Saving money

Saving money

Now that summer is well and truly over and winter is on its way, there’s no doubt that Christmas is the next big expense on everyone’s minds (eek!).

Brits spent an average of £38 on each person they were buying for last festive season - so if you’ve got a large social network, you might want to start counting the pennies early.

What’s more, with the likes of Alexander McQueen, Valentino and Jean Paul Gaultier all launching their new collections and the shiny new iPhone 5 hitting the shelves, a bit of spare cash to spend on yourself really wouldn’t go amiss.

Here are ten top tips for saving money from

Recycle your old mobile phone: Let’s face it. Getting your hands on the latest mobile phone has become more of an obsession than a necessity. With a new phone announced almost every month, you probably have a fair few old devices gathering dust in a box somewhere. Selling your old phones is easy, check out sites like to find out how much money your old phone is worth. Bargain hunters can currently fetch up to £325 for an old iPhone 4S 64 GB, and up to £206 of an old Samsung Galaxy S i9100. Talk about easy money!

Rent out your spare room: If you’re lucky enough to have a spare room in your house, then why not put it up for rent? Social travel sites like allow you to set your own price, and what’s more, guests (and hosts) are reviewed after each stay so you can make sure you get someone reliable, who’ll pay a decent price for your room! If you don’t want to rent for a long time, you can do short lets to help pay off expensive holidays while you’re away.

Become a mystery shopper:  If you’re not opposed to a little bit of shopping at the weekend, then mystery shopping could be the ideal way for you to make some extra cash! Check out sites like and GFK Mysteryshopping to see how much you could earn. You won't have to accept all jobs offered to you and you could find yourself trying out anything from new restaurants to the latest fashion boutiques and high-street stores! Now who said making money was hard work?

Take part in paid surveys: Taking part in paid surveys is easy - all you have to do is sign up, sit back and answer questions from the comfort of your own home. Responding to surveys also gives you an excuse to vent about things that you dislike and shout about the things you do. Fancy giving it a go?  Check out sites like and to sign up!

Rent out your parking space: If you’ve got a spare parking space, you can rent it out for  others to use! Parking spaces are hard to come by, and they are in high demand – especially in the city.  Try or to see how much your bit of concrete is worth.

Sell your old clothes online: Looking to make some extra cash and some extra space for that new winter wardrobe?  Sites like are a great way to sell your old outfits online – you can even swap with other people if you see something of theirs that catches your eye!
Sell your old DVDs: We’ve all fallen into the trap of watching a movie once or twice and then putting it up on your ‘DVD shelf’ until a friend comes by to ‘borrow’ it. Why not make some easy cash by putting old DVDs up on or eBay instead? It only takes a couple of minutes to create an account, and it’s an easy way to get rid of unwanted clutter!

Goodbye university books: University books are probably the most expensive books you’ll ever buy, so why not make some cash back and help a new student out at the same time? Advertise your books on local Student Union websites and put posters up in your local         library to generate interest. Facebook and Amazon can also be a great place to sell unwanted books.  
Review products: If you are a bit of a critic when it comes to the latest consumer products and ‘hot’ trends, then giving feedback on products through video sites like may be just the thing for you! All you need to do is sign up and film yourself trying out a product before uploading it on to the site. Check it out to see how many points you could earn.

Do a car boot sale: If you’re not put off by the idea of spending the day on your feet, then give car boot sale-ing a go, and you could make some money – cash in hand style! Check out car boot sale directory sites like to find out where and when your local car boot sale takes place. 

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