I think we all know what it’s like when you’re short of money and have bills to pay and if you don’t know what that’s like then I seriously envy you. Over the years I’ve found myself in a couple of tricky situations where I’ve needed money and I’ve needed it fast but payday has been weeks away and it’s been horrible. However I have always managed to sort myself out luckily and there are a few ways that I’ve found to make money fast and they don’t mean that you have to rob a bank.

Sell! Sell! Sell!

This isn’t really the case anymore, but when I first came back home from university, I had so much stuff lying around. There were bags of clothes that I hadn’t worn for years, books which were unloved on my bookshelves and dvds that were never going to be watched again. I found that the best way to make a bit of money and shift these items was to sell them online. My favourite way to sell online is eBay although there can be a bit of a problem with them siding with the buyer if anything gets lost in the post. To combat this, I always send my items out by recorded delivery so I can track them. I have been known to use Depop as well which is an app that you can get on your phone and is really easy to use. For bigger items like furniture that I bought while I was a student, I turned to local Facebook groups. Okay, it can get a bit Jeremy Kyle on those but you can always find someone to buy your Argos bookshelf for a fiver!

Online Surveys

I’ve posted about this before but I’ve found that YouGov is such a great site for making money through online surveys. For each one that you complete you get points (usually around 50ps worth) and you can cash out when you get to £50. It can take a while to get to this point but the surveys often take just 5 minutes to complete and since I’ve been signed up, I’ve managed to earn £300 and I get surveys dropping into my email inbox regularly.

Get a loan

Getting a loan isn’t always the easiest option and sometimes it’s not the best option depending on where you get it from. Of course, you can always ask your family if they can lend you some money when you’re in a tricky financial situation but if there’s nobody that can help, you can always consider payday loans. It’s a good idea to do your research before you get any type of loan.

Get cashback on your purchases

If you shop online a lot, especially for large purchases, it’s a good idea to sign up to a cash back site such as Quidco, where you can get a percentage of what you’ve paid back. This is especially good if you’re looking at getting a new phone or switching your energy providers, you can often get really good deals by going through Quidco and you can also get a hefty sum of money back too!

Saving Money

There are plenty of ways for you to save your money which is always a good idea as you never know when you might need to dip in to your savings. I like to put any spare change into a money tin which means that I can’t get into it without using a tin opener. When the tin is full, I’ll open it and use the money that’s inside for something special, if I’m going on holiday then I’ll take it with me and use it to treat myself while I’m away. Saving money when you buy a car is something that everyone hopes to do, it’s best to shop around and if you’re looking for a loan for your car then make sure you choose somewhere reputable like Auto Advance to get one.


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