6 Ways to Turn Your Trash into Cash

6 Ways to Turn Your Trash into Cash

Turn Your Trash Into Cash
Did you know you could be throwing away money each month, right into your own trash can? There are many items tossed into trash cans each month that are worth cash and can help put a little extra change into your pocket. Take a look below at 6 ways to turn your trash into cash and make a little money off of items you would normally throw away.

1. Wine corks.

Wine corks have become quite popular with crafters lately. If you drink wine, set your wine corks aside. You can sell them on eBay or Etsy, where crafters are paying around .25 and up per cork. If you host a party or have been collecting corks over time, you could enjoy a real pay day!

2. Aluminum.

Don’t pitch aluminum cans. They’re worth cash! Take it to your nearest recycling center where they will count your cans and pay you the going rate. It is a quick way to get rid of the aluminum and make some cash in the process. With the money I get from bringing in our old cans, I like to put the balance into my daughter’s piggy bank.

3. Magazines.

Back issues of magazines are quite popular on eBay. If you have magazine subscriptions, sell your back issues on eBay to buyers in need. Niche topics are especially hot (crafting, hobby, fashion) and bring in a great price. So don’t toss those old magazines, sell them.

4. Newspapers.

Don’t toss those old newspapers before checking them for coupons. When you toss coupons, it is like tossing money. Instead, check each page one more time and make sure there aren’t any savings you want to clip and take advantage of.

5. Glass bottles.

Glass bottles are another hot item with crafters. If you have glass bottles, especially colored glass, wine bottles, or especially decorative bottles, see about selling them first. Etsy or the hobby section on Craigslist or Facebook Buy & Sell groups are perfect for getting a few bucks per bottle.

6. Scrap metal.

Most things that are metal (including cars, bikes, appliances, cans, file cabinets, BBQ grills, etc.) can be recycled for cash. To find out how much you can make, google “Scrap Metal Pickup” for your local city to find someone that will pick up your scraps.

See how easy it can be to turn your own trash into cash? Keep these tips in mind and you can make a little money off of the items you normally just toss away. So, how much cash is lurking in your trash? Take a peek and see which items you can weed out and get a few dollars for.

Do you have any “trash” items that you regularly like to turn into cash?

5 Legitimate Ways to Make Money at Home

5 Legitimate Ways to Make Money at Home

Legitimate Ways to Make Money At Home
Are you looking to make some money from home? If so, you might be cautious about all of the work from home opportunities out there for fear they may be scams. And while plenty of those do exist, you will find that there are a lot of legitimate ways to make money at home as well. Take a look below at 5 legitimate ways to make money at home so you can have extra cash on hand, pay down debt, or save up for that special purchase you have been eyeing.

1. Write and publish eBooks.

Do you like to write and have knowledge on a certain subject? If so, write an ebook! You can use easy to use and navigate programs such as Createspace (an Amazon company) to publish your books in just minutes. This is a great way to bring in a little extra cash flow each month. To get started, use a word processing program to type up, edit, and format the text, then transfer the text using the tools Createspace provides. Createspace will sell your ebook on their site as well as online retailers of your choice.

2. Become a tutor.

Do you have a background in teaching? Or, perhaps you are just skilled at reading, writing, and math? Then advertise your skills as a tutor amongst friends and through social media. Tutors can make upwards of $20 an hour, more if you are skilled in junior high and high school skills. Set aside a space in your house for tutoring, or offer to tutor the child in their own home. You will need very little in the way of supplies (usually pencils, paper, will do the trick) and the child is sure to appreciate your help and support!

3. Become a pet or child sitter.

If you love children or animals, why not become a sitter? You can offer to provide services in your own home or the clients. Sitters for children can make upwards of $10 per hour, while the amount you can make as a pet sitter varies. Either way, you can make cash for doing what you already love. Advertise among friends, family, and social media to let others know you are looking to take on clients in these areas. Provide excellent care, and you are sure to have customers flocking to you.

4. Sell from home.

Direct sales are a great way to make money from home without a great deal of overhead involved. Some examples of items you can sell from home would include essential oils, candles, cosmetics, and jewelry. Visit the websites of Scentsy, DoTerra, Avon, and other direct sale companies to see what opportunities may be available to you. You will find that these companies offer excellent commission, bonus opportunities, and even trips for your dedication to them.

5. Sell your stuff.

Use eBay, Etsy, Facebook, Kijiji, Craigslist or even Amazon to sell your gently used items. You can sell movies, music, furniture, clothing, accessories, even electronics and plants. If you are getting rid of it, chances are there is a market for it. Check out the sites mentioned to set up a seller account, take some great pics, write a thorough description, and in no time you will be selling your stuff online and making some real cash.

