aVente Starbuck frappes. Deluxe cable packages. Super sizing everything. Everyday luxury items add up after a while. Cutting out those little luxuries can save you thousands of dollars at the end of the year. But is there more you can do to save money if you have already cut out everything you possibly can? Absolutely. It just takes a little more ingenuity and some good sites that help you make the most of what you already have.
Ebay changed the world of garage sales forever. But Listia is turning out to be some steep competition. The catch with Listia though is that everything can be somewhat free. You gain credits for selling items on the site that other members can purchase for credits. You also gain credits for referring people and for helping out with certain tasks. You can cash out your credits for $1.00 per ten credits. If you have a lot to get rid of, you can basically barter many of your garage sale items without having to go through the hassle of setting up a garage sale.
Most of the time when you think about saving money, you don’t consider the plastic in your wallet. No, not credit cards, although good credit scores and rebate programs can help. However, the plastic that can help you save money are all of those random gift cards. In 2011 and 2012, the most popular gift cards used to be Visa Gift Cards and similar ones that could be treated as regular credit cards. However, according to Tech Crunch, niche specific gift cards are becoming more popular. Gift cards for game subscriptions, song downloads, and movie rentals are set to be the high point this holiday season if trends continue. But if you’re strapped for cash, you could probably use that money elsewhere. At the Plastic Jungle, you can trade in your gift cards for their monetary value and get cash back that you can spend anywhere.
Get Paid for Recycling
A lot of families are recycling for free these days, but a number of businesses are now offering rewards. You don’t even have to frequent their businesses to take advantage of these specials. You can find rewards for just about everything. RecycleBank.com and Terracycle.com, for instance, have a rewards program that allows you to compete with other people and participate in community activities. You can win all kinds of rewards. Starbucks, Costco’s, MAC, and Staples also offer various recycling rewards programs that get you deals on future purchases, free items, and cash. Get Dixon Golf even gives credit for recycling golf balls. Right now, Dixon’s going rate is 50 cents for any brand of ball, but the company will pay $1 for any of their golf balls.
To save money with this, you will need to strategize about what you want. Often times, you will only get credit if you recycle at their facilities or demonstrate some form of proof, so make sure you get the reward you want to save yourself money and further your financial goals.