A few months ago, I wrote about some random ways I had made money all within the same month. This last month has turned into a similar experience. I’m not talking thousands of dollars, but every little thing helps, right?
1. Sold my son to MTV – $50
When my son was a toddler, I captured some hilarious footage of him that became an instant family favorite. It was the only video I had ever posted publicly on youtube. 7 years later I got an email from the producers of the MTV show Ridiculousness. They asked permission to use the video, and it aired last week. Check it out.
2. Accepted a website sponsor – $50
I’ve been running Bare Budget Guy for just over a year now, and I haven’t yet focused much on making money from it. When you have a blog, you get all kinds of emails inquiring about sponsorships, partnerships, or business opportunities, most of which are spam. Occasionally I’ll get one that seems legitimate, but I never respond.
The other day, however, I received an email from a legitimate company asking if they could sponsor a post. It was a company that I felt good about promoting, so I said sure. It was as simple as listing them as the sponsor at the end of the post, and they sent me $50 the next day. When Bare Budget Guy makes it big time, that $50 will be more like $500.
3. Churned another credit card – $100
Credit cards will not make you rich, but they can be a fun way to make free money if you’re into that sort of thing. If you are, there is no excuse for not having an American Express credit card in your posession at all times.
You can use an American Express credit card to load up to $1,000 each month to an American Express Serve card (essentially a prepaid debit card that you can add to and withdraw from). You then simply withdraw the money from your Serve card to your bank account and pay off your credit card balance. The money that you load from a credit card counts toward any credit card bonus spending requirements.
This month I loaded $1,000 to my Serve card from my Amex EveryDay credit card, which qualifies me for the sign-up bonus of 10,000 Amex points ($100 value). Boom done.
4. Got involved at work – $100
I am a huge believer that food is the greatest overall motivator. So when I was asked if I wanted to join my an engagement team at work, I saw it as an opportunity to incorporate more food into our work events and activities.
There wasn’t a good reason not to do it. It breaks up the work day, I get to lead some events, and I get to work on overcoming some of my introverted tendencies. Anyway, last week, we went out to a “thank you” lunch as a team and were given a gift card for $100. Can’t beat a free lunch and $100.
5. Tricked myself into saving – $1,673
A few months ago I signed up for digit. Digit is a service that combines behavioral psychology with technology to help you save money. I’m not going to do a full blown review here, but I think it’s a clever service. It is definitely targeted at a certain type of person.
It essentially analyzes your spending, and throughout the month it will transfer small chunks of money from your bank account to your digit account (savings account). The deposits are so small that you don’t really notice, but before long you’ll find that you have a nice little chunk of money saved without even having thought about it.
6. Got a tip on a deal from a reader – $50
I mentioned in my November Bare Budget Report that I was really frustrated for not pulling the trigger on Cyber Monday for a $99 MeccaNoid robot for my son’s Christmas present. The next day the price had risen back up to $150. Well, this past week I got a comment from a reader who sent me a link to another $99 deal! I did not hesitate to order it and send back the one I had purchased on Amazon for $150. Net savings = $50.
Icing on the cake
Making a few hundred dollars here and there will probably never approximate the impact of a raise at work or selling a business, but it still makes most of us feel good. The things on my list may or may not be possibilities for you in the near future, but there are many other things that are. The key is to always have your eyes open for opportunities, no matter how small. So while it might not make you wealthy, at least it’s fun and can put a smile on your face, and that’s something that we could all use a little more of this season.
Have you made any random money lately?