Summer is nearly here and I can’t help but wonder how many of you are thinking what I am thinking, “How am I going to pay for…?” Fill in the blank with graduation festivities (I have three graduations to attend this year), summer vacations (or staycations), or higher utility bills because it gets hot in California and we love to cool off with our air conditioning! In this state, many of us live paycheck to paycheck, delicately balancing our budget against the ever-increasing cost to live here. And, what about when something unexpected happens, for example your car needs repair or you miss days at work because of a bad cold? It can throw your whole budget out of whack. Even fun events like weddings, showers, and birthday parties can hurt the already stretched monthly budget. What is a Californian to do? In my family, we turn to side hustles. No, I am not talking about criminal activity. I am talking about creative (and legal) ways of supplementing our regular income. Do you want to find ways to stretch a dollar when there’s more month left than money? Do you want to have a little something set aside for rainy days? How about money for something fun that the regular budget just doesn’t have room for, like a vacation? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then this is the blog for you! Ready? Let’s get our side hustle on!