only problem with tutoring is that I end up with a house full of neighborhood kids and no pay! LOL Thanks for the read Lady E.

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      5 years ago from London, UK

      Excellent Ideas that will truly help. I offer Private Tuition to kids during the week and it certainly adds up at the end of the month.

      I will check out Fiver this week. Thanks.

    • collegedad profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from The Upper Peninsula

      Thanks TheKatsMeow!

    • TheKatsMeow profile image


      5 years ago from Canada

      Some good ideas here. I have thought about getting into Fiverr, but I don't know what I could do for 4 bucks a transaction. The dog houses sound like a very interesting hobby. Overall great hub!

    • healthmom profile image


      5 years ago from Ohio

      Good ideas, thanks for a great hub.

    • collegedad profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from The Upper Peninsula

      Glad you found it helpful MargaritaEden!

    • MargaritaEden profile image


      5 years ago from Oregon

      Very interesting ideas, I have heard of Fiverr, I want to try it, great hub thanks!

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      Joseph Muendo 

      5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Great Ideas. Thanks

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 

      5 years ago from Pune, India

      Nice ideas of money making, thank you for sharing.

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      Aimane Ouagrani 

      5 years ago

      thanks for sharing

    • cre8ivOne profile image


      5 years ago from Midwest, USA

      Love this! I pinned it on Pinterest, thanks!

      I have been saving up for a nice camera I have been telling my husband I can make some money doing this, here is my validation!

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      Shrikrishna Potdar 

      5 years ago from Bangalore

      Wow nice collection of ideas to make money easily. I was searching for one :) Thanks this makes me think more & implementing ideas. Very useful hub thanks.

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      C E Clark 

      5 years ago from North Texas

      There are some interesting ideas here that I haven't seen elsewhere. Ideas that could be very successful and lucrative with a little bit of thought. I know someone who does the house, pet, and baby sitting to make some extra money. She could make more but she's picky about who she accepts as clients. Appreciate the thought you've put into this hub and the new ideas!

    • collegedad profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from The Upper Peninsula

      cuttler, there are a ton of get rich quick schemes on the net. I'm sure that you and I agree that the best way to make money is to earn it. A little hard work never hurt anyone.

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      5 years ago from HubPages

      Hmm...I was expecting another long list of online methods of making money but you offer great and unique methods to actually make money. Thumbs up friend. Voted as useful and awesome. Cheers

    • prasetio30 profile image


      5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very inspiring hub. Of course, I learn many things here. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up!


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      Linda Crampton 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for all the useful ideas, collegedad. They look interesting!

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      5 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Great ideas. One in particular speaks to me as my wife is constantly working on her photography skills to go pro with it and help supplement the income. Useful useful useful hub my friend. God bless and thanks.

    • collegedad profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from The Upper Peninsula

      Wow financenotes! Its great that you can do that. Recently I've done better on Amazon that Ebay. I think people feel more secure about dealing through Amazon and are willing to pay a little more to deal with a quality vendor.

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      5 years ago

      Nice list, thank you. I've been selling liquidation items on eBay and Amazon for a couple years now. With very little effort I can turn $1,000-$2,000 in sales each month. During the summer months when I have more time I've easily scaled that up to $4,000 a month. There are a dozen or so places that auction off pallets of products returns from Amazon, Sam's Club, and CostCo. These can be purchased for 15%-30% of the original price and sold on eBay or Amazon as used goods for 50% of the original price.

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      5 years ago

      Nice article! Will definitely have a look into the photography idea.

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      Lisa Brown 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      If you just think about it, there are probably a lot more ways to earn. You've given us several, thanks.


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      Ruminta Sari 

      5 years ago from Sleman

      Fivver can be a good earner for services that can be done automatically. But the competition is tough these days.

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      Kathryn Kutny 

      5 years ago from New York State

      All of your ideas are fantastic. I am an artist and I love creating clay sculptures, drawing, and photography. I don't have a camera right now though, but I have a cam on my Macbook. I could try using that to take a few photos and sell them online. Might work. I will give it a try.

