Unusual Ways to Make Money

Unusual Ways to Make Money

I’ve always been a thrifty person, so when I heard about some unusual ways to make money, I wanted to share them with you so everyone can feel the benefits. 

Things have been kind of difficult this year, financially. We bought a house in January, and then spent £10k renovating it and doing it up. We’ve finally started saving for our wedding, which needs to be paid off in 6 months. In that time, we need to save £4.5k. Which works out at £750 per month.

At the minute, we just can’t afford that. We pay our mortgage and bills. We’re still paying for some small jobs to be done on the house. We have Christmas coming up, and I’m still paying off my laser eye surgery on a monthly basis.

Basically we have too much going out and only just enough coming in. So I started looking for unusual ways to make money.


Surveys with Pinecone Research

I regularly do surveys with Pinecone Research. The surveys usually last around 10 minutes, and I get paid £3. Not much, but in nearly two years, I’ve made around £70.

The surveys only come about once a month, or once every couple of weeks. Sometimes I have around 3/4 emailed to me in one month, and then nothing for 6 weeks. You can save up your £3 or withdraw it using Paypal as soon as it arrives in your account. It’s the best paying survey site I’ve found.

Occasionally they send you products too. I’ve tested washing powder, makeup foundation, and Pringles (yum!).



When I heard about TopCashback through a friend, I was a bit sceptical. Can you really make money back on most of your purchases?

Well, yes. Looking at their website, they have hundreds of brands that everyone has heard of: M&S, Boohoo, John Lewis, NowTV, Virgin Media, Mothercare, Booking.com.

You can save on electricals, holidays, travel, clothes, mobile phone contracts, even insurance and utilities.  

Screenshot of TopCashback website homepage

If you spend £50 with a company offering just 7% cashback, you would receive £3.50 back into your TopCashback account. When you’ve reached a threshold of £20 minimum in your account, you withdraw it back to your bank account. It really is as simple as that.

Christmas can get so ridiculously expensive, so sign up and at least get some money back on the presents you buy. If you spend on average £500 at Christmas, and get between 5% and 10% cashback on all purchases, you could get between £25 and £50 back for doing absolutely nothing different.

Sign up today to start saving some money!


I use both of these unusual ways to make money to help me save extra each month. Although they’re small amounts, they can add up quickly. Every extra that I earn goes into my wedding savings account. I’m hoping to have added an extra £100 within 6 months.

Do you have any ways of adding additional money to your account each month?

This post is not in collaboration with Pinecone or TopCashback, I just really love these sites as an additional way of making money. However, the TopCashback links are part of their referring programme, meaning I may earn a small commission if you sign up for free through my link.

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