Sunday, August 29, 2010

Say dumb things about catalog pictures

Supposedly you can make a lot of money making up "witty" comments about pictures found in catalogs.  This website is dedicated entirely to this topic...

Here is an example of their work:

So, find something easy and sort of funny to blog about and you are sure to gain a cultish like following.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Modern Begging

Tonight as I was walking from the grocery store to my car some high school kid asked me if I had a dollar. Which I replied "No."  I'm assuming he wanted me to give him a dollar, even though he only asked me if I had a dollar.  I did not have a dollar, so my answer was correct.  Even if I did have cash, I would not have given it to him.  I do not support just giving someone money.  All he needed to do was come to howtomakeadollar and see all of our successful ways to earn $1.  Or he could have simply walked in the grocery store and filled out a job application.

Anyways, people begging for money need to get with the times.  People do not carry cash on themselves anymore.  I never carry cash, I only have credit cards.  So, if the high school kid would have said to me "I would like a dollar... oh by the way, I accept all major credit cards."  If he would have told me he accepts credit cards... I would have given him a dollar.

So, if you are planning on begging for money, make sure you get a credit card scanner.  This will definitely increase your revenue!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Convenience is the mother of all invention!

You may have heard the quotation before "Necessity is the mother of all invention."  Supposedly some guy named Plato said it.  So it must be true.  Wrong!  This statement used to be true.  Howtomakeadollar is officially declaring this statement obsolete... just like twitter and netscape navigator!  Everyone has everything they need (at least in some places in the world, and most likely if you're reading this blog, you have everything you need).  

Howtomakeadollar is officially stating for the world to see that we are the first people to declare that "Convenience is the mother of all invention."  If anyone uses this phrase and makes money off of it, we are entitled to all of the royalties you receive... and by reading this statement you wholeheartedly agree to this.  Its true... our needs are already supplied... its time to take it to the next level.  You can make tons of money off of offering peoples "needs" "conveniently."  Simple concept.  Now go make an existing process or product more convenient and you will be rich!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Save $78,296.40

It is a fact that everyone eats.  Well, at least if you want to stay alive it is very important that you eat.  It is also a fact that most people work.  And for 83% of all of the working population, lunch time is the best part of the day!  Howtomakeadollar would like the 83% of you reading this blog to enjoy your lunch even more.  How can you do this you may ask.  Simple... by saving money!  Saving money is almost as good as making money!

Step by step plan to save money

1.  Get a job

2.  Eat lunch

3.  Monday: Eat at McDonalds**: cost $4.35* (4 items off of the dollar menu)

4. Tuesday: Eat at Subway: cost $9.01 (foot long subway melt with combo deal)

5.  Wednesday: Eat at KFC: cost $6.23 (#4 box lunch meal deal)

6.  Thursday: Eat at CiCi's pizza: cost $5.34 (ALL YOU CAN EAT!)

7.  Friday: Eat at Panera: cost $8.53

8.  Stop doing step numbers 3-7

9.  Bring your own lunch to work.

Stopping steps 3-7 and adhering to step 9 will save you $78,296.40 over your career.

*Taxes may vary by location, howtomakeadollar is not a certified tax consultant***
**McDonalds is a great and wonderful place... along with being one of the coolest places in the world, it is a great place to snag free change!  People forget to pick up their change from those fancy change dispenser machines all the time!  Remember: finders keepers
***Howtomakeadollar will become your very own certified tax consultant for only $1!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Making Money with Food Part 4: Sell food at a fair

Today's blog is part of a series of blogs about how to make money with food-based businesses. To read the whole series, click here.  

A really good way to make money is to sell things at Fairs.  Fairs are fun and EXPENSIVE.  For some reason whenever people go to Fairs and/or Carnivals* they spend money.  Tons of money.  It usually costs about $4 for a 30 second ride.  Along with the rides being expensive, the food is ridiculously expensive.  I was blown away by the fact that "fresh squeezed" lemonade cost $6.  The "fresh squeezed" lemonade consisted of 95% ice, 4% water, and 1% Countrytime lemonade mix.  

Also a good thing to sell.... food on a stick!  Everyone knows food always tastes better on a stick.

*Is there a difference between a Fair and a Carnival?

Friday, August 20, 2010

Making Money With Food Part 3: Community Refrigerator

Today's blog is part of a series of blogs about how to make money with food-based businesses. To read the whole series, click here.

