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We all strive to make more money. Having access to extra cash gives us the ability to relentlessly pursue our greatest desires. Whether it is going on a vacation, buying a new home for our family, or buying a car or other luxuries, making more money gives us the ability to do the things we want when we want. Here are five ways to make more money now:

1. Save

Probably the best way to make more money now is to start saving what you are currently earning. Become more frugal in your spending and only spend money on the things that are necessary such as your rent, mortgage, utilities, food and other monthly expenses. Try your best to save at least twenty percent of your monthly income.

2. Start A Part-Time Business

Long gone are the days when we can rely solely on one source of income. Millions of Americans work second jobs and many of these second jobs are small businesses. Whether it's doing graphic design, freelance writing, babysitting or fixing cars - use your talents and skills to make extra income each month.

3. Go Back To School

There is a direct relationship between education and the amount of money you make. Having the right education will not only prepare you for a job that will pay more than what you are currently making, but it will also open the door for plentiful career opportunities. If you feel bogged down with work and think you can't go back to school, look into online education. Millions of people are taking advantage of online degree programs and consider further education such as UC Master's degree education.

4. Shop For The Best Deals

Always be on the look-out for the best deals, coupons and other opportunities to receive tremendous savings when you purchase goods and services. Use a variety of online shopping sites to find the best deals and compare prices. That $500 laptop that you are thinking about buying might only cost you $300 online from a retailer located in a different part of the country. Always do your research to find the best deals.

5. Meet New People

You should always be networking to meet new business connections, friendships and other individuals who might play a critical role in helping you switch to a new career, launch a new business or help you with your current job growth. Try volunteering or getting involved in a local chamber of commerce to meet corporate executives, business owners and other civic leaders who might provide you with valuable resources. There are plenty of ways to make more money. Create a plan of action and remain consistent with it. Perseverance will pay off. Have a solid of idea where you would like to get to and constantly pursue all avenues to fulfill your aspirations of making more money. Enjoy this article? You've got time for another! Check out these related articles:   Photo Credit: Shutterstock
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