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51 Clothing Hacks To Save You Money

51 Clothing Hacks To Save You Money


Contrary to what retailers (and reality shows) want us to believe, we do NOT need to buy new clothes every season (or every month). Nor do we need fifty pairs of shoes or an ever expanding wardrobe. We can be amazingly fashionable for significantly less money by changing our mindset about buying clothes and using an arsenal of money saving techniques. For strategies beyond “use coupons,” and “shop end of season sales,” consider the 51 clothing hacks below for your savings pleasure.

1. Apply the 75% Off Rule.

75 Percent Off

    Only look at clothes that have been marked down at least 75%. Yes, it drastically narrows the selection, and, yes, some things may be harder to find. However, the sheer magnitude of clothing options out there is astounding. Plus, there will always be something new to pique your interest. Personally, I find that this clothing hack saves me time as well because I bypass the majority of clothing racks in the stores or only look at a couple of pages online. Of course, combine with coupon for additional savings. Confession: I have been known to cheat and purchase something that was 75% off AFTER combining the discount with coupon.

    2. Wait a Month.

    Wait a Month

      So you’ve found something that you just HAVE to have. It’s perfect in every way. Except for the price. Take a deep breath, walk away and wait a month. The act of waiting can have an amazing impact on how you view that must-have item. Within that time, I have usually completely forgotten about it (or replaced it with another must-have item – which gets the same wait-a-month treatment). Also, in a month’s time the price may have been reduced. Either way you’ll have money in your pocket longer. In the many years of applying this clothing hack to probably 10,000 (slight exaggeration) must-have items, I can honestly say that I have probably purchased two when all is said and done.

      3. Make Room in Your Closet.

      Closet Full of Clothes

        Many of us arguably have a closet full of clothes while simultaneously lamenting that we have nothing to wear. Before buying something new, get rid of one or two. If you get rid of (donate, sell) an item or two of clothing before you buy something new, it sets you up to be mindful of how much you are spending and what you are spending it on.

         4. Buy Discounted Gift Cards (with a Rewards Credit Card).

        Discount Gift Card

          Do this and you’ll be saving money before you even begin shopping. Purchase from a site like Cardpool or Gift Card Granny. Combine your gift card with deep discounted sales and coupons and work a triple whammy of savings. Extra bonus: when you buy with a rewards credit card you’ll earn points that can be cashed in for other free stuff.

          5. Use a Coupon App.

          Coupon App

            Smartphone Apps like RetailMeNot make it easy to find coupons on the go. Always look before checking out at the store. When purchasing online always search for a discount or promo code.

            6. Scan Before You Buy.

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              Download a barcode scanning app like RedLaser and scan the price tag before you buy. Unless the item you are considering is a store exclusive, you might find that it is significantly cheaper somewhere else.

              7. Leave the Credit Cards at Home and Pay with Cash.

              Pay with Cash

                There is something about handing over those greenbacks that gives pause. When credit cards make it too easy to spend, even if you pay the bill in full when it is due, remove the temptation by paying with cash (or see gift card tip above).

                8. Know if Deeper Discounts are Found Online or in the Brick and Mortar Store.

                Shopping Online

                  Some retailers typically have better sales online, while others offer deeper discounts in the store. Get to know which is the case for your favorite merchant and save some time and money.

                  9. Shop at Consignment and Thrift Stores in Wealthy Areas.

                  Consignment Store

                    Even those who turn their noses up at consignment and thrift stores may be amazed with their finds when they shop in wealthy areas. Wealthy people sell their clothes too!

                    10. Host a Swap Party.

                    Swap Party

                      Have friends with styles you like? Invite them over and throw in a few friends of friends. Bring gently used clothes, shoes and accessories. Have folks bring a small food item (maybe some wine), and have a good time swapping. You’ll go home with new clothes and memories of a great time with friends.

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                      11. Buy Clothes that Fit You Now.

                      Right Size

                        Not for when you lose ten pounds or whatever needs to be done in order for it to fit. One, there’s no guarantee that the item will fit like you think it will. Two, be like me, and by the time it actually fits, it’s out of style. Either way, it’s like setting money on fire and calling it a light show.

                        12. Don’t Buy Print Jeggings.

                        Print Jeggings

                          Ever. Just Don’t.

                          13. Buy Timeless.

                          Classic Look

                            What is considered timeless is a little difficult to describe because it varies according to each person’s style. Ask yourself this. Can you see yourself wearing it often and years from now (no, not you Jeggings), and still feel confident and stylish? If the answer is yes, consider adding it to your wardrobe. The more well-made timeless pieces you have, the less you’ll need to buy.

