Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Alternative Ways for Quick Cash Before the Holidays

There is no denying that many people are feeling financially pinched and looking to make extra money.  Perhaps you are contemplating another job but already feel overextended at your current job and don’t want to use your remaining free time to work more.  Luckily, there are several ways to make some extra money that don’t involve getting another job.  Consider the following:
  1. Sell stuff around the house.  We all have clutter.  Identify the items you haven’t used in a year or longer and sell them on eBay or Craigslist or at a garage sale.  
  2. Open a new bank account that offers a financial reward.  There are bank accounts available that offer you anywhere from $50 to $100 after the account has been open a designated number of months (often three) and you have made a designated amount of transactions (usually including a few direct deposits).  Meet the bank’s requirement, and you have free money. 
  3. Use credit cards to your advantage.  Many credit cards offer generous rewards.  The best cash back credit cards often offer 2 to 6% cash back on certain types of purchases.  Use your credit cards for all of your purchases and reap the cash back rewards.  (Just make sure you are disciplined to pay off the balance each month.  Otherwise, the rewards will be offset by the interest you pay.) 
  4. Call to negotiate your cable bill.  Cable and Internet bills often are high.  Call the company to see what discounts they can offer you.  They may offer you a discount for six months, or they may give you options for items you can cut from your service to lower your cost.  Either way translates to more money in your pocket.
If you are looking for extra money, the only solution isn’t to get a part-time job.  There are plenty of ways to trim your costs and generate extra money if you are creative.

Guest Post by Melissa