Would you like to have a little extra
money to pay off a bill, build up your
savings, or pay an upcoming expense?
These ideas may help you find a way to
bring in extra money.
Do you have CDs, tapes, furniture, or
books other items that you don't need?
Turn them into cash! A resale shop might
sell them for you. You could have a yard
sale, or sell them at a swap meet or flea
market. You could even sell them on the
Internet on one of the auction sites.
You might be able to provide a service
that other people would pay for. Some
common jobs are to babysit, shovel
snow, and run errands. Do you have
special skills? You could get paid to translate, be a tutor, braid
paint, or repair items. Even if you have a
full-time job, you might be able to do
enough of these things to make some
extra money each week.
Look for a part time job. You could
deliver papers, deliver phone books, or
work in a store. Or,
you could be a
salesperson for one
of the companies
that sells things
parties, like candles
and plastic products.
You might get paid for taking part in a
research study at a hospital or a college.
Some marketing companies pay people
to share their thoughts about a certain
product or service as part of a focus
You might get money from public aid or
charities. Getting food from a food
pantry will leave you more money for
other needs. Other programs may help
you pay your electric or gas bills, or
your phone bill.
You may be able to "find" some money
if you return un-used items to the store for a refund, use gift certificates
change back, cancel magazines to get a
refund for the unused part, or even return
a gift for a refund from the store.
If you work,
check your last
income taxes to
make sure you
took all the
available to you.
File an amended
return if you
Claim the Earned Income Tax Credit,
Child Credit, and Child Care Credit if
you are eligible.
Collect money that other people owe
you, including child support.
At your job, you can volunteer to work
overtime, work toward a promotion, or
ask for a raise. Use
your job benefits.
Examples of this are:
turn in job expenses to
contribute to your
401(k) retirement plan to get your money matched by your
employer, or put money for child care or
medical expenses into an account that is
not taxed as part of your income.
There are many ways to make extra
money. But be careful about jobs that
sound too good to be true. Don't believe
ads you hear that promise to pay you
high wages for simple work, like stuffing
envelopes. Most of those ads are scams.
If you have to pay a fee or buy lots of
materials before you can get the job, it
may be a rip-off.
Prepared by Karen M. Chan, Extension
Educator, Consumer and Family Economics, University of Illinois Extension,
Chicago Extension Center.
Edited by: Katherine Reuter,
Extension Educator, Consumer and Family Economics, University of Illinois
Extension, Countryside Extension Center.
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