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8 Great Ways To Earn Extra Cash

8 Great Ways To Earn Extra Cash

Budgeting is often viewed as a necessary evil, and a lot of people try to make due with a reasonable salary as best as they can. In a lot of cases, saving up for some luxuries simply isn’t a realistic option, as there just isn’t enough money to go around.

A good way to boost your budget a little bit, if you’ve already got a full-time job, is to find an additional source of income. This should be something that doesn’t require too much of your time, as you still want to have some free time left for yourself in the day, but still pays decently well.

Since people have different skills and sensibilities, we will be looking at a number of effective ways to earn some extra cash.

1. You can take online surveys

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    The gist of this fairly straightforward money-making method is that you log onto a website, complete a survey and get paid a certain amount of money for it. Some websites will have fairly regular surveys for the users to complete, earning you anywhere from $1 to $5 for shorter survey that can be completed quickly, while some can get you up to $10.

    There is also the odd opportunity like reviewing a website or evaluating a book, both of which which can land you up to $30 and $60 respectively.

    Getting paid to take surveys online is an easy and safe way to earn a little extra cash, as long as you focus your attention on the better websites like the ones mentioned here, but it won’t make you a millionaire anytime soon.

    The good thing about them though is that you can bite off as much as you want to chew, and you can combine paid surveys with other options listed in this article without losing too much of your own free time.

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    2. You can write and publish a cheap romance novel

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      While great classical minds like Cicero lamented about the state of the world in which children don’t listen to their parents and everyone is writing a book, the truth is that it’s evidently been like that for centuries now, and there is no reason why you shouldn’t take advantage of this fact.

      You’d think that there is a lot of competition out there, but despite the sea of cheap thrillers, fantasy and romance novels out there, people seem to want more and more.

      If you have even the slightest bit of writing talent, or at least have a decent idea and aren’t completely illiterate, there are user-friendly platforms like Smashwords that can help get your novels out there. The drawbacks here are that the process is time consuming and requires at least some creativity, but it can be a long-term project that you slowly complete over the course of a few months, writing whenever you find the time during the day.

      With time, you’ll get better, and if you can put that into your book, you are looking at a decent amount of additional income.

      3. You can hold online English classes on Skype

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        With the advent of platforms like Skype, it has become very easy to connect with people from around the globe, and even teach classes face-to-face with someone from another continent. Since English is a language spoken in most countries across the world, there is a big demand for English language teachers, especially in Japan.

        There is a $10 yearly fee, it’s simple to sign up for it and the money is decent – $5 for a 25 minute class and $10 for a 50 minute class – but it does require a decent amount of work and good people skills.

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        There also may not be a position available at all times, so you can end up waiting a while for a job opportunity to present itself.

        4. You can provide a unique niche service on Fiverr

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          Fiverr is a great platform where people can offer all sorts of services for a nominal fee, starting from $5. The best thing about it is that you have free reign to choose any type of service you would like to provide – from proofreading and songwriting to drawing cartoon version of people, web development and animation.

          But, as to be expected, there is a lot of competition.

          This is why you need to find a unique niche to cater to, something specialized for which you can quickly become the go to person. Everyone has some interesting talent, a skill set developed over the years or even a hobby that can be monetized, so Fiverr can be a good opportunity to supplement your income.

          5. You can sell your old textbooks

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            Higher education is an important thing to have, but going to university will set you back quite a bit in student loans. Textbooks can be costly as well, and over time, you will be left with a whole bunch of textbooks that you no longer need.

            You can make some of that money back by selling your used textbooks online. Selling your old textbooks on Amazon is pretty simple, and you can get a good deal for them, as long as they are in good condition and the ISBN number matches that found on the website.

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            6. You can dabble in stock photography

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              There are tons and tons of content being uploaded online every day, and a lot of it features at least one image. Everything from blog posts to homepage backgrounds may feature a quality image, so there is plenty of work to be had as far as stock photos go.

              Most stock photo sites offer about 50-60% of each sale to the artist, and if an image proves popular, it can earn you a nice sum. Of course, you need to invest in good equipment to set up a small studio and need to have some talent and experience, so it is not something that everyone can just pick up as an additional source of income.

