If are living paycheck to paycheck and need some extra cash, there are lots of ways to raise money. Here are a few of them.
Sell Stuff You Don’t Want, Need or Use
Are there pants, sweaters, dresses or suits in your closet that you haven’t worn in a month of Sundays? That clothing would be far more valuable in the hands of someone less fortunate than you. Here’s a case where you can do well by doing good.
Donate unused or unwanted clothing, electronics and other household goods to charity – and get a tax deduction for your generosity. Alternatively, you could have a garage sale and instantly pocket the cash, then use the money toward paying off your credit card debt. In addition to clothes, you can sell unwanted or unused toys, furniture, appliances, and other household items.
Turn a Hobby Into Cash
Whether you turn a hobby into a cash-making business, sell new or used products online, or stuff envelopes for another business, the key is for it to be a no-cost or low-cost venture that can be operated exclusively from the privacy of your own home. Why these characteristics? For starters, you don’t have the money to buy tons of products. You also don’t want to have to hire anybody or lease space. You want to keep all the money you earn, right?
Adjust Your Withholdings at Work
If you’re getting a big income tax refund from the government each year, you are squandering a precious financial opportunity. Currently, the IRS reports that the typical tax refund check tops $2,500. For those of you who routinely receive tax refunds, instead of giving the government an interest-free loan, get your money now.
Go to your HR office at work and adjust your W-4 withholdings so that your employer takes less money out of your paycheck. This way, you’ll have more money coming in every pay period, and you can use that extra money to knock down your debts. Check out IRS publications 505 and 919 at www.irs.gov to learn how to properly adjust your withholdings so that you don’t take out too much money and end up owing taxes.
Get a Second Job
I realize that most people already work really hard, and might even be covering for recently laid-off co-workers, but if you can fathom the idea, consider getting a second job or part-time work, even if just for three months. This may seem like a burden, but trust me, this option can work wonders. Having additional income can not only provide you with money to eliminate credit card debt, it can also help you build an emergency savings fund – hopefully before you’ll ever actually need to tap it.
Squeeze money from your residence
Whether you rent or own, getting a roommate or housemate is another way to generate income. If you can tolerate having an extra person around, you’ll likely find takers willing to lease out a spare bedroom or space in your attic or basement, especially given the high rate of people being put out of their homes these days due to foreclosure or inability to get a mortgage for their on place.
Taking in a roommate will provide you with extra cash to pay toward your debts. However, before forging ahead if you are a renter, be sure you’re not violating any clauses in your rental contract by letting someone else live with you.
Leverage The Internet To Spend Less
Many of us routinely may too much for goods and services that we could get for far less money, if only we’d take the time to comparison shop. Thankfully, with the power of the Internet, you can easily cut your spending and apply the savings to your debt by comparison shopping online.
Here’s what to do: Come up with a list of at least five things you can do to curb your spending. Also think about major categories of spending where you’d like to be able reduce your costs. Then visit the financial website http://www.lowermybills.com, which helps you comparison shop to save money in 18 categories of household bills, ranging from home equity loans to auto insurance to long-distance telephone service. They do the hunting for you to make recommendations about where you could be saving money.
But don’t rely exclusively on leveraging the Internet. Consider this area a unique challenge. Get creative about your finances. Look at ways you can save money by shopping around or by modifying some of your spending habits, whether it’s checking out books from the library instead of buying them at a bookstore, or using a movie service like Netflix instead of going to the movies.
Whatever cost savings you achieve – including doing things like clipping coupons or canceling unnecessary magazine subscriptions – make sure you apply that extra money to your debts, save it, or spend it in a positive way, as opposed to just blowing the money.