Best Sites to Boost Your Budget

I finally got around to packing up my holiday decor and although most of the seasonal remnants are tucked away until next year, there is one element of the holidays still lingering–my credit card bill. I tried really hard to stick to my budget but, like many, I overdid it. Luckily, I put aside some extra cash and will be able to pay down the bill in full to avoid interest charges. I realize not everyone is in this same position. Though debt can be scary, turning your back on it and pretending it doesn’t exist will lead to an even scarier financial situation. Now is the perfect time to get a hold of your credit card bills–it’s a new year and you can direct your resolution to spend less and save more toward paying down that debt quickly. While spending less on everyday essentials will ensure you have wiggle room in your monthly income to tackle credit card bills, you should also look for ways to boost your budget. Any extra cash you put towards paying down debt along with your regular monthly payments will save you hundreds of dollars on potential interest fees.

While taking on side hustles is a great way to increase your income and pay down debt faster (check out this long list of ways to make extra money from Budget’s Are Sexy), I understand that not everyone has time to work extra hours. That’s why I put together this list of websites that offer unique and simple ways to boost your budget.


See my suggestions below:

  • Sell old gadgets like smartphones, GPS systems and video games at &
  • Those who received gift cards for stores or restaurants they don’t like, can get cash for those gift cards at You can expect to get paid anywhere from 70 to 92% of the value of that unwanted gift card.
  • & are second-hand clothing sites where you can make money on unwanted threads.
  • & provide opportunities to get paid for taking online surveys, watching ads and more.
  • If you have a car that doesn’t get used during the weekday or on weekends, consider renting it via The site includes insurance for renters so you don’t have to worry about damage liability.
  • & connect you with travelers looking to rent a room or entire home for short periods of time. Set nightly or weekly rates.
  • Check for small, odd jobs around town. You can find gigs as simple as walking a dog and grocery shopping to more complex requests like building Ikea furniture and sorting files.
  • connects you with individuals or businesses looking for your professional services on a contractual basis, like marketing, writing or IT.

If you need more help digging yourself out of debt, check out ReadyForZero. They offer an online tool that helps consumers manage debt all in one place. You create a customized plan while the tool shows you the fastest way to become debt free while minimizing interest charges.

Good luck!

Andrea Woroch

Andrea Woroch is a nationally-recognized consumer and money-saving expert who regularly contributes to leading national and regional news stories. She has appeared on NBC's Today Show, Dr. OZ, Good Morning America, FOX & Friends, MSNBC, CNN, ABC News with Diane Sawyer, and been quoted in New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Money Magazine, Kiplinger Personal Finance, Better Homes & Garden and many others. Andrea also enjoys writing articles for various personal finance and lifestyle websites and blogs. Andrea is passionate about sharing ideas and tips to help you live on less without having to sacrifice. She says making a few small tweaks to daily and monthly spending is all you need to do to achieve your dreams within your means. Follow Andrea on Facebook and Twitter for daily savings tips and check back for new videos, magazine stories and blog posts all about saving money!

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