And you thought today was gonna be boring ;) This all started the other day when my girl Money Mate Kate posted up some crazy-a$$ jobs she’s taken in the past (Italian Icee Truck Driver, Bone Counter, Substitute mommy?) – I was dying!
And once I began to compose myself, it got me thinking…I’ve done some pretty whacked out stuff too! But as I started writing out this post, another thing occurred to me: If shes’ a frugal person with a frugal blog, and I’M a frugal person w/ a frugal blog, wouldn’t it make sense that OTHER personal finance bloggers would have similar experiences too?
So I reached out to my PF friends & readers on email, twitter, & the Money Blog Network Forum (a *great* resource btw) and hit ’em up for their weirdest jobs they’ve ever done – and HOLY did i get some whammys! I’m not gonna lie – I KNEW some of us frugal ba$tards will get down and dirty to make a few pennies, but what I didn’t know was how far they’d go :) We’re talking Pea Inspecting, Tick Removing, Chuck E. Cheeze Dressing up’ing – jobs you couldn’t make up if you tried.
So grab a coffee, close your office door, and get ready to enjoy some crazy awesomeness:
:: Campground Timeshare Tour Guide | $700-$1400/per sale | You know those tours you “have to take” in order to claim your *free* prizes or weekend getaways? Whelp, I was one of those people who gave them and then tried convincing you to buy one at the end ;) And in this particular case, you’d get your very own campground lot forever and ever! (oooohhhh ahhhh)
:: Wrecked Car washer | $10.00/hr (plus anything you’d find!) | Two of us guys with a van full of water and a generator, listening to headphones and washing the crap out of these things in the hot sun. Apparently smashed cars that are washed bring in $500 more at auction than do dirty/bloody ones (don’t ask). And since it only cost about $5 per car to hook it up, the company raked in the money!
:: Stamp Maker/Package’r | $12.00/hr | Packaging and making stamps (those 42¢ ones) on an assembly line. 12 hour shifts, 4 days a week, one 15 mins break every 2 hours. The craziest part was that we couldn’t wear any clothes w/ pockets, nor bring any bags that weren’t see-through! You know, so we wouldn’t be tempted to steal and sell them on the black market ;) haha…it felt like prison.
And now, jobs from around the blogosphere!
:: Bone Counter | $5.00/hr (age 20) | Temp job in the shipping/receiving department of a company that took cadaver bones (which arrived semi-butchered and frozen) and chopped them up into usable bits for transplant purposes. I was the only temp they didn’t gross the hell out of. – Money Mate Kate
:: Tongue Boy | $0.05 per tongue | Cut the tongues out of codfish. – Money Grubbing Lawyer
:: Meat Packer (I think?) | minimum wage | For 8 hours, I manually flipped one half of figure-8 hamburger patties so they landed on top of the other half, concealing a slice of cheese in the middle to make a “pizza” hamburger. – Financial Reflections
:: Utility Study Researcher (nicknames: Space Cadet, Space Police) | minimum wage | Walking around my college campus, poking my head into classrooms, and counting the number of students in the room – much to the confusion of students and professors. – Stephanie @ Poorer Than You
:: Stock Boy @ Victoria’s Secret | $10.00/hr | See title, lol! – My Journey To Millions
:: Bug Book Stippler | $2.00/hr (in 1967!) | “Stippled” (added dots) to illustrations of bugs in a book being written by a college entomology professor. – Mr. ToughMoneyLove
:: Dirt Sifter | $0.50 more than minimum wage | I would scoop dirt onto a screen, then shake the screen so fine dirt would come out of the bottom – Trent @ The Simple Dollar
:: Promotional Rep for Altoids Mints | $12.00/hr | I had to hand out free samples of mints to people in movie theatres, and before each movie, had to use a microphone to interact and play trivia games with the audience. I had no boss. The company just shipped me out 14 MASSIVE BOXES of Altoid mints and promotional material and told me to work until I had no more inventory. I made my own hours, got to watch all the free movies I wanted with my friends, and got a free megaphone out of the deal. Score! :) – Krystal @ Give Me Back My Five Bucks
:: Class Note-Taker in College | $5.00/week | I did it for 1 semester thinking I’d be a better student. nope! – mauliesmalls
:: Timeshare Telemarketer | $10.00/hr | Selling timeshares in Williamsburg, VA….to people living in Williamsburg Virginia! The call list we had from another account and 1/3-1/2 of the numbers were locals. It had easy 4 hour shifts. I hated the work and left shortly afterwards. – Green Panda Treehouse
:: Pea Inspector | ??? | I’ve never done any crazy jobs but… I knew one guy who was a pea inspector. lol. He inspected peas in a pea factory! haha – Ashley @ Wide Open Wallet
