University can be an extremely challenging and rewarding time in our lives but it can also be particularly expensive. Between the university fees, the must-buy extortionate university books, daily travel and weekly nights out (let’s not deny it), we can rack up a serious amount of nasty debt!
There are a number of ways to help us save along the way however! So if you want to get some extra moolah whilst hitting the books, why not try some of the following websites?
Clear place, clear mind – I live by this motto! Cleaning out unworn or unwanted clothes every few months and popping them up on eBay is a great side money-earner. The general rule I go by is to set the price at the minimum amount that you would be happy to accept. This way if your item doesn’t set off a bidding war, at least it will still be sold for a price that’s deemed fair in your eyes. Before you know it, you’ll be eBaying your way from rags to riches!
Proving popular for many shop enthusiasts, this is particularly great for the fashion student looking to put their designs on the map! All you need to do is open a boutique on the site and pay £20 a month (and 20% commission for every sale made). Granted, it may not be for the odd one-piece-of-clothing-at-a-time type seller but for someone who will be looking to frequently sell items, ASOS Marketplace could be the ideal site for you!
Gumtree is great for selling electronics or bigger household goods. I’ve sold a refurbished iPod and an old flat screen TV through Gumtree. Of course, this means that you’ll have to meet the buyer in the flesh but once the awkward encounter is out of the way, you’ll be a few pounds richer.
Depop is a social app that lets you buy and sell items, marketed as “your little shop in your pocket” where you can sell by “just taking a picture”. It’s a great wee cash earner for anyone that’s on the move!
Quidco is the UK’s number one cashback and voucher codes site. You can join the website for free – essentially you can search through their thousands of listed retailers, buy through their website and then earn cash as a reward. Think of it like you’re earning money for shopping. It almost sounds too good to be true doesn’t it? (I promise you it isn’t!)
At uni, you get forced to buy these huge text books each semester to then have it gather dust until it comes time to write that one essay or study for that one exam. Why not turn that dust-gatherer into something more profitable with Amazon trade-in?
Another popular way to make some more money these days is to rent out your home whenever you’re away. If you’re already renting then this may not be the solution for you (subletting rules vary depending on the type of agreement you have with your landlord). If on the other hand you own your property or you’ve got the subletting seal of approval then this could be a great avenue for you to explore! Particularly in peak seasons or if you live close to host cities such as London (Wimbledon = £££) or Edinburgh (Fringe Festival = £££).
This peer-to-peer car rental market place is the UK’s largest of its kind and after launching in February 2014, now operates throughout the UK. If you have a car, why not rent it out and make some extra money? To find out how much you can earn for renting out your car for a certain number of days a month then simply pop onto their site to get a quote or for more information, you can read their terms and conditions.
If you live in a bustling city, near a music venue or beside an airport then why not rent out your car parking space when it’s not in use? You can rent it out on a monthly/contract basis and make some regular cash – ideal!
Whilst the above sites can help you earn some extra cash, sadly they won’t be enough to make a living out of (believe me I’ve tried). But with the right mix e.g. following some savvy money-saving techniques, setting yourself a budget and taking better care of your finances (as laid out here) then you could be on track to being debt-free (or at the very least, having a good holiday fund to dip into!)
Before I leave you all – I have to mention PayPal. If you don’t already have an account with PayPal then I would highly recommend signing up. The great thing with PayPal is that not only is it secure but you can treat it like a savings account and instead of transferring the funds into your bank account straight away (and risk spending it) you can leave the money to clock up. Before you know it, you’ll have built up a substantial figure – something that you’ll be very glad of when that rainy day comes along.
In the words of Jerry Maguire… show me the money!
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