Your credit cards are all maxed out (or you don’t have any) and there are still many days left until your next paycheck arrives. If you’ve been in that situation before, you know how scary it can be. Short of borrowing money, here are other things you can do to keep going until money rolls around again.
Raid your pantry. Experts believe that most people can eat about 2 weeks by using food they already have. Take stock of what you have and then get creative. Combining leftover cereal or different types of pasta into a single meal won’t hurt anybody. If you have leftover frozen veggies, add them to rice or eggs for substance and flavor, or make a quick soup.
Hunt for change. Look into handbags, pockets and off season clothes. Search the couch too. You’ll probably find enough money to at least buy some basic staples, such as eggs, potatoes and bread
Don’t buy any drinks. If you have some leftover cash, use it to buy food or to pay for other basic needs, such as transportation. If you have tea and sugar, you can make your own iced tea (keep it in a large jar in the fridge to drink throughout the day). Or simply drink water.
Drink your coffee at work. Many offices have their own coffee machine for employees, so why not take advantage of it. If lunch or snacks are available, plan your meals so you can actually eat there.
Sell something. If you have a pressing need for quick cash, use Craigslist to sell a piece of furniture or electronics you don’t really need. Or you can try a pawnshop: aside from gold, you can also get good money for musical instruments, college textbooks and electronics.
Barter. Special talents and abilities, such as web design, writing or even haircutting are always in demand, but you can also barter by offering to paint a room, cut the grass or help with babysitting. In exchange, you can get meals, extra groceries or maybe even some cash to pay your bills.