I work in an office building with a kitchen that is shared by about 40 or 50 people. As you might expect, the shared refrigerator can get pretty nasty after a while. For this reason, every few weeks the head of the maintenance dept. will send out an email to the company and announce that all fridges will be cleaned out over the weekend.

This is where you come in. But first, let me explain what exactly you will be getting into. Most of the food left in a community fridge is quite nasty. I am persistently amazed at the disgusting things that people will leave in the fridge. One time I saw a whole dead fish - I mean, with eyes and scales and everything, laying on an open plate with a sheet of wax paper over top. It was gone later that day, so I guess somebody gutted a fish in the sink and then put it in the toaster oven until it was done, or maybe ate it raw.

On several occasions I've seen raw ground beef, usually in some sort of container, but not always. Again, they must be cooking the stuff in the toaster oven or eating it cold and raw, because thats all we have in the kitchen.

So, my point is that the fridge is a very gross place, and food that has been left there for more than a few days is even more disgusting. BUT, on any given weekend you can find a few decent items if you are a disgusting human being and have low enough dietary standards. 

All you have to do is wait for the maintenance email to go out on a friday afternoon. Then, late in the day after most people have left, you just go to the fridge and grab anything you want. This isn't so much an idea for making money, but its a good way to save money if you are a disgusting enough individual. Also, you are doing the maintenance crew a favor.  Last January I got me a half gallon of month-old egg nog. It was open, but egg nog gets better with time. 

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Making Money With Food Part 2: Cake-Fried Chicken

This blog is part of a series on blogs on successful businesses that use innovative recipes to sell great food. Today we are focusing on a restaurant in San Francisco that sells fried chicken that is dipped in red velvet cake batter and then fried.
The secret ingredient for all good recipes is cake

Now, this may sound really good to you, but they don't just stop there. No. That would be one step short of perfection. So, after frying it in cake batter, they then roll it in cake crumbs. This step is vital to the whole process because it causes more cake to stick to the chicken, and we all know that the only thing better than cake-fried chicken is cake-fried chicken with extra cake.

Of course, this does raise some perfectly obvious questions. Namely, why are they limiting themselves to chicken? I mean, couldn't you fry nearly anything in cake batter and have it turn out better? Also, why are they only using red velvet cake? Don't get me wrong - I love me some red velvet cake, but I wonder why they don't try it with chocolate cake, or marble cake, or yellow cake, or whatever cake. I think this is the type of great idea that has made America great, and it needs to be expanded further into our day to day experiments with fried foods.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Making Money With Food Part 1: Donut Cheeseburger

Today we will start a series of blogs about businesses based on food. We've already written about food on a few other occasions, including blogs about bacon, and blogs about fried candy bars.

Howtomakeadollar loves food, especially innovative foods, or innovative ideas with traditional foods.

Today's blog focuses on an innovative combination of two classic american foods: The cheeseburger and the donut. You may think that combining Krispy Kreme with a cheeseburger is gross. But, its not. Its actually a very good idea that has been growing in popularity over the past few years. Its pretty simple. You just slice a donut in half and stick a cheeseburger inside. Other variations include adding an egg, and adding bacon, which Howtomakeadollar supports.

Right now this burger is not widely available, but there is a semi-pro baseball team in St. Louis called the "Gateway Grizzlies," and these burgers are served there at all home games. Additionally the burger has become popular at the Wisconsin state fair. 

This works against you if you are trying to buy one, but it works in your favor if you want to sell them. No competition yet. 

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

How to sell your house

As members of the blogsvertise network, we are occasionally assigned tasks to blog about.  Today we are blogging about this website:

This website Is a website that is geared for people looking to sell their house.  Unfortunately howtomakeadollar wanted to buy this house, but was unable to.  Maybe if we had clicked on This website and entered our zip code a little sooner we would have been able to buy our dream house. is dedicated to helping people sell there house.  If you are in the market for selling your house click on the link and enter your zip code to find out more.

As I mentioned this blog is brought to you through blogsvertise and we are compensated each time a reader clicks on this link  and enters their zip code!

If it makes you feel better... this website is a "certified trustworthy site" as well as an" equal housing opportunity."

Don't forget... pictures are key to a successful blog!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Hard work: the only way to make money!

Ideas are good, but if you never do anything with them they are worthless.  So take an idea, any idea and try it out.  It may just make you rich!

