A few extra dollars can go a long way in planning an adventure of any kind!
Aside from having an amazing career as a teacher, and in return, making decent enough money to enjoy the freedom of traveling every so often, there are also a few other ways that I make/save money. This extra cash might go towards my spending money, gear I need, or travel expenses for any given trip! Here I will share with you my favorite ways to save/make a few extra dollars throughout the year!
CREDIT CARD BENEFITS
I currently use a Delta American Express Card for almost every single purchase I make throughout the year and just pay it off at the end of each month. Earning miles on EVERY purchase and double miles on Delta purchases means lots of flight opportunities! There are also Card Benefits that change throughout the year; for example, I received $20 back on my card after making my first $50 Etsy purchase with the card; there are deals for Park ‘N Fly, Hilton Hotel, Meal Service, and more. There are no foreign transaction fees to use your card abroad and I get to check my first bag free when I fly Delta which is INCREDIBLY helpful when adventure traveling with camping gear! I also benefit from Car rental Loss and Damage Insurance, Purchase protection and Travel Accident Insurance.
If you use this link, you can earn extra miles as a friend referral! By applying for a Delta AMEX card through the link provided, you will earn 50,000 bonus miles after you spend $2,000 or more in purchases with their new card within the first three months of Membership. If you make a Delta purchase in the first three months, you will earn a $50.00 statement credit as well. Earn an additional 10,000 bonus miles after making an additional $1,000 in purchases within 6 months of membership. This is not a free card, however, the miles never expire and if you’re someone who flies frequently, the cost of the card pays for itself in checked luggage alone each year! If you do open up an account with Delta AMEX using the above link, I earn 10,000 miles upon your approval so thank you for helping me earn miles towards my flights!
Many cards also offer cash back options which can be built up and used towards future purchases. I am currently looking into an REI Mastercard; currently offering a $100 REI gift card once a purchase is made with the approved card, and 5% cash back at REI and 1% cash back on everyday purchases. A great bonus is that REI will donate $0.10 per REI Mastercard purchase transaction to the National Forest Foundation. As an outdoor enthusiast, this card would benefit me in multiple ways!
IBotta is an app that I use religiously. Every single time I go food shopping I check to see what items might have a discount; to date (about two years), I’ve earned $255.55. The way this application works is that you find offers based off of what store you will be shopping with. I most frequently shop at Walmart but have used the app at Target, Hannaford, and CVS. There are different categories for saving as well: Grocery, Mobile Shopping, Pharmacy, Clothing, Restaurants & Bars, Travel and more. You add the discount to ‘My Offers’ and once you have completed your purchase you will scan the receipts in the ‘Redeem’ tab and your account will be credited. When it is time for you to withdraw your cash you can add it to your PayPal or Venmo account or you can put it on a gift card such as Amazon, Applebees, Nike, Old, Navy, Uber, etc.. Click the link above for a $10 welcome bonus!
Using specific store apps such as Savings Catcher at Walmart and Cartwheel at Target can often double your savings (when using both). Savings Catcher is used after all purchases have been made and check local establishments for lower prices. If a lower price is found, you are awarded the difference. Cartwheel is similar to ibotta in that you have to search for your savings. Something I like to do with Cartwheel, at Target, is to shop like normal and then use the scanner in the app to scan the items in my cart to see if there is a discount on any items. Cartwheel provides you with the discount right there at the register, meanwhile, Savings Catcher adds up your savings for you in an account for you to later use as a Walmart Gift Card; My Lifetime Rewards Earned equals $71.79.
Similar Apps include Coupon Sherpa, Krazy Coupon Lady, and Checkout 51. See which one(s) work(s) best for you!
Poshmark has been the best discovery! It allows me to sell all of my old clothing online. I have earned well over $700 dollars through the app selling my old, but still in good condition, clothing items. Everything from shoes, to jackets to bathing suits and denim have sold! Once an item is sold, a USPS priority mail label is sent to your email. From here you print it, slap it on a priority mail box with the item inside and the product is off on its way! Once the buyer accepts the package, your earnings are released to you. When you’re ready to withdraw your earnings you can have Poshmark direct deposit it to your bank account or write you a check. The app is free to sign up but you can also find great deals to purchase as well. Sign up with code KT4TA to save $5.00 on your first purchase using the link https://bnc.lt/focc/aq5dElgtZK
There are also options to find local stores that purchase lightly used items to resell at second-hand prices. For example, in my area, there is a store called Plato’s Closet (chain) that purchases second hand trendy, young styles for resale. Once Upon A Child is our local (chain) consignment shop that purchases lightly used baby/child clothing, toys, equipment, etc. for resale! I’ve made nearly $500 over the years in selling old styles to shops like this as well! I often use these funds to turn around and purchase newer apparel and equipment for my trips.
- Other ideas include becoming an ambassador for a brand you truly believe in. This often comes with a discount on their items and a percentage of sales tracked back to your link and/or code. For example, I am currently a DAZEY LADY, or in other words an Ambassador for Dazey LA. This company is a female owned, designed and ran slow, sustainable fashion brand. I love what the company stands for AND the beautiful pieces that come with it. Anyone who shops using the code FORTIER will receive 10% off and I will receive 10% commission on their sale.
- This next suggestion is not something I do personally, however, I know a few people who drive for Uber or Lyft. Work your own hours and make a couple hundred extra dollars a week/month depending on your availability.
- Join PARIBUS, a program that scans your emails for recent purchases from participating retailers and provides you with a refund of the difference if there is a price drop on an item you’ve purchased. Stores they monitor include Amazon, Macy’s, Old Navy, Target, Walmart, REI and more!
- Are you crafty? Create an Etsy shop for your craft! Whether you make dream catchers, jewelry, knit goods, or wooden flowers, whatever it may be, this is a great way to make some extra cash! Do something you enjoy with your free time and make a few extra dollars a month.
If you already use one of these methods, tell me about how it works for you in the comments! If not, I hope these suggestions take you far…