In these difficult economic times, it is more important than ever to look after the pennies. But before you start living off economy pasta, there are a number of ways you can earn a little extra and save the money you already have…
Stay connected to bag a freebie
Brands are increasingly engaging with their customers via social media, where you can find a whole host of discount codes, offers, competitions and even freebies. And all you have to do is like or follow your favourite brands then keep your eyes peeled. Not bad when all it takes is the click of a button.
Give your opinion and get money
There are numerous market research websites that’ll pay you to take surveys in points or actual money that you can cash in once you’ve reached a certain amount. It isn’t an income, but every penny counts. A similar earner is secret shopping, where you go undercover as a customer in a shop, cafe or similar, and rate the service you receive. Whether you’re paid money or get to keep whatever you are sent in to buy, you will be compensated for your time.
Get cash for your old phone
If you’ve had more new phones than hot dinners, chances are you’ll have a good few lying around your house that could make you some cash. There are a number ofwebsites that will allow you to recycle iPhone handsets or similar for cash, which is far better than letting them lie unused in a drawer.
Be a fiend for competitions
You might look at competitions and ask yourself “what the point is in entering?” After all, the odds of you winning are small, right? But think about it this way – you have more chance of winning something if you enter than if you don’t, so if you aren’t spending a fortune on premium rate phone calls and text messages in order to enter, you’ve got nothing to lose. Scour supermarket products for competitions on packets, search online for competition sites, and check out your favourite TV shows for the chance to win large cash prizes. You never know…
Sell your wares
It sounds obvious, but many of us are sitting on piles upon piles of unwanted items that could be turned into cash. Perhaps you are tired of your clothes and want a new look, or wish to free up some space in your spare (read “junk”) room. Selling online is a good bet as you can reach more potential buyers, but failing that, why not try a local boot fair? Or hold your own garage sale. It’s worth a try.
Turn your love of animals into a job
Are you a dog person? Do you love cats? There is always a pet owner in need of someone that loves animals as much as they do to look after their pets whilst they are away, or take their dog out on walks whilst they are at work. What could be better than getting money for spending time with cute animals? Type out a flyer and pop it through doors in your local community, or check online for pet-sitting agencies taking on new recruits. Just ensure you declare any cash-in-hand earnings to the tax man!