Find more money without more work
You’d love to find extra money to have that extra drink before last-call. It’d be nice to find extra money to buy business-class instead of coach. Best of all, it’d be great to find extra money to pay off that extra debt. But, who wants to find an extra job?
Read below for 17 ways to find extra money without finding an extra job, and download our free tool to find extra money where you didn’t know you had it.
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10 super-simple ways to find extra money
1. Grocery shop on optimal days such as double coupon or special sales days
First, subscribe to the Sunday paper because they’re packed with coupons. Then, clip and file your coupons. This is old school but it works. Then, go to each of your grocery stores’ websites to check the in-store sales.
Armed with your coupons and in-store sales info and knowing what you already have in your kitchen, create a weekly menu. Try to buy very little, if anything, at full price and waste no food
2. Get Paid for Your Opinion
We all have one right! So why not get paid for them There are plenty of survey sites looking for your opinion and willing to share some of their revenue. Our favorite is Survey Junkie. You’ll get paid to watch videos, review products, take surveys and even shop. We suggest setting up a strategy to make $1-3 a day by answering surveys while watching TV. You could earn an extra $350-1000 a year with this alone! Sign up today.
3. Increase contributions to your HSA or FSA
Health Savings Account (HSA) and Flex Spending Accounts (FSA) are accounts that let you save and invest money to pay for qualified medical expenses. That’s the first benefit. The second is that your money in these accounts grow tax-free so long as you use it to pay for qualified medical expenses.
4. Use cash
It’s a dying commodity, but people who use cash for their everyday spending spend 12% – 18% less than those who use credit cards. For example, “McDonald’s reports its average ticket is $7 when people use credit cards versus $4.50 for cash.” So, use cash and save yourself 12% to 18%.
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5. Pay attention to your money
Experts agree that simply paying attention to your money and your spending helps you better manage and spend your money. If you have no idea how much money you’re bringing home or where it’s going, you can’t have a realistic handle on it nor control it.
6. Increase allowances on your W-4
Your W-4 lets your employer help you pay your income taxes in advance. A percentage of each paycheck is sent to the IRS to pay your income taxes in advance of their due date. For most, this means getting a tax refund between February and April the following year. If that’s you, you’re giving the IRS a no-interest loan.
Who gives a no-interest loan? No one, except you to the IRS.
Request a new W-4 from your employer and increase your allowances so you pay less throughout the year. Please keep in mind that this may reduce or eliminate your tax refund. Talk with an accountant about how best to calculate this.
7. Cut back a little on all your expenses
You aren’t one for the dramatic but the subtle? Try a corporate-like corporate cutting. Departments and whole companies often cut a percentage of expenses across the board. For example, cutting 4% on all expenses. Do the same. Need some help figuring out how and where? Start by getting this simple-to-use tool we created for you.
8. Return unused items
Have a collection of things and clothes you’ve never used, return them.
Return. Them. All.
Stores like Amazon, Nordstrom, Home Depot and Target have amazing return policies. Ideally, have the tags and receipt. Have at least the debit or credit card you used, and you’ll get a full refund. Then, do #4 and save your receipts.
9. Redeem gift cards
Don’t have actual things to return but a collection of gift cards with a few cents to a few dollars? This is found money if you take them to PlasticJungle.com. Sure, you’ll only get 80% value, but it’s money you didn’t have to buy things you don’t need.
10. Lower Your Student Loan Payments
One of the best ways to land more cash in your pocket is to stop paying high-interest rates on your public or private student loans. Our niece used Sofi to refinance her student loans and is putting over $200 a month back into her wallet. Refinancing her student loan debt is going to save her over $25,000 in ten years. Imagine what you could do if you refinanced your student loan debt?
7 not-so-simple ways to find extra money
11. Sell stuff
Most of us have more stuff than we need. Remember that food processor you got a few years ago for Christmas and never used? Will you ever read all those books you’ve been collecting? How about that gently-used clothing you’ve been holding onto for when you’re no longer holding onto that extra weight?
12. Ask for a raise
You may not want to find an extra job to find extra money, but you may be able to find extra money at that job you already have. It’s not easy, and it takes time, but earn it and ask for it – a raise, that is. If you need help writing the perfect request for a raise, read our six tips to write the best annual performance review ever.
13. Rent your extra space
If someone’s willing to pitch a tent in someone else’s backyard – keep it clean – you may have more space than you need to rent to a needy inhabitant. You may not want them living in your backyard, but if you have extra room in your house or above the garage, a perfect option is to host via MisterBandB, the largest network of gay-owned or gay-friendly rooms, apartments and houses available for a night or more.
14. Change banks
If you’re paying fees of any kind at your current bank, leave. Whether you’re paying ATM or low-balance fees, find a more appropriate bank, even if it’s a virtual bank. Regardless of your needs, you don’t need to pay fees. Of course, the freer the bank account the lower the savings rate.
15. Rent out your car
Have a car you never or rarely use, use Turo.com, JustshareIt.com or GetAround.com to rent your car to people who temporarily need it.
16. Sell your photos online
If you’re even a modest photo hobbyist, sell your iPhone or Android photos online to Shutterstock, Photoshelter, Fotolia, DreamsTime and/or iStock.
17. Use the Saver’s Credit
Take advantage of the Saver’s Credit. Instead of taking a tax deduction on your individual IRA or company-sponsored retirement account contributions, file for the Saver’s Credit. The Saver’s Credit may take up to $2,000 off your tax bill. Talk with your accountant first.
Now that you have 17 new ways to find extra money without finding extra work, you have 17 new ways to pay off debt or save for retirement. Be smart with the extra money you find and the extra money you find will work for you.
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