Have you slashed your expenses as much as you can, and you still can’t afford to travel? Don’t worry, even if you live in a dump and have a low paying job; there are still ways to come up with extra money.
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I’ve put together The Ultimate Guide To Traveling When You’re Broke, to show you how you can travel on very little money. The first part of this series showed you How To Save Money To Travel When You’re Broke.
In this second part of the series, we’ll focus on ways to make extra money so your travel dreams can come true. How fast you save is up to you. How hard are you willing to work? Can you get a better job? Maybe a side hustle or two for extra income. Don’t worry, there are a lot of options and they don’t all include getting another job.
Here are some simple ways to increase your income so you can get on the road faster.
Apply for a cash back or rewards credit card. Used responsibly, these cards can give you hundreds of dollars in cash back, or free flights or free hotel stays. Some of these cards even have bonus money or rewards just for signing up. For a more detailed look at some of the most recommended cards and how to pick the best one read How I Made $400 With My Credit Card.
Save up all of your change. Each day put money into a piggy bank, and deposit the money into your savings account when full. Save all of your dimes into a two-liter bottle and when it’s full, you’ll have around $500.
Ask friends and family to give you cash instead of gifts for Christmas and your birthday.
Provide a service to people. You could mow lawns, babysit, be a house sitter, walk dogs, paint houses, the person that fixes things, clean houses, move furniture, bookkeeping, or wash cars. Starting a side business is a great way to earn extra money while working the hours that are convenient for you.
Become an Uber or Lyft driver. Driving in your spare time could be a great money maker. Even small towns are getting on board with Uber. You could announce on a local yard sale board on Facebook that you will be driving locally.
What are you good at that you could teach someone else? How about cooking, sewing, fitness, music or sports? Maybe you could tutor someone by helping them with homework or preparing for a test.
You may be able to find a part-time job that could work around the schedule of your full-time job. Maybe you could work at a restaurant, be a bartender, substitute teach, retail, lifeguard, sports referee, or a delivery person.
Work From Home
Find legitimate companies that offer remote employment. Working from home would save you money by not having to drive to work, and it might make it easier to pick up a side hustle. Learn ways to make money from home with affiliate marketing.
Most of us have things laying around the house that we could sell. You might also be able to find things at yard sales that you could repurpose and sell for a profit. Sites like eBay and Craigslist are a good place to start to sell things online. Don’t forget to check out the Facebook yard sale sites. Etsy is a good place to sell homemade items. If you prefer, you could sell things at a thrift store or have a garage sale. You could also sell your blood and plasma.
One way to make extra money might be to rent out some things that you own. You could rent out your garage, a parking space, or a room in your house. With the oil & gas boom going on in our town, I know a lot of people that have made quite a bit of money by renting out rooms.
You should use eBates anytime you shop online to earn cash back on your purchases. It doesn’t cost you anything, and you just click on the store that you want to buy from and make the purchase like you normally would. They make money when you buy through their link, and they give part of it back to you, no strings attached. You can still use any coupon or discount codes that you have when shopping. Sign up here; it’s free.
By now you should have enough ways to save money and earn extra money to start your traveling adventures soon. The next post will show you how to travel when you’re broke.
Do you have any good money making tips that I missed? Have you found a great way to make some extra cash? Share your ideas in the comments.