How to Find Extra Cash for Your Summer Trip

Posted on 05/18/2011

Looks like high gas prices aren’t keeping American families home this summer. A new USA TODAY/Gallup poll shows six in ten are still planning a getaway—no matter how much it costs to top off the tank. Consider these sources for extra cash for your summer trip.

Sell Your Tweets - If you use Twitter, it could be a hidden source of cash. Sign up for Sponsored Tweets to start turning this social network into an income opportunity. You’ll write and approve all advertising before it goes out. Plus signing up is free.

Get Rid of Broken Gold - The price of gold is high which is good news for those trying to sell it. You may be surprised by how much money your dental gold, broken necklaces or old rings will go for. See sample sale prices in the Gold Payments Gallery at

Adjust Your Tax Withholding - Did you get a huge tax refund this year? If so, you may be letting Uncle Sam take too much out of your paycheck. Adjust that amount and put more of your income in your pocket now in time for that summer trip. Get help with Kiplinger’s Tax Withholding Calculator.

Tap Into Credit Card or Airline Rewards - Are you saving credit card or airline rewards? You no longer have to accrue massive amounts to score free stuff. Cash them in for gift cards and either use them instead of spending cash or sell the gift cards for extra vacation spending money. Websites like will pay you almost instantly for your gift card through PayPal.

Go On a Spending Freeze - To get more cash for your trip, go on a spending freeze now. Avoid restaurants, movie theaters and shopping malls like it’s your job. Instead visualize yourself having a blast at the theme park or relaxing on the beach every time you get the urge to spend.

By Alison Storm

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