Related Post: How To Sell Your Stuff Online

Making money from home is possible. Give these legitimate ways to make money at home a try and see what you can achieve!

Do you have any other ideas for making money from home?

52 Ways To Save: 4 Ways to Save With Online Shopping (Week 15)

Every Monday in 2015, I’ll be sharing a different idea to help you save money! Add all of these tips to your frugal repertoire and you’ll be able to save a lot of money this year! I hope you’ll gather a few new ideas or at least some inspiration from this series.  

4 Ways to Save Money with Online Shopping

It seems as though there’s always something to shop for. Upcoming birthdays, new clothes for the kids, work clothes…the list can go on! Whenever I have something to purchase I tend to always look online first. In most cases I find it easier then hauling a kid around that will most likely put up a fuss at some point during our outing. ;)  I also enjoy reading the reviews that other buyers have left if I’m contemplating a product that I’m not really familiar with.   Now, if you have your list in hand, budget in mind and are ready to begin shopping, here are 4 ways to save with online shopping:

Use Coupon Codes

A simple tip, but learn to look for coupon codes! If you’re going to purchase something online, start by doing a simple search online for a coupon code that could save you money. To find a coupon code, simply do a Google search for the store you would like to make your purchase at or try RetailMeNot.com. RetailMeNot has many Canadian coupon codes and they also use a rating system telling you how reliable the code has been. This site is by far my favourite coupon code site as I can usually find a code for 10% and as much as 25% off my purchase!

I also post a few coupon codes here on Simply Frugal for stores that may interest you. You can find all the Coupon Code posts by clicking here.

Shop through a cash back site

Why not get a percentage of your money back for making an online purchase through a cash back site? Cash back sites work together with online stores to offer you a percentage back as a rebate. Usually somewhere between 3-6%.  It’s nice to get some cash back on something you were going to purchase anyway!

I highly recommend Ebates.ca.  Ebates Canada, is specifically designed by Canadians for Canadians. More than 500 online stores that ship to Canada have joined the roster of retailers to offer Cash Back, special deals, including free shipping, and coupons to members of Ebates Canada.

Don’t pay for shipping

I really don’t like paying for shipping. Quite often the cost of shipping can be a deal breaker for me. Especially when the shipping costs more than the product I’m buying! For this reason, I like buying from Amazon.ca  and Chapters.Indigo.ca, since you only have to spend $25 to get free regular shipping.

Retailers often have coupon codes that will give you free shipping. I post a lot of those here on Simply Frugal.

I’ve also come across FreeShipping.ca, which is a site that lists a ton of codes for free shipping in Canada.  Here are a couple more sites that are solely devoted to free shipping deals in Canada.

It pays to be patient so you can score free shipping when companies offer it. Also, I think it’s best if you shop when a store is offering free shipping without a coupon code. This way, you can also use a coupon code to save on the cost of the product, since many stores don’t let you combine coupon codes.

Go in with a friend

You can also save on shipping by chipping in! Ask your sister-in-law, ask a friend, ask a neighbour, or ask a co-worker. If you all shop online regularly, check with each other before placing an order. Splitting the shipping can be an effective cost saving measure, especially when done time and time again!

 By combining coupon codes, rebates and free shipping, you should be able to get a great deal on all your online purchases! Do you prefer shopping online or in store? Do you have any additional tips for saving money when shopping online?

See the other articles in this series, here.

The Best Things to Buy in April

The Best Things to Buy in April

Cleaning supplies

Spring cleaning is in full swing so retailers are helping you out by putting cleaning supplies on sale!

Vacuums

Along the same lines as cleaning supplies, you will also find vacuums at a discount. So now is the time to buy if you need a new one.

 

Paint

 

Once the warmer weather hits, retailers know that home improvement projects begin. So if fresh paint is what’s on your mind, keep your eyes open for a deal in April.

Winter clothes

Retailers are wanting to make room for the new Spring apparel so you can expect to find some deep discounts on winter clothing!

Easter items

Before Easter, you will see ham and turkeys on sale. As soon as Easter is over, stock up on candy, decorations and more. Those items will be drastically reduced to make room for the next holiday items.

Tulips/Daffodils

Once tulips and daffodils are in season this month, I often see them on sale. Cut daffodils are often cheaper than cut tulips.

Produce to buy in April:

Artichokes, Asparagus, Beans, Beets, Berries, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cucumbers, Lettuce, Mangoes, Okra, Peas, Radishes, Shallots, Spinach, Turnips

Because retailers follow a yearly sale cycle, you can count on finding the same general products on sale at the same time each year.

