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

posted 2 months ago in Finances
Post # 31
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Bumble Beekeeper

Kslim13 :  totally legit! It’s just a portal and you get cashback. They sometimes run specials for extra % back too. I have the browser plug-in and I don’t online shop a ton, but I’ve made at least $200 using it. 

kes18 :  They do make adjustments if you return something – at least most of the the time in my experience. 

Post # 32
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

LilliV :  I never noticed but I don’t look for it or pay attention.  It makes sense that they would I just never have noticed!  Can you see it anywhere on their website?  All I’ve ever seen are the totals (pre-returns) and my next check balance totals up to that amount even though i have made returns (though I rarely return whole orders, just parts). I have 7 orders on there right now for my next check and I know I have made returns for 3 of them (and already received my cc refund).

Post # 33
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Helper bee

In university I would sometimes do the psych research groups that would pay about $25. They were posted all over the university walls looking for test subjects.

I take my clothes to consignment. I had a friend who used to throw clothing exchange parties. The idea was everyone would bring clothes, take whatever they wanted, and she would donate the rest to a women’s charity. It turned out she was taking them to consignment which REALLY rubbed everyone the wrong way. Her excuse was “if they don’t sell they are donated to a charity” but it felt very deceiptful.

I take books to the used book store. I don’t usually make cash off of this, but they give me store credit.

I use e-bates for online shopping.

I know my sister scans receipts.

Post # 34
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Bumble Beekeeper

kes18 :  ya know I can’t find it now, but I am sure I’ve seen it before. Although a recent return that just processed hasn’t been removed so now I’ll have to watch it. It’s been awhile since I noticed it so either they maybe changed it or only certain stores report back. 

Post # 37
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2017 - Courthouse

I don’t know if this counts but back when I was just dating my husband and I had more free time (I lived alone) I worked a nanny job and then an office job M-F 8am-5pm. I wanted to bring in more cash though. I found a family that needed a babysitter 2 or 3 nights a week. I got there around 6:30 and stayed until 11pm or 12am. It was 4 school age kids so I got $60 for each night. It was because of that money that I paid my student loans, saved for retirement and got to take a nice vacation every year! 

I still am always on the lookout for babysitting jobs just to make some extra cash. I love kids and to me it’s a super easy and fun way to make money. 

Post # 38
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420 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I use Rakuten/Ebates and Mr. Rebates for online shopping. If I’m making larger purchases at big stores (e.g., Bed Bath, Nordstrom, Home Depot) I’ll buy giftcards using my credit card that gives 6% back at the grocery store. I sell my clothes and my kids’ clothes on Facebook Marketplace, BSTs, and Tradesy. I used to do contract editing for a English-language editing company, but they recently moved to all in-house editing, which is a bummer. I pick up consulting work whenever I can (I work in research and can do study design, data anaysis, and scientific writing/editing). I’m considering going on Upwork, but I’m not sure whether I want to be that public. I recently heard about an app called Dscout that seems to consist of providing video reviews for decent money. I’m an introvert though, so not ideal for me! 

Post # 39
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Kslim13 :  I used to work for a family owned jewelry company. They primarily sold on Etsy and Amazon, but sold on rakuten as well. So yes, it’s legit. Or at least their account was.

Post # 40
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3828 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

kmbumbee190618 :  Def do not recommend doing Beachbody’s MLM “coaching.”  The workouts are great but the coaching is not.  I briefly got sucked into it a few years ago and you end up spending more money than you earn… 

Post # 41
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Worker bee

I started an etsy store about 1.5 years ago! I always wanted to have an etsy shop but never really knew what I should sell. 

One night I came across wedding invites and signs on etsy and I thought to myself this is it! 

Tought myself graphic design basics and once I felt confident enough I opened up shop. It was s bit rough in the beginning, especially with already having a full time job. definitely a bit of work to get started but now that it’s up and running it’s really easy to manage.

And now that I’m planning my own wedding i can do my own stationery, so win win lol

Post # 42
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Sugar bee

I do surveys & get points through online purchases with mypoints.com. You get gift cards with the points. I probably earn less than $100/year.

I also do trials for skincare products through a local research company. I earn about $300-$400/year on that.

I want to do something a little more regular like pet sitting, so I’m looking for those jobs currently.

Post # 43
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Worker bee

I do freelance writing and editing. I’m hired by a variety of employers (from universities to marketing firms). I’m also a web admin for a couple of low-maintenance sites. Once I got a few gigs and built up my resume, the work took off and I was able to find a somewhat steady source of side-income!

I have also been considering being an uber or lyft driver, but no experience there yet. My dad needs me to do some long-distance drives for his company this summer and it kind of sparked my curiosity about getting paid to drive.

 

edit: my friend is a dog walker and she makes a LOT of money that way so that might be a lucrative side job

Post # 44
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350 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

I worked a cash in hand job at the markets for a while.  Worked at the butchers – $200 for the day + cheap quality meat!  I was just serving on a saturday or sunday for 8 hours.  Learnt a lot about meat and cooking too. 

I also have signed up to several government (aus) websites for extra work.  So far I’ve helped with the sensis and on an election day which were good money. 

Post # 45
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372 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Great idea for a thread! 

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