2012 is proving to be a tough year for us parents so far – too many days in the month for the dollars to stretch around. Our children are either growing more every day, or their clothes are shrinking, and lets not even talk about the grocery shopping bill, which is increasingly expensive each week, even though we’re putting less in the cart.
So, what are we supposed to do? No one wants to (or is able to) borrow from banks just to make ends meet, but working extra jobs or longer hours just isn’t practical for most of us.
Well, the good news is there are several ways to easily make a little extra income each month. Some are even quite good fun! – here are five of the best:
Cash-back and Reward Sites
Cash-back and Reward companies, such as Rewardit, allow you to earn whilst you spend.
You have to register, which is completely free, but once you have you are able to earn cash-back by clicking through to a retailer from their site. You’ll receive a percentage of the cost of any purchases you make with the retailer, which will be paid into a cash-back account. You are able to withdraw from the account as soon as you have reached a specified threshold.
It really couldn’t be easier!
Teach someone a lesson – Home tutoring
Are you particularly skilled at something? If so, you could be putting your veritable talents to good use and netting yourself some much needed extra dollars this summer. Whether it’s in an academic subject, such as English or Math, or something completely different like guitar playing or cooking.
Advertise your services in local shops or newspapers, fit the hours around your family and watch the dollars roll in.
Sell it Online
Next time you clear out your garage or empty the toy room, remember that you can sell your old, unwanted items, rather than taking them to the dump.
Think outside the Ebay box and consider alternatives such as Amazon, sell.com or on local Facebook selling groups. People will pay a premium for good quality furniture that they can customise themselves or ‘upcycle’.
As they say: One mans trash is another mans treasure!
Have a party – a shopping party
Shopping parties used to be all the rage, but died a bit of a death after the meteoric rise of Internet shopping popularity. However, it has recently made a welcomed comeback and home shopping companies, like Tupperware are updating their products and getting trendy again.
The rise in popularity of party-based selling is connected to the economic climate, with thousands of people signing up to become party hosts for a number of new (and old) party retailers, who hold parties as an alternative to an expensive nights out – it’s the prefect excuse for a catch up with family and friends.
There are some amazing companies offering you the chance to sell their products at parties in exchange for commission: from Tupperware to scented candles and kids clothes. You can work your hours around your family and increase your network of friends whilst making money.
As a mystery shopper, your job will be to evaluate and comment on customer service in a wide variety of shops, restaurants and services in your area. High standards of customer service are becoming increasingly important, and have helped grow mystery shopping into a $1.6 billion a year industry.
There are several reputable mystery shopping agencies you can sign up with, and you can expect to earn between $8-$10 per assignment. If the agency is offering a considerable amount more than this, you should be suspicious.
This article was written by Kathryn Thompson. Kathryn is an experienced mom blogger with three daughters who enjoys earning whilst she spends online, generating Cashback with Rewardit.