How we made an extra 1000 dollars last month

How we made extra money for debt:

Several readers have asked us how we scrape up an extra $1000 now and then to put towards principal on debt, so I (“Engineer”) thought I would show you.

For this example, here is how we got $1000 scraped up recently to send towards debt. Some of the payments had been a month or a couple months in the works, so this is not a typical month.

  • $35.50 – Sold books to Cash4books
  • $13.00 – Survey Savvy payment (a couple months in the making)
  • $32.25 – Cashcrate payment (took two months to get enough to payout)
  • $25.00 – Surveyhead payment (My favorite survey site, hit the payout this month – For those of you unfamiliar with surveyhead surveys, you get $5 free via Paypal just to sign up, plus it’s free to sign up. We have lots of readers making $50+ a month on this site.)
  • $227.00 – Overtime money from paychecks
  • $342.60 – Items sold on ebay, this was unusual, happened to have a large item
  • $330.00 – Payment from weekend work on the side
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  • $1005.35 – Grand total

This month was an accumulation of a lot of hard work on the side and overtime, but you can see that even just doing simple things like doing a few surveys or selling some unused books all adds up. Some months we are able to scrape up an extra couple hundred just from being frugal… while that doesn’t directly “make money”, it does save money… and at the end of the month when I look at the checking account, it shows up as extra money in the checking account.

Making extra money is not just about one thing/one source, it’s doing many things… little things… that add up.

For example, most months we can count on about 50 dollars extra from surveys, etc, add to that an extra 100 or 150 dollars from being under-budget on utilities and grocery and suddenly there is an extra 200 to pay towards principal. It all adds up.

As they say, a penny saved is a penny earned…

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  • 10.12.09 Jennifer

    Way to go! I need to use your methods and scrape up $1000 or so to buy a new washer and dryer set. Mine have bit the dust.

  • 11.02.09 Gloria

    I'm a subscriber to your site and can't say enough about it to others. Today I'm asking about "selling your books" online. Do you know any sites that take books older than 2-3 years? Most of the book sites will only take current books or books less than 3 years old. My books, example: Danielle Steel's books are dated in the 1980's. Any suggestions would be helpful.

  • 11.04.09 Money Savin' Momma

    Cash4Books sometimes takes older books. I would try them.