How to Make $1000 Fast?

Money, Money, Money

So your goal is to make 1000 dollars fast. There are many reasons why you might be looking for ways to make money really quickly.

Sometimes, bills have a habit of cropping up unexpectedly. Without an emergency fund in place, making 1000 dollars fast might seem like an impossible task, especially if your income is stretched tightly already. Perhaps you feel as though you just aren’t making enough cash to cover those every day expenses. Is there too much "month" left at the end of the "money"?

Or are you looking for money making ideas so that you can treat yourself to something you wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford, such as a well deserved vacation? Whatever your reason for needing to make $1000 fast, don’t be discouraged because I have some solutions for you.

Earn or Save?

When thinking about ways to make $1000, your money could either be earned or saved . Which is going to happen faster? What are the advantages and disadvantages of earning money as opposed to saving money? In this hub, we will explore some money-making ideas, and some money-saving ideas to quickly get you on track to meet your goal.

Earn Money Online

It might be tempting to look to the internet for ideas of how to make $1000 quickly online. As with anything in life, making money online takes hard work and consistent effort. There are many ways of making legitimate income online such as joining HubPages, writing hubs such as this one, and then earning passive income from Google Adsense and Amazon. HubPages is indeed an excellent way to slowly build up some ongoing passive income over time, but let’s be realistic; we aren’t going to make a quick $1000 dollars from writing a few hubs. For now, let’s leave HubPages out of the equation when thinking about ways to make $1000 fast.

The Art of Asking Your Boss for a Raise
The Art of Asking Your Boss for a Raise

A lighthearted and fun approach to the art of asking your boss for a raise. When is the best day to see the boss? What if he doesn’t offer you a seat? Should you ask about his daughter’s illness? Hilarous from cover to cover, this relatable book is certainly worth a read!


Ask the Boss for a Raise

If you are already an Employee in a steady job, then it is possible that you could earn an extra $1000 by asking the boss for a raise. Although this might sound like an obvious solution, take some time to figure out how much you would actually gain from this endeavour. Let’s say your boss thinks you are doing an incredible job and agrees to give you a 3% raise! By the time taxes and deductions are taken into account, your 3% raise might equate to less than 2% net income for you to keep in your pocket. Was it worth the raise? Maybe. Or perhaps your boss now expects you to take on additional responsibility to validate the raise, and might even be monitoring your performance even more closely.

Work Overtime

Alternatively, you may have the option of putting in some extra hours at the office, or working a part-time job to make some extra money. How many extra hours would you have to work to reach your goal? Well consider this: let’s say for argument’s sake that the extra effort required to earn $1 of income, may only reward you with 60 cents in your pocket after deductions. People with a higher marginal tax rate would get to keep even less of that, possibly only 45 to 50 cents! What a lot of extra effort for very little reward!

So your goal is to make 1000 dollars fast. Assuming your payroll deductions add up to a modest 40% (your personal deduction may be more or less), you would actually have to earn around $1666 gross income to be able to reach your goal. You might that I’m not helping the situation very much by pointing out that you may have to work a lot more overtime than you originally anticipated, but I’m leading up to an interesting alternative.

Which Requires Less Effort – Making $1666 or Saving $1000?

The Smartest Way to Save: Why You Can't Hang on to Money and What to Do About It
The Smartest Way to Save: Why You Can't Hang on to Money and What to Do About It

Money is so hard to make, but easy to spend. This book will help your to spend less and save more, say goodbye to bad habits and get out of debt. Regardless of your age or finances, this book is filled with tons of great tips to get saving right away. Small savings add up and create huge wealth!


The Benefits of Saving

Instead of putting in a lot of extra effort to earn $1666, do you think that it might require less effort to save $1000? Saving your hard earned income, instead of putting in additional effort to earn more, could actually be easier, more fun, and move you faster toward your goal.

How quickly do you need to make your $1000? Well, just for fun, let’s assume that you have 100 days to raise the cash. Of course, every person’s situation is different and you may think “There’s no way I can save $1000 in 100 days!”. But just take a moment to think about this; over 100 days, all you need to do is save $10 a day!

