I talk a lot about saving money, shopping smart, and getting-by-with-less, but remember that bringing in extra income is also helpful to your family budget. Last year, I posted each month the little things I did that added up to big bucks. I'm continuing some of those same strategies this year, but I've fine-tuned them to work better for me and my schedule. For example:
- Rebates: I used to submit every manufacturer's rebate out there. Now, I only send in for rebates worth $5 or more. I find that it's a better use of my time, and they really do add up. If you haven't yet, submit the three $5 SC Johnson rebates. They're so easy, and by buying products you'd use anyway, with coupons, you'll probably end up earning money back on these. For a list of rebates available right now, check out Rebate Roundup over at Friend Family Fun.
- Sell Something: Do you have items cluttering up your house that could be sold on Craigslist or to local moms? If you're not comfortable with Craigslist, take a photo of your item(s) and send an email to your MOMS group, church friends, or preschool moms to see who might need your kids' outgrown gear/toys/etc. I did a MAJOR decluttering for my multiples club's consignment sale and made $483 last weekend, but you can get started with just a few items sold to people you know.
- Get a FREE Gift Card: Yesterday's paper had two pharmacy coupons for FREE gift cards in the KMart and Target ads. Use them at those stores or any of the big nationwide chains–CVS, Rite Aid or Walgreens–to get FREE money to spend. If you're not sure how this works, read my tutorial.
There are plenty of ways you can bring in a little extra income, but these are three quick ones to try this week. Here's your challenge for the week, since it's Monday–what will you do this week to earn a little extra income?