10 Ways to Make Extra Cash in Hard Times

During these tough economic times many people are wondering what they can do to earn extra money. Here are a few ideas:

  1. Sell Unwanted Items on Craigslist.  De-clutter your house and make money at the same time. Craigslist.com is a free online classified website. In larger cities Craigslist has many followers and can mean quick cash without having to bother with shipping items.
  2. Start an ebay business. Ebay is easy to use and takes no money to get started. If you don’t have Craigslist in your area or you have out-of-the-ordinary items to sell ebay may be your best choice. Start with the items you have around the house that you never use.cash
  3. Online surveys. Market research companies will pay for your opinion. You won’t get rich doing these but they can bring in some extra money to make ends meet. The average survey pays around $10.
  4. Mystery Shopping. Get paid to shop at stores or eat in certain restaurants. Fill out forms afterward evaluating your experience.
  5. Consignment shops. Go through your closets and take out the clothing that doesn’t fit anymore or you haven’t worn in over a year. Take it to your local consignment shop to make extra cash. If you have exercise equipment or sports items you never get around to using anymore, take them to Play it Again Sports or other used sporting goods store.
  6. Used Book Stores. Many used book stores will buy your unwanted used books outright. Half-Price Books is one example.
  7. Sell Plants. Plant seeds in the late winter. Transplant the seedlings into individual peat pots when they are 2 or 3 inches tall. Sell these at your local flea market or farmer’s market in the spring.
  8. Garage Sale. If you live in a high-traffic area, have a garage sale to bring in extra cash; or take your items to a local flea market with lots of traffic.
  9. Donate Plasma. If you are not scared of needles you may want to try donating plasma. 2 donations in 7 days will pay around $50 and takes about an hour. If money is tight this could mean an extra $200 a month.
  10. Research Studies. If you are healthy, participating in a clinical research study can bring in an extra $300 to $6000. These¬† may consist of a few short office visits or may last as long as a 3 week stay. Don’t do these if you can’t handle getting your blood drawn.

1 Comment so far

  1. carl on March 25th, 2009

    Interesting tips. I like craigslist.

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