Ways to Save

  • Learn how to coupon! Instead of doing the grocery shopping daily at your local supermarket, try bulk shopping at Walmart or Costco and look for price rollbacks. It’s quite amazing how prices differ from store to store and you can easily save money by buying in bulk. Coupon clipping is very popular these days and will save you money if you just plan a little in advance and bring your valid coupons with you to the store.
  • Instead of paying top dollar at the Hairdresser’s Salon, try learning how to color and cut your own hair. If you cut your own hair, and your family's hair, the dollars you save will add up very quickly.
  • Skip the manicures and pedicures for a while and take care of your own skin and nails. Try some homemade Sweet Treats for your Feet to give yourself a well deserved pampering boost.
  • Instead of cooking a different meal every night and wasting food as well as money, try cooking enough for several meals at once, and freezing portions.
  • Instead of buying lunch at cafés or fast food establishments, try bringing your own lunch to work every day to easily save $5-$10. Choose healthy and nutritious ingredients and prepare the night before if possible so that your lunch is ready to go in the morning.
  • Instead of sipping a few beers at the pub, buying an occasional 6-pack from the liquor store (or skipping the beers altogether). Just two beers at the pub might set you back $12 or more when you could easily get a 6-pack for that price. Of course, skipping the beers altogether is probably the most logical idea if saving that $1000 is really important to you!
  • Instead of paying ridiculously large cell phone bills, try learning how to reduce your cell phone bill. Long distance prepaid cards are great to have stored in your cell phone for making more calls at a fraction of the cost.
  • Instead of paying for a monthly gym membership, or daily drop-in fees, and try walking or jogging outside, or lifting weights at home. A drop-in fee at the gym costs around $5 and so over 100 days you could very realistic save a couple of hundred dollars on this alone!
  • Instead of spending money on a new book, DVD or CD, try renting them from your local library.
  • Instead of going to the movie theatre and buying sodas and popcorn, try watching the DVD that you rented from the library, with homemade popcorn and soda bought in bulk from Walmart or Costco.
  • Instead of drinking expensive bottled water, try drinking tap, filtered or boiled water. Don’t like drinking water? Find out 5 Ways to Make Water More Interesting.
  • Instead of driving your car to work every day, try finding someone to carpool with. Instead of driving to the store and wasting gas, try riding your bike or walking.
  • Instead of going to a restaurant for dinner, try having potluck parties with neighbours and friends. This can be so much fun, and you will probably enjoy foods that you have never tried before. If you must eat out then look for coupons to save money off the bill. The Olive Garden, for example, usually offer regular coupons and money saving offers.
  • Instead of buying coffee and muffins at the Coffee Shop every morning, try baking your own muffins and bringing your own coffee from home.
  • Instead of reaching for the hottest fashion trends at your favourite Clothing Store, try heading to the back of the store and browse through items on sale.

You get the idea! By making some small changes in your spending habits, you should be able to save $10 a day, make $1000 fast, and live to tell the tale. I wish you lots of success in achieving your goal - you can do it.

Just remember to Spend Less, Save More & Start Small!

Just imagine what could happen if you were able to continue this routine and save up to $10 every single day! How long would it take for you to become a millionaire...?

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What are your tips for making $1000 fast? 48 comments

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writer20 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

Thank you Cloverfield, my $10 a day, I'll give it try.

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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada Author

It's my pleasure Writer20, all the best!

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netracer87 5 years ago

Wow, you are fast, Cloverleaf, churning out a hub every couple days. :) Lots of good ideas here, thanks! I'd like to add one though, even though my husband laughs at me for "ruining" our fun vacations. I like to pack lots of food to bring with us on our annual ski trips. We usually rent a condo with a full kitchen so we could cook at home. We'll have to eat out for lunch but we can save a lot by eating breakfast and dinner at home.

