Break the weekday mold without breaking the bank
No matter how tight your budget or how frugal your spending habits are, we all need a weekend getaway every once in a while. Sometimes getting away from your home city and getting a change of scenery for a couple days is the only therapy you need to unwind after a stressful work week.
Unfortunately, a tight or strict budget does not usually allow for spontaneous weekend getaways. When you are looking to break up your normal schedule without breaking the bank, here are a few ideas to round up some extra cash this week to burn on a weekend adventure.
Put in some overtime
This is not always an immediate fix for instant cash, because your payday may not align with your weekend plans, but it will ensure at that you have some extra money to fall back on when you return from your trip. You may need to pull a little out of your savings using this method, but you can replace it with your extra overtime money when you are home again. Don’t forget to replace it!
Ask for a cash advance
If your boss is a stickler and will not let you have extra paid hours at the office, ask instead for a cash advance on your salary. This way you can spend the money you would have earned in the future on what you need right now to relax and unwind.
Be careful with this method, though. It can be easy to forget that you will have to work on a little less next paycheck. Plan out next paychecks expenses and make sure you will have enough to cover all of your needs before you pull extra from the cookie jar.
Do some quick spring cleaning
Been meaning to take that old lamp from your grandmother to the pawn shop? Putting off selling those diamond earrings you got from a past boyfriend/girlfriend? Need to sort through your clothes to make room for newer items? Now is the perfect time to set aside a few hours to finally get it done, and make some money in the process.
Any local pawn shop can be a major help to ridding yourself of past junk. Try out a few different places to get the right price. Secondhand stores, like Plato’s Closet, are great for giving you cash on the spot for your unwanted clothes. Check out your local stores to find out which ones offer cash instead of just donations.
Take out a small loan
When you have exhausted all previous options and you refuse to dip into your hard earned savings for a little splurge, consider getting a small loan. Check out sites online that will get your money to you quickly, so you can have it in time for your weekend plans. Remember to plan out a repayment method and make sure it works in your budget before agreeing to it. The stress you relieved during your trip will be a little less satisfying if you come home to extra debt!