5 ways to save some lolly for the summer
Many of us would welcome some extra money to spend on our everyday essentials – especially when it comes to spending time away or with the family this summer. If you want to earn some extra cash in your spare time it is possible to help bolster up your bank account when you need it most. Here are five tried and tested ways to top-up your income:
Start taking paid surveys
This is a simple way to earn cash and rewards and can be done from the comfort of your own sofa, or when you are out and about. Companies such as Opinion Outpost and OpinionWorld do not charge membership fees, and anyone over the age of 18 can take part. Simply sign up, share your opinion through paid online surveys and receive cash or vouchers as a thank-you for your time. Reward amounts vary, depending on the survey length, but it’s a safe, easy and interesting way to start saving the pennies.
Use cashback sites
There are plenty of free cashback sites available now that offer money (or cash-back) simply by clicking through their website onto the online retailer you usually buy from. It requires very little effort and rewards can stack up over time - especially if you do your shopping online. Rewards can take a little while to build up and some retailers won’t offer cashback but it’s one of the easiest ways to save and make your money go further.
Sell your stuff
There are lots of auction and home-selling sites available now, and everything from rubber band balls to old beer mats can be sold online. Even if it’s not a collector’s item or an antique, there is usually someone willing to take it off your hands and pay you for the privilege. It may not make you a millionaire (or maybe it will) but it’s a great way to clear out old junk whilst earning a bit of extra money towards that much-needed holiday.
Rent it out
If you live near a train station, theatre, sports stadium or town centre, and have spare outside space or a garage, why not rent it out as a parking space? You can either market it yourself or use a car parking rental website. Or, if you have loft space, spare cupboard space or an empty garage you could also rent the space out for storage to earn a bit extra on the side.
Ever thought of selling your own skills? If you can sew, make pottery, paint, have a flair for card-making or are handy with a glue gun why not sell your own wares online? If you don’t have the time to set up your own website you can start an online shop through one of the big auction websites, or book a table at a local craft event or a market. Up-cycling continues to be popular, so if you enjoy browsing car boot sales and second-hand shops you can really add value to something old by giving it a new lick of paint or even making it look more distressed to sell on for a profit.
If you’re really serious about saving the pennies you could try all of these ideas to see which most appeals to you. Selling a product requires some time and effort, so it’s best to stick to an idea that can work around your lifestyle – which is why online survey taking is becoming more and more popular. Why not give it a go, and see how much you can make from your own home? Browse our website, or sign up today, to find out more.