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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada Author

Hi netracer,

I have so many ideas racing around in my head LOL. Thanks so much for adding really valuable suggestions. My husband and I usually do the same thing when we go to the Grand Cayman - making your own meals saves quite a bit of money instead of eating at all the expensive restaurants. I think that would be quite fun and romantic to pack your own food for your annual ski trips :-)


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tarrka1089 5 years ago from Ohio

Cloverleaf - they are both dueling to see which can be more challenging at the moment. I keep picking up change no one wants to retrieve (whoever wants to toss a couple of benjamins on the ground, I'm there) ; ) [voted up and useful]

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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada Author

Hi tarrka,

It's always good to find money on the ground! Thanks for your comment and vote up, nice to see you as always.


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago

Hey Cloverleaf ~ That's a lot of substitutions "instead of..." that may just save a bit for the future or to pay off some bills. Nicely presented hubpages. Tim told me that he found me from a link of one of your 30-Day Challenges Hubpages. But, I've been searching and can't find which one it is. Did you do a reflections and review on 30 days? Thanks so much. Blessings for wealth, Debby

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Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

I am a born saver and I think you covered it all! Last summer I decided to slide any quarters I ended up with in change in a tall whatnot on my dresser and at Christmas when I emptied it out there was over $70 in there. Saving really is fun, great hub and voted useful.

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

I think many people see saving money as an impossible task but saving in smaller increments like you describe will build up into a nice amount if you leave it alone. Interesting hub.

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annmackiemiller 5 years ago from Bingley Yorkshire England

good ideas here - voted up and stuff

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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Savings add up really quickly when one is consistent. You have some great suggestions too. I earned over $700 in one week by listing items I no longer wanted on Craigslist. I sold unused CD's, a sofa, toys, etc. and was thrilled at removing the clutter also. Thanks for the inspiration to do it all again.

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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas

Very nice hub on the benefits of saving. You make it sound easy too. I like to spend it too easily though. Lately I think I've been going into withdrawals. I'm waiting for hubpages to make me rich. :)

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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada Author

Hi Debbie,

Yes my 30 Day Hub story can be found here thank you for taking such interest in my hubs and stopping by to leave a great comment!


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada Author

Hi Jackie,

WOW your pennies did indeed add up very fast, good for you. I'm glad you found the hub useful. Take care,


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada Author

Hi Pamela99

Yes saving doesn't have to be so scary. I think once we start to see things adding up it gives us the encouragement to keep going. Thanks so much for your feedback :-)


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada Author

I appreciate it, Ann - thanks!


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada Author

Hi Hyph

You did a great job of drumming up an extra $700 and I'm sure that the de-cluttering made you feel great, too!


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada Author

Hi homesteadbound,

Well, I know that one day you will make some good money from HubPages! You are already a great success and doing all the right things. (If HubPages does make you rich though could you please show me how!!! LOL) :-)


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september girl 5 years ago

Great tips and advice for those already working. It is something I try to encourage my sons to, save, save...just a little here or there does count up fast. : ) Voted up and useful! Thanks for sharing it with us.

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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Great tips for cutting back on regularly monthly expenses! I just bought a step aerobics step and DVD to use at home today. I would pay so much more to take classes let alone get a gym membership.

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SusieQ42 5 years ago

Excellent advise, Clover! We save by buying Walmart's Advantage for the dogs instead of buying it at the vet; it's so much cheaper. I make my own cleansers too; no more buying expensive cleaning products for me! Thanks for the info. Voted up and interesting.

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umakeit 5 years ago

Cloverleaf, thanks for your good suggestions. To make a first step in saving is quite tough but to make the first step in saving is definitely needed. We've no choice but just do it.

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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada Author

Hi September Girl,

You are such a great parent, encouraging your sons to start saving little by little. They will appreciate your advice when they end up with a tidy sum of money at the end of it.

