Need some extra money? It seems like we all do these days. About a year ago, my hours were drastically cut at work, and since then I’ve tried a ton of different ways to supplement my income. While most are a waste of time, I have actually had some luck with others.
Have a Garage Sale
Garage sales are a really great way to get rid of stuff you don’t need and make extra money at the same time. Try putting out a lot of clothes for $1.00 each. You will be surprised how much you will sell. A few months ago, I cleaned out my garage and instead of just throwing things away or taking them to Goodwill, I had a yard sale and made $350.
A few things to remember:
- Advertise your garage sale on craigslist.com
- Start early (7 am is a good time)
- If you price things too high, no one will buy!
Join ebay.com and start selling. I like to go around to different thrift stores and look for any and everything that I can buy for cheap, and then turn around and sell it on ebay.com. Even if you only make a few dollars on an item, once you sell five or six items it starts to add up.
Sign up for Research Studies and Focus Groups
Go online and look for research companies in your area. Adler Weiner is a great market research company in the Los Angeles and Orange County area. It’s definitely not a steady income, as they only call you for ones you qualify for – maybe 1 or 2 a year. But when you do get to participate, they pay you anywhere from $75-$225 for just a couple hours of your time.
Aluminum cans and plastic bottles are the way to go. You can also turn in glass, but it is extremely heavy and you don’t get paid very much for it. If you don’t mind reaching into a trash can, you can find a lot of cans and bottles at any gas station or at local baseball fields after a game. Also, if you check your Penny Saver, there’s usually a coupon that gives you a higher buy-back rate. These coupons are generally accepted at any recycling center, regardless of the address on the coupon. It’s a great way to make some extra gas money and help the environment at the same time.
Text Book Recycling
We all have old text books laying around that we paid an obscene amount of money for, just to use for one class. Did you know that you can sell them easily online? My favorite website to sell on is textbookrecycling.com. You enter in your ISBN and they will actually give you a list of companies so you can make sure you get the highest price for your books. Once you decide which company to sell to, you can print out a shipping label on that company’s website (shipping is free), and the money will be credited to your PayPal account when they receive the books. If you have a lot of time on your hands, you can look for text books at local thrift stores and use your Smart Phone to enter the ISBN on the website. The only problem with this is that not all text books currently have a buy-back value, so it might take a lot of looking before you find one that they will pay you for. But, I have sold textbooks for anywhere between $25-$150 each.