It’s undeniable that Christmas is one of the (if not the single) most expensive times of the year, however it is often when January hits when we find ourselves having to scrimp and save to get through the month. Luckily, there are a number of ways for you to make a little extra cash in January, from selling those unwanted Christmas gifts to filling out online surveys, so if you’re a little strapped for cash then fear not as there are things you can do to tide you over. Here are just a few things you can to make some extra pennies this January, and as ever, every little helps!
1. Sell Your Old Phone
As a species, we are very much addicted to technology and of course this means ensuring that the technology we have is the newest model possible. Of course, this means that unless you’ve used your old phone as part exchange, we are frequently left with a draw full of old phones collecting dust. If this rings true to you, then fear not as there are companies who are willing to give you money in exchange for your old mobile phone – no matter what state it might be in. It’s worth comparing websites in order to get the best deal available, and always remember to restore factory settings before you send off any of your items.
2. Sell Unwanted Items via Online Auction
Each Christmas; you’re likely to receive at least one questionable gift that as hard as you try, you will just never love. Similarly, you undoubtedly have a bin bag full of old clothes, games and toys that are just taking up precious space at the bottom of your wardrobe. As the saying goes, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure, which is where online auction sites such as eBay come in. Simply photograph and then list your items, then sit back and wait for them to sell. Once the auction has finished and the payment is in your bank account, it is your responsibility to ensure the items reach the buyer safely – at their cost of course! To prevent negative feedback or issues concerning delivery, enlist the help of a company such as TNT to deliver your item for you.
3. Dry January
If you’re looking for a way to save money rather than make it, why not attempt your own dry January. Although it may be a little late to join in with the official dry January, vowing to have a drink free month can save you more money than you’d think. As well as the benefits to your bank balance, there are of course the benefits to your health too!
4. Cashback and Credit Card Rewards
You may have noticed a number of websites, shops and banks offering cash back or rewards then you utilise their product, and although it may sound too good to be true, it is in fact a rather nice reality. By simply spending money with a company or by using your credit or debit card to pay for those essential items such as groceries or petrol you are able to earn money which can be saved up and transferred in a lump sum into your bank account! Do a little online research to find out which companies offer this service and whether or not you qualify for this extra through your current bank account.