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Last Updated on August 29, 2018

25 Things to Sell to Make Extra Money Easily

25 Things to Sell to Make Extra Money Easily

Making money can often seem more difficult than ever before. Many people rely on pawn shops and Craigslist ads to get a little extra money when things get tight.

The good news is, you don’t have to hock your computer or your great-grandmother’s prize china to make ends meet. Why not put your computer to work for you?

Here are 25 things to sell to make money right from the comfort of your own home:

1. Old stuff

If you don’t use it, why shouldn’t you make a little money on it? Selling old household items and clothing you’re not using anyway is a great way to clear out your storage areas and make some cash at the same time!

2. Handmade goods

If you are handy with arts and crafts, you can sell these through sites like EtsyArtfireHandmade at Amazon and Cargoh. It may not make you rich, but it can make a great sideline income.

3. Opinions

Everyone has an opinion on something. Why shouldn’t you get paid for yours? There are websites and companies that are willing to pay for your input and ideas on making their products and services better! For example, you can writer reviews on places you go on Yelp!

4. Car advertising space

If you’ve ever seen a vehicle wrapped in an ad for a company, the logical conclusion is that the person driving it works for the company. This is not necessarily the case, however.

Companies will pay from $400 to $900 a month or more for you to turn your car into a mobile billboard for their product or service, which is the same as covering your rent and possibly a load or two of groceries for most places! Wrapify is one of those companies.

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5. Spare room in your house

Renting out a room in your house may not seem like a great idea. But if you can find a solid and reliable tenant, renting a room is a great way to make extra money while helping someone else get on their feet.

Depending on the rental market in your area, you can rent a room for anywhere from $150 to $1,000 a month or more. Check out Spareroom and you can rent your room within days.

6. “Flipping” items

Sometimes you have to spend money to make money. Buying items from eBay, Etsy or even Craigslist, rehabbing them, and turning them around for sale can net you big profits. A good rule of thumb here is to never spend more than 75% of the item’s list price and never accept less than 25% more than you bought it for.

7. Old books

If you have a bunch of old books you don’t read anymore, someone else might want them! Used bookstores will often pay you store credit at 50% of what the books can sell for, or 25% of their value in cash. This is another great way to clean house and clean up at the same time!

Try your nearby local bookstores or sell books on Decluttr or Amazon.

8. Gold jewelry

With gold at record high prices per troy ounce, it’s a great time to weed through your jewelry drawer or box and get rid of some of that hideous jewelry you inherited or were given by well-meaning but clueless friends or relatives.

Gold’s value fluctuates, but you can expect to make around $600 an ounce or more, meaning you could be sitting on a treasure trove of spare cash!

9. Recyclable materials

Bottles, cans, bags, newspapers… the list of things that can be recycled just keeps getting bigger. Check out your local recycling center’s website and start a collection bin for the things they take. Recycling is not just good for the environment, but it’s great for your wallet!

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10. Photos

How would you like to turn your amateur shutterbug hobby into a money-making profession? Sites like 123RF.com and Shutterstock are always looking for new photos to license. The best part of doing this is, posting your pictures can turn into a perennial revenue stream that pays you over and over for those pictures you thought no one would ever want!

11. Plasma

Blood banks always need plasma and blood products to help treat sick and critically injured people. Depending on your blood type, you could turn your blood products into a helpful source of extra income.

12. Sperm

Not everybody is comfortable with the idea of selling their DNA. However, for couples who have a hard time conceiving by traditional methods, this can help them know the joy of parenthood and help you out by giving you some bucks. Win-win situation!

If you are fit and healthy, you can become a sperm donor here.

13. Egg cells

Egg cells are by far the most sought-after and costly form of conception assistance. A woman selling her eggs could realize upward of US$10,000 on one batch, making this a very lucrative way to help yourself while helping others create a new life!

If you are healthy, you can become an egg donor here.

14. Ideas

Your ideas may actually be worth money. Writers, journalists, and people in all manner of professions are always looking for new and innovative ideas. Many of them are willing to pay good money for your thoughts and ideas. Example of this are Innocentive.com and Leonardo League.

15. Video gaming skills

Believe it or not, people can actually get paid to help online video game players navigate puzzles, defeat bosses and solve troubleshooting issues. Being a video game consultant is a good way for gamers to make money while helping newbies get through that infuriating level you had so much trouble with. It could pay you up to $50,000 a year!

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16. Shopping sense

Companies like to know what the customer experience is like on their sites and in their stores. Why not become a mystery shopper?

Mystery shoppers can make a full-time income by working only three to four hours a day, making this a great solution for stay-at-home moms and people who want to pull in extra money without committing to a full-time schedule.

You can get mystery shopping opportunities via Mobee app or Marketforce.

17. Services

Do you like kids, pets, or seniors? Why not sell your time taking care of and keeping other people’s loved ones company? This is a good way to get in some socialization and pick up some spending money.

