Creative ways to save/earn extra money?!

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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205 posts
Helper bee

We have a yard sale every summer (this will  be our 3rd) and we’ve made close to $1k each year. It’s a pain in the butt getting everything together, but it’s nice to have the extra $$! 🙂

Post # 4
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6073 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@SeptemberBride2013:  Tradesy has been awesome for reselling nice clothes.  I’ve sold two items and there is no interaction with the buyer, they just buy it online.  Tradesy sends you a shipping package.  Once it’s in the mail and the tracking # has been activated, your PayPal money is available.  

Post # 5
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640 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Anytime you have single dollar bills, put them in a jar. If you’re buying something that costs less than a dollar or just a couple dollars, break that 5, 10, or 20 and put those singles away! I used to save a lot of money doing that…that was when I used cash a lot more, though. 

Post # 6
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5087 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

@Soon2BMrsC21:  wow, that’s so good. Making $1k just from stuff you don’t need.

Post # 7
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5087 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

@JFay:  I do the same, it’s amazing how quickly they mount up. 

Post # 8
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170 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@SeptemberBride2013:  We created a wedding account which is really helping us track and save for the wedding.  We put $350 each paycheck ($1400/mo) in the account and each time we buy something for the wedding, I move the exact amount to the checking account.

Post # 10
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2562 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Oh, I didn’t know that about Tradesy! Thanks for letting me know!

Post # 11
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348 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I bit the bullet and picked up a second part-time job earlier this year, and all of the income generated from the second job is for the wedding.  So M-F 9-5 I work an office job, and nights and weekends I work at Starbucks.  I’m a little tired and manic working about 70 hours a week… but it is 100% worth it, and I honestly don’t think we could pull it off if I didn’t do it.  FI also does odd jobs on the side as he gets them.

Cutting back on little things keeps a little more padding in the checking account, but it’s not enough to add up the bucks we really needed in our time frame.  We also don’t have a ton of crap that we can just sell.  It was either extend our already long engagement out another year (having already pushed it back from 2012), or bite the bullet, sacrafice my free time, and make the money.

I can’t wait for October, when we have our wedding and awesoooome honeymoon, that we worked super hard for.

Post # 12
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3978 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

My trouble is working without getting burnt out. I’m only working half-time, and I’m trying to pick up odd jobs, but the here and there and prioritizing that over sanity is taking its toll. I cannot wait until I have a 9-5 job!! 

Post # 13
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942 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I coupon like crazy for everything. My grocery bills are unbelievable. The money I save from couponing is added to our savings account. I don’t know if its too creative but it works!

Post # 14
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968 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@SeptemberBride2013: Below are my suggestions, some only apply if you pay utilities…

Switch to a no fee bank account if you don’t already have that

Watch less TV (less energy and less viewing of ads!)

Invite friends over instead of out

Drink water! You save on the cost of other beverages and you’ll eat less so you’ll have a lower grocery bill

Cut back on “pre-packaged foods” they’re expensive and so not worth it

Make Freezer meals to avoid spending on those “lazy nights”

Turn off every light you don’t need and open the windows more!

Shop thrift stores and garage sales for items you actually need

Clean your car’s air filter, a clean air filter can improve your gas mileage by up to 7%

Do not take your credit cards with you unless you have a planned purchase (gas, wedding items, etc.)

Carry less cash, personally cash “burns a hole” in my pocket… donno about you

Switch to generic branded items, Some you can tell the difference, others you wont. I love canned tuna (I know most don’t) and I find no-name the same as brand-name

DO NOT HOLD ITEMS YOU”RE THINKING OF BUYING. Sorry for caps, but theres studies that show the longer you hold an item the stronger an attachment you get to it, if you’re debating something, put it down and look at it, or ask someone else to hold it up for you.

Air up your tires. For every two PSI that all of your tires are below the recommended level, you lose 1% on your gas mileage

Cut back on cellphone, cable and internet bills, if you’re not using everything… see if you can scale back or ask your provider if they have a better deal to retain your loyalty

Use the Library to rent games, movies and more.


 

Post # 15
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202 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I found making a budget and forcing ourselves to stick to it works well for us. If you are familiar with Dave Ramsey’s envelope system, we do something similar. In his plan, you fill envelopes weekly, bi-weekly or monthly depending on pay schedules. The envelopes are for specific purchases- Grocery, Gas, His spending, Her spending, etc. and only use the cash in the envelopes. No cards. We do something similar, but we use our debit card and an app called EEBA. You set up virtual envelopes that you “fill” depending on pay schedules. When you buy groceries, put it on the debit card and subtract from that envelope. When an envelope runs out- no more spending in that category until the next pay day. 

Post # 16
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123 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

you can try mystery shopping. I havent don’t it, but I know others that have. I’ve tried Mturk (mturk.com)in the past. It’s an amazon thing. You can find tasks to do that pay anywhere from 5 cents to $20 or more. You can make decent money on here if you have the time.  There are also smart phones apps that you can use to earn money. I use Gigwalk and Fieldagent. You won’t make a ton of money this way, but every little bit helps. Good luck!

 

 

 

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