:: Engineering Intern for Metro | $12.50/hr (summer job) | Performed QA/QC on the construction of a Metro Line by visiting different construction sites and verifying that the work was being correctly executed. I had absolutely zero qualifications for this job and I have no idea why Metro hired engineering students for these positions – Budget Save Buy
:: Donation Soliciter | NOTHING! | (Salary was based on donations solicited, and I’m not a very good sales person) I had to go door to door to solicit donations for CALPIRG. (I didn’t even know what CALPIRG was!) – Lynnae @ Being Frugal
:: Direct Marketing Rep | $200/week | Convince people in malls and train stations to sign up for a credit card (for real). Worst. Job. Ever. – Mr. Stokes @ Brizzle Bound
:: Cutco Knife Salesman | NADA. (Never made it out of training, couldn’t bring myself to sell to friends and family.) | Selling cutco knives to friends and family. It was a MLM scheme. – Living Almost Large
:: Dog’s Tick Remover | 1 penny per tick | Remove Ticks from dogs with tweezers. We can almost hear you saying “Ugh!…” but as kids we loved the job since it relieved the dogs from the pests :) – FIRE Finance
:: Dishroom Girl In a Dorm Cafeteria | $6.00/hr | Hairnet, long plastic apron, gigantic sprayer and garbage disposal, washing ridiculous quantities of wasted food down the drain, filthy sopping mess by the end of my shift. – Frugal Babe
:: Electrical-Environmental Systems Specialist, USAF | Enlisted pay grade E-2 through E-5 | Aircraft mechanic – worked in 30+ countries in temperatures ranging from -20F to 135F (not including windchill or heat index). – Patrick @ Cash Money Life
:: Cubicle Farmer | Too good to quit. | Ever seen Office Space? – Patrick @ Cash Money Life
:: Chinese Drive-Thru Window Fast Food Worker | $6.00/hr | Took orders for chinese food in an old Burger King, packed up food, and re-boiled dumplings in the same water for a week. Only lasted a month ;) – Jonathan @ My Money Blog
:: Library Organizer | $10.00/hr (with a max of 20 hours a week) | The mission: Working with a local organization, I was to start a local French lending library in one year with no budget (and by no budget, I mean no money available to me besides my salary, not no budget spend whatever you want). Some asides: Believe it or not, I lived on that salary for a whole year. It involved having a roommate and never going anywhere but I did it. And knowing I could live way below the federal poverty line gives me the confidence to stay on my relatively generous budget now. Oh and in the end I had over 10,000 books all on their shelves in Dewey Decimal categories, and 100 multimedia resources (movies and music mostly) that a purchased from a grant I got. I even opened a month early. And the old people said I couldn’t do it! ;^) – Nicole @ Breaking Even
:: Model For Drug Treatment Center Brochure | $150.00 (1 time fee) | A friend from our church was doing some literature for Hazelden, drug treatment center to the stars. He needed someone to do a before and after picture for the brochure. On the before picture I was a sad, drug-addled youth, and in the after I was a happy, well adjusted young man. It was pretty funny sitting there making sad faces pretending to be on drugs :) – Pete @ Bible Money Matters
:: Farm Hand on a Blueberry Farm | minimum wage (at 14 y/o) | While this job sounds fun, it actually entails riding on a massive blueberry harvester, at wide open speed, through fields infested with wasps, bees, and fire ants, in the 100 degree heat of July. – No Credit Needed
:: Chuck E. Cheese Dresser-Upper | minimum wage | Entertain customers, kids, and mainly myself in the sweltering heat of Hot-lanta dressed as Chuck E. Cheese. – Alan Corey, Author of “A Million Bucks by 30”
:: Watermelon Thrower | $10.00/hr | I worked in a watermelon patch the summer after my senior year of high school. As a thrower, we would pick up watermelons from the field and thrown them into a trailer with a 6′ wall, where a “catcher” was waiting with open arms. It was the hardest work I’ve ever done. I only lasted a week. The money I earned that week helped me with a down payment on my car for college. – Prime Time Money
:: Calf Catcher | Nothing | Wrangle a calf with bare hands and try to gently push it through a cattle squeeze. Try not to get kicked. (I’m a city girl, so moving to a ranch was a rude awakening on how weird jobs can be.) – Squawk Fox
Whew! So did i tell ya, or did i tell ya? We frugal ones sure know how to party :) haha…For all who participated – THANK YOU (esp you Kate)! And for all who still wants to, go ahead and re-live your job all over again by dropping a comment…we’d all love ya for it!
Till next time…God bless ya and keep “the sexy” alive,
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