Booking a holiday can be a really expensive affair, especially when you have added up all the essential items and not even counted the spending money that you would need to take. Not everyone has hundreds of pounds readily available at a drop of a hat to book a luxury holiday and unlike the 'rich kids of instagram' a lot of people don't have the banks of mum and dad to borrow money from. For regular people like me, holidays come after months of saving and scrimping by, saying goodbye to new clothes and hello to a lot of cosy weekends housebound so that you're not tempted to do any shopping. When saving up for a big purchase whether it's a big holiday or even a car, every little helps and a lot of people do not know that there are many ways that you can make a little bit of money, with very little effort online to help top up your funds.
Sell unwanted items
Firstly, consider selling any unwanted items on websites like eBay, Depop, Gumtree or Amazon. Have a look in your wardrobe, declutter the attic and ask yourself when was the last time you actually used an item. If it was longer than a year ago, ask yourself, will you ever use it? It's better to have money in your pocket than hundreds of items gathering dust.
Earn money from Surveys
Surveys used to be very time consuming and you used to get very little money from doing them, but these days thanks to a whole host of mobile apps, you can earn pennies filling out surveys on your commute to work and some of them cash out instantly. Qmee is one of my favourite apps as you can cash out as little as 50p to your bank account or keep building on the money until you have a decent pot to withdraw. Onepoll is also a really good website, but the surveys are few and far between and you can only cash out when you get to £5.
If you have an eye for detail and you enjoy giving honest feedback to companies, consider signing up to some mystery shopping agencies. There are many different types of mystery shopping websites from ones where you will get paid to conduct audits in stores you regularly visit to mystery dining opportunities where you are paid to eat at a restaurant in exchange for constructive criticism after your visit. Depending on your availability and location, you could easily make at least £10 a week doing this.
When doing any shopping online or in store, always check to see if there's any cashback offers on websites such as Quidco and Topcashback. You can earn cashback doing anything from your weekly food shop to shopping for clothes and at least if you are tempted to do shopping, you can rest knowing that will you be slightly rewarded for it.
What are your money saving tips?