Amazon Prime Day is getting closer and closer and the holiday shopping season is just around the corner.
For many of us, it will be tempting to start our vacation shopping with the offers found during Amazon’s annual Prime Day sales event on October 13th and 14th of this year. Significant discounts are available on electronics such as televisions, Apple products, speakers, headphones, Fitbits and smart home devices.
However, be careful not to break the bank. The average American spends more than $ 900 on the holidays each year, and total Prime Day sales are projected to approach $ 10 billion this time around.
All of this discounted equipment is tempting, especially for giving away gifts. However, we have a few ideas on how you can put some cash aside and make sure your Prime Day glory doesn’t break the bank.
1. Get Cash Back – And a $ 100 Bonus
How’s an extra $ 100 sound? Free? Seriously.
We found a company that gives you $ 100 just for opening a new debit card. It’s called aspiration.
Even better: With this debit card you get up to 5% cashback every time you swipe.
Buy food? Extra money.
Fill the tank? Bam. More cash.
To earn your $ 100 bonus, all you have to do is: Open Your aspiration account and deposit at least $ 10. Then set up and receive three direct deposits of at least $ 500 each from your paycheck or state benefits. That’s it!
You can earn money back instantly and deposit your bonus a little later to pay those vacation bills.
2. Swap books for Amazon gift cards
Do old college textbooks take up valuable shelf space? You could run a flea market or sell them on Craigslist, but one of the easiest ways to get rid of them is through Amazon.
With Amazon Trade-In, you can exchange your used textbooks, as well as other items such as electronics, for an Amazon gift card.
Enter the information about the item Amazon trade-in page to see how much you could take. Shipping is free.
3. Clean your closet
Take a good look at your closet while you’re at it. Over the years, you’ve probably gathered up all sorts of things that you no longer really need. Search your items and sell them when you haven’t used them in a long time and make some cash.
You don’t have to go through the hassle of having a garage sale either. Try to sell your items online. Market clothing and other random frills to people near you through an app like Letgo.
Or if you have old CDs or DVDs – or even smartphones – try selling them on a platform like Decluttr. You scan the barcodes of your items with the app and then print out a label for free shipping. Throw them in a box and done with them.
You will be surprised how much money you can make just cleaning!
4. Find out if the government owes you money
The government could owe you more money than just a stimulus check. Did you know that US Treasuries had concurrent unclaimed funds of more than $ 40 billion?
To determine if you have unclaimed money, contact the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators. (Warning: There are several similar websites. Make sure you look for legitimate ones.)
Kelli Howell, a reader of The Penny Hoarder, did a quick search and found unclaimed money in her husband’s name. Sure, it was only $ 56 in an old insurance claim, but that’s not bad for an unexpected check, is it?
5. Make money delivering groceries
Sure, jobs are very expensive right now, but food delivery is booming. The folks stuck at home are fed up with cooking – so they turn to takeaway food. Enter the picture here.
A number of apps like Doordash, Uber Eats or Postmates pay you to pick up and deliver groceries on your own schedule. All you need to get started is your preferred mode of transport and your smartphone.
They deliver things like Starbucks coffee or Chipotle, Chick-Fil-A, or Five Guys groceries. You set your own hours and work as much or as little as you want. That is, how much you make is up to you.
Jose Neri of California said he made $ 500 to $ 600 a week just working lunch and dinner.
Ultimately, here’s the bottom line: if you’re looking to give it your all this holiday season, how do you plan to pay for it? Prime Day is an opportunity to start your vacation shopping with some offers. Hopefully these strategies will help you pay back those sweet purchases!
This article originally appeared on www.thepennyhoarder.com