When the economy tanks, people tend to fire their landscapers --that would be us. So a few years ago, we decided that we should find a backup money source. (here's where my husband's business sense shines). Since we get paid to cut down trees, we always have extra wood around. He decided we should buy a log splitter and offer wheelbarrows of wood for $20. I'll admit that I laughed -- at first. But we live on a busy street which just happens to be the main road to the local campground. So on Friday afternoons, we push the wheelbarrows out to the street and wait. On a cool or rainy day, it's not uncommon to sell 4-6 loads in a couple of hours. It doesn't sound like much but it adds up quickly.
It's developed into a nice little gig. City tree trimmers now drop their huge logs off at our storage yard, instead of paying to take them to the dump (free wood). We split it and sell it. Around the holidays, I spend 2 or 3 hours a day selling wood. Everyone wants a fire in the fireplace on Christmas eve. Memorial Day? Labor Day? Fourth of July? They all equal great wood sales.
Today I'm thankful for a creative husband and a family who is willing to pitch in when things get hard.