What do you do to try to earn a little extra cash?

posted 2 months ago in Finances
Post # 2
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Blushing bee

I’ve done focus groups before. It’s normally 1-2 hours and $100-$200 cash which is pretty good. 

But other than that, I like working a second job. My husband works opposite schedule to me, so we don’t see each other much anyways. I just tweak my hours around his schedule so we’re off around the same time/I’m not working 2 jobs on his day off/etc. 

Post # 3
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Sugar bee

I was a mystery shopper for a while, which didn’t really pay that well, but I would get reimbursed for meals. 

I also use Rakuten (formerly Ebates) and I have made over $500 in the past couple of years.

Selling old stuff on Facebook Marketplace is a really quick and easy way to make some extra cash and decluttering is great for the soul.  This saved me when I was going through my divorce and needed extra money.

I tried to sign up for some survey taking thing and I was never the person they needed.  So that was a bust.

 

 

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper

kmbumbee190618 :  I do Google Rewards. They pop up on my phone randomly and they take about 10 seconds to earn small little bits of Google credit. I use that credit to buy ebooks because I know I should just go to the library, but sometimes I’m impatient and just want to buy it without spending “real” money. 

Otherwise we’re pro yard salers over here. We have at least one a year. 

eta: I also use Rakuten for online shopping. And literally everything humanly possible that I buy is paid for with a cash-back credit card. I pay it in full every month and earn several hundred dollars a year just for stuff I needed anyways. 

Post # 5
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435 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2018

I love going thrifting and listing my finds on Poshmark!

Post # 6
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9812 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Not jobs in any way but- credit card points (put everything on credit) for cash back or travel (I’ve gotten anywhere from $60-$300 back in a month), rakuten/ebates, and I do resell my kids clothes on facebook bst groups.  I don’t make money as I have already spent more (usually, but not always) to purchase the clothes but I generally get a lot of my money back and just use that to buy new (or new to us) clothes for them.  Also, consignment sales for other kid items.  Maybe make like $400/yr for consignment sales (done 2x a year)

Post # 7
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409 posts
Helper bee

I work at a local college! It’s only about 4 hours per week so it’s not much but I feel it justifies some of my less necessary purchases 

Post # 8
Hostess
8399 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: Dorset, UK

I’ve just launched my own business (Etsy store and website) on the side alongside my full time job.

Post # 10
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9812 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

kmbumbee190618 :  I don’t take my clothes to consignment stores, they will only offer like .25cents to a dollar or so on clothing.  These are kids consignment sales where you set your own price and the company running it takes 30% of your profit.  But I can set individual clothing pieces to $1-$10/ea or whatever (larger items and toys sell for more) and the company just takes 30% and I get the rest.  They happen at specific dates so it is a lot of work to tag your own clothes but pays a lot more than a consignment store.  Sale runs one week and you get your check and all items that did not sell back at the end of the week.  I sell the nice clothing on facebook bst because that’s where I get the most money.  People at consignment sales want cheap(er) stuff so I take stuff like old navy, carters, target brand to those sales.  Plus all the other toys, baby items, etc. that I want to get rid of.  They let you shop early so I shop early just to look for hidden treasures in my favorite brands.

Unfortunately I have never seen these sales for adult stuff!!  Also, I don’t sell on facebook marketplace for clothes as I don’t want to meet people and they also are usually always looking for cheap stuff.  On bst groups you invoice via paypal and print the shipping label (USPS) directly from paypal. Then hand it to your mailman or drop it off at the post office (no waiting in line).  I think you make more money than poshmark because no one is taking a cut except for paypal and their cut is very very small compared to poshmark

Post # 11
Hostess
8399 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: Dorset, UK

kmbumbee190618 :  I won’t say what it is here, but yes, it’s super hard work. I’ve spent 3 months setting it up (literally only about 2 weeks after the wedding ha ha), and now it’s up and running, all that alongside a full time job, a volunteer job, moderating here and renovating our home every weekend has been a bit much but I have just tried to remind myself that I wanted to do it for extra money hopefully whilst I am on maternity leave one day. I am also not very good at relaxing! 

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper

kmbumbee190618 :  are you on pace to pay it off within 12 months or so? Because if you’re on track and have established good new habits you could consider transferring it to a 0% card to save interest and pay it off faster. 

Post # 15
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9812 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

kmbumbee190618 :  yep, some of the big groups I am in have like 40-50k members so if you price right you can usually sell unless it’s really old (i.e. out of style)

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