Join us for our tabletop sale – plus our top 5 ways to make extra cash

Finding yourself short of money? You’re not alone. The cost of living is going up all the time. Lots of people are looking for ways to make some extra cash.

We’re holding a tabletop sale at The Place tomorrow (Saturday 6th August, 12pm). The perfect way to make a little money while clearing out some unwanted stuff! And we’ve put together a few more ideas on how to boost your bank balance – see below.

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Make sure you’re getting all the money you’re entitled to

Can you get support from the government? Billions of pounds in benefits go unclaimed every year. If you’re eligible for support and you need it, you should claim it – that’s what it’s there for!

There’s a free benefits calculator on the government’s website. Give it a try to check if you’re missing out on anything. Don’t forget, you may be entitled to help even if you’re working, whether you’re employed or self-employed.

If you’re already claiming benefits, remember you usually have to tell the benefits agency if you make any extra income. They may reduce your benefits as a result. Keep that in mind as you read on.

Are you eligible for any grants? The Turn2Us website has a directory of grants you might be able to apply for. Just enter your details to find out if there’s anything available to help you.

Are you being paid enough? Check your payslip to make sure your employer is paying you the right amount. (While you’re there, check your tax code. MoneySavingExpert has a useful guide to make sure you’re not paying too much tax.)

Use this National Minimum Wage calculator to make sure you’re getting at least the minimum wage. If you’re not, Citizens Advice has information on what you can do.

And if you think you’re due a pay increase, here’s Glassdoor’s guide to asking for one.

Are the other people in your life paying their share? If you live with other adults, make sure you’re splitting the bills in a way that’s fair. And if you’re not getting enough financial support from an ex-partner, the Child Maintenance Service should help.

Rent out the spare room

Of course, not everyone has a spare room. But if you do, you might be able to use it to boost your income. You could take in a lodger, or rent out some space through a scheme like Airbnb.

Renting out your home – or at least part of it – might not work for everyone. Having a lodger usually won’t affect your benefits. But you will have to report the income you receive. And you won’t be entitled to a single-person discount on your council tax.

Citizens Advice has a useful checklist to help you decide if this is a good option for you.

Side hustles

Do you have a hobby? Maybe you play the piano, or make jewellery, or have a passion for graphic design. Whatever it is, why not see if you can use it to make a little money? Check out this useful guide from Money Dashboard.

And if you have a blog or a big social media following, look into affiliate marketing. This means including links to certain products in your posts. You make money if your readers click those links and buy something. It’s an easy way to make money online.

Have a clearout

Most of us have stuff lying around that we keep meaning to get rid of. You could take those old books, clothes or bric-a-brac to a car boot sale. Or a tabletop sale, like the one at The Place tomorrow!

Or you could sell items online to make money fast. We love this guide from budgeting blogger Katie Saves on the best places to sell clothes, online and off.

Use local Facebook groups (like this one!) and Facebook Marketplace to sell items locally. The best bit is there are no fees, so you keep the profit.

Don’t forget you can make money from your old mobile phone. Some brands will let you trade in your old model to save money on your new one. Or, depending on the model and how old it is, you could potentially get a lot of money by selling it online. Shop around to see where you can get the best price.

Make money from home

First of all, remember to be wary of online adverts saying you can make money from home. There are a lot of scams out there!

But there are lots of safe ways you can make money from home. All you need is if you have a computer and access to the internet. For example, you could work as a virtual assistant, or do online tutoring. (Remember that if you do start working part time, this will affect your entitlement to benefits.)

You could also sign up to the mailing lists of market research companies, like Research Opinions. They will pay you to take part in surveys, focus groups and mystery shopping.

So there you have it, five ways to make some extra money. Why not give them a try and see how much cash you can make?

And don’t forget the tabletop sale at The Place tomorrow! Hope to see you there. Email to grab a table or join us from 12 to grab yourself a bargain!


Job opportunity – Food Poverty Development Worker

Healthy Me Healthy Communities (HMHC) are hiring a new team member to coordinate their Food Poverty Development Programme, in partnership with The Place and the Beacon Centre in Clayton. If you’re a proactive, flexible hard worker with experience in community development, you could help your community by delivering and developing food projects like Community Grocers.

Apply by midday on Monday 28th March. For more information and to apply, download the job description and equal opportunities monitoring form.