You can check out petsitting opportunities at Petsitters or childcare opportunities at Sitter.com.

18. Freelance work

If you are handy with a turn of phrase, you can turn this into income by selling your work to e-publishers, article-writing sites and even self-publishing. It’s a good way to meet new people, make new connections and generate income! Find out more about this at Freelance Writing Jobs.

19. Consultations

Doing consulting work can be fun and rewarding, and it pays well if you are really good at what you do. Tutoring, helping build a better website or even giving interviews and information for books and articles can all help you make extra money while doing things you’re truly passionate about. There are some companies that look for consultants: FlexJobs and Upwork.

20. Blog advertising space

If you have a blog, you could be making money at it. High-traffic blogs with interesting or controversial material can be leveraged to create an additional revenue stream for minimal work on your part. Selling blog advertising can help you draw more traffic to your own site and pull in extra money just for the time it takes to post a sponsored ad!

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21. Editing services

Maybe you are not a writer but you know good writing when you see it and know how to make it better. If you’ve ever said, “If this writer had just used this word,” you have the potential to be a freelance editor.

Freelance authors are always looking for editorial input at reasonable prices. Expect to break even or maybe lose a little money short term if you do this. But as your reputation and that of your clients grows, you can bet you’ll start making great money for doing something you do for free anyway! Fiverr offers many of such opportunity.

22. Articles

People with a flair for words and a unique way of getting their point across are worth a lot of money to blog owners, and they’re willing to share. Textbroker.com is one of those great places to make money off your ability to communicate!

23. Art

If you like playing with computer graphics and images, and you enjoy imagining characters from books on the screen, you have everything you need to be a cover artist. A good freelance cover artist can make $75 or more per cover created, and many cover art sites even do discount specials on premade covers to help generate business. Fiverr also offers many of such opportunity.

24. Photo manipulation skills

If you are good with Photoshop or Gim, and like restoring or manipulating photos, you can turn your hobby into revenue. Photo retouching, eye color correction, and even image cropping for holiday and birthday cards are all possible ways you can make money on your photo-fixing chops. Check out Fiverr for anyone looking for photo editing skills.

25. Your business mind

Maybe you have a new take on an old business model, or want to try a new approach to an idea you’ve always wanted to work on. Why not start your own business? The out-of-pocket expenses could go as little as $15-20 a month or as high as your budget will permit. But remember you have to spend money to make money!

There are companies like IdeaBuyer that help to turn your idea into a real business.

Starting your own business can be a very satisfying way of making money on your terms and your schedule. The income potential is really limited only by what you are willing to invest in your success.

Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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Published on October 8, 2018

13 Incredibly Useful Tactics to Help You to Stick to Your Family Budget

13 Incredibly Useful Tactics to Help You to Stick to Your Family Budget

Are you having trouble sticking to a family budget? You aren’t alone.

Budgeting is difficult. Creating one is hard enough, but actually sticking to it is a whole other issue. Things come up. Desires and cravings happen. And the next thing you know, budgets break.

So how can you stick to a family budget? Here are 13 tips to make it easier.

1. Choose a major category each month to attack

As the saying goes, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” With that in mind, one approach to help you get into the habit of sticking to a budget is simply starting slow.

Spend too much on Starbucks runs, eat out too often, and have an out-of-this-world grocery bill? Choose one bad habit and attack.

By choosing one behavior to focus on, you’ll prevent yourself from being overwhelmed. You’ll also experience small victories, which help you gain positive momentum. This momentum can then carry over into your overall budget.

2. Only make major purchases in the morning

If you’re making large purchases in the evening, there’s a good chance you’re doing so after a long day and you’re probably tired.

Why does this matter? Because our judgement tends to be off when tired – our willpower is compromised.

Instead, only make major purchasing decisions in the morning when you’re energized and refreshed. Your brain will be firing on all cylinders and your resolve will be high. You’re less likely to give in and settle at this point.

3. Don’t go to the grocery store hungry

Have trouble with impulse buys at the grocery store? If so, there’s a good chance you’re going grocery shopping while hungry.

The problem here is that when you’re hungry, everything looks good. So you’re more likely to make split decisions on things that aren’t on your grocery list.

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Instead, make sure you eat prior to your grocery store trip. Then take your list, along with your full stomach, and go shopping. Notice how food doesn’t look quite so good when you’re not fighting cravings.

4. Read one-star reviews for products

Is there a product you just have to have (but maybe not really)? Check out the one-star reviews.

By reading all the horrible reviews, you may be able to basically trick yourself into deciding that the product isn’t worth your time and money.

Next thing you know, you didn’t make the purchase, you saved the money, and you feel good about the decision.

5. Never buy anything you put in an online shopping cart until the next day

If you are making a purchase online, it’s typically a two-step process. First, you click “Add to Cart” and then you go in to review your cart and pay.

The problem is that there not typically much reviewing during step two. It’s generally click pay and there you go. However, this is the perfect point to stop for reflection.

