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10 Simple Things You Can Do To Earn More Money

10 Simple Things You Can Do To Earn More Money

There are many different, simple things you can do to earn more money. And who wouldn’t like a little extra money to add to their income this year? Just think of all the things you could buy with some extra side income.

Here are 10 simple tips that will put more cash in your pocket:

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Earn money by cutting back

1. Cancel any memberships or subscriptions you don’t use. For example, do you subscribe to a magazine or a service like Netflix or Hulu? If you don’t use the subscription on a regular basis it might not be worth paying for anymore. The same goes for memberships. What about cable television? Cable is expensive and for most people it’s not even worth paying for, since there is so much media available through other methods online and through Hulu, Netflix, YouTube and torrent websites.

2. Take a look at your variable expenses, like phone bill, car insurance, groceries and gas. Can you get cheaper car insurance or cut your phone bill in half? Eating out less and being smart with how much you spend on food and health items can help save money and put more money in your pocket.

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3. Go through your belongings and sell things on Craigslist, eBay or Amazon. You most likely have a couple of things laying around that you don’t use anymore or don’t really need anymore. Think of old electronics, clothing and other items that you can part with and list them online for sale. You could also look at recycling centers in your area that may allow you to recycle electronics like TVs, cameras and computers.

4. Sell unwanted things to a pawn store or to friends. Pawn stores are a great option if you want to get rid of unwanted items and make some quick cash. Pawn stores sell a variety of items that people have sold to them, so there’s a good chance they might be interested in whatever you’re trying to sell. Also, post your items on social media for friends to see. Oftentimes a friend might like to purchase something you have for sale because they can get it at a discounted price and it’s something they want or need. This is especially true with items like baby clothing and other baby items, adult and children’s clothing, purses and electronics.

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5. Host a clothing swap or yard sale at your house. Charge an entrance fee for others to join and sell their belongings too. You can sell your unwanted belongings and make money on both the entrance fee and items that sell. A clothing swap or yard sale is a good way to get some friends and family involved to sell their unwanted items, then everyone can make a little extra money this way.

Simple ways to earn money

6. Write an e-book and sell it on Amazon and Smashwords. Writing an e-book is easier than ever. All you have to do is write your book in Microsoft Word or any other similar word processing program, upload it to Amazon, use Amazon’s cover creator and then list it for sale through their Kindle Direct Publishing site. It’s also a very easy process to upload a book to Smashwords and sell e-books there. You can make anywhere from a couple of dollars a month to considerably more depending on how many copies you sell, what you choose to charge for the e-book and the royalty that is paid out to you. It’s an easy way to make some extra money continuously.

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7. Write articles for websites like Lifehack. There are several reputable article websites out there that pay per article you write. With a little time and effort you can make a little or a lot of extra money, depending on how many articles you want to write.

8. Sell your photos online. You’ve probably got tons of original photos you’ve taken on your phone, with a camera or another device throughout your life. There are several websites where you can sell your photography. Here’s a list of photo websites where you can list photos for sale:

9. Make something and sell it on Etsy. If you are crafty then Etsy is just the place for you. You can create one-of-a-kind products and sell them on Etsy. Make sure to advertise them on social media like Pinterest, which is great for specialty items, crafts, clothing and gifts.

10. Sell your plasma. Do a search to find the closest location to you that will allow you to sell your plasma. Oftentimes you can earn up to $130 for the first four times you donate plasma. Make an appointment, go in to have it done and walk out with cash in hand. You can repeatedly donate so this is something you can do occasionally to make a little extra if needed. Plasma donors should check with their local donor facility to find out how often they can donate. Donating plasma is a little more involved than donating blood and requires a little more time.

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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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