As my move to Chicago is quickly approaching, I've been finding ways to save money here and there, and also ways to make money as well.[no_toc]
I'm trying to have as much backup money as possible because the cost of living is higher where I will be moving to compared to where I am now, in St. Louis.Related links:
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Pay yourself first.
My first tip to saving money, which some of you if not most already know is having your money direct deposited into a savings account bi-weekly.
I don't know if it's because I'm young or what, but I recently just found out that I could have my bank automatically deposit money into a savings account without me having to do anything.
Every 2 weeks (on my payday) my bank will deposit about $500 into my savings account. I am saving roughly $1,000 a month on average and I am always trying to increase that number. It is also strangely weird of me that I love the feeling of knowing that all the money is being direct deposited into my savings on that every other Friday.
Money that I do not get to spend, but is saved instead. I don't have to do anything at all and I am constantly having money saved. Obviously, I have to do all the working to earn the paychecks I receive..but other than that, I am good.
Save money when it comes to clothing.
My second tip that I recently saw on Pinterest is kind of different. I am obviously not taking credit to this tip since I saw it on another site, but it really interested me.
At the beginning of the year, or whenever actually, flip all of your hangers facing the other direction. By the end of the year, whichever hangers/items you have still faced that same way from the beginning of the year, should be tossed out.
Once you have piled up the crazy amount of clothes you don't use, you could go to a local store that will buy your clothes, like Plato's Closet. You can also go online on Ebay or Craigslist where people will buy your items on there as well. If no one ends up buying any of your old clothes that you don't wear anymore, simply do a good deed and donate them to charity. They will have a better use somewhere else than hanging in your closet growing dust.
My third tip is to sign up on sites like Care.com
Through sites like Care.com, you can make a profile to where you can become a babysitter, nanny, dog walker/sitter, special needs sitter and also caregivers for the elderly. This site is amazing because you can basically sell yourself through your profile.
You can also pay for a background check and more to make your profile seem more appealing to people who are looking for caregivers, etc.
What are some of your tips to save or make money that I have not mentioned?