Nonfiction: Ways of Saving/Earning Extra Money

Over this last year, I have become an avid blog reader. As I've mentioned before, frugality has always been a part of my nature, but reading all kind of frugal blogs has greatly expanded my awareness of ways to save and earn more! Here are a few things that I have had success with over the last several months.

1. Coupons - I've always used coupons, but now I am much more strategic in my use of coupons combined with sales. There are so many great blogs that do a wonderful job of matching coupons to sales for you. Check out some of the blogs on this page for some great places to start. I'm tracking my coupon/sale savings for groceries this year, and I hope to post some updates here.

2. CVS - I am by no means an expert on CVS shopping, but I have been able to learn how to successfully roll my ECBs to regularly get free items for our family and also to be able donate items to other people.

3. Seller Central - All of us know we can buy on, but this year, I learned how easy it is to sell on Amazon. Very easily, I have been able to make around $119.00 this year by selling some of our older books and CDs. It has been much simpler than organizing and holding a garage sale, and fairly lucrative.

4. Ebates - If you do any shopping online, check out Ebates for an easy way to earn additional money back on a wide variety of online purchases. This is done through a check sent out quarterly. One caution with using Ebates: you can only use discount/free shipping codes that Ebates provides. If you use other codes, it can negate your cash back from Ebates.

5. Rebates - Check out Walgreens, Rite Aid, and Staples for great rebates that can allow you to get a variety of items for free.

A few things additional things I would like to try this year for some additional savings/earnings are mystery shopping and eBay. Do you have some other ways of saving/earning extra money?


Shari said…
I'll have to check out Ebates. I started My Points a few weeks ago and you can earn points without buying anything. I think I'm going to sign up for Swagbucks, too. Sounds like you can earn gift cards through online searching.
CKR said…
Ebates is nice if you do a lot of online shopping. I figure it is money back on purchases we were already going to be making. We just used Ebates when we got a new dishwasher. I keep forgetting about Swagbucks. I will have to check it out!