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      6 years ago

      I think Photograhpy is a good idea. Nice article!

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      Kris Heeter 

      6 years ago from Indiana

      Hmmm, now I know what to do with all my old T-shirts:) Seriously though, these are some great ideas! I had a friend who did pet sitting while going to grad school and she made great money.

    • lanablackmoor profile image


      6 years ago from New England

      Some great ideas here! Thanks for sharing. I've never heard of Fiverr, but I'll definitely have to check it out. Your neighbor's idea is smart and unique! It really is the little things you'd never think about that make a difference and can add up to extra income. Voted up!

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      Article Writer 

      6 years ago from Philippines

      thanks for these great tips..

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      Larry Gonzaga 

      6 years ago

      Great list. In the world today, we see more and more opportunities to supplement our incomes in ways, thanks to the internet.

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      6 years ago

      That would be wonderful! The money that I bring with my photos have become an important part of our family's (slim) budget. Thanks for your encouragement.

    • collegedad profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from The Upper Peninsula

      You've done a lot of work to get to where you are at. People need to understand that making money isn't easy, but it is progressive. Multiplying your efforts is key. You should be proud of your accomplishment. Just think what the next three years hold for you. It's possible that you could be making $2K even $3K a month as your portfolio grows.

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      6 years ago

      yes, having a good ready portfolio you could submit - helps. I really started with zero, since most of my previous pictures were below the standard the agency had.

    • collegedad profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from The Upper Peninsula

      A friend of mine sells photos online also. His story is much the same as yours, maybe a bit quicker as he started with 29,000 photos. The guy is a photography nut. It took him some time, but he now uses his photographs to supplement his retirement. It can take time to get the ball rolling, but it does work.

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      6 years ago

      I make money selling my photos online. I have to tell you, it is not an easy way to make money! To consistenly make $1000 a month would take a few years of building your portfolio. My first month (a few years back) I made about $50-working about 100 hours. It took me 3 years to get to $1000 a month.

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      6 years ago

      very interesting & is to put into selling hobby items. tanx & more power!

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      Michael Luckado 

      6 years ago from Hawaii

      Great ideas. These tips are great for those that need a little help these days.

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      Missy Mac 

      6 years ago from Illinois

      Thanks for the great ideas. I am familiar with subbing for great income. Currently, I have spent a month with Hub pages. I enjoy writing and the added bonus is to get paid. Thanks

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      6 years ago

      Ah-ha!!! so you were reading my diary! :) How'd you know I was looking for this info? Thank you so much.

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      Pete Wolfe 

      6 years ago from NJ

      Good article, thanks for the information. I will put some of it to good use.

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      6 years ago

      Interesting ideas.

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      6 years ago

      never heard about the tshirt yarn thing, interesting idea.

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      6 years ago from USA

      Wow, some good ideas there. A few years ago I was talking to an old landscaping friend of mine. At the time I was planning a landscaping business, so I asked him about the competition. He grined and said that there will never be too many landscapers. Good hub


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      H Lax 

      6 years ago

      Awesome advice. Thanks for sharing. I plan on trying some of them.

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      Graham Gifford 

      6 years ago from New Hamphire

      Great suggestions. I love that several of your friends are finding creative ways to make a living. It's that what it's all about! Fun hub. Enjoyed reading.

      Best Regards,

    • collegedad profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from The Upper Peninsula

      I never thought about selling drugs! LOL Serious though thanks for all the great response!!

    • missionfashion1 profile image


      6 years ago from Toronto

      What great ideas! It's so nice to read ideas for making extra money that doesn't involve sitting in front of a computer and filling out surveys all day. Or selling drugs.

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      6 years ago

      Great hub - loved all your ideas - voted up!

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 

      6 years ago from Cardiff

      Great hub, I found fiverr recently and it has been pretty good to me so far, not quite $1000 but 1/3 of that. It covered the cost of getting my car back on the road! So it helped a lot!

