As a college student living on a tight budget, it’s not always easy justifying spending a few extra bucks on Starbucks or eating out once a week. Justifying these little extras is a lot easier when I have accumulated extra spending money. While picking up a side hustle (and committing to it) can be incredibly time consuming, here are three resources I use to earn extra spending money that let me work at my pace.
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> Surveys I’ve been completing consumer surveys since I first learned about them when I was thirteen. As a middle schooler, earning my own pocket money (even if it was $10 here and there) was very empowering. Now, I still complete surveys because those same $10… $20 are just the pick-me-up I need sometimes. There are two survey websites that I consistently use:
– SurveySavvy* sends out multiple surveys a day that can earn you hard cash if you qualify for the survey. The surveys range in monetary reward ($1-$200+) as well as topic, but I’ve found all of the ones I’ve completed interesting. Once you complete a survey, your account gets credited the appropriate monetary value within 4-6 weeks and you can request a payment any time after that. Since I’ve begun completing these surveys, I’ve received over $100 in cash.
– i-Say (Ipsos) offers rewards for surveys using points which can be redeemed for gift cards. I just started using this platform six months ago and have redeemed a $10 Amazon gift card. I like that this platform seems to always have multiple surveys available for me to complete, however, it seems like these surveys are more particular in their participants.
> Selling Unused/Unworn Items via eBay, Plato’s Closet, Poshmark, Facebook, garage sale – whatever medium you think you’ll see the most success. I’ve found that the key to selling items you no longer want is to appropriately price items aka don’t try to sell your items for what you paid for them. Typically, I price items 35-60% off their original price, depending on how much I think people will realistically pay for them. Retail stores like Plato’s Closet that buy your items at a competitive price so that they can turn a profit on reselling them (similarly to a pawn shop).
How do you make extra spending money?