              It may also be a while before you see some real profit, and you will have to put in the work. However, if you have already dabbled in amateur photography as a hobby, have some decent equipment and enjoy snapping photos, then you can take the extra step and make some money from it.

              7. You can try to find a gig as a movie extra

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                If you have a bit of free time on your hands, say on weekends or in the afternoon after your day job, and you’ve dreamed of being part of a movie production, you can try to find a gig as an extra. Unless you are a member of the Screen Actors Guild, you won’t make too much in this line of work, but a few days of shooting a month can provide you with that little extra cash that you need to get your finances in order.

                Now, before you get your hopes up and start planning your Oscar speech, I should mention that this line of work is not for everyone.

                A typical shoot can stretch on for hours on end, and you will be expected to stand around and repeat the same movements over and over again. You are basically adding a number of full workdays, physically demanding ones at that, to your schedule, and the work is not exactly stable – you can go a long time without an offer or get a couple of options during the same week.

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                It’s a bit of a gamble, and it is demanding, but it is also a decent side job overall, especially if you live in a bigger city where a lot of films and TV shows are shot.

                8. You can create a blog and start putting out content

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                  Even if you don’t think that you’d have much to say to the world, there is probably some specialized area that you are skilled in or have spent a good deal of your time learning about. Just as long as you can give some interesting insights, good advice and provide a bit of entertainment to a niche audience, you can create a fairly successful blog.

                  Like some other job opportunities on this list, creating a blog requires you to invest some money – although you don’t really need all that much – and a decent amount of time. It’s also not exactly a quick and easy way to get some cash.

                  You should see it as more of a long-term project that starts out as a fun hobby, and can gradually become a stable stream of extra income. The best thing about it is that it can be your little passion project that takes a couple of hours of your free time, which leaves you enough time to focus on other, more immediate, methods of earning money.

                  Supplementing your income with a less time-consuming and relatively simple side job will allow you to save up some money, get out of debt quicker or afford a few luxuries. These are just some interesting ways to earn a few extra bucks, while still having a bit of free time left.

                  You won’t burn yourself out doing any of these, and can tap into them as little or as much as you want, but they can make a noticeable difference over time.

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                  Ivan is the CEO and founder of a digital marketing company. He has years of experiences in team management, entrepreneurship and productivity.

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                  Last Updated on April 19, 2021

                  40 Healthy And Really Delicious Meals You Can Make Under $5

                  40 Healthy And Really Delicious Meals You Can Make Under $5

                  Ever had those moments where you really wanted to eat something delicious and healthy but didn’t have the financials means to do so? Whether you’re a student or parent, this compilation of 40 great, healthy, and inexpensive recipes will make every night special and help you get fit! No more meals where you have to force the food down! It’s time to make that budget your best friend and turn it into great recipes. Enjoy!

                  1. Fish Tacos in Crunchy Shells ($3.56 per serving)

                  Is there a better way to end the day than a Fish Taco dinner filled with protein and nutrients and is easy on the wallet? This recipe calls for a boys’ or girls’ night in front of a good movie or game.

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                    2. Mini-Meatball Noodle Soup ($3.43 per serving)

                    We’ve heard of the delicious spaghetti and meatballs recipes, but imagine having that same meatball goodness in a soup? It’s like Christmas in a bowl. Healthy, warm, and only $3.43 per serving.

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                      3. Spaghetti and (Vegan) Meatballs ($2.13 per serving)

                      Now it’s time to look at the traditional spaghetti and meatballs recipe, but with a little twist: vegan meatballs. This way, you can enjoy the Italian tradition without adding on the extra calories. I’m sold!

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                        4. Kabocha Squash and Lentils ($3.12 per serving)

                        Absolutely delicious way to end the day with a Kabocha Squash and lentils dinner. The beauty of this recipe is that you can actually make many other things from the mixture, from dips to full-on meals. All under $5 per serving.

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                          5. Baked Coconut Lentils ($0.91 per serving)

                          Coconuts are always a good idea, but it doesn’t have to be eaten only for dessert or breakfast. With this great recipe, you can now eat a lunch or dinner filled proteins and a coconut twist. Yum!

