A quiet night in: an exercise in frugal saving.

image1As much as any couple, family or group of friends might like going out, it’s never cheap. Whether it’s fine dining or going out to your local bar or restaurant, these are costs that add up all too easily. They may seem cheap once in a while but once you start doing it on a weekly or semi-regular basis, it becomes a larger and larger chunk of your expenses.

In contrast to this, understanding the benefits of a quiet night in can prove useful. More than offering something different and relaxing it can demonstrate a way to stay cheap and cost effective whilst still enjoying the usual perks of life.


If you go out to eat, you should know how much this can cost. Cooking for yourself is usually the cheapest but there are still other options. For instance, if you have the urge for Chinese food, it may be cheaper for everyone to pool money together for chinese takeaways than visit your local restaurant. It’s much cheaper and doesn’t have the added costs of additional drinks and restaurant prices and other service charges that are often forgotten about.


Likewise, if you’re not going out, there is nothing to stop you from being social. Your home can prove entertaining enough with the right company. Cheap entertainment can be anything from a movie rental (if you’re only going to watch it once, don’t buy something you don’t need) to various games, which offer entertainment again and again. These are all cheap, whether you use it once or buy it to use again and again. This is another lesson to be learnt in saving, by understanding the real value of something.

If you come across some movies that you and your friends love, it makes sense to purchase the DVD so you can all watch it whenever you like. Luckily, you can save money by ordering your DVDs online, so you do not have to worry about breaking the bank. To make things more interesting, consider having each person purchase a DVD online and then choosing between your favorites every time you gather.

Additional expenses

Hopefully the two areas above should highlight how easy it is to cut down on those little costs for every social occasion but there are always other areas to look at. Take your appearance, for instance. If you don’t go out to an expensive restaurant you might not need to risk your best shirt or shoes. It can also save on other expenses, such as getting a taxi home late if you’ve been drinking or other travel costs.  So, next time you think you might go out, suggest staying in to the others and see how much can be saved.

How To Find Tutoring Clients

Are you looking for extra cash? Tutoring and teaching private lessons might be for you. Not everyone can do this, I honestly don’t think that I would be the greatest. However, for some, they have great talent and are really able to help others learn new things.

In order to make some money by tutoring and offering private lessons to individuals, you need to first and foremost find clients and students who are interested in paying for the lessons and what you have to teach them.

The following tips in this post are all methods that can work for you. I hope you find students quickly!

Word of mouth from your current clients and friends and/or family.

Networking is very important when it comes to finding clients. The power of networking can do so much for you and your services that you offer.

Don’t ever underestimate the power of word of mouth and those who might talk about you. Everything is put online these days. You want to provide awesome services where people refer you to others and talk about you to possible potential clients. You can also ask your current students to spread the word about you because these are the best ways to gain future clients.

Once you get students for your private lessons services, your students can help spread the word about what you do and hopefully find you even more students.


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Tear-off tab papers with your advertisement and contact information.

The tear-off tab ad might seem old-school for you, but it really does work. It is an easy way for new clients to find you, such as on a bulletin board at a school. Advertisements can be placed in so many different places, such as laundromats, gas stations, schools, day care centers, libraries, student community centers, cafeteria and so on. You can create a simple, to the point advertisement that tells people what you’re teaching, how much it would cost them, and how they can contact you. 

Another idea is to plaster posters and fliers throughout your neighborhood that advertise your services. Telephone poles, trees at the park, benches at the bus station, windows at the gas station (ask prior to doing this), and even putting signs on lawns on along roadsides can all work, just make sure that you have the right to do so and don’t just create a mess with trash.

Online advertisements for your services

Advertising your services online is also very important. If you can, you should definitely try to create a website for your services. This makes your business seem more realistic and legitimate to a future customer. Whenever you are about to use a new company, don’t you usually search for it on the internet first? I know that I do that as the first thing! I always look them up to see if I can find anything else about the company.

You should also try to post advertisements online in areas where you think you can find potential new clients.

Do you teach private lessons? How did you find your clients?


5 Lessons YOU Need to Learn To Become the Best Tutor Ever

Money. So easy to spend, yet so hard to make. I learned this lesson the hard way from my parents who constantly emphasized that “money didn’t grow on trees.” Every allowance made from cleaning dishes and babysitting didn’t go toward Malibu Barbie or the red patent leather Mary Jane’s I’d always wanted, but was fed directly to my pink, plastic piggy. This was why when I was a senior in high school and prom time came around, it was no surprise that my parents wanted me to either pay my own way or go the Molly Ringwald way from ‘Pretty in Pink.’

Luckily, I had attended an SAT preparatory academy during high school to study for the SAT’s and had done well enough to get asked to teach there during the summers while I was in college.  And that marked the beginning of my decade-plus long career as an SAT instructor. While I’ve had numerous jobs from being a barista to taking sushi delivery orders, no other job has given me the opportunity to pay my way through school and to gain financial independence from my parents.

