but, really, i write stories and draw for money. it's not a stable job like many have, but it gets me what i want. that's how i got Sniper. i had about $8 left over from buying my new laptop, and it sat there, taunting me. then, one day, i had the urge to write a story for someone. i just wanted $5 for it, but the person was super nice and paid me $10. suddenly, i had the urge to check out Chard56's auctions on Aquabid, and found my Sniper.
aside from that, collect cans. soda cans. i do it for my grandma, and she pays me $5 for a trash bag full. it'll get you spending money.
another way is to buy cheap. don't get the cheapest thing possible, but see if you can't find something on sale, check out Good Will and thrift shops. buy 2 gallon Kritter Keepers instead of tanks. that's how i do it. xD