One mother has told how she earns an extra £500 a month with a 15-minute side job she does while her young son is napping.
Phe Edwards, 27, project manager from Lancashire, claims it saved her £3,500 debt while on maternity leave.
And her new side job is not only lucrative, but also incredibly time-efficient.
The mother revealed that her method was to use survey sites to earn up to £500 a month.
The duration and amount she gets for each survey varies but the Phe swears by her method.
Phe said to Mirror: “I started in October. It took a while to get started.
“I only made £85 in October when I was on holiday, then I made £250 in November. By December I made £500 – which is amazing.
“They take 10 or 15 minutes to complete. I can do them while my son is napping.
“From October to going back to work in December, I can say I had an extra £1,000 in savings that I shouldn’t have.”
Having given birth to a son in the midst of a global pandemic, Phe found it difficult to rein in her spending habits and in October 2022 she was forced to extend her budget.
“I struggled with my mental health and suffered from postpartum depression,” admits Phe.
“I just buy, buy, buy, try to make myself feel better. I was originally going to go back to work in September but I pushed it back to December.
“I would live off my savings at the time, but it just doesn’t feel right.”
So, the young mother said she has started a new lifestyle with tight spending to improve her financial situation.
Phe added: “I delete emails and unsubscribe so I don’t get tempted. That saves me a lot of money.
“I started zero-based budgeting, i.e. budgeting by justifying and approving all expenditures, rather than based on your past spending.
“So I have my numbers and allocate everything like the bill accordingly. I have a budget of £1,000.
“I doubled my savings to £800 a month and took maternity leave with £5,000 in my savings account.”
Besides cutting back on family spending, Phe also sells her son’s old clothes on Vinted.
The mom says cash-back apps could be the key to everyday savings – and is “without question”.
Phe said: “I am donating my son’s bags and bags to charity shops.
“I still send some stuff to charity shops, but if there’s nice stuff I’ll sell them on Vinted. In five weeks I’ve made £200.”
It comes after a bartender revealed how she makes an extra £7,000 a month with her very unusual hustle.
The four best ways to make money online for your opinions – from surveys to testing
WANT to get paid just for an opinion? Taking online surveys can earn you a little change — and you can do it from the comfort of your sofa. Here are some tips to help you turn polls into pounds. . .
CHOOSE THE BEST: Sign up for as many survey sites as possible but avoid any that charge a fee.
You can expect to earn between 50 cents and $2 per survey. You usually have to build up a minimum balance before they pay.
Try ylive-community.com (formerly PopulusLive) recently paid a competitive amount, ranging from £1 to £4 per survey.
Swagbucks.com is a popular site where your survey points earn you gift cards. Other top payers include i-Say and Crowdology, or try the Curious Cat app and Google Opinion Rewards.
For updates on the highest paying surveys, see Facebook Groups Best survey sites.
HURRY UP: When you receive emails from survey sites, add them to your inbox favorites list to prevent them from going to your spam folder.
Make sure you’ve set up email notifications on your phone. That way, you can take a survey as soon as it arrives. Usually, the faster you are, the more likely you are to be accepted.
CHECK IT OUT: You can earn even more by subscribing to market research, where you are consulted on a topic or product via video or in person. It takes longer but that means bigger rewards.
Recently takepartinresearch.co.uk offers £110 if you’re given the option to try a new powder for four weeks, while video-call opinions on topics like car insurance start at £40.
Other sites to try are Saros, Angelfish Opinions, and Research Opinions.
BECOME A SUPERMAN: Love a certain brand? Always buy a specific product? Email the company and ask if they have any customer test panels you can join.
Food companies often want opinions on new flavors and product lines they are thinking of bringing to market.