Finding Extra Money (#11)
There are many reasons why someone may struggle to find extra money to build up a pantry. In this entry, we’re going to consider how to find money that can be used toward building up your stockpile of food.
Here are a number of ideas. There is also a worksheet at the end to help you make a plan.
Reallocating Items in Your Budget
If you have a set budget for your income, look for areas where you can cut expenses a bit to free up money. These might include:
- changing your cable plan
- quitting a streaming plan
- changing your phone plan
- reducing gas expenditures
- cutting your holiday spending
Most people have many items in their home they no longer need. Thanks to the internet, there are many places that make it easy to sell things. There are also places in your community that might be buying what you have. Places to sell things include:
- Facebook Local Buy-Sell Groups
- Craig’s List
- Used bookstores
- Children’s clothing and toys resell shops
- Adult clothing resell and consignment shops
- Garage sale
If you have a birthday, anniversary, or other holiday coming up (such as Christmas), you can ask for cash or gift cards to places where you can stock up.
Many people buy things and then either realize they don’t need them or forget about them. If you have things in your home that you have purchased fairly recently and can still be returned, then do so. This can include everything from leftover DIY materials to craft supplies.
If you receive a tax refund, consider using it to increase your pantry and purchase some preparedness items that you might not normally have room for in your budget.
As I write this, there are more jobs than there are people to fill them. Anyone one who wants to find work right now should be able to find a part-time job. This is not always the case so it could be an example of making hay while the sun shines. If you have the ability to work a few hours a week, you could bring home a nice little side income that you could put right back into building up your pantry.
If a regular part-time job won’t work for your family life, look for odd jobs and seasonal work. Other ideas include tutoring, babysitting, or taking surveys online.
Finding Extra Money Worksheet
Use the Finding Extra Money worksheet to create a plan for your particular situation.
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