homeschool group or co-op where you can
teach a class?
So many people are involved in direct sales.
Because there is such a wide variety of businesses you can choose from, you are sure to
find a perfect fit. Some of the more popular companies include selling items such as
oils, health supplements, and cooking tools.
One of my friends sells books in order to
earn books for her children as well as make
a little extra money.
You could also create your own direct
sales. Do you enjoy crafting? Many local
events need vendors. I attend as many as
possible where I sell quilts, crafts, and print
copies of my books.
This one may seem silly to include, but
it’s worth a mention. I have earned well
over $500 a year on cashback deals. They
aren’t hard to find if you know where to
look. Check your bank’s website. Some
banks have a list of companies where you
can use your debit card to receive cash
back. It isn’t a ton of money, but every
little bit adds up.
Credit cards are also great for cashback deals. I have one that gives me Amazon points. I collect points all year and at
Christmas time I have at least a few hundred dollars saved up. Friends of ours have
a credit card that gives some points for vacation. Their vacations end up being almost
free each year.
Grocery apps such as Ibotta, Check Out 51,
and Saving Star also offer cashback deals. I
have saved/made $200 in six months. Couple these deals with coupons when possible
and you can double or triple your savings.
If you are into exercising, there are apps
that track your movement and pay you for
it. Here again, not a lot of money, but the
pennies add up.
When you need some quick cash, clean the
house and collect items for a yard sale. If
your house isn’t on a main road, see if there
are any local flea markets where you can
rent space. The traffic that the flea markets
generate is definitely worth the few bucks
for the space.
Another way you can earn quick cash
is by selling scrap metal. Aluminum and
cast-iron are two of the most popular met-
als sold to scrap yards. Do a quick search
online to see if there are any scrap metal
places in your neighborhood and then see
what you have lying around your house that
you would normally throw away.
Separately, none of the ideas above will
make you rich, but by combining sev-
eral of them, you can supplement your
income or work toward paying off some
debt. Make it a family affair to maximize
Ruth O’Neil, born and raised in upstate
New York, attended Houghton College. She
has been a freelance writer for more than
20 years, publishing hundreds of articles in
dozens of publications. You can visit her at
ruths-real-life.blogspot.com or on her web-
site at ruthoneil.weebly.com. Ruth spends her
spare time quilting, scrapbooking, and camp-
ing with her family.