You may remember me banging on about fillers and sending letters and photos off to magazines. I've send quite a few out recently and was pleased when I had a Tip of the Week published in Pick Me Up and a Picture of the Week in That's Life magazine! Together, they earned me more money than a short story! So it's well worth the minuscule amount of effort to do them and send them in. When compared to the amount of time it takes to get a short story written and subbed, a filler, photo or tip has better returns in many ways for far less effort.
Most of the magazines like Chat, Take A Break, Full House, Pick Me Up and That's Life have sections in their magazines that you can send funny anecdotes, photos, tips, letters, etc in. All you have to do is pick up an issue, read it, and see what you have that could fit in. I just use things from my daily life. It really is that simple. But, be aware - they receive hundreds if not thousands if tips, photos and letters every week - the trick is to be persistent and keep sending them in.
So give it a go! They boost your confidence as well as your bank balance when the shore stories or articles aren't selling so well.