Are you ready for a vacation, but your wallet is telling you otherwise? Even a quick weekend getaway can stretch a budget thin. So Roaming Smith has rounded up four ways you can start making extra cash for your next trip.
Get a Side Hustle
Do you have a few free hours after work or on the weekends that you can use to make extra bucks? There are plenty of online opportunities for side jobs if you want to tutor students, teach a foreign language, do some copywriting, or even help a small business with its accounting.
Wherever your talent lies, online bulletin boards and job posting sites can help you make money on the side. And if you like meeting people in real life and being out and about, consider babysitting, pet sitting, dog walking, or delivering meals and groceries to senior citizens, shut-ins, and frazzled moms. Invoicera.com suggests setting up an online payment system on your phone to make it easier for your clients to pay you, and if you want to look even more professional, design an invoice template with your contact information and payment options so you can get your money even quicker.
Sell Your Unwanted Items
If you have a lot of stuff lying around that is still in good or okay condition you’re no longer using, or you’d like to get rid of, consider having a yard sale or a garage sale at your house. Advertise it online and in your local paper a few days before, put a sign in front of your property, and make sure you have plenty of change on hand to break large bills for your customers. And if you only have a few items to sell, or if the idea of getting up early on a weekend and having strangers traipse all over your front lawn isn’t appealing to you, putting your stuff up for sale online is another great option.
A few high-quality photos of the item, along with a proper description, will help garner the attention of online shoppers. But stay vigilant and make sure you’re dealing with legitimate buyers to avoid getting scammed!
Do More Things at Home
Ditch your gym membership, your unused subscriptions, and your morning coffee run, and see how much money you can save every month! Self magazine outlines how to set up a corner of your home with a yoga mat, a stability ball, and some free weights, crank up the music, pop up an exercise video or download an exercise app to your phone or tablet, and burn some calories before or after work.
If you work from home, you can even take a midday break and do some stretches to boost your energy levels and productivity. Brew your own cup of joe in your kitchen and enjoy a relaxing few moments before starting your day listening to a free podcast. Drop your monthly cable or satellite bill and get your local and national news using an antenna. All those savings quickly add up and get you closer to your goal!
Find the Best Travel Deals
Prices on airfare vary depending on the time of the year, the day of the week, and even the hour of the day. So look for the best deals using an online travel site: if you can be flexible on your dates, you will save yourself extra money as you embark on your dream vacation. If you’re looking for hotel-quality amenities with all the comfort of a private home, you can find rental properties online for you and your guests: select the number of bedrooms and bathrooms you’ll need, see if the property meets all your requirements (pool, spa, full kitchen, etc.), and plan visits to nearby attractions or simply enjoy relaxing away from everyday life.
Your next dream vacation can be closer than you think! Look for a side job to complement your income, have a yard sale, or use online marketplaces to make extra bucks and shop around for the best airfare deals!
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