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      Ruth Pieterse 

      6 years ago

      Interesting ideas. Voted up.

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      Adam Langford 

      6 years ago from Malta, New York

      Doghouses....great idea !! Now... If I begin this, how am I going to explain to the kids that we aren't getting a dog? Cross that bridge when we get to it :)

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      6 years ago from Florida

      I am so glad you mentioned Fiverr. My daughter (12) makes many things out of duct tape and I was trying to remember the name of that site. Great hub. always looking for ways to make some extra money.

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      6 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

      Thank you for sharing the good and possible ideas. :)

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      6 years ago from Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania

      Thanks so much for this hub. I will use these tips.

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      6 years ago from Cindee's Land

      I really like the suggestion. May I also suggest home cleaning? If i had a bit of extra cash and time, i'd open a home cleaning business. Hire people to do the work, find the clients that needs this done. And WALA! i know a woman who grossed 150k last year from this. BUT it's a little tough getting started.

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      6 years ago from Salt Lake City

      Joining HubPages is definitely the best one. I've made a lot of money on my hubs over the last few years. Nice work!

    • supermom_in_ny profile image


      6 years ago from NY

      Excellent hub. There are so many ways that one can make extra money. You just need the motivation to get up and do it. Voted up and useful!

    • collegedad profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from The Upper Peninsula

      You can also post pics and links to, but it doesn't pay nearly as well.

    • maheshpatwal profile image


      6 years ago from MUMBAI

      Simple yet very amazing ideas to make few extra bucks.Photography is a good option

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      6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Great idea! Thank you for all of the ideas. Voted up!

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      6 years ago from New Delhi

      oh i cee this are the ways . fine i was wondering where all the money has gone.Thanks for the tips i will start with a camera now.

    • collegedad profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from The Upper Peninsula

      Now take that excitement and run with it!

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      Daniel Peebles 

      6 years ago

      This is a fantastic article. It really got my juices going. You may have just changed my life!!

    • collegedad profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from The Upper Peninsula

      Thank you Angela and Victoria. Fiverr is an interesting place to say the least! LOL Will be doing some sharing this evening.

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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Interesting about Fiverr. Will have to check it out. Interesting hub. Many votes. Sharing!

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      Angela Brummer 

      6 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      I really want to try this fiverr. Very cool! I will share this all the good places!

    • collegedad profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from The Upper Peninsula

      Thanks billybuc! The first time I house sat it felt a bit odd. Like I was invading someones privacy. Didn't take long to get over that! LOL Thanks for stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I've actually done several of these and it is entirely possible to make $1000 per month. I thought housesitting was the greatest gig I have ever had. :)

      Great suggestions!

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      6 years ago

      Nice Article

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      6 years ago

      Nice ideas. I want more. Thanks

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      Nancy McClintock 

      6 years ago from Southeast USA

      Some good ideas. I am sure there are so many more out there. Thank you for sharing

    • rijashamza profile image


      6 years ago from KANNUR-KERALA-INDIA

      very great information man . you have some good ideas about online job....

      best of luck ........

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      6 years ago

      Thanks for the great ideas!

      voted up!

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      Carrie Terry 

      6 years ago from golden, colorado

      thanks for the ideas. i am goig to have to check in to sme. voted up

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I'll have to polish my photo skills, I think.

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      Man from Modesto 

      6 years ago from Kiev, Ukraine (formerly Modesto, California)

      Very interesting! The produce on weekends idea is not novel here in California. There are many immigrants who get up early and pick fresh strawberries or other seasonal fruits... and choose a corner. They have fair prices, and it is always fresh.

    • collegedad profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from The Upper Peninsula

      We all need a little nudge from time-to-time. I know that I do.

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      Brenda Barnes 

      6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      You have some great ideas here. I actually have thought about doing some of these. Now I just need to do it and stop thinking about it. Thanks for the inspiration!


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