Once you add to your cart, your best bet is to step away until the next day. Let the item sit there and grow cold, so to speak.

This gives you a night to “sleep on it” and decide if you really want and need to spend that money. If you wake up the next day and still find the purchase viable, then perhaps it’s time to go for it.

6. Don’t save your credit card info on any site you shop on

One of the other pitfalls of shopping online is that fact that most sites ask you to save your credit card information.

While the sites will frame it as a method of convenience, the truth is they know you’ll spend more money in the long run if your credit card information is saved.

The “convenience” takes away one last decision-making point in the purchasing process. True, it’s a pain to get out your credit card and enter the information every time. But guess what? That’s the point. If that inconvenience helps you stay on budget, then it’s worth it. Which leads into the next tip.

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7. Tape an “impulse buy” reminder to your credit card

Credit cards make spending much easier than cash. When you spend cash, you can literally see your wallet emptying. A credit card comes out, then goes back in. No harm, no foul.

That’s why it’s a good idea to tape a reminder to your credit card. Customize a message that is something along the lines of “do you really need this?” or “does it fit the budget?”

That way when you pull out the card, you get one last reminder to help you question your decision and stick to your budget.

8. Only use gift cards to shop on Amazon

Amazon is probably the easiest place online to blow money. It’s just so easy to click and buy. However, one way you can slow the process down is buy only using gift cards. Here’s how it works.

If you plan on making a purchase on Amazon, go to the grocery store and purchase a pre-loaded Amazon gift card of the proper amount. There’s no convenience fee, so you literally pay for the money you’ll spend.

Now take that gift card home and load it to your Amazon account. There’s your money to spend.

Why does this help? It makes you have to purposely go to the score and purchase the card in order to purchase the item. That’s a pretty deliberate thing that takes some time, commitment, and thought.

This process will effectively kill the impulse buy.

9. Budget using cash and envelopes

As mentioned earlier, it’s a lot harder to spend cash than swipe a credit card. You can take this even farther by using only cash, and separating that cash by budget category.

Create an envelope for each category and stick the cash in there at the beginning of each month. When the envelope is empty, no more spending on that category, unless you borrow from another (be careful of that approach).

This can be pretty helpful for people that have a hard time following transactions in their checking account, or keeping a budgeting spreadsheet.

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The envelopes simplify the tracking process, leaving no room for error. Nothing hides from you because it’s tangible in the envelopes in front of you.

10. Join a like-minded group

Making the decision to stick to something like budgeting is difficult. It takes long-term commitment.

You’re going to feel weak sometimes. And sometimes you may fail. That said, support from others can help strengthen resolve.

Support can come from a spouse or a friend, but they won’t always have the exact same goal in mind. That’s why it’s a good idea to join a support group that’s likeminded.

No need to pay here, as there are tons of free communities that fit the bill online.

For example, reddit has multiple subreddits that deal with budgeting and frugal living. You can follow, subscribe, and get active in those communities.

This will open your eyes to new tips and strategies, keep your goal fresh on your mind, and help you realize there are others dealing with the same struggles and being successful.

11. Reward Yourself

When you set a budget, it’s usually with a large goal in mind. Maybe you want to be debt free, or perhaps you want to see $10,000 in your savings account.

Whatever the case, the end goal is great, but the end is often far away, making it hard to see the end of the tunnel.

With that in mind, it’s a good idea to set mini-goals along the way. This helps you still look at the big picture but have something that’s attainable in the short-term to help with momentum.

But don’t stop there – set rewards for yourself when you reach that small goal. Maybe it’s an extra meal out. Or a new pair of shoes.

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Whatever the case, this gives you something in the near future to look forward to, which can help with the fatigue that can result in pursuing long-term goals.

12. Take the Buddhist approach

You don’t have to be a Buddhist to recognize some of the wisdom in the teachings. One of the tenets of the philosophy involves accepting that we can’t have everything we want. And that’s okay.

Sometimes you won’t feel good. Sometimes you’ll have cravings. You can’t deny them. But you can recognize them, accept them, and let them pass by. Then you move on.

Apply this to the times you want to do things that will break your budget. You’re going to have the desire to eat out when you shouldn’t. You might want to stay out and spend too much at happy hour with your work friends.

The feelings will come. Recognize them, accept them, but let them go.

13. Set up automatic drafts to savings

If you wait until you’ve spent all your budgeted money to deposit money into savings, guess what? You probably aren’t going to put any money into savings.

It’s too easy to see that as extra money and end up using it to treat yourself.

Instead, set up automatic savings withdrawals. That way, the money is marked and gone before you can even think about it. It becomes a non-issue. It’s no longer “extra.” It’s just savings.

Conclusion

Sticking to a budget can be difficult. No one is denying that.

However, if you can do a few things to set yourself up for success, and put some practices in place to curb impulse buys, then you can (and will!) be successful sticking to your family budget.

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