Thanks for pressing all the vote up and feedback buttons :-)


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada Author

Hi randomcreative,

Your at-home fitness program sounds like great fun! Enjoy the fitness, and the savings :-)


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada Author

Hi Susie,

Those Walmart products and rollbacks really do save some money, don't they? You must save a fortune on your homemade cleansers, too. Thanks for your vote up!


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada Author

Hi unmakeit,

You are very wise to say "just do it!". It does get easier over time. Thanks for leaving such a great comment,


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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Great hub Clover.

When we go away we always stay in a self catering motel and do our own cooking. If the supermarket has a real good special on we stock up and save money that way.

Bank accounts we keep all our funds in a savings account and then just transfer just WHAT we need WHEN we need into our every day account, that way we make the maximum interest on our money. Also we will every so often move extra funds into our term deposit account to earn extra interest.

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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Cloverleaf, some great ideas here for saving money, I think taking your own lunch into work every day is a great one, if you are saving $5 a day, wow that's $1000 in a year saving on one thing!

Brilliant hub, voting up! x

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bulliontai 5 years ago

hey cloverleaf that great as how easy it is to raising $1,000 dollars over a period of 100 days. Thanks

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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada Author

Hi Rosemay,

It sounds as though you have a great system there to earn on the money you are not using every day. Thanks for sharing your tips, your feedback is great!


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada Author

Hi Movie Master,

You've hit the nail right on the head there! Those $5 lunch savings add up really fast. Thanks for voting up :-)

Cloverleaf x

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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada Author

Hi bulliontai,

You're welcome! Thanks for the great comment.


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

This was superhub about making money fast. We just need patient and always do the best. We can learn about what we have done before and it would be a good lesson for us. Don't forget to learn from the you my friend. And I hope we can apply this to ourself. Thank you very much. Vote up as always. Success for you!


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada Author

Hi Prasetio,

Thanks for your amazing feedback my friend! I am always learning, every day, and I am inspired by hubbers like you who teach me so much.

Have a wonderful day,


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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

You are always full of great ideas. Thank you for sharing.

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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada Author

Hi acaetnna,

It's my pleasure, I'm so happy that you enjoyed the read. Thanks for your comment & have a great day :-)


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felicitylovespari 5 years ago

Up and useful. Some good suggestions for making money. Making money online is a nice passive income for a long term plan I think.

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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada Author

Hi felicitylovespari, I think you could be right although it's gonna take lots of hard work and dedication!! You are definitely on the path for all things good :-)

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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia

These are very good tips Cloverleaf. As long as money is coming in, saving really isn't that bad. I put it away somewhere that I really don't pay attention too. Now that I am unemployed, it is very difficult. :( Voted up and useful! Great job!

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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

I love how you made it so simple to save money. Another tip... try looking at your local Goodwill, Salvation Army or Thrift store. So many people will drop off their gently used, name brand clothes that you can get for a fraction of the cost. I once found a pair of Lucky jeans - which normal retail for $80+ dollars if you get the cheapest pair - for about $7. What a deal!!

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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada Author

Hi thelyricwriter, I would say your saved pennies are coming in very useful at the moment; I hope you find work soon. Thanks for your comment.

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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada Author

Barbergirl, thanks for this excellent suggestion! You got a great deal there on those jeans :-)

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AudreyHowitt 5 years ago from California

When you break it down to $10 a day, it seems a lot more doable! Great hub!

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amberld 5 years ago from New Glarus, WI

Great hub, anyone could try any number of these and be successful. Some wonderful, frugal tips. Voted up and SHARED!

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John Sarkis 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Great gave me some ideas. Voted up


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onthegrind 5 years ago from Florida, United States

I've always thought that saving money is one of the best ways to make more money. So many ways to do it - I find it to be a fun challenge. Good hub with good info! You gave a lot of useful ways to save money. Thanks.

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bmukherjii 5 years ago

great tips, thanks fr sharing

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monicamelendez 4 years ago from Salt Lake City

Great advice. Saving money is most definitely a LOT easier than making more money. We all have things that we waste money on. I waste tons of money on the dumbest of things.

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