Last night we talked about planning and looking at your budget. Is money a little tight? Do you wish that you had a little extra for souvenirs or to do an extra excursion on your trip? Today I’m going to show you how I do it. This is not going to replace your 9 to 5 job, unless you devote a ton of time to it. That’s not what I’m talking about here. I’m talking about earning a few bucks here and there that you set aside for your vacation. This is going to be full of affiliate links so if you sign up for any of the free services and make money, I’ll make money, too.
- Ebates.com is currently my favorite site. There’s an app that comes in handy if you want to shop from it; I just prefer looking on my desktop. I joined on Dec 3, 2017 and since then I have earned almost $50 purchasing stuff that I was going to purchase any way. Christmas I almost spent our entire budget (which wasn’t much) over Ebates and we bought camping gear through Ebates. Vistaprint is on there, so if you have a business, you’ll get cash back when you order through them. Ebates also gives you coupons, which is awesome! They pay quarterly with no minimum.
- Inbox Dollars pays you to click on emails. Yes, it’s basically forcing you to look at advertisements, but there are also surveys, cash back, and free offers. The free offers pay out more, but you have to read the small print because sometimes you don’t get paid if you cancel before your free trial is over. You don’t want to lose $80 trying to make $5. They have also added Scratch & Win, which is a quick and fun. I make about $10 a month here and I have to wait until I have $30 to cash out.
- Groupon shows you all of the places in your area that are offering deals. So, it saves you money when you use it to plan your camping trip. Also, it links up to Ebates, so you get coupons and cash back when you shop Groupon inside the Ebates app. Just make sure you put in where you’ll be camping so that Groupon shows you offers there, it’s worth it.
- If you are comfortable doing sales, there are a lot of direct sales companies out there. Thirty-One gifts sells organizers that would work great for camping! I’m not a consultant for anyone at the moment, but if you need ideas you can reach out to me and I can put you in touch with a friend of mine. Through direct sales she really did replace her and her husband’s income. I know that’s not typical.
- If you are crafty, a lot of campgrounds have craft fairs. So you could go camping and sell your goods while you’re there. If you sell enough, then you basically got to camp for free! Make sure that you have business cards so that people can order from you after they go home. Especially if you make soap or another product that they’re going to run out of.
- This isn’t really a way to make money, but saving money is basically the same. Right? So, look at your budget and see if you can cut anything or save money some where. For instance, we switched to Cricket Wireless two years ago because their unlimited plan was cheaper. We have three phones with two running hotspots for $110/month. That’s not bad considering that’s essentially our phone and internet rolled into one. We also don’t have cable. We spend about $20 month on movie rentals (yes, we still have a movie rental store) and purchasing $3-5 movies at Walmart.
- Some times an odd job can pay off, too. Mowing lawns, fixing things for a neighbor, or letting the kids sell lemonade. Make sure you check local laws first. Where we live no one cares what you do, so there aren’t any codes, laws, etc regarding this type of stuff. I know that’s different every where.
Also, about number 5 (selling wares at the campground), make sure you call and see what you need to do to become a vendor. Don’t just show up and set up a table, they don’t like that. If you don’t know how to make anything, learn. Knitting is a lot of fun and it’s soothing. It’s also portable so you can continue working on your project while you’re camping. YouTube has a lot of free videos to teach you, that’s how I learned.
I hope that you have enjoyed today’s post and can use some tips here. As I said, you won’t become a millionaire, but having an extra $50 to take camping that you earned in about 5 minutes a day isn’t too shabby.
Thank you for visiting and happy camping!