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                            6. Easy Marinated Roasted Chicken ($3.40 per serving)

                            We love chicken and at less than $5 per serving, we are in heaven with this recipe. Add some vegetables and rice on the side and you’ve got yourself a full meal!

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                              7. Organic Greens and Goat Cheese Gratin ($2.36 per serving)

                              This is absolutely divine. You get in your healthy greens and your fat macros with this great recipe. Takes only a few minutes to make and it’s easy on the wallet. Bon Appetite!

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                                8. Beef Pot Roast ($3.22 per serving)

                                One word: perfect. This meal will warm your insides and fill you up with the high protein content.

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                                  9. Fajita-Style Quesadillas ($0.43 per serving)

                                  If you want to eat Mexican tonight but want to stay in your budget, this Quesadilla recipe is your best friend. It’s tasty and filled with healthy ingredients for less than a dollar per serving.

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                                    10. Fish Tostadas with Chili Lime Cream ($2.82 per serving)

                                    Another great lunch idea for the busy days ahead. Prep this in the morning or the night before and you’ve got yourself a healthy and cheap lunch meal!

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                                      11. Beef and Black Bean Chili ($1.36 per serving)

                                      Might not look like much, but this amazing chili is actually extremely healthy for you. The protein from the beef and the carbs from the black beans will fill you up in no time, and keep you full for a long period of time. Delicious and warm, just right for the winter!

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                                        12. Crispy Fish and Peppers ($2.18 per serving)

                                        Amazing recipe for anyone looking to change up their meals while keeping their macros in check and not going overboard on spending. Satisfies your crunch tooth (see what I did there?) and gives you all the protein you need to stay full and lean.

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                                          13. Vegetarian Gumbo ($1.50 per serving)

                                          You have the perfect macro mix here with the carbs, fats, and proteins. At less than $5 per serving, you’ve got yourself a meal that will last for the whole week!

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                                            14. Mexican White Bean Soup ($0.99 per serving)

                                            With the cold weather creeping in, it’s not a surprise that soups are coming back in style. This great Mexican White Bean Soup dish will keep you warm for winter without making a hole in your pocket.

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                                              15. Black Beans with Mango & Cilantro ($0.38 per serving)

                                              Mangoes make every dish a little bit sweeter, which is why we absolutely love this recipe. A normal rice and bean dish might be a little meh, but add the sugary taste of mangoes and you’ve got yourself a party!

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                                                16. Bean Burritos ($0.71 per serving)

                                                If you’re having people over tonight and don’t want to spend too much time or money on food, this dish is a great option! You can even cut up the burritos into pieces and make finger foods while everyone’s watching the game or gossiping.

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                                                  17. Five-Spice Beef Kabobs ($2.43 per serving)

                                                  The spices in this recipes add a delicious twist to the beef kabobs, which is definitely worth trying!

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                                                    18. Cornmeal Crusted Pork ($1.92 per serving)

                                                    If you like the fried crunch but want to opt for a healthier alternative, cornmeal is your man. This healthy recipe will satisfy all your fried desires without making you pop open your pant’s button.

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                                                      19. Chicken, Tomato & Cucumber Dinner Salad ($2.57 per serving)

                                                      Easy to do, extremely healthy, and super delicious. A must-try!

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                                                        20. Lentil Soup with Beef and Red Pepper ($1.90 per serving)

                                                        I can’t believe how cheap this meal is, especially for all the nutrients it contains. You can make a big pot on Sunday night and divide it into small portions to last you a whole week.

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                                                          21. Smoky Mushroom Stroganoff ($1.90 per serving)

                                                          Craving pasta but not sure what to top it off with? How about smoky mushrooms with a twist?

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                                                            22. White Bean Tuna Salad ($1.36 per serving)

                                                            You can add this White Bean Tuna Salad in your sandwich or just eat it as-is for a quick lunch on a busy day.

