It’s no secret that having a blog can be expensive. There are sponsorships to buy, designs to be done, giveaways to do, not to mention all of the fun products that other creative bloggers make and sell. When I first started this adventure, I told myself that I didn’t want to take any money out of our monthly budget to spend on my new hobby. I have other hobbies that do enough spending on their own – namely going out to eat and shopping. That meant I needed to get creative about how I was going to pay for All the Joys. I’ve put together some resources that you might find intriguing to use for yourself. These can be used by anyone, not just bloggers!
1. ThredUp. ThredUp is an online consignment store for women’s and children’s clothing. It’s easy – you order a “clean out bag”, (for free), they send it, you fill it, send it back (for free). After they go through your items, they’ll pay you for what they know they can resell, and donate the rest to local charities. There is an option to pay a fee to get your items back that they don’t want. I’ve sent in about four bags – mostly of clothes that don’t fit or I never wear – and have gotten just under $150 total. They pay via PayPal too!
2. Twice. Same general idea as ThredUp – but they accept more expensive brands – and pay more for them, too. They send a list of brands they love with your clean out bag, which makes it easy to fill. I sell my higher end things here (Anthropologie, J.Crew, Coach, Kate Spade, etc). I’ve done two bags here, and have gotten over $100!
3. Groupon Snap. This is so easy, it’s crazy. Download Groupon’s new app – Groupon Snap to get cash back on normal things you buy at the grocery store every day. Some examples include $1 on milk, $.50 on bananas, $.75 on apples, etc. After you purchase said items, all you do is upload a picture of your receipt. I’ve used a few times and have already made over $5. That can pay for a whole sponsorship!
4. Ibotta. This is another app available in the app store. It works in a similar way to Groupon Snap, but you need to choose your rebates based on what store you are shopping at. Walgreen’s has different rebates than Costco. There are also retail and entertainment rebates! I’ve made over $17 just doing my regular shopping. If you sign up, use my referral code: 9bu5g. We join forces and help each other earn more!5. Ebates. If you haven’t signed up for this already, go do it. I’ll wait. Ok, so anytime you are shopping online, go to ebates first. Find the store you are shopping from, click, and ebates will send you to their website. Anything you buy will you give a rebate, which is paid out four times a year. I signed up three years ago and have gotten back over $700 (don’t do the math, I shop online a lot!). They pay via check or sometimes Amazon credit. Even better, before taking you to your store’s website, Ebates lists all of the coupons available at that time. Using my link above gives you a $5 credit!
6. If you haven’t already, and are ready for the commitment, start selling sponsorships on your blog. You can then turn around and use those funds to sponsor other blogs. Win-win.
Saving money is one of my passions! Are there any other things you use to help pay for your blog/hobbies, or to save money in general?