52 Ways To Save: Use the Library (Week 14)

Every Monday in 2015, I’ll be sharing a different idea to help you save money! Add all of these tips to your frugal repertoire and you’ll be able to save a lot of money this year! I hope you’ll gather a few new ideas or at least some inspiration from this series.  

Ways the Library Will Save You Money- While the library is a great place to borrow books, most libraries also offer many other money-saving programs and resources!

Yeah yeah, I’m sure you’ve heard it before…use your local library to avoid spending money on new books. While the library is a great place to borrow books, most libraries also offer many other money-saving programs and resources!  Here are a few more ways your library can save you money:

DVDs and CDs

Our local library offers a great selection of DVD’s and CD’s. While you can purchase these items fairly cheap these days, borrowing from the library will save you a ton in the long run!

Audiobooks

If you’re a fan of audiobooks, check the selection at your library!  While I have yet to figure out a good way to listen to audiobooks (I get distracted), once I do figure it out, I’m going to check out a few. I noticed that our library system offers downloadable audiobooks.

eBooks

I often list free ebooks that are available through Amazon, but your local library may also give you access to a ton of ebooks. I believe you need to download the OverDrive app.

Digital Magazines

It’s possible to read digital magazines for free through many local libraries!  Libraries use Zinio which is normally a paid service. Read this post for more details.

Kids Programs

Most libraries have a kids Storytime. My daughter attends regularly and enjoys the story and songs they sing. Our library systems also offers a Summer Reading Club.

Free Activities

I was doing a bit of browsing through our library website and discovered a bunch of fun free activities they offer. One night they offer a Lego Builders program. Another night they have a movie night based on books.  On yet another night, they have Chess night.  The list goes on!

As you can see the library is a great place or service to take advantage of if you want to save some big bucks!

How often do you use your library?  Do you know of any other services or activities most libraries offer?

See the other articles in this series, here.

52 Ways To Save: Buy in Bulk (Week 13)

Every Monday in 2015, I’ll be sharing a different idea to help you save money! Add all of these tips to your frugal repertoire and you’ll be able to save a lot of money this year! I hope you’ll gather a few new ideas or at least some inspiration from this series.  

Buy in Bulk to Save - Buy in Bulk to Save Money- Learn what you should buy in bulk and what you shouldn't buy in bulk to save money!

For today’s 52 Ways to Save post, we’ll be talking about buying items in bulk!

I find that buying items I use often end up being cheaper in the long run when I purchase them in large quantities.  Most grocery stores sell items in bulk which can result in a lower price. (When you’re comparing the cost per weight between a small package and a large package).  For example, purchasing a 10kg bag of flour is cheaper (according to weight) than a 5kg bag.

However, it’s not always good to buy everything in bulk. Take the example of a 10 pound bag of potatoes For our family specifically, since it’s just my husband and I and our daughter (who doesn’t eat much), buying the big 10 lb bag of potatoes is not a good use of money for us.  If I purchased the large bag there would be guaranteed waste. Which is essentially like throwing money down the drain!

What to Buy in Bulk

What you should buy in bulk will depend on your own family.  Take a look at the items you regularly buy a lot of that have a long shelf life or will keep well in the freezer.

For our family, I buy flour, tomato soup, rice, meat and beans in large quantities. Up until recently, I was also buying large boxes of diapers and baby wipes.

What not to Buy in Bulk

Buying in bulk can often save you a lot of money in the long run, however there are times when it’s wise to skip the large quantities.

1. Don’t buy things you won’t use up in time

Going back to my example of the 10 pound bags of potatoes. As I mentioned, this would not be a smart purchase for our family because I know all the potatoes won’t be used up in time.

2. Don’t buy things if you’re not sure you’re going to love them

Sure, that big bag of dried beans may be a great deal, but if your family doesn’t love beans then that bag is just going to sit around collecting dust. You may have good intentions in wanting your family to eat more beans, but you are better off getting them used to the taste of beans with smaller bags or cans.

3. Don’t store your bulk items carelessly

Make sure to store your bulk items properly and check them often.  the last thing you want to do is find your grains bug infested!  Many bulk items can be frozen to extend their life.  Here are some things that freeze well:

  • Meat (either cooked or uncooked)
  • Flour
  • Fresh fruit (strawberries, peaches, cherries)
  • Vegetables (beans, corn, tomatoes…etc)
  • Butter
  • Breads, pastries and baked goods (cookies, muffins)
  • Cooked rice

Another option for bulk purchases is splitting a large purchase with friends or family members. You’ll all reap the savings while reducing the possibility of waste because you have a quantity that is more manageable for each family.