                            14. Don’t Buy Into Trends.

                            Trendy

                              This is not the same thing as buying timeless. Fashion trends are just that: popular, fun and fleeting. What is all the rage one moment may very well be done in two months. While your timeless pieces will get you through, sometimes you want to join in. Here’s how: first and foremost, NEVER buy a trendy piece that doesn’t look good on you. Just wait it out. Something else will come along. Since it’s only a temporary investment, always purchase at a deep discount store. Only buy one or two trendy items. You’ll be moving them along soon enough. If you’ve gotta have lots of it consider the next tip.

                              15. Get an Extra Job with Your Favorite Retailer.

                              Extra Job

                                I have no illusions about this one being popular, but it certainly is a good idea for the broke fashionistas who continue to buy clothes. Get an “extra” job at your favorite retailer. Don’t make it your primary place of employment or you may find all of your paycheck going right back into the store! Your extra job will probably come with the benefit of a deep employee discount and you’ll have a specific fund from which to use for clothes.

                                16. Return It.

                                Returns

                                  It was kinda cute. Check. The price was awesome. Check. You got it home. It looks alright, but you know it’s not going to be a favorite. Check. If you feel this way, return it if the store policy allows. I have done this even when it didn’t seem worth the time, energy or cost to do so. It was my self-imposed punishment for wasting money. After a while, I got very good at making sure I loved it before I brought it home. Still not worth it? Then try this:

                                  17. Sell Your Clothes.

                                  Sell YOur Clothes

                                    Do you have a closet (drawers, bags) full of clothes you don’t wear, but won’t give away or swap because ___________________(fill in the blank)? Sell them. There are so many ways. In addition to brick and mortar consignment stores, you can sell to online consignment stores such as ThredUp. Ebay still works. Garage and yard sales do too. Mix it up and use all of the mediums. You’ll open up some much needed space and score some extra cash to boot.

                                    18. Get a Price Adjustment.

                                    Price Adjustment

                                      You just got an amazing deal, and the following week you see it at an even more amazing price. Many stores have a price adjustment policy where they’ll credit you the difference between what you paid and the current price. Just make sure the difference is worth a trip back to the store.

                                      19. Use Cash-Back Sites for Online Shopping.

                                      Cash Back

                                        Sites like Ebates and Fat Wallet share the wealth by giving you a small percentage of your purchase price back in the form of a cash rebate. They are simple to join and easy to use. Once you hit your cash out threshold the site will send your cash. The hardest part of this clothing hack is remembering to use them when you shop online! Tip: if you go to the retailer site first, and then go back and click through from the cash-back site, you may not qualify for the rebate. To get around this, open a different browser to access the cash-back site and click through to the merchant to complete your purchase.

                                        20. Buy one Excellent Winter Coat.

                                        Winter Coat

                                          Winters are cold where I live. I used to have ten cute coats that I got at rock bottom prices. The problem? None of them kept me warm, so I was always in search of another. I finally invested in a well-made, stylish coat. Though I bought it on sale, and combined with a coupon and discount gift card, it was not cheap. It was, however, very warm and I wore that thing every single cold day. Two years later I still do. Guess which ended up costing me more. I gave all of the other coats away.

                                          21. Don’t Buy Linen.

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                                            If you hate how easily it wrinkles, you’ll probably avoid wearing it, which means it’s a waste of good money.

                                            22. Buy One Good Swim Suit that Looks Amazing.

                                            Swimsuit

                                              All of the $4.99 tops, bottoms and one pieces in the world are not worth the price if you don’t feel amazing in it, prefer not to wear it, and are always looking for the next one. When you find one you love, take care of it by rinsing it out after every use and letting it hang dry, and it will last a long time.

                                              23. Avoid the Bridesmaid Dress Effect.

                                              Bridesmaid Effect

                                                Don’t buy clothes that you know you are only going to wear once. If you need something for a special event, try to borrow it from a friend or family member who is a similar size. Renting is also a good alternative for expensive items such as suits and evening dresses.

                                                24. Don’t Buy Cute Shoes that Hurt Your Feet.

                                                Cute Shoes that Hurt Your Feet

                                                  Seems like common sense doesn’t it it? Then someone please explain the plethora of band aid covered Achilles heels and toes from shoes that have caused painful blisters and worn the skin away. Cute shoes that hurt, whether you paid $10 or $300 (BTW, I would never pay that much for one pair of shoes) are a waste of money upfront when you stop wearing them or later on at the back end when you’re paying podiatrist bills. On that note. . .

                                                  25. