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3 Ridiculously Easy Ways to Boost your Fashion Fund

3 Ridiculously Easy Ways to Boost your Fashion Fund

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The changing of the seasons always gets me in the mood for some wardrobe updates. A few trends I’ve got my eye on right now include velvet accessories (check out these gorgeous shoesicon!), oversized cozy cardigans and just about anything mustard yellow.

But how to budget for all of this loveliness?!!

If you’ve spent any time on this blog, you’ll know that I’ve gone on at lengths about my constant battle with mom guilt. And spending money on myself is among the many things I feeling guilty about. I really don’t know why. It’s not as if buying some new shoes for myself means that my daughters will miss out on anything, but nonetheless I feel bad. So silly!

One trick I’ve learned is to compartmentalize my spending a little. If I can bring in some extra cash, over and above mine and my husband’s regular incomes, then I don’t feel so bad about treating myself for some reason. Hardly logical I know, but it works for me.

Side hustling is becoming more and more popular these days, but it’s not always that easy. My jobs (the corporate one and taking care of my littles :)) really don’t leave much in the way of spare time. We don’t have an extended family close by to help out, which means that any kind of side hustle needs to fit around our existing schedule.

There are a load of options out there and some are honestly just more hassle than they’re worth. So after some trial and error, I’ve settled on a few favorite methods to bring in a little extra money that fit my criteria of being both super easy AND convenient.

And perhaps the best thing about them all, is that you only need a mobile phone!

#1 Rebate apps

Do you remember a few years ago when extreme couponing was all the rage? It’s great in theory, but cutting coupons can take so much time and effort. I also suspect that coupons tempt us into buying things we don’t necessarily need, just because it feels as though we’re getting a good deal.

What I love about rebate apps instead is that you’re essentially getting money back on things you’d be buying anyway.

First up, and perhaps my favorite, is Ibotta. It’s very easy to use – just look up the rebates on offer using their mobile app, go shopping and then snap a photo and upload your receipt afterwards. They’ll match the rebates to items on your receipt and add the cash to your account for any qualifying products.

Even though most of the rebates are small, they add up quickly. I’ve earned over $300 so far using the app – all from things I would have bought anyway – so not too bad! They offer rebates for generic products (e.g. any breakfast cereal, baby food, produce items etc.) in addition to specific branded goods. And lately, they’ve extended the selection of rebates beyond groceries to include Amazon, Groupon, Uber and more. You can cash out your earnings via PayPal, or in the form of gift cards for Amazon, Starbucks etc.

Right now, you’ll get $10 free just for signing up when you use this referral link or use my referral code in the app (VXJDFPF) and redeem your first rebate!

A secondary app I use for grocery shopping rebates is Checkout 51. It works in very much the same way as Ibotta. They don’t have quite as many products and brands on offer, but still, it’s extra free money! You can find out more here.

#2 Apps for selling clothes

3 Ridiculously Easy Ways to Boost your Fashion FundI love a good closet purge and have sold many items over the years on Ebay and Craigslist. More lately I discovered Poshmark, and so far love it! It works in much the same way as those other sites, but offers the convenience of a mobile app.

For anyone else like me who’s late to the party, Poshmark is sort of a cross between a social network and an online marketplace. The longer you use the app, the more followers you gain, who, if you’re lucky will share items from your virtual closet. You add items to your seller profile simply by snapping some pics on your phone, uploading them and filling out a few details.

I’ve found the app to be extremely user friendly and so far have had great results – I sold my first item (a pair of jeans) with a couple of days of joining up and listing!

When you sell something, Poshmark emails you a prepaid shipping label (the buyer pays a flat rate shipping fee) which avoids you having to stand in line at the post office (thank goodness!).

In terms of payout, you set the price and can list as many items as you want, so the sky’s the limit! The only slight con is that Poshmark takes a commission of 20% on anything you sell, but I guess that’s to be expected. Also, sales are currently restricted to the US.

Here are a few tips for selling successfully:

  • Take plenty of high quality (think light and bright) photos from various angles. Try to include some close-ups so that buyers can see the condition of the item
  • Provide as much detail as you can – I typically include information over and above what it required, such as material, measurements etc.
  • Respond quickly to buyer questions and ship items promptly

Now that I’ve got the hang of Poshmark, I definitely want to try some of the others like Depop and Carousell.

#3 Mystery shopping apps

3 Ridiculously Easy Ways to Boost your Fashion FundWhat I love about these apps, is that you can use them wherever you’re already doing your shopping (in my case, mostly Target *sigh*).

My personal favorite is Mobee. The Mobee app is extremely easy to use and shows available “missions” in your area on a map. I tend to check it before I head out to run errands, to see if there any missions at stores I’m going to anyway.

The missions are usually very straightforward – answering questions about product availability, or visibility of employees. Often you might have to snap a photo or two of shelving or displays. I don’t think I’ve ever spent more than 5 minutes or so completing one.

The earning potential with Mobee is pretty decent. 100 points gets you a dollar and the missions I’ve completed paid out anywhere between 150 and 1000 points (I’ve also been awarded additional points for visiting new stores for the first time). You can cash out in the form of gift cards from a wide number of stores including some of my faves: Target, Amazon and Sephora.

As with most of these apps, you can also earn bonus points by referring friends. If you use my referral code (DRMR), we’ll both earn 300 points!

In case you want to try some more, other mystery shopping apps that I’ve heard good things about but am yet to try include Field Agent,  Zapiddy and Gigwalk.

 

So there you have my top three for now… I’ll update you if I find any new or better ways to add to the shopping fund.

Do you know of any easy side hustles or ways to bring in extra cash? Would love to hear your ideas.

 

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33 Comments

  • Reply Nadalie

    I so need to sell what’s in my closet. I’m probably only wearing about 90% of it anyways. I’ve never even heard of mystery shopping apps. Can’t wait to check it out!

    Thanks for the helpful tips,
    Nadalie, It’s All You Boo
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    September 18, 2017 at 11:06 am
    • Reply Polly

      I’m the same… I’m definitely working towards more of a capsule wardrobe and becoming more selective about what I buy – quality over quantity!

      September 18, 2017 at 7:20 pm
  • Reply Catalina

    I am always trying to find ways to make more $$ to buy more clothes. love how I am not the only one!

    September 18, 2017 at 12:30 pm
    • Reply Polly

      You’re definitely not alone 🙂

      September 18, 2017 at 7:18 pm
  • Reply Katie

    I’m always looking for extra shopping cash! These are some great tips! I will have to try the mystery shopper apps. I’ve never heard of that before.

    September 19, 2017 at 12:22 am
    • Reply Polly

      Yes, the mystery shopper apps can be fun!

      September 19, 2017 at 7:46 pm
  • Reply Sage

    I always thought that mystery shopping was a scam, but you opened my eyes girl! Nice work!

    September 20, 2017 at 10:06 pm
    • Reply Polly

      Ah, thanks! I was skeptical too, but Mobee was recommended by a friend, so I knew it was legit!

      September 21, 2017 at 2:59 pm
  • Reply Jen

    These are such great tips! I really had no idea about the apps! It’s for sure time for me to do a serious closet edit! Thanks for this!

    September 20, 2017 at 10:35 pm
    • Reply Polly

      You’re welcome! I think that there’s an app for just about anything imaginable these days 🙂

      September 21, 2017 at 12:21 pm
  • Reply Felly Bee

    I love selling my clothes on poshmark and use ebates like crazy!

    September 20, 2017 at 10:36 pm
    • Reply Polly

      Yes, I love Ebates too!

      September 21, 2017 at 12:21 pm
  • Reply Lauren

    Had no idea about Mobee. Thanks for sharing!!!

    September 20, 2017 at 10:38 pm
    • Reply Polly

      You’re very welcome!

      September 21, 2017 at 2:58 pm
  • Reply Beauty With Miriam

    As a student these are such great tips to know! I usually just throw my unused clothes in my closet but will def think of these tips 🙂

    September 20, 2017 at 10:42 pm
    • Reply Polly

      I WISH this kind of thing had been around when I was a student!

      September 21, 2017 at 10:10 pm
  • Reply Aerica Floyd

    I love this post because I’m always down for an easy side hustle to make extra money! One of my favorites is to participate in focus groups! They are so fun and the payout is amazing!

    September 20, 2017 at 11:10 pm
    • Reply Polly

      Me too… my side hustles are almost becoming a full time job, lol! And yes, focus groups are an awesome way to earn some extra cash!

      September 21, 2017 at 2:57 pm
  • Reply Tayja

    I’ve heard so much about ibotta. Going to have the jump on the wagon and try it. Who doesn’t love a little extra cash!!

    September 20, 2017 at 11:14 pm
    • Reply Polly

      I love ibotta so much!

      September 21, 2017 at 2:55 pm
  • Reply Sydney

    Thank you for this great, thorough list! I get some of that mom guilt too so hopefully venturing into these things will alleviate some of that.

    September 20, 2017 at 11:25 pm
    • Reply Polly

      It has definitely worked for me!

      September 21, 2017 at 2:55 pm
  • Reply Haley Willis

    Love this post! I’m huge shopper but try not to spend too much so, this was very helpful!

    September 20, 2017 at 11:33 pm
    • Reply Polly

      Thank you! The other option would of course be to stop shopping, but doubt that’s going to happen! 😉

      September 21, 2017 at 3:00 pm
  • Reply Rimsha

    I need to start selling my clothes, and this post was super helpful post! But I never knew about the mystery shopper! Thanks for mentioning it!

    September 21, 2017 at 2:35 am
    • Reply Polly

      You’re very welcome!

      September 21, 2017 at 10:09 pm
  • Reply Mila

    So simple, love it!

    September 21, 2017 at 3:18 am
    • Reply Polly

      Absolutely! Thanks for reading 🙂

      September 21, 2017 at 2:54 pm
  • Reply Nicole

    Great tips! I for sure need to sell some clothes, wonder if Poshmark takes maternity… and I totally get the mom guilt! xo

    September 21, 2017 at 11:29 am
    • Reply Polly

      Yes! You can definitely sell maternity clothes on Poshmark!

      September 21, 2017 at 10:07 pm
  • Reply Kaylyn

    I’ve never heard of Mobee before. Definitely going to check it out now!

    September 21, 2017 at 7:20 pm
  • Reply Ally

    Great tips! I’ve made tons of money off of Poshmark. Granted, I spent all of it on new clothes! XO

    September 26, 2017 at 3:52 am
    • Reply Polly

      I know, me too… but that’s how I justify buying the new stuff! 🙂

      September 26, 2017 at 3:39 pm

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