So tell me, do you buy in bulk? Have you ever made a bulk purchase mistake?

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Lost Money Saving Tricks of Older Generations

Lost Money Saving Tricks of Older Generations

Lost Money Saving Tricks of Older Generations

It is no secret that our parents and grandparents knew what it meant to stretch and save a buck. They had a motto that went something like use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without. And that is exactly what they did. They didn’t toss anything until it was used up all of the way, and if they couldn’t afford something, they did without. You can use these lost money saving tricks of older generations in your own life, which will greatly improve your financial health. Take a look below at some lost money saving tricks of older generations that still apply to life today and can really make a difference in your budget.

1. Use it up.

Make sure you are making the most of your resources. Don’t toss that toothpaste tube before it is empty. Eat food before it goes bad to avoid the need to throw it out. When you make your resources go the extra mile, you are saving money by not buying new. You are also getting the most bang for your buck, using every bit of what you paid hard earned money for.

2. Wear it out.

Wear clothing for as long as it lasts, and try to do the same with shoes. Take care of socks, belts, purses, and other accessories as well so you get a good amount of wear out of them. When one of these items gets a hole, run, or stain, try to repair it yourself before calling it a loss. This is also a way to get more bang for your buck and avoid buying new.

3. Make it do.

Avoid buying new items if you have something that will make do instead. For example, don’t buy a new formal dress for an evening event; make do with one you already own or borrow from a friend. Don’t buy the new coffee maker you wanted, make do with the one you have even though it is a little slow and not very stylish. When you make do, you are saving money by using what you already have on hand.

4. Do without.

Sacrificing was something our grandparents knew a lot about. If you can’t afford something, don’t buy it. It is a simple concept, but for some reason one of the hardest ones to master. Try to pay cash for everything, and only buy new when your budget truly allows for it.

So, do you think you are ready to use it up, wear it out, make it do and do without? Our grandparents did, and they had financial freedom and responsibility that so many of us dream about. Give these tips a try and see how well they fit into your modern life!

How to Start a Neighborhood Garden

How to Start a Neighborhood Garden

How to Start a Neighborhood Garden- If you're longing for a garden but are limited on yard space, a neighborhood garden may be a perfect solution for you!

If you’re longing for a garden but are limited on yard space, a neighborhood garden may be a perfect solution for you! A neighborhood garden is especially a good idea if your neighbors are also sharing these problems and frustrations and wishing for a garden of their own. If you are unsure about how to start a neighborhood garden, take a look at the helpful tips below. You see how simple it can be to plant and maintain a neighborhood garden and reap a harvest that everyone can enjoy.

Step 1: Have a planning session.

Gather all of the neighbors together who wish to participate. It’s ideal to have anywhere from 5-15 neighbors involved. Meet together and discuss a few important details such as where the garden will be and what plants will be going into it. Decide the size of the garden and if it will be a container, raised bed, or in ground garden. Listen to everyone’s ideas and pick a location that is central to the neighborhood. A neighbor may wish to donate space or you can opt for raised beds or container gardens along some shared land.

Once you know what you want to plant, you can create a budget for your garden. When it comes time to purchase the plants, have each participant pitch in a designated amount. Choose together what this amount will be so you can pick an amount that works for everyone. Once money is collected, choose a captain (or two) to take on the task of purchasing plants and supplies.

Step 2: Assign jobs.

Invite everyone to share their talents when taking care of the garden. Assign jobs to each participant so everyone has a part with the care of the garden and earns their share. Jobs will include weeding, feeding and fertilizing, watering, and of course harvesting. Someone should be checking on the garden daily, so create a chart for participants to sign up for days/tasks.

Step 3: Have a planting party.

Once you have your land picked out and your jobs in place, it’s time to have a planting party! Gather on a sunny day and start tilling the land, planting your produce, and setting up any necessary fencing or pest control. This can be a fun day for all involved as you work together to get your garden looking great.

Step 4: Practice maintaining the garden.

Make sure you keep up your end of the bargain by tending to the garden as needed and as designated. Stay in contact with the other gardeners so any issues in the garden can be discussed.

When your garden is ready to be harvested, head on down and start picking! Allow all participants to take part in harvesting and share what is collected. This is a great way to enjoy all of your hard work!

Growing a neighborhood garden takes a little work, but the end result is worth it. Give these tips a try and see how rewarding it can be to grow your own!

How to Start a Neighborhood Garden- If you're longing for a garden but are limited on yard space, a neighborhood garden may be a perfect solution for you!

