We’re officially into the last half of the holidays, and I don’t know about you, but it feels like my purse has taken a pretty harsh pounding this year! We’ve tried to keep a balance between days out and days at home, but the costs still add up and have already left us feeling pretty skint! I’ve been trying to think of some ways to raise a little bit of extra cash to keep us going for the next few weeks, and here’s a few that I’ve come up with so far:


This is a PRIME time for doing bootsales, with the weather at it’s best (okay, well, ALMOST at it’s best…) and people happy to drag out on a Sunday morning to find a bargain. Go through everything including toys, books, DVDs, clothes, anything which might be of use to someone else and take it all to a bootsale. One man’s trash is another’s treasure and all that! And, as a happy side-effect, you’ll also have de-cluttered your house in the process!


Obviously, this isn’t a guaranteed way to win money, as there’s always a risk with gambling, but it’s a fun way to spend an evening with minimal outlay and you could be lucky enough to win some money. Farmyard Bingo is a personal favourite and offers up to a £60 welcome bonus, which will increase your chances of winning!


eBay is another great place to sell stuff, especially if you don’t have a car for doing bootsales. Make sure you factor in your postage costs and fees when listing your items and don’t under-price things – you’ll be surprised what people will pay for items wuch as broken mobile phones, which may seem worthless to you but will still be useful to someone.


Facebook selling groups are really popular right now and it’s easy to see why. You won’t pay fees on what you sell, you can arrange mutually convenient places to drop off or pick up, and it’s easy to search for items to see what other people are charging for similar things. Most people pay in cash, so you don’t have to factor in PayPal fees, either.


There are loads of places online where you can do online surveys and be rewarded in cash. It’s a great thing to do when you have a few hours spare in the evening; you can put the telly on, have a cuppa, put your feet up and just click a few buttons! Low effort and if you search around, you can find some which offer a decent reward.