I can remember my mum always using the phrase ‘Do you think we have a money tree in the garden?’ and I have to admit I may have used it on occasion with the children myself. We seem to live in an age where people want everything NOW, it really is an instant gratification society and if money were no object then I would love to just head out and buy what we need when we need it!
However, everyone lives in different circumstances and right now as a single mum I need to find as many ways to earn additional income and find discount codes, offers and deals as possible before I make any purchase. I can spend many hours searching the internet for the lowest price of the must have birthday gift or even household items and clothing.
There is a huge selection of selling sites online from Ebay to Gumtree, my favourite at the moment is Facebook marketplace as everything is local so easy to pick up and you don’t have to wait days for post or to package things up and trek to the post office. Search your local area and find everything you need, sellers will even accept lower offers too if they are in a hurry to sell their items. There are no fees if you want to sell and obviously no postage costs too – win win!
A quick Google will bring up a whole host of survey sites. Survey sites are websites where you can sign up and answer questionaires based on shopping habits, lifestyle habits and general polls and market research. Some can take a minute, some a little longer but you are generally paid a fee based on how much work is involved. Some survey sites you get paid an introduction fee for simply joining and you can earn additional fees if you recommend others who join and participate in the sites too.
Most people will use some kind of online search engine to try and find a discount code or offer before they make a purchase.
Heading over to dealsdaddy I was delighted to be able to pop in the name of a store and up comes all of the current offers available, everything from discount codes and money off offers to sale items and standard discounts.
I regularly shop online and will be making this my first port of call for a lot of the online stores I currently use, it takes an extra 1 minute but could save me a fortune in the long run!
For example I managed to find some great discount codes from dealsplanet that saved me 25% on new pillows that I desperately needed, having slept like a log this past weekend at Premier Inn I made the vow that the first thing I would do was buy some new pillows. Having searched a lot of sites and realising most were out of my budget it was a lovely surprise to get them for a lot less than I was going to pay – and just by doing a quick search!
Everyone has some kind of talent, whether it be paper crafts (Folksy), making jewellery, homewares etc (NOTHS) or even blogging, we all have something we can do that we could turn into an online income maker. Over the years I have had accounts at Etsy, Folksy and now I blog full time so create an income via doing what I love. It is well worth checking out how you can create a business working from home in your spare time to generate a little additional income.
Finding a good place for affiliate sales can be a gold mine, if you have a dedicated audience who you know will like what you post can make things so much easier. A simple link through the your affiliate page means that you get a percentage of sales made from clicks through on your links, meaning that besides the initial work involved in getting the link out there all you need to do is sit back and hope that people click through and purchase directly from your link. Lots of the main online retailers now work on an affiliate scheme so this is something that is well worth checking out if you regularly showcase products you have bought or would like.
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