Friday, February 17, 2012

Need Extra Cash?!

So I, like many others have been trying to find ways to save cash and earn a little bit of extra cash.  So here are some of the things I have tried or am currently doing to find that extra cash.  Some of these may take more work than others, but may be worth it in the end!

  1. Garage/Yard Sale:  This will not only help you earn a little bit of extra cash, but help you clean out some stuff in your house.  The downside is you'll have to pay for ad space in the newspaper and signs to lead people to your house, or sale location.  You can always see if neighbors are interested in doing a garage sale with you and then the cost of the ad will be less!
  2. Sell online: Sell your items on eBay or Amazon.  You can generally list your items for FREE, unless you want extra add-ons.  The downside is this may not be best for heavy or bulky items as it will cost more to ship.  Also, you will incur eBay/Amazon and PayPal fees once your item has sold. 
  3. Craigslist: Sell your items through Craigslist.  This is great if you have heavy or bulky items that would be difficult to ship, since the person buying your items comes to you to pick them up and pay for them.  So you'll be getting paid for the removal of heavy items!  How great is that?!  The downside is your items could sit on Craigslist for a while if it's something that isn't a heavily searched for item.
  4. Consignment Shop:  Sell your old gently used clothing at local consignment shops or places like Plato's Closet.  Some shops pay you on the spot for your clothing while others sell it for you and then you get paid after your items have sold.  The downside is that some stores (i.e. Plato's Closet) is very picky about the brands you sell them.  Some only want name brand clothing and clothes that you don't want they give back to you for you to try to figure out what to do with them now.
  5. Donate: Okay, so donating items to places like the Goodwill or Salvation Army may not earn you a paycheck right away, BUT if you can itemize on your taxes it will help there.  You can claim any charitable donations on your taxes, just remember it's best to get a receipt (these you generally have to fill out yourself).
  6. Sell old jewelry:  If you have jewelry that you no longer wear than think about selling it.  You can try to sell these items on Amazon or eBay, but also see if your local jewelry store will buy your jewelry.  You can also try pawn shops, but don't expect to receive much for your items.  If you have items that are valuable (like diamonds or other gemstones), think about having it appraised first before you try to sell it.

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