1 Write to us!
Yours accepts letters, poems and photos for submission to our ever-popular Meeting Place section. Having something printed means a £10 high street shopping voucher for you – not bad for a few minutes’ work! Write to the address on page 3.
2 Be a savvy saver
Make sure you use your full ISA allowance. From July 1, you can save up to £15,000 and the interest is tax-free. Even with current low interest rates that could be about £75 for every £5,000 saved.
3 Go car booting
A great way to declutter your cupboards! Expect to pay £5-£10 per car – but you should make much more. Check your local press for details and get there early to shift the most loot!
4 Recycle your ink cartridges
Thanks to cash-back websites, empty printer ink cartridges can be worth up to £5 each. Visit www.therecyclingfactory.com for more information – you can even send them away freepost or arrange a collection.
5 Invigilate exams
Ask at local schools, colleges or at temping agencies if they need invigilators during exam time. It’s nice quiet work, and you should only need a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (formerly known as a CRB check) to help out.
6 Get loyalty cards
Vouchers and points can really add up every time you spend money. We recommend the Boots Advantage card, which offers four points for every £1 spent, which, if you’re over 60 goes up to a whopping ten points per £1.
7 Sell your photos
Got an eye for an image? Sell your photos through an online company such as www.istockphoto.com which catalogues thousands of images to be bought by media companies. Different companies pay different percentages per sale.
8 Rent out a room
Raise a larger sum by letting out a room or floor in your home. You can bag up to £4,250 per year, tax free. For a short-term fix, house foreign language students on short trips. Sign up with an agency such as www.hosts-international.com (0207 323 5244).
9 Oversee voting
While the payment for this varies, it’s usually quite good – particularly when you consider it involves sitting down with a cuppa and a book for the most part! Contact your local council for more information.
10 Coin hunt!
It may be old-fashioned, but there’s nothing like a good old rummage down the back of the sofa to turn up pennies – or even pounds! Search old trouser and coat pockets and under rugs or carpets!