How to Get Back the Money You’re Not Earning Today

Whether you like it or not, if you’re on an annual fixed salary, you’re working for free today. That’s because we’re in what the time-lords call a leap year.

This happens once every four years to align our calendar with the earths journey around the sun, which actually takes 365.25 days, rather than the 365 on the Gregorian calendar. So it makes sense to have an extra day every four years, rather than a messy calendar every year, you dig?

Rad news for those that love time and getting more of it, bad news for those on a fixed salary, cos you ain’t getting squat for it. Happy Monday!

This costs the average Australian worker about $190, but to ease the blow, the loss is likely to be spread out over your yearly wages, so you probably didn’t even notice till now, did you? Complacency – 1, you – 0.

But instead of getting all down about it, focus your energy on the positives of the situation, or, if there are none, how you can make back that lost dough you so desperately crave.

Look on the bright side

It’s not all loss, there are some areas where you might actually come out on top. If you rent, you’ll be getting a whole day’s worth of shelter for free! Same goes for any yearly subscriptions like gym memberships. Sick ones.

And if you’re work overlords measure your performance on KPI’s, you’ll get a whole extra day to smash your February numbers out of the park, son! Get into it.

Tap into the freelance economy  

Because that shit is booming. Shake a few hours of your downtime working as an Uber driver or Deliveroo deliverer. If you don’t drive or riding a bicycle fills you with fear, jump onto sites like Airtasker and do some odd jobs that other people don’t want to do.

A couple of afternoons or a productive Saturday will earn you back those lost bucks in no time.

Sell some stuff

We’ve all got crap we don’t want or doesn’t fit us anymore, so why let it collect dust? Get onto eBay or Gumtree and sell it to someone that actually wants it.

Maybe you’ve got some mad candle making skills or a penchant for designing weird sculptures; on the internet, you’re bound to find a buyer. I mean, if someone is willing to buy an air guitar, I’m sure you’ll have no trouble selling something that’s, you know, actually there.


 Save on what you don’t need

Cut something out of your life that’s costing you money. Bonus points if it’s something that’s slowly killing you, like smoking.

If you’re already living the clean life, cancel a magazine or streaming service subscription you don’t need or use anymore.

The money you save will eventually make up for what you’re missing out on and if you’re giving up something that’s bad for you, your body will be just as happy as your wallet.


Educate yourself on the stock market and make some money with your money.

With spare change investment apps like Acorns emerging in Australia, you don’t even need a lot of capital to get started, so why not give it a whirl?

Depending on how much you put into it, you might not see returns straight away, but over the long term, you could make a lot more than your lost $190. 

Don’t do anything

Have a day where you do nothing at all.

Seriously, stop being a slave to consumerism and go outside, there’s a heap of stuff you can do that won’t cost you anything. And as an added bonus, you’ll feel better about it than binge-watching an entire series on Netflix in your darkened bedroom.