Ditto on the previous statements.
I would add, just keep you eyes open for little money making opportunities. Work under the radar, off the grid, out of the network, etc..
Even though I have a steady day job, I am constantyly working side jobs and projects for cash money.
Since I was a teenager I have done:
Pickup up scrap wood, pallets, trees, logs etc and cut them up and sold them for firewood. (great spring summer job) good returns come fall.
Supplied homemade alcoholic beverages to fraternities and sorority parties while in college. (OK not exactly legal, but damn the $$ was good)
Made a green house and hydroponic gardens. Grew berries, veggies lettuce etc... All organic, supplied various restaurants with stuff.
These days organic is all the rage. Helena is north and colder so the natural growing season is short. a half dome 20 foot greenhouse made from PVC and clear plastic can grow alot of food. Strawberries in september/october are quite tasty.
Bought and sold various car/parts bits pieces bought cheap from swap meets wrecking yards etc. Cleaned them up, polish paint etc and they sell. Thats how Ford Auto Wrecking came to be. I incorporated my hobby.
Recycling: Damn near everything recycles today. and prices have never been higher. paper plastic glass, metals. (Is there a shooting range, indoor or outdoor), maybe you could get in and "clean" the range.
Brass sells for good money.
I do that as well right now for two ranges in Salt Lake City.
Basicaly just keep your eyes open and ears clear.. things will come out of the wood work to make a few bucks.
Right now this week I am in Great Falls. Till Thursday morning.
I plan on heading down to Buzz Rose's wrecking yard. that day..
I need to talk to him about that 65 galalxie and I need to find a window and grill for my 68 galalxie car. and some early style 429-460 valve covers.. and a few other things I am sure I can't live without.
Lets meet there in the afternoon on thursday if possible.
You gave me you number but I forgot to take it with me.
Give me a call 801-564-9430 In the evening if you can make it.