It’s that time of year again: the holidays are over, taxes refunds may not have yet arrived, and everyone is broke. These harsh winter months can sometimes wreak havoc on bank accounts. Budgeting out your money before-hand and searching for online deals and coupons helps, but sometimes it can only go so far. Taking on a second full-time job is always an option. Why put yourself through that, though, when there are other things that require less time and effort?
When your job (or possible lack thereof) is not getting things done, your fantasy football team lost you money, and you’re watching your dreams of settling your debt disappear before your eyes, you have a few options to help get you through this dreaded dry season.
People in warmer climates might feel left out on this option, but those in colder, snowy climates should take advantage of this opportunity for extra cash.
Believe it or not, this is still a great way to earn some extra money, far beyond your childhood/teen years. While this is still a great way for kids to make some money, it is a viable option for adults as well.
If you want to be a real overachiever, clearing neighborhood roads that sometimes don’t get taken care of in time can make you the neighborhood hero. Renting a seasonal snow plow can make the job easier and increase the amount of houses and roads you are able to plow.
Hey, if it worked for Homer Simpson, it can work for you.
Selling Your Old Wardrobe
Remember all the clothes from years past that you probably won’t wear again? Time to put them to good use.
Donating is always an option, but if you’re in need of a little extra cash to go on a date, get your car serviced or you are simply tired of drinking leftover wine and want to buy a new bottle, then selling your old, gently worn clothes is a great option, not to mention a great way to declutter your home.
Unless you have a walk-in closet full of designer clothing, you won’t be walking away with thousands of dollars, but a little bit of extra cash can sometimes go a long way, and this is a nice option to have on a year-round basis.
Like selling your old wardrobe, house sitting is a job that can easily be extended to a year round way to bring in extra money.
In the winter, between people going on short ski weekends to leaving for warmer climates for months at a time, the opportunities for house sitting arise.
House sitting, in some cases, even can feel like a nice little vacation, depending on who you’re house sitting for and what’s required, and it usually pays more when there are pets to look after. A weekend of house sitting might fetch you anywhere from $50-100, depending on what is involved.
Though you can advertise your services, this job may be based on who you know and who trusts you. Still, it never hurts to put the word out through friends and family that you are willing to house/pet sit.
You can even go the extra mile and do a little maintenance check-up while you’re there. They might offer you an extra tip for taking the time to make sure their home is in tip-top shape, and you could set yourself up for the opportunity to earn even more money when they offer you the job of fixing whatever needs maintenance (who wants to clean out their own gutters, anyway?)
Earn Money for Things You Already Do
There are probably opportunities for you to earn money for the things you do on a daily basis. For example, you have those everyday things you purchase, as well as those once-in-a-while needs, but did you know that there are hundreds of retailers who offer cash back for shopping with them, if you know where to look?
There are also a number of smartphone apps that pay you just for doing what you do. If you enjoy television and movies, the Viggle app will pay you to document what you watch. If you are a health nut or a workout fanatic, the Pact app is the way to go. And if you’re that know-it-all friend who’s always asked to join trivia teams, why not get paid to answer random questions through the ChaCha app?
These are just a few ways to earn extra cash over the winter months. There are plenty of options out there and sometimes it simply takes a little creativity to find those avenues to make things a little easier during the toughest months of the year. If you have any of your own suggestions for getting by, leave them in the comments, and thanks for reading!