In addition to helping you save money, I want to show you a few ways to earn a little extra. If you are trying to get out of debt or have a tight budget, earning extra, even if it’s just a little, can really help. Here are a few ways to earn extra money.
Selling Your Stuff
I’ve done LOTS of these and have some great tips… stay tuned for the details in future posts!
- Have a yard sale
- Have a fruit/vegetable stand– Sell excess garden produce
- Have a bake sale
- Sell on a local Facebook group– Great for used things and for handmade items.
- Sell on Craigslist– Perfect if you don’t want to deal with shipping.
- Participate in a craft fair
- Sell on ebay or Amazon
- Sell on Etsy— (Earning on Etsy series Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5)
- Sell Patterns on Craftsy
- You can sell used books and textbooks on Cash4Books.net . Shipping is free!
- Donate plasma
Selling Your Services
- Babysit or nanny– If you’re home with your own kids, add another to the mix.
- Pet sit– If you’re an animal person, this would be great
- House cleaning
- Office cleaning
- Lawn care– Mowing, weeding, etc.
- Web design
- Freelance writing
- Party planning
- Participate in studies– Local universities have all kinds of studies going on all the time.
- Rent out your extra space– With Airbnb you’ll have a great market for people looking for overnight options in your area. (PS- You’ll get $25 of Airbnb credit when you sign up with my link.)
- Open Capital One 360 Checking or Savings Accounts. I have had a Capital One 360 account since 2004, back when they were ING Direct. I love having a completely online account. I love that I can create twenty different savings accounts to make what I call our “virtual envelope system.” You get $25-$50 for signing up a new account!
- EXPO– Create and upload 1-2 minute video reviews of products (and more) to earn gift cards. I was surprised to find that EXPO is an efficient way to earn gift cards! You can read my post with all the details about EXPO here.
- Swagbucks– I used to not like Swagbucks, but then I changed my mind. It turns out to be another great way to earn gift cards. You can read more about it here.
- MyPoints– I joined MyPoints like a million years ago (well 1999 to be exact). You can shop through them to get points, but mostly I just get points by clicking through on emails. I usually let the emails build up, then click through all my MyPoints Bonus Mails a few times a month. The points add up over time and you can get some great gift cards.
- QuickRewards is another program where you earn money for taking surveys, clicking on emails, shopping, visiting websites, etc, but the thing that is unique and great about QuickRewards is that there is NO MINIMUM payout, whereas other rewards programs require you to earn $20 or more before they will pay you.
- Checkout 51 is a program where you can earn cashback on groceries. They have different offers each week. The are usually for specific brands but they often have general offers too (ie- $1 back on any brand of milk). After your shopping trip, you have to upload a photo or your receipt. See a round-up of my favorite cash back sites and apps.
- Smarter Bucks lets you earn money that goes directly toward student loans by completing surveys and shopping online. If you don’t have student loan debt, you can choose a recipient who does. You can also invite others to join and earn in your behalf.
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