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5 Easy Ways to Earn Some Extra Money

5 Easy Ways to Earn Some Extra Money

Everyone wants to earn some extra money. Of course when googling the topic you will have thousands, perhaps, millions of responses to how you can actually tackle this need. Yes there are many articles out there which talks about earning extra money. However your focus should never be about simply making money and becoming a victim of any get “rich quick” schemes or shelling out a lot of money to simply sign up for some webinar or training session. All these may simply take you nowhere.

It can be a tedious exercise trying to make millions from home or online, yet it doesn’t mean you cannot earn some extra cash the easy way with the several opportunities this information age has afforded us. Rather than make excuses about the subject it is time for you to try any of these 5 easy ways to earn some extra money.

Partake in a survey

Of course there are a lot of websites that will actually pay you for doing various things online. It could be shopping or testing products. Yet partaking in a survey does stand out because, although it doesn’t make you a millionaire, it does give you the flexibility you need to earn some extra cash.

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It is good to sift through the many sites advertising surveys for cash, though some are running an illegitimate business, but sites like iPoll, MySurvey and Swagbucks can help you realize your dream of earning some extra bucks.

Be rewarded when you use an app

Of course there are a lot of apps that offers you cash. But one I will recommend is Showbox. Showbox helps smartphone users get cash rewards as they discover free and fun games. Showbox recommends new games every day and you can get cash-points for playing games which can be cashed out via PayPal, Netflix or Amazon Gift Card.

There are several ways you can earn money with Showbox as they regularly hold game contest both in the app and facebook as people can also earn money by partaking in their partnership program, where you refer this app to others. It is the best way for you to earn some easy money especially if you are a game lover.

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Website Testing

You can make a decent income simply by reviewing new and upcoming websites. There are sites like Usertesting that offer users the chance to give creators their honest opinion and feedback.

Any single task you are assigned can be accomplished in less than a hour. You shouldn’t worry if the tasks are difficult since you will only be asked to review sites that fit your interests.

Upload your photos and sell them

If you are the artistic type of person you can upload your photos, videos and illustrations on places like iStockPhoto for earnings. There are reports of exclusive contributors making lots of money because their pictures or vector illustrations have experienced loads of downloads.

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There are also other opportunities and sites where you can make cool cash for simply showing off the right pictures. For certain photographers who are great at using Instagram they have gone ahead to sell their photos as prints.

Sell things online

Yes many have turned sites like ebay.com as places to make some extra and easy cash. You could sell the things around your house or you could buy things on the site or elsewhere from other people to sell for higher prices.

You can also compare prices by looking through the “sold” listings. There are a lot of persons who buy items en masse and sell them for profit. It is something you can try if you are great at shopping and selling stuffs.

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I know I have not exhausted the options for earning some extra and easy money, so you can share some ideas you know.

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Published on September 17, 2018

How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

Achieving financial success is not something that just happens. Maybe if you win the lottery or something, but for the average person like you or me, it comes from a series of small steps you take over a long period of time.

With each step, you form a new smart money habit. And with each smart money habit, you build towards financial independence.

So what sort of habits can you form to get on that path? Let’s take a look at smart money habits you can start today to get you closer to a financially independent future.

1. Avoid being “penny wise but pound foolish”

It’s tempting to try saving a couple cents here and there when buying small items. However, that’s not where the real money is saved. You’re putting in extra effort for something that doesn’t move the needle.

You get the most bang when you’re able to cut down on your bigger bills. For example, finding a lower interest rate for your mortgage could save you $50+ per month. And cutting your transportation bill by purchasing a cheaper car or taking public transportation can provide large gains as well.

So, look at your recurring expenses such as housing, transportation, and insurance, and see where there’s wiggle room. It’s a much better use of your time than trying to pinch pennies here and there on smaller purchases.

2. When you want something big, wait

Impulsivity can get you in trouble in most aspects of life. Finances are no different.

It’s human nature to see something and want it right then and there. It starts as a kid in the checkout line at the grocery store, and it continues on through adulthood.

We get an idea in our head of something we want, and it’s hard not to go out and get it right then.

A good example is wanting a new car. Perhaps you’ve had your car for several years. It’s crossed the 100k mile mark. Maybe maintenance is due, and you’re annoyed that you need to replace the timing belt or purchase new tires.

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So, you get the itch.

