5 Ways to Make and Save A Little Cash

5 Ways to Make and Save a Little Cash

How many of you are stay-at-home moms? How many of you raised your hand only to realize no one could actually see you? (Heh) Well, this one is for all of you SAH moms (and everyone else!) looking to boost your income.

The first few months after leaving work to stay home, I felt guilty about spending any money since I wasn’t bringing anything in. Hubby could have cared less, but I just didn’t feel right. Eventually, I got tired of the constant self-imposed guilt and decided to find ways, no matter how small, to contribute to our finances. I wanted to share what I’ve learned, so I put together a list five ways I’ve found to make and save money.

1) Follow saving blogs/websites. My favorite is Money Saving Mom. I love Crystal Paine’s upbeat attitude and commitment to helping others become “home economists.” Most of these types of blogs/websites have Facebook pages as well. I find that is the best way to stay up to date with deals. Some of my other faves are: Be CentsableRaining Hot Coupons, and The Krazy Coupon Lady.

2)Facebook yard sale pages. I am a member of two different yard sale pages and I love it. Not only have I made extra cash just getting rid of things we don’t use anymore, I’ve also found some awesome deals. I have found that buying everything brand new is overrated (and over priced!). These pages are becoming really popular so look for one in your area!

3) Ibotta. Ibotta is an app that has recently found popularity. You can earn cash for buying products that are featured on the app. Check out the website or App Store for more info. (Available for iPhone and Android)

4) Receipt HogThis app is one of my favorites. It takes a little longer to earn money, but all you have to do is take pictures of your receipts. It doesn’t even have to be a grocery receipt! If that isn’t easy, I don’t know what is. You probably couldn’t tell but, I’m a big fan of easy. Check out the website or the App Store for more info. (Only available for iPhone. Android version coming soon.)

5) Work  at home. I’m not talking about direct sales here (Not bashing them either!). There are several blogs that list WAH job leads. My all-time favorite is Real Ways to Earn Money. Anna updates job leads almost every single day (minus sick days and weekends). Thanks to Anna and her site, I have found work that I can do around my schedule and have already gotten my first paycheck!

What do you do to supplement your oilfield income? Leave a comment below or send me a tweet @Ofwjaimie. (I really love Twitter. Tweet me, y’all!)

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About Jaimie

Jaimie is 26 years old, wife of five years to JR, and mother of two beautiful children: Ashley, 4 and Justin, 1. When not spending time with her family, and watching movies based on Jane Austen novels, she finds new ways to live a healthy and fulfilling life. Jaimie lives in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Follow Jaimie on Twitter or on her blog, Education of an Oilfield Wife!

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