Moving cross country on a short time frame
Hi there! I have two parts to this post, but first a little background. I moved to CA a few years back, before the economy started going down the drain. I got laid off and had to move back last year, but my grandparents helped with that trip so I didn't have to pay for pretty much anything that time. When I drove out there initially, I recall it costing me - at that time - about $700. Now, I can't remember if that was just in gas, or for gas, food, and lodging. But regardless, I'm assuming that it'll cost me at least that much for gas since the price has increased. And before you even ask...no my grandparents won't help out again, because I'm moving away. Yeah, it's messed up, I know. But anyway, on to the questions. Now I noticed one of the rules says no asking about how to make a "quick buck", and I don't think this part would entirely fall into that because I'm not just trying to make $20 instantly. I have about 40 days until I leave for California again, and I will have a really great paying job once I get out there...but this is such short notice that I don't have the money saved to get out there. I have pretty crappy credit and doubt that I'd get accepted for a credit card of any kind let alone a small personal loan. So I'm just looking for some suggestions on how to raise some money in a sort of urgent situation like this. Here's some things I'm doing currently: - Gonna do the plasma thing, if they'll take me. - I'm on the list for substitute paper delivery, but that's an as needed service, and pays very little. - Will have a garage sale a week before the trip, but I can't bank on that, mostly because I really don't have that much stuff to sell. A large portion of my stuff is still in a storage unit out in CA, or is stuff from my grandmothers estate that I don't want to sell (or the family won't let me sell). But there are a few things, though I'll be lucky if I make $50. - I've done modeling for a friend before, but I have no guarantee that he'll need me as a model for something or that he has the cash to pay. - I'm sorting comics at a local shop, and if I finish in time, I'll get $100. - I am going to try and sell some clothes online. - I umpire over the summer, and will call to see if I can umpire at any upcoming tournaments, which pays decent, but once again no guarantees. Even with all my ideas, I know that I won't make enough off of just those in such a restricted time frame, so any other suggestions would be great. I also made this list to help others who are in need of suggestions for earning money over the summer or with a limited amount of time scenario like mine. My second question is travel related. I did look at the travel tags, but most refer to finding cheap airfare. I'll be driving so that obviously doesn't apply. I'm going have to also buy a trailer to fit all my stuff on, so that'll probably be another $300 added to my expenses. Plus the cost of food and lodging. Not to mention having money for deposit and rent once I get out there...gah everything is really adding up! So saving as much as possible is of utmost importance right now. So my question is, what are some travel tips for saving the most money while traveling cross country via automobile? Here are my thoughts so far: - I'm contemplating camping the 2 or 3 nights on the road, because camp sites are cheaper than hotels, and I already have a tent. This would obviously be more hassle, having to set up the tent and take it down every time, but I think it'd be worth the savings. - I will pack a cooler and make sandwiches and whatnot instead of eating out every meal. And that's all I can think of. Any money saving travel tips for me? Thanks everyone!