Crazy ways to make money during the recession: five true stories

The "Great Recession" hasn't been entirely bad. On the upside, saving money has become cool again. We now love coupons and think twice before buying anything that isn't a necessity. It's also forced a lot of people to get creative when it comes to making ends meet.

Suddenly, many Americans aren't just working one job -- they're working two or three. Those who've lost their jobs or are suddenly in need of cash are doing things that they never would have imagined. The new normal is that nothing is normal.

With that in mind, we thought we'd look at several "crazy" ways people are making a living in these tough times. Who knows? Maybe their success will inspire you to pursue your own off-the-beaten-track path.