52 Ways To Save: Price Match to Save Money (Week 12)

Every Monday in 2015, I’ll be sharing a different idea to help you save money! Add all of these tips to your frugal repertoire and you’ll be able to save a lot of money this year! I hope you’ll gather a few new ideas or at least some inspiration from this series.  

Price Match to Save Money and Time

Price Match to Save in Canada

Did you know that price matching in Canada is a great way to save money and time? For this week’s 52 Ways to Save post, I want to talk all about how you can price match to save!

Many stores in Canada offer a price match guarantee. They’ll match the advertised sale price of any competitive retailer as long as it is the exact same item and in the current sale period.  They’ll even accept coupons on top! :)

In the following post, I hope to show you all the ins and outs of price matching so you can stop shopping at so many stores! (If you’re prone to driving all around town to catch all the sales that is!)

What is price matching?

Say you need to do most of your shopping at Walmart, but there are a few good sales you noticed in the Shoppers Drug Mart and Real Canadian Superstore flyers.  Rather than visit all three stores, you could simply price match those sales at Walmart.   For example, say Shoppers has Tide laundry detergent on sale for $4.99.  By presenting your Shoppers flyer to the cashier at Walmart and stating you’d like to price match the price of the Tide found in the Shoppers flyer, the cashier will then give you the Shoppers price rather than the Walmart price!  Make sense? :)

How to price match?

As long as the exact product (size, variety, etc) mentioned in the flyer that you wish to price match is found on the shelves at the store where you’re doing the price matching, you’ll get the sale price.  Also make sure that you have the current flyer in tow as you can’t price match something that was on sale two weeks ago.  (example: Say you’re shopping on March 23 at Walmart, make sure you have the March 21 – 27, 2015 Shoppers flyer with you)  Here are the steps you can take to make price matching easy:

  1. As you’re reading through your weekly flyers at home, circle any items you wish to price match and jot them down on your shopping list with a note you’re going to price match those items.
  2. Bring all your circled flyers with you to the store.  (This is a must!)  Having the items circled ahead of time makes it really easy to find the item you want to price match thus making the transaction go smoothly. Also, make sure to bring the entire flyer, not just the ad for the item you want.
  3. Since flyers usually state the product’s size and type, you must purchase the exact item that’s advertised.
  4. When you’re ready to check out, separate the items you wish to price match from your regular purchases.
  5. Place the items you’re price matching first on the belt so the cashier will know that the first items will be price matched and the rest will be at the regular store price.
  6. Hand over your circled flyers.  The cashier may tear out the sale ad or keep the flyer.

Who price matches?

Here’s a list of the major retailers that I know price match.  Let me know in the comments if you know any other stores!

In order to find out your store’s full price matching policy, email or call the customer service line.

Do you price match to save time and money?  Anything you’d like to add to help others?

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52 Ways To Save: Clean Out Your Closet (Week 11)

Every Monday in 2015, I’ll be sharing a different idea to help you save money! Add all of these tips to your frugal repertoire and you’ll be able to save a lot of money this year! I hope you’ll gather a few new ideas or at least some inspiration from this series.

Earn Money with Consignment Stores

 

One way to save money is by earning a little extra money! One of my favourite ways to earn a little extra happens to be selling my unwanted clothing. While I’m not a big name brand shopper, I often have clothes that are in great condition that sell well in consignment shops.  You’ve probably seen me write about the powers of selling used stuff in local Facebook Buy & Sell groups, but for what ever the reason, I don’t have much success selling clothing on these sites.  So consignment is my go-to for selling unwanted clothes.

Here are my tips to help you get the most money out of the items you bring to consignment:

Make sure your items are clean

Give your gently-worn clothes a wash to freshen them up and to get any stains out, you’ll have more luck selling items that are in great shape.

Make sure your items are ironed

Going along with my previous point, having clothes that are newly ironed will help your items sell for top dollar.

Make sure your items are current/in style

You will have the best luck selling more “current” clothing; nobody wants to wear your grandmother’s polyester pants!

Don’t hold on to something you know you won’t wear

The longer you hold on to an item you know you won’t wear, the less it will be worth when you decide to finally clear your closet.

Brand names sell well

There are many many people out there that want the brand name clothing at a fraction of the cost.  Consignment stores are a great place to bring your brand name clothing to get a bit of return on your investment!

On the opposite side of things, consignment stores are also a great place to find a deal on clothing you may need yourself!  This week’s 52 Ways to Save post will have you earning and saving! ;)

Do you have any tips for selling your clothing in consignment stores?  Have you ever snagged a brag worthy deal?

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