Howtomakeadollar has been able to offer our readers over 250 ideas... so take one of them and try it out.  We have been able to take our ideas and have made almost $400 so far.  Thats pretty good considering we only expected to make $1 off of each of our ideas.  We are averaging $1.60 for each of our ideas.  Not too bad.

Don't take our word for it though.... take God's word: "All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty."  Proverbs 14:23

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Make $1.90 from soda cans

Howtomakeadollar took our own advice and made money by recycling soda cans!  You can read our advice here.

In the wonderful land of Michigan, you get paid to recycle.  Michigan pays you $.10 per soda (aka pop) cans you turn in.

Step by step plan to make $1.90.  

1.  Go to Michigan.

2.  Get soda cans (some people say they have to be purchased in Michigan, some do not, I don't know the answer because the cans I used were purchased in Michigan.  Our official fact check guy will have to determine this one for you)

3.  Go to the money making place (aka Bottle Return center) at your local grocery store.

4.  Put the can in the hole that eats your can... while reminiscing about how wonderful Squirt is (howtomakeadollar is currently in negotiations with Squirt to work out the details of our sponsorship).

5.  Collect your money!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

How to save $399,000

Step by Step plan to saving $399,000!

1.  Find the coolest house in the world:

2.  Find the coolest house in the world that has the coolest barn in the world:

3.  Find the above mentioned house and barn within 10 miles of your current house

4.  Find the above mentioned house and barn that has dropped in price by almost $600,000 while being on the market for the past 5 years.

5.  Fall in love with the above mentioned house

6.  Dream about all of the cool things you can do with a huge barn and almost 3 acres!

7.  Dream about your great grandchildren coming to the barn to help PapPap with his garden and chickens

8.  Put a contract on the above mentioned house and barn and have the seller choose another contract because the other contract had a slightly shorter settlement date than yours.

9.  Save $399,000!

Simple plan.  Good luck!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Adsense vs. Admarketplace

Most people have heard about Googles Adsense.  It is by far and away the best way for a small time blogger to make money.  Unfortunately for those who have been following howtomakeadollar over the past several months, you would know that we no longer use Google's Adsense because we have been deemed a "significant risk" to google and their customers.  We have been blacklisted by Google.  Ever since our falling out with Google we have been on a mission to find a new source of revenue for our blog.

You may notice there are new "Adsense" like advertisements at the top of our blog.  The ads are provided by Admarketplace.  So far no one has clicked on the ads... which isn't surprising because telling people to click on our google ads got us blacklisted in the first place.  So, I am not telling you to click on the ads at all.  The purpose of this blog is to highlight an alternative to Google's Adsense.  So, only click on an advertisement you are interested in.  Do not "invalidly" click on the ads!

If you would like to help increase the revenue of howtomakeadollar... feel free to donate to us using the convenient button on the top right of this website!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Radioactive Wild Boars Running Wild in Germany

Some things are just too strange to make up. For example, lets say I told you that the wild boar population of an industrialized European nation suddenly exploded, and large marauding hordes of wild boars were attacking citizens in the capital city. You'd probably assume I was making it up. But what if I added that these wild boars were also radioactive? Well, believe it or not, its true. A real German newspaper wrote about it here.

Just two weeks ago a herd of radioactive wild boars attacked a handicapped guy in Berlin. Not out in the woods, not in Zimbabwe. In the middle of Berlin.

The rapidly growing radioactive wild boar population is bad enough that the German government is paying bounties to hunters for every radioactive wild boar they kill. There is no reason you can't get in on this. All you need is a gun and the willingness to stand your ground and shoot herds of attacking radioactive wild boars. If this is something you think you can handle, then by all means get yourself over to Germany and let the killing begin. Somebody needs to put a stop to this.

And no, wild boars are not the same thing as pigs. They are enormous, they have really long, sharp fangs, they are aggressive, territorial, and very fast. They travel in large packs. Adding radioactivity to their bloodstream doesn't help.

This boar's head is about the size of two men, and his fangs, by the look of them, could go all the way through your head and come out the other side. Did I mention it is radioactive?
This is a lot of radioactive wild bacon

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Enormous Ice Crusted Mountain For Sale in Wyoming

The state of Wyoming, which, I am told, is kind of near California, has been having trouble paying its bills, and is planning to sell one of its many mountains to the highest bidder. Wyoming's only natural resources are mountains and the snow that is constantly clinging to them, and they are hoping to make the most out of these resources in order to pay for their state education budget. This is true. Read the news item here.

