Today I thought I would get real with y’all and share my greatest achievement to date: my ability to save and make money.
In August, Jay and I are moving to Australia, which is all very exciting, but when you run into overdraft and you need to save up enough to live off, it’s quite scary! I’m still a student, and so can only hold down a part-time job, but this week, I’ve managed to make three months worth of pay.
Here’s how I did, and how you can too:
- I sold pretty much half my wardrobe (*cries*)
Depop, you have become both my best friend and my worst enemy this week. I had to say goodbye to 8 items of clothing (I mean they didn’t fit, but nostalgia y’know?) and make endless trips to the post office, but I’m now £95 richer, and not complaining!
Total = £95
2. Overtime at Work (more sobs)
Again, this one definitely wasn’t my first opinion, working in customer service is god damn hard! But I spoke to my manager and signed up for some extra paid training and an extra 20 hours of overtime, totalling at 5 days work with 37 hours of work. Ouch.
Overtime + Weekly Pay = £281.70
Total = £376.70
3. Surveys and Market Research
This is quite an easy way to make quick money, but in small values. I’ve been using The Opinion Panel, Angelfish Opinions and People for Research to conduct small telephone interviews or up to twenty minute online surveys, you’ll make anything from £2 to £50 depending on the type of research and the length of time taken. This week I made £30 from this, a small amount compared to the previous two, but it’s by far the simplest way to earn ongoing cash. I’ve also been buying the Take A Break magazines from my newsagents, where you can win upto £29,000 a week: gotta be in it to win it right?
Market Research: £30
Total = £406.70
4. Online Betting (*Over 18 only*)
I was very cautious about this one, but as it was the Grand National this week, I decided to hedge my bets with One For Arthur, and I did get a pretty penny of £167 return. I’ve only ever done betting with my dad’s advice, and I was extremely lucky to have won, but I’m definitely quitting ahead on this.
Grand National Winnings: £167.30
Total = £574.00
5. Cut down on Food Shop, Cigerettes and Alcohol
So I’ll start by confessing, I do have a John Lewis Partnership card, which entitles me to 15% off Waitrose shopping, and when buying reduced goods, they are almost as cheap as Aldi down the road. Honest. I usually shop elsewhere but I gave Waitrose a go, expecting to spend more than usual, but managed to cut down my shop by £50 by buying reduced only stock. I got my essentials and ate out the freezer for the rest of the week. I’ve also cut out drinking and smoking this week, and by not going out I’ve saved about £80? Mad huh?
Cutting down: £130
Total = £703.00
And there you have it. By simply cutting down, getting lucky and making a few sacrifices, I’ve bought my Working Holiday Visa, a new Passport and my one-way ticket to Sydney.
I definitely can’t make this much every week, but I just wanted to show that it is possible to make a small fortune. I used savings for my weekly shop and expenses so they do not counter the money made. I’m pretty damn pleased though!
Do you have any money making tips?