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                                                              23. Sausage Eggwiches ($0.80 per serving)

                                                              Who says you have to eat fast food to get an eggwich? This delicious recipe will give you an amazingly healthy eggwich for less than a dollar per portion. Can you say Breakfast?

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                                                                24. Baja-Cali Black Bean Salad ($1.17 per serving)

                                                                Great snack to add to a movie-night with friends. You don’t have to use chemically-processed salsas anymore, you can now use this homemade salad for your chip dips.

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                                                                  25. Gnocchi, Sweet Corn & Arugula in Cream Sauce ($2.24 per serving)

                                                                  Italians always knew how to make carbs look good! This delicious Gnocchi recipe will give your lunch a whole new meaning. Easy to make and only $2.24 per serving.

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                                                                    26. Vegetable Lasagna ($1.73 per serving)

                                                                    If you were looking for a healthy lasagna, you’ve just found it. At under $5 per serving, you can fill yourself up right away without putting on the extra calories.

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                                                                      27. Fajita-Ranch Chicken Wraps ($2.05 per serving)

                                                                      Don’t know what to make for lunch this week? How about delicious chicken wraps with a healthy ranch? This recipe will make all your lunches, even the quick ones, healthy and colorful.

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                                                                        28. Quinoa with Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts ($1.24 per serving)

                                                                        A dish that has quinoa and brussel sprouts can’t be unhealthy, it just can’t, which is why this dish is one to keep in the books. Easy to make, healthy, and will keep you full for a long period of time.

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                                                                          29. Butternut Squash Chili ($1.04 per serving)

                                                                          You don’t need meat to make chili now that you have this recipe! It’s 100% healthy, filling, and smells absolutely delicious.

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                                                                            30. Fast Shrimp Bisque ($2.03 per serving)

                                                                            Seafood doesn’t have to be expensive if you know how to do it right, and this fast shrimp bisque is a great recipe to try if you’re in the mood for some seafood!

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                                                                              31. Chicken-Noodle Casserole ($0.98 per serving)

                                                                              Looks divine doesn’t it? This super easy to make dish will satisfy all your taste buds without burning a hole in your wallet or adding a few extra numbers on the scale.

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                                                                                32. Burrito Cups ($1.18 per serving)

                                                                                Entertaining someone tonight and don’t know what to make as appetizers? These burrito cups are a great alternative to chips or other greasy finger foods. All you need to enjoy it is a spoon and a cup.

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                                                                                  33. Lemon-Dill Shrimp & Pasta ($2.45 per serving)

                                                                                  Another impressive shrimp recipe under $5 per serving. The lemon-dill twist adds a great taste to the dish.

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                                                                                    34. Potato Frittata ($0.87 per serving)

                                                                                    If you want to eat potatoes for breakfast but still want it to be healthy, this is the recipe for you. At under a dollar per serving, this potato frittata will make you see potatoes in a whole new light.

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                                                                                      35. Grilled Pork and Pineapple ($2.67 per serving)

                                                                                      Meat and fruits? Oh, yes. The juiciness of the pork mixed with the liquid sugar in the pineapple will make you wish you knew about it sooner.

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                                                                                        36. Greek Honey-Lemon Pork Chops ($2.15 per serving)

                                                                                        Another splendid recipe mixing sweet and salty for a healthy meal. Easy to make and absolutely mouthwatering.

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                                                                                          37. Jamaican Pork Stir-Fry ($2 per serving)

                                                                                          You can add this healthy stir-fry to any dish as a side or amply enjoy it as-is for lunch or dinner. You can even make a wrap sandwich out of it if you’re in a rush to eat.

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                                                                                            38. Herbed Salmon ($2.49 per serving)

                                                                                            Salmon contains a healthy dose of fats that will boost your metabolism, lower inflammation, and make you happier. At under $5 per serving, need I say more?

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                                                                                              39. Five-Spice Pork Kabobs ($1.96 per serving)

                                                                                              Exquisite recipe under $5 per serving that will most definitely awe everyone at your dinner party.

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                                                                                                40. Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Mango-Black Bean Salsa ($1.24 per serving)

                                                                                                You don’t have to eat sweet potatoes alone anymore with this flavorful recipe.

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