How to make extra money for traveling or how to save extra money in general
This is how my husband and I started saving to make extra money. Some of the things I mention may only be able to be done in the United States and even then may vary from state to state.
I am going to start off with the wildest one:
1. Dumpster Diving
It sounds exactly like it is. Sometimes it is nasty and sometimes it’s not so bad. Here is a video of an example. I have watched quite a few of this guys video.
Here is my first dumpster diving video.
Also, some of the best places to go would be high-end apartments/Universities. I am going to add in a few pictures of some of the things I have actually found diving. Dumpster diving is legal in Alabama. So check where you live to make sure and also watch out for gates, locks, and signs, that’s when it starts to get illegal. We have found way more items than shown, like I have found hairsprays, mousse, candles, trash can, etc ( Oh yeah and I shouldn’t have to tell you this but wear long pants and sleeves, bring gloves, and hand sanitizer.
2. Wood Work and Making Crafts
This is actually pretty fun. My husband and I started getting into wood work not too long ago. So we are still working at it. It also can cost you a little bit of money and time depending on the activity you do. If you can’t afford to buy the saws you need to wood work, ask a neighbor, friend, or family member. Our first saw came from a family member and then we started investing into better ones.
I wish I could count up all the money I have made from couponing. You can make or save a lot of money by doing this. What you do is ad match or price match and apply coupons. I am going to add the groups that I am in to help you get started. It is actually very easy to learn and in some of these groups they pretty much lay the deals out for you. So all the work is done. Walmart Group, Publix, Couponing Group, Dollar General, CVS, Walgreens, Dollar Tree, Target. These groups will guide you! Seriously!
5. Ebay selling from Thrift Stores/ Yard Sales
We just started doing this recently and we already love shopping from these types of places. Something else to look into is see what are the most popular things selling on Ebay/Amazon\Etsy and look for those, not just the things you think might be antique. Always, look up the items on your phone before buying them. Look for new items that still have tags and obviously look for name brand items. My friend just started doing this herself and has made over $1,200 USD. It may have taken her a few months. (Also make sure to compare websites you plan on selling your items on)
6. Join an affiliate program (If you are a blogger and have a good bit of traffic)
I am currently with Amazon. I have some money, but not enough for it to deposited into my account. So check out all the different affiliate programs.
7. Sell Stock Photos
I just semi recently started selling stock photos on Creative Market and Etsy which is Non-exclusive, which means you can sell your photos that you upload on CM on other sites as well. (I haven’t sold anything on Cm or Etsy yet.) I also just recently sold my first photo on Foap. It did take me almost a year and a half before I sold something on Foap, but I am totally okay with that because that is $5 I didn’t have.
This can range from downsizing to a smaller house or maybe lowering your mortgaging or find a cheaper place to rent. Maybe cutting down on data for your phone plan or cutting out cable or searching for better deals where you may actually be able to find a cheaper way to watch tv. You can always buy Netflix or Amazon Prime. Some channels have their tv shows put up on their website so you could watch them for free. There are ways to lower your bills without having to live a minimal lifestyle if you don’t want to.
9. House sit
This one will actually save you money by not having to spend any in the first place. I have yet to house sit. House sitting ranges from watching/up-keeping someones house while they are away or watching their pets/plants for them.
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All of these suggestions may feel like a second job, but if you enjoy them then they don’t always feel like work. If you can, why not try to get a second job instead, at least if you do these methods you set your own schedule and you are your own boss. At the moment I can’t get a job so this is another option for me. LET me know if you try any of these ideas! I am genuinely curious, especially if you go diving! *How are some ways you make extra money?*
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Chasa is a travel blogger who has been writing since 2016. She has traveled domestically and internationally since 2013 and resides in the state of Alabama, where she pursues her passion for helping people see the beauty in other states and countries through her own accounts.
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