This is NOT a sponsored post! Every thing is completely Jimmy’s and my opinion. The links are referrals.
Here is the million dollar question that everyone and anyone wants to hear the answer to…
What are some easy ways to make money????
I am not necessarily talking about another full-time salary here, but I want to share with you some easy ways that Jimmy and I have made a few extra dollars on the side. 🙂
Ebates is a website that gives you cashback almost every time you shop online! It’s basically a huge referral program, so when you shop at Old Navy or Amazon while logged on to Ebates, you will earn some percentage or dollar amount cashback on your total. The amount or percentages vary based on what business you are shopping from, but I have earned 3%-15% cashback on the website I have shopped recently! It also alerts you of any coupons on the internet that you can apply to your order.
When you create an account, you can download a button for your browser, so it will alert you how much cash back you can earn when you are shopping on a specific website. Ebates helped us out while we were Christmas shopping!
We have made $50 this past month by doing NOTHING!
2. Return items
This may sound so basic, but I have been shocked by how many people don’t return items they don’t use either because they keep forgetting or don’t want to take the time to return it. PEOPLE! Let this be your sign that YOU NEED TO RETURN that gift you have and never use or that shirt you bought that doesn’t fit you!!!
Okay, do this… before you go to bed tonight, walk through your house/room/apartment and gather anything that still has a tag on it that you don’t use. Schedule a day this week to go to the store and return the item! Even if you only get store credit, that store credit could help you out with something you would actually use!
I have returned items to the store without a receipt AND without a tag! The big chain stores (like Target, cough cough) usually will take items back without the receipt OR the tag. Okay, you didn’t hear that from me, but also it’s their store policy!
And if you forgot or don’t know where the item is from, google the brand (a total Creagh move, I know).
3. Sell used items
Here’s some more homework for you… walk through your house/room/apartment and gather everything that you don’t use it anymore: clothes that don’t fit or you don’t like, household objects you hate or don’t use, kitchen items you never use, baby items that are outgrown and you won’t need again, backpacks, calculators, old iPods… ANYTHING! Then clean them all off and take CLEAR, good-lighting pictures of all angles.
Now you can post them on Craigslist or Facebook Buy-Sell-Trade groups. I prefer Facebook because you can see the person you are selling to before you meet up with them, but Craigslist can be good for more expensive items too.
We have probably made over $1,000 this year selling our used stuff. It takes times and patience, but EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS!
4. Credit cards
This one is a bit tricky. I know many of you have probably been told to never get a credit card and that credit cards are evil. Depending on your situation and if you are in credit card debt, Jim may also tell you to NOT get a credit card.
BUT, if you can be disciplined about paying your credit card off immediately and not over-spend, then credit cards can actually be a huge win!
Usually credit cards have an incentive to sign up, and Jim loves researching the best credit card rewards and receiving those rewards.
The credit cards that Jimmy recommends are:
- the Citi Double Cash Card (2% Cash Back on EVERY PURCHASE – No Annual fee)
- Chase Sapphire Preferred or Reserved ($500 for spending 4k)
- Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus ($500 – $700 for spending 2k)
- Chase Ink Business ($800 for spending 5k)
These cards all have a spending limit to hit in the first 3 months. The point is to put all your bills/groceries/gas/other necessary expenses on this card to hit the limit in the first 3 months. You need to do the math BEFORE hand to make sure you are able to hit the spending limt. If you have any specific questions about these cards please let us know and we will be happy to help! Again, use at your own discretion and do your full, extensive research before signing up for one! But the rewards can be FRUITFUL! MAKE SURE YOU PAY OFF YOUR ENTIRE BALANCE EVERY MONTH OR THIS DEFEATS THE PURPOSE OF THE CARD!! `
5. Create a product (or service) to sell
You don’t have to be an inventor to do this. It may be a simple skill that you never thought about selling like paintings, baby girl bows, knitted hats or scarves, body scrub/lotion/cleanser (think essential oils!), casserole dishes or any other type of food, etc. You could also advertise a service like cleaning houses or cars, petsitting, babysitting, landscaping, organizing, etc. Be creative but also think about what you enjoy doing and then try to market it. Even if you just pick up a few clients or sell a few products, it’s extra $!
Jimmy learned how to build farmstyle furniture from his dad and started making tables on the side. He would make the table, and then I would stain and finish it. I advertised the products on Facebook, Instagram, Craigslist and Buy-Sell-Trade Facebook groups. We virtually had a small business going on the side, but when Jimmy’s full-time job picked up, we had to stop because we couldn’t keep up with the furniture orders we were receiving.
This is just an example, but you would be surprised by how easy it is to sell something handmade via social media!