Best TutorFrom then on, I’ve always been fortunate enough to help a steady stream of students through word-of-mouth (thanks to all the tiger moms!) and this financial freedom has allowed me to take certain risks, ones that I would never have been able to do without these teaching gigs. For example, I had worked in publishing for some time and was seriously considering a career change, but without having a severance to fall back on, there was no way that I could’ve taken the leap without having tutoring’s safety net catch me.

Lesson 1: Get Everything in Writing

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How to Become an Online Tutor

Knowing the basics of offering private classes, and having inside knowledge on how to attract students is only the beginning. Nowadays tutoring or offering online classes doesn’t have to be restricted to face to face time in some library, community center, or crowded dining room table. With some pretty nifty software and programs, you can now offer tutoring online. That means that you can offer your skills as a tutor to people in China, Europe, California, or even just the kid next door.

If you want to be able to offer your tutoring services to people all over the world, tutoring online is by far the best way to achieve this- it’s one of those money making ideas that is easy and actually quite fulfilling. Here is a simple how-to for getting started and succeeding with as an online tutor.

Get Skype

With the advancing wonders of online communication, it wasn’t long before communication geniuses designed the masterpiece that is Skype. Skype is a communications platform that allows people to chat through text, using voice devices and built in software, and to even make phone calls to international phone numbers. Not only that, but Skype users can play games, share files, share links, share photos, and basically have conversations that count on the internet. With a free Skype account you can easily conduct lectures using the video chat feature. You can teach and your students can take notes all without you having to get out of your PJs (although you might want to put on a t-shirt over your PJ top).

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Offering Private Lessons: Work as an Independent Tutor or With a Tutoring Company?

If you have been looking for money making ideas that let you do what you are passionate about, you have in all probabilities considered offering private lessons. The question however is, should you hit the road as an independent tutor, or work for a larger tutoring company? In this article we provide you some of the benefits and bothers of working with a tutoring company, so you have all the information you need to make the right choice.

Let’s discuss the benefits of working with a tutoring company first.

Benefit #1: Prospect of Steady Work

Working with a tutoring company means that you will most likely have a steady schedule of students to tutor, which means a steady income.

Benefit #2: Chances for Advancement

Tutoring companies usually work very close with local schools and colleges. That means that you can get in on the ground floor as a tutor, but you can advance to administrative and even executive positions in the company or in local schools.

Benefit #3: Resume Building

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Teaching Excellence: 10 Qualities of a Great Tutor

If you have expertise in any particular field, teaching private classes is one of the best money making ideas for you. As with all the ideas we discuss, your success at how much money you can make depends entirely on the quality of service you provide. Provide the best damn quality possible and you will have people queuing up to come learn from you.

Here is the list of the 10 qualities of a great tutor. Try to master as many of these as possible, in addition to your field of expertise, and you will find success knocking on your doors in the form of a many, many new students begging you to take them on.

#1 Patience

Any teacher will tell you that one of the most important qualities that they practice daily is patience. Being patient is important not only because each person learns at a different pace, but there are some students that will test every ounce of your patience- have you ever seen Dangerous Minds or To Sir with Love? Sometimes, the most trying student is the one that has the most potential. If you find yourself with a difficult student, stick with it, have patience, and be the best tutor you can be.

#2 Skill

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10 Time-Tested Tips for Finding Students for Private Lessons

Now that you know that you can make some extra money by offering private lessons, you are probably interested in learning the different ways to find students. There are money making ideas, and then there are the marketing techniques that go with them, that will actually help you make money from the ideas! In order to make some money by offering private lessons you first need to find students that are interested in paying for the lessons. The following 10 tips are methods that have worked in the past, and, if you do them right, you too will have students lining up to pay you for the opportunity to learn from you.

#1 Word of Mouth

Never underestimate the power of word of mouth, especially in the digital age with so many people using chat services, blogs, social networking and email. If you want to get students you should ask your friends and family if they know anyone who could use lessons in______ (place your skill here). If they don’t know anyone, ask them to spread the word around that you are offering lessons in_____ and that you are looking for students. Once you get students, your students can help spread the word and get you even more students. Word of mouth works. And that’s the reason it has been the primary marketing technique used since thousands of years.

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Offering Private Lessons: A Guaranteed Way to Make Money from Your Passion

Making money has been the goal of everyone since man first realized that his work should bring reward. Unfortunately, making money in modern times is sometimes just as difficult as it was when cars were pulled by donkeys. And more often than not, quite as boring. But what if there was a guaranteed way to make money that lets you keep on doing whatever you are passionate about? Offering private lessons, in whatever you are good at, is one of those passionate money making ideas that allows you do just that.

Offering private classes involves taking something you’re really good at doing and teaching it to other people, for a fee. More often then not, people search for a tutor when they are struggling with some type of subject material. If you’re really great in math, you can offer math tutoring to students of all ages. If you’re a violin prodigy, you can offer violin lessons for beginners. If you can fly kites well, you can teach kite flying, or kite making. You get the idea. Honestly, if you’re good at it, you can teach it and earn money by charging for private lessons.

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