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  • 1st May 2024
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Tightening the purse strings? 8 ways to make a bit of extra cash from home

By Danni Deibe

It’s impossible not to feel the pinch in the UK at the moment. With the cost of bills, groceries and other essentials sky high, and wages not rising to meet them, it can feel pretty bleak.

Luxuries like holidays, new clothes, beauty products and nights out are feeling a little out of reach across the board. However, we believe that a life without treats is a life that’s just a little bit too grey, so we’ve searched high and low to find some ways you can make a little bit of extra cash to treat yourself.

If you’ve got some spare time and energy, here are eight (relatively) easy ways you can pocket a few more pennies.

*Disclaimer: You may need to pay tax on your extra earnings, depending on your circumstances. Always get in touch with HMRC if you are unsure.

Sell your unwanted items

Hands up who is guilty of never returning the online order that didn’t fit, or didn’t suit you?

We all do it from time to time. But, instead of sitting at the back of your wardrobe, your items could be making you money.

One woman’s trash is another woman’s treasure, and apps like Vinted and Depop make it super easy (and safe) to sell your unwanted, worn or unworn clothes.

Set aside an afternoon to go through your wardrobe and take pictures of items you no longer wear – or have never worn – and watch the offers roll in.

It might sound like a faff, but once you’ve packaged the item up, you can usually drop them off at your local InPost locker, or Evri drop off point – it’s super easy to do and the money goes straight into your bank account.

If that seems like too much hassle, Thrift+ will do the legwork for you. Order a free bag from them, stuff it full and send it back, and they’ll take the pics and pop it on their site.

Once your items sell you’ll get a percentage of each sale in your choice of cash or vouchers. I did this a year ago, and ended up getting enough John Lewis vouchers from one bag of clothes that I was able to buy the pouffe of my dreams.

Earn cashback on your purchases

The first time I signed up to a cashback site I literally wanted to kick myself – it’s so easy and low effort. I’d missed out on potentially hundreds of pounds.

If you’re a regular online shopper, then signing up for a cashback site like Quidco or TopCashback is a great idea.

You can often find a sign-up bonus of around £10, and then, when you’ve set up your account and you get used to clicking through to your favourite shopping sites via the cashback site, you can earn a percentage back from each purchase you make.

Once you get into the habit this can quickly rack up into the hundreds.

You can withdraw the cashback into your bank account or convert it into vouchers. I once worked with someone who loaded all of her cashback onto a Starbucks gift card every month and effectively had free coffees every day. Girl Math.

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Fill out surveys

If you’ve got time on your hands, then this is a great idea and you can make up to £6 per survey.

There are plenty of websites to choose from, but our favourites are YouGov and QMee – they’re a good place to start. It’s an easy way to make a little bit of cash when you’re commuting, or sitting in front of the telly.

Upcycling

If you’re a bit of a DIY whizz then you could turn your skills into cash by flipping items you find for free.

People often give away their unwanted furniture on sites like Freecyle, or GumTree. If you’ve got the time and the skills then this could turn quite a profit.

You can use the same sites to re-sell the upcycled items, or, if you get really good, set up your own Etsy store.

Sell your unused gift cards

Have you ever received a gift card for somewhere you’d never shop? They end up sitting in your wallet unused or gathering dust on a shelf. A well-meaning present going completely to waste.

If you’ve just had a birthday, or you’ve got a little stack from Christmas that you haven’t gotten round to using, did you know you could sell them for cash?

Sites like CardYard and Cards2Cash will buy unwanted, in-date gift cards from you for a slightly reduced price, with the cash going straight into your bank account.

HLN Top Tip: It’s also worth scouring these sites before you go shopping. They sell unwanted gift cards for a lower price than their in-store value – so it’s a pretty easy way to make a substantial saving.

Rent out your driveway 

If you’re lucky enough to have a driveway, there could be cash to be made for renting it out when you’re not using it. Especially if you live near a city centre, music venue, football stadium or other place of public interest.

Sites like JustPark and YourParkingSpace let you advertise your space for free. Just enter the details online, select the dates and times it’s available, and set your rate.  Data from YourParkingSpace showed that, on average, users earned £500 last year – that’s enough for a weekend away.

Get involved in film 

You don’t have to be a talented actor to make money from showbiz.

Casting agencies like Uni-versal Extras are always looking for extras, and you can earn anything upwards of around £90 a day. You don’t have to look a certain type of way, each casting call is different, and you don’t even need any acting experience, but it will help if you live near a film or TV studio.

If being on camera isn’t your thing, you can also make money from renting out your home as a TV or film set. You could earn anything from £200 to £3000 a day, and all types of spaces are considered. Agencies like Amazing Spaces and Film There are good places to start.

Online tutoring

It could finally be time to put your degree to use! We recommend using websites like Superprof and MyTutor, though there are plenty of others available.

Depending on your level of education and qualifications, you could earn £20 an hour in your free time. This is especially doable if you’re fluent in a second language.

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Laura Kingston
Founder and Editor

Laura is the Founder and Editor of High Life North. She had the idea to set up an exclusively digital women’s magazine after feeling there was a gap in the market in the North East. With over 10 years of experience in marketing and PR, Laura had a very clear…

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