Want to make a little extra money today? Here are seven proven ways that you can get some extra cash in hand today. Use the money to take care of an emergency or just drop it into your savings for retirement, every dollar counts.
1) Sell Your Backup Phone
A lot of people like to keep a backup phone on hand, just in case. They likely upgraded but decided to keep their old phone in a drawer nice and safe. If they drop their new one in the toilet or just plain lose it, they can get back into action.
The problem is that you are probably never going to need it. Unless you are particularly clumsy, that phone is likely just collecting dust and losing value. Sell your cellular phone now while it is at it’s maximum value.
The easiest way to sell your phone is with a service like Gazelle. Gazelle will make you an offer for your phone and, if you accept it, they will even pay for you to ship it to them. Just box it up and when they get it, they will send you money.
2) Use eBay For Cash Today
When most people think about eBay, they think about 7 or 10 day auctions, not money today. You can get money the same day though, sometimes in hours. Here is what you need to do.
Take a hot item like an iPad or perhaps your last generation gaming system. Check out what auctions are ending at and then price your item 5 to 10 percent cheaper as a “buy it now” listing. Also be sure to specify that the buyer must pay immediately with PayPal.
If the item is hot, it will likely sell in a matter of hours and you will have money in your PayPal account. Then ,take advantage of PayPal’s instant transfer function to send money directly to your bank account. You must have a linked debit card on your account to take advantage of this feature but it is very convenient, fast and relatively cheap.
3) Clean Out Your Closet
Used clothing is big business, as long as it has a designer label. You are not going to be able to get anything for a used Hanes Tee.
Gather up the designer clothing that you no longer want or need and take it to a local resale store. They will try to talk you into taking store credit, but just take the cash.
4) Donate Some Plasma
Plasma is needed these days more than every. It is used to treat a variety of conditions and, if you have had Covid, it is even used as a treatment. It is also worth some money, as much as 50 dollars.
Find a “for profit” donation center if you want to get paid. They are fairly common in any decent sized city. It takes about an hour to donate plasma and you can get up to a fifty. The money you get will depend on how much you can donate. The more you weigh, the more that you can give and the more you will earn.
5) Recycle Some Scrap Metal
Scrap can fetch nearly 30 cents a pound. That may not seem like much for light weight aluminum cans, but you have to think bigger. Used water heaters, for example can weigh 50 pounds. This type of scrap is often just tossed to the side of the road or left on the curb for the taking. Get your truck, SUV or trailer and go get it.
Once you have your metal, take it to a local metal recycler and sell it by the pound. You would be making some decent extra money while cleaning up your neighborhood.
If you decide to go this route, a brief chat with your local recycler would be a good idea. Every company is different in what they like to accept and pay the most for.
6) Use Facebook For More Than Just Friends
Facebook has a great Marketplace where people are very active. It is a lot nicer than Craigslist because it is easier to post and there seem to be less people trying to scam you. They are there, so still use caution, but there are less of them.
You can list just about anything on Facebook Marketplace and find a buyer. Furniture does well as does old tools, clothing, etc. If it is worth at least 10 dollars, it is probably worth listing.
7) Start A Side Gig
Got a lawn mower, some cleaning supplies or a ladder? You potentially have a side business that you can start. Advertise your services on Craigslist and you could start earning money as soon as today.
Get creative with services that you can offer. Take a look on the Craigslist website and see what services other people are offering. Painting, lawn care, carpet cleaning, house cleaning and even dog walking. These are services that everyone needs and will pay you for, usually with cash.