Being trendy on a college budget is sometimes one of the hardest things to accomplish, especially if you are like me and have a “taste for the finer things.” About a year ago I found myself wondering how I could possibly achieve my ideal style without breaking the bank, so I did some research. I found some really cool apps and gave them a try, soon realizing that they were saving/making me a decent amount of money. So here you go, these are my money making secrets!
Like most fashion lovers, I like to keep on trend with what is in style at the moment, and financially, that can be really hard to keep up with. I would find myself places like Plato’s Closet and Salvation Army trying to sell my clothes, but receiving not even a quarter of what I spent. This was until I came across Poshmark. This app is where you can buy and sell your clothing, new and used, at whatever price you please. You are given your own virtual closet that people will visit and purchase from, so the better quality the pictures of your items, and the faster you respond to your customers, the more you will sell. The best part??? When a customer makes a purchase, they pay for the shipping, so it costs nothing for you to sell on here. Minus the small fee Posh charges you to sell on their app, the money you make will be sent as a check to your house or direct deposit to your bank.
If you like the idea of getting paid to shop, then this next app will be your best friend for any online purchase. Ebates generates a certain amount of cash back for most purchases on most online stores. For example, Macy’s has 6% cash back on all purchases. So, if you spend $50.00 you will get $3.00 cash back into your account. If you don’t think this is much money, let me inform all you avid online shoppers: these small amounts add up really fast. My biggest recommendation when using this app is to make Ebates your browser on your computer. This way it will apply the cash back and any other available coupons automatically to your purchase each time you online shop. This way you will never forget to use it.
If you thought it doesn’t get an easier to make some extra money, you’re wrong. The app Shopkick will earn you gift cards without even having to make a purchase. This app is based on a points system referred to as ‘kicks’ which you can turn in for gift cards to many different places including Saks, Sephora, American Eagle, Tory Burch and more! There are four easy ways to earn kicks. The first is simply by walking into a store. For example, you can earn 25 kicks just for walking in to American Eagle. The second way is by scanning certain items in the store. If you go into CVS, you can scan, for example, a Sally Hansen nail polish on the apps barcode camera and earn 45 kicks that easily. If these options aren’t easy enough, the next thing you can do is link your credit card to the app. Each time you swipe your credit card at a store eligible for kicks it will add those kicks to your account. If you by chance decide to purchase something on your way through a store, there is another option to earn kicks this way. All you have to do is click the receipt button on the app, and if you purchased anything on the apps kick list, you send in a picture of your receipt and the kicks will be added to your account when approved. If you follow these four easy steps you will be cashing out a gift card in no time!