You start digging around online, and you realize you could trade in your current car for something newer and more exciting… all for a few hundred bucks a month. Then you get obsessed.

Here’s where you have to take a step back.

Your newfound obsession is clouding your judgement. Rather than giving into the impulse, wait it out.

Set a timeframe for yourself. Maybe you come back to the decision three months down the road. See if the obsession lasts.

It might, but often, a funny thing happens. Often, you forget about it. And often, you find that the new car wasn’t a need at all.

The impulse faded. And you just saved yourself a ton of money.

3. Live smaller than you can afford

You finally get that big raise. And you want to celebrate – and why not?

You’ve been looking forward to this forever. And after all, it was all due to your hard work.

That’s fine, splurge a little. However, make it a one-time deal and be done.

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Don’t get caught in the trap that just because you’re now making more money, you should spend more.

Too often, people get more money and feel like they that gives them the means to buy a bigger house, a bigger car… you know the drill. Resist.

The fact is that living smaller than what you can afford is one of the fastest ways to build savings.

But if you constantly upgrade as you begin to make more, then you’ll never get ahead. You’ll just build up more debt along the way and have just as little wiggle room as before.

4. Practice smart grocery shopping

Food… it’s one of the biggest portions of any budget. And if you’re not careful, it can be one of the biggest drains on your wallet.

But luckily, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you stay smart with your money when buying groceries.

Create a grocery budget

Set a strict weekly grocery budget. When you know how much you can spend on groceries, you can then plan your weekly menu around it.

Once you know what all you need, you can go shopping and keep a running tally as you shop to ensure you’re on track.

I tend to do this in my head, rounding for each item. However, writing it down as you go would probably work best for most people.

Make a list… and never deviate

Never go to the grocery store without a list. If you go to the store with a ballpark idea in mind, you don’t have a true ide of what you need.

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You’re not well-researched. You don’t know what the sales are. As a result, you’re going to make decisions on the fly.

These impulse decisions will lead to overspending, which will derail your grocery budget.

Eat before going grocery shopping

It’s also important to eat prior to going to the grocery store. Hunger is a powerful force.

If you’re shopping on an empty stomach, everything is going to look good. In particular, you may find a lot of ready-made, processed snacks will look enticing.

After all, you’re hungry now and that food is easily available. So subconsciously, you may lean towards those items.

Unfortunately, not only are those items typically less healthy, but they’re likely more expensive. You pay for convenience.

However, when you eat prior to shopping, then you’ll shop with a clear mind. Your hunger won’t cloud your judgement, influencing you to make poor decisions like a cartoon devil resting on your shoulder whispering in your ear.

This makes it much easier to stick to your grocery plan.

5. Cancel your gym membership

Now that you’re all set on your food, it’s time to get smart about managing your budget in terms of physical fitness. And let’s begin by avoiding the gym. The gym bill, that is.

The average gym membership costs around $60 per month. That’s $720 a year.

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Yet, two out of three gym memberships go unused. That means two-thirds of people who have a gym membership are literally giving away almost a thousand bucks a year. It’s crazy!

I recommend seeking an alternative. One good alternative is to look into fitness streaming services.

Streaming services allow you to stream hundreds of workouts like Insanity and p90x, right in your own home for around $10-20 a month. That’s $40-50 less a month than the average gym membership.

Of course, then there’s the free option. The internet is full of free workouts that you can do on your own with minimal or no equipment.

For example, there’s the Couch to 5K program, that I personally used a decade ago to ease myself from couch potato to running my first 5K race. If I could do it, anyone could.

Then there are free resources like reddit that have limitless information on workouts. The Fitness subreddit has done all the research for you, populating workout tips and detailed workout routines for anyone to use in their wiki.

There are several routines that require no equipment. And you can join in on the subreddit to become part of the community, making it easier for those seeking comraderie and encouragement in their fitness goals. All for free.

It’s baby steps… And baby steps can start now!

I’ve never met anyone that can’t stand to be a bit smarter with their money. And on the flip side, anyone can get smarter with their money. But remember, it doesn’t happen all at once.

Begin by fighting your impulses. Prepare for the week and be smart at the store. And cut monthly expenses like gym memberships that are overpriced and you probably aren’t getting your money’s worth out of anyway.

The devil is in the details. And the details can change your lifestyle and prep you for a financially independent future.

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