The mountain that is currently on the auction block is called Grand Teton. If you've heard of it, its because Grand Teton is one of the most photographed and beautiful mountains in the world, up there with Fuji, Kilimanjaro, and Rainier.
Grand Teton is the big one in the middle

I don't know who is going to buy this mountain, or what they will do with it, but I would guess that lots of ski lodge developers are interested, and I suppose some mining companies are probably interested. In any case, this is an example of making money off something that you already own.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Make Money by Being a Corporate Greeter

If you've ever been to an out of town business conference, you probably were greeted by someone when you arrived at the hotel conference room, or, if you are important enough, they may have met you at the airport. In many cases these are contract workers who work as corporate greeters. They are meant to make clients and potential customers feel welcomed, and they can make good money.

Greeters for major corporations can make $3,000 to $6,000 per contract, usually only working for a few hours total. If you want to be a greeter you have to be physically attractive, have a good voice, and be friendly. These jobs are sporadic, so you probably won't be able to make a living off them, but you can certainly supplement your income this way.

Other greeters work at grocery stores and movie theaters. These people make considerably less money, but they don't have to be good looking, friendly, or anything. In fact, I think those traits are frowned upon.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Breaking News: Sun Fails to Explode! Supernova Insurance Prices Hit Bottom

A few days ago scientists were convinced that the sun was about to erupt and completely annihilate the solar system. The Howtomakeadollar Insurance Group saw this as a golden opportunity to sell supernova pet insurance, which has been one of our lesser known insurance lines for a long time. As with supernova scares of the past, the market reacted very favorably to our press release (read it here).

However, it seems that the sun did not explode, and our solar system was not instantly sublimated into a dusty interstellar nebulum. For this reason, Howtomakeadollar forecasts a relatively quiet market for the next several billion years until the next supernova scare flares up. However, scientists unanimously believe that the sun will someday explode. For this reason we plan to continue offering our Supernova Pet Insurance policies to any interested parties at a low rate.

This policy will guarantee your pet's comfort, long term care, and survival in the event of a supernova. The policy will allow you to rest peacefully, knowing that even if you, your planet, and your solar system are decimated by a supernova, your dear pet Muffy will be provided with food, water, and, most importantly, Love for the duration of her life.
Supernova Pet Insurance prices have fallen through the floor. Now is the best time to ensure that your pet will be safe even if you die in a fiery galactic explosion.

Policies are $1 per pet.
Your card will look like this, with your pet's name
Who will take care of your pet when the sun explodes?

Saturday, August 7, 2010

EASY $25!

Howtomakeadollar recently made the easiest $25 we have ever made!

How did we get this awesome $25 American Express Gift card???  Easy, one of us worked for the same company for 5 years!  Easy, easy, easy!  It only took us 10,400 hours to make an extra $25... but it has definitely been worth it.  $0.0024 per hour is not a bad bonus.  We can't wait to see what we get after 10 years!

On a side note, American Express is not taken at every store or restaurant like the amazing VISA.  It was rather disappointing the day I received the gift card and tried to use it to buy my lunch and was rejected because they did not take American Express.  On top of disappointing, it was embarrassing that I had to borrow money to pay for my lunch because I didn't have any other money.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Junk mail that can make you rich

Somehow I got on the March of Dimes mailing list.  March of Dimes sends out solicitations several times a year.  Most junk mail is worthless.  The March of Dimes "junk mail" that I just received came with $.10!  Thats right, the mailing had a dime attached to it.  Pretty sweet.  Easy money just for being on someone's mailing list.  So hurry up and add yourself to their mailing list so one day you too can open up your mailbox and find FREE MONEY!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Bacon Prices on the Rise

A few weeks ago Howtomakeadollar wrote that the world's best business idea would be a bacon delivery truck that drives around playing bacon-themed music and selling fresh, sizzling bacon. No one has disputed this claim, and it is unlikely that anyone ever will, because bacon is awesome. You can read the original blog here.

Well, just to demonstrate my point, bacon prices are now about 50% higher than they were last summer. For real. This is a news item in the Wall Street Journal. Read about it here. This means that you'd be looking at major profits right now if you had taken our advice in starting a bacon business.

Now think about this in terms of the broader economy. Bacon profits are way up. Meanwhile, cars, houses, banks, and newspapers are down. These are supposed to be some of the strongest, most reliable long term industries in the world. Here is a chart that shows what would happen if you invested money in bacon vs the rest of the market over the past year.
Bacon is going through the roof!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Who Will Take Care of Your Pets When the Sun Explodes?

Who will take care of your pets when the sun explodes?

You may have heard that scientists fully expect the sun to explode sometime later this evening or tomorrow. This is true. Howtomakeadollar is not lying. Read about here.

Ok, so now that you have read about it and have come to grips with this Tragic New Reality, you are no doubt trying to get your priorities straightened out for the next few hours. Do you have a lot of errands to run? Are you in the middle of some important stuff that can't wait? Maybe you were hoping to make some last minute fantasy baseball trades? If so, then you don't really have time to worry about the fate of your pets during the Supernova of 2010 do you?
A supernova is coming. Are your pets prepared?

Fortunately Howtomakeadollar offers Supernova Pet Insurance. If you are vaporized into a puff of carbon by a supernova, or are otherwise left incapacitated by a supernova, Howtomakeadollar will see to it that your pets are well fed and watered as they live out their final days on the wisps of smoke emitted by the annihilation of the solar system as it darkens, cools and slowly collects itself into an interstellar gas cloud.

You probably think that such a policy would cost billions of dollars, but Supernova Pet Insurance doesn't have to be expensive. For a limited time Howtomakeadollar is issuing Supernova Pet Insurance for $1.00 per pet. This is an absolute steal. Will you do that for your pet? Think about how Muffy will feel when she is blinded by a searing solar flare an instant before the entire world catches on fire and is condensed into a ball of metallic gasses. Without Supernova Pet Insurance she will feel frightened, hopeless, and alone.

For $1 you can get an official Howtomakeadollar Supernova Pet Insurance Policy. Your policy will guarantee your pet's safety and survival in the event of a supernova.


Tuesday, August 3, 2010

China's trash island

So, it looks like China has taken our advice and decided to make their very own Trash Island.  Howtomakeadollar recommended making a trash island several months ago.  You can read the blog here.  It appears that from all of the storms and rain (caused by global warming) has been causing a large amount of trash and debris to collect at The Gorges Dam.  The thousands of tons of garbage are so thick that you can walk on them.

China has taken our idea!  We will be contacting our lawyers to sue them.  We've heard they have a lot of money.  We will let you know how much we get.

You can see the yahoo article about the Chinese Rip Off Our Idea Trash Island here.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Avoid Refinancing Scams!

A few weeks ago Howtomakeadollar wrote a blog about how you can save money by refinancing your home mortgage. This is still true. In fact, interest rates are slightly lower now than they were then, so if you haven't refinanced yet, you really should do so immediately. Read the original blog here. Howtomakeadollar is now saving $557 per month because we refinanced a house. Thats major money.

But you shouldn't just refinance with the first lender that sends you junk mail. Lots of these lenders are identity scams. For example, lots of people will watch realtor websites for homes that have recently been sold. Once they get the address, they will send an official looking letter to the address, and give themselves a respectable name like "American Mortgage Group Inc.*" and they will urge you to refinance. They will offer some kind of interest rate that looks believable, but is lower than the current going rate. 

The refinance process involves a lot of paperwork, including your social security no, your birthday, your W-2 forms, and all that stuff. So if you respond to the advertisement, they will ask you  for this info. Once you send it to them, they are gone, and they have your identity. Its a really simple scam, and its nearly impossible to detect because all loans require this info from you.

You will probably also get similar offers through email. You can't really look them up online either, because its pretty easy to set up a respectable website online. As soon as the name they are using starts getting associated with scams, they will just change the name. So its virtually impossible to tell the legitimate lenders from the scammers. Just go with a respected lender thats been around for a while. If you've heard of them, they are probably legit.

*I have no idea if "American Mortgage Group Inc." is a real company. I made it up. Hopefully I don't get sued for defamation. My point is that scammers will use very normal and believable names.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

blogsvertise is not a scam!

So, believe it or not we received $20 for writing this blog.  It was a blog that we were assigned to write after signing up for blogsvertise.  Thats not bad at all... writing one blog for $20.  If we got paid that much for every single blog we have written we'd have about $5,000.  Unfortunately, we have only received one blog assignment from blogsvertise.  

Blogsvertise is good for about $20 every other month and thats about it.  So moral of the story is... don't get blacklisted from Google's Adsense!

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