According to my trusty Trip-It app, I am only a mere forty-nine days away from departing from Dallas on my journey to Rome!
After a three day tour of Rome, I will travel by bus to Florence where I will take a four week course, and then travel to Budapest. Now that this is all starting to sink in, the reality of me being a broke college student is sinking in as well. And believe me, I am not letting myself go to Italy with empty pockets. So I’ve decided to compile this list of tips, and tricks that I’ve been practicing to help me to save money, and even earn some extra money before my trip.
1. Stop all unnecessary spending. Yes. That means Starbucks. Typically that’s never really a problem for me, but it’s been challenging considering that finals are quickly approaching. I have to constantly remind myself that it does indeed add up, and it’s not worth it in the long run.
2. Sell on eBay. I can easily clean out my closet almost every season and make minimum an extra $50 on eBay. That’s a train ticket to La Speiza all on clothes that I don’t want! I’m a pseudo established eBay seller having had sold quite a bit of clothing, but what I’ve found that I can offer up as advice, is to only sell brand name clothing! Forever 21, H&M, J Crew… brands that you know that people will be searching for. You may have an adorable blue dress that you’re looking to sell but if you don’t know the brand, chances are that no one will find it.
3. Don’t waste time trying to sell at Platos closet. Seriously. Stick with eBay. Plato’s will not do right by you.
4. Gigwalk. This is by far my favorite tip, and Gigwalk is my new favorite App. I’m an emerging digital media major, so I have to keep up on these sorts of things, and it is truly an undiscovered gem! Here’s the story. This app pays you to go into local stores and act as a mystery shopper, collect information, or take pictures for Bing. Tasks that take 2-5 minutes pays you an average of $5-$7 per gig (but up to $100 in some cases) that is deposited into your paypal account. It maps your location, and shows local gigs which you can then apply for, complete the instructions and submit your submission within the given time frame! That’s it! I went out to run some errands the other day and applied for a three gigs that all took about 5 minutes each, and I made $17… for 15 minutes of work. What a cool way to earn spare cash, huh? I swear that I’m not sponsored by them to tell you this… just a happy user Seriously… try it out soon…
5. Don’t estimate the generosity of others. I went ahead and created a gofundme account, which is an online donation website that has an option for study abroad, internships, etc. I’ll be posting mine up here on my birthday this Sunday to try to shamelessly internet panhandle whatever I can from friends and family. I haven’t been advertising mine much because I’m kind of uncomfortable asking people for money, but I’ve seen some folks have some amazing success with it!
6. Sell a service. Pet sitting, baby sitting… something that you’re good at and enjoy! Like blog header design… which I totally do for a small fee by request. Considering that graphic design is half of my job and degree I’m not half bad at it
So, those are my tips for saving and earning money before a big trip!! Do you have any favorite methods for saving money?