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Ways to make extra money

Updated: Dec 17, 2020

These days everyone is looking for ways to make extra money. If you have been furloughed, laid off, or are just uncertain about your current job you are probably looking to make some extra money to pay your bills or just to be more comfortable. Here at The Saving Dude things are no different. Below I’ll share some of the things we have done to make extra money but first I want to offer up ways we can help you get started. For many of us we Google how to make extra money, read a blog post or ten, and get discouraged because the suggestions are things we simply don’t have the skills to do. You begin saying things like: I don’t have a computer so how can I be a copywriter or a writer at all? I don’t have the skills to edit writings. I do t have the skills to be a graphic designer, or website designer, or digital ad creator, or or or and on and on. There are a ton of ways to make money but the main challenge is matching the skills you have with the right way to make extra money. That is where The Saving Dude and this community come in to play.

I want this community to help you as much as possible, to help you save and make money in a way that has a positive impact on your life. All of this in a way that utilizes your skills and also feels like a natural extension of your everyday life. So how are we going to do that?

First, I’ll offer up the comments below. Drop a question or comment or situation below and I’ll reply within 24 hours. I get a notifications on my phone when someone comments and will absolutely reply as quickly as possible with the full breadth of my knowledge. If I don’t have an answer for you I’ll go find it. The Saving Dude is here to help and guide as much as possible. Next, you can subscribe and get our emails. These will walk you through every way we have saved and made money. If there are topics you want to hear about we can add them to the email cadence. Third, you can email me direct at Same story here as the comments, I check email regularly and will get you the answers you are looking for. You can also find The Saving Dude on Facebook where I’ll share even more ways to make extra money! We have started a community and have our page, both will be great resources for you to learn about ways to make extra money that work just for you. So give them both a follow and learn from our growing community.

Now on to ways to make extra money.

Sell your stuff and buy cheaper stuff

One common things my wife and I did early in our relationship was sell furniture we had for a while, buy used/junky furniture and fix it up. We did this with our dining room set and made $200! We sold our old set for $300, bought a used broken down table and chairs for $40, then spent about $60 on supplies to fix it up. It has been a great dining set for us and we have had it over 5 years now with no plans to change it out. We are actively in the process of refinishing an old cedar chest to serve as a bench in our master closet. This isn’t a way we are making money, but a similar process that is going to save us from having a custom bench built or buying expensive furniture for the space.

Dining room table being refinished

Table legs being refinished

Just a little spray paint

A little more spray paint

And a little bit more


Flip your house

We also flipped our first house. While it took us about 2.5 years we also got married in that house so that took up most of our attention for over 10 months. That flip made us over $50,000 on the sale of the house.

Unflipped House

Flipped House

Sell old stuff

We have sold old clothes and shoes to consignment shops. Posted plants, old computer bags, you name it on Craigslist and the Facebook marketplace. If you have something sitting around in a closet that you don't use any more and you think you can get $5 for it, heck even $1 get it listed and get it out. Every $1 counts when you are talking about adding to your net worth

Get an odd/extra job

I've considered working at a local hardware store like I did in high school. For a while, early in my career I worked evenings and weekends as a bartender. There are a whole slew of jobs you can do from a computer at home. All can bring in varying amounts of money.

So now it’s your turn! What ways have you made extra money? Share with the community in all the ways I’ve outlined above. Who knows maybe your topic will become a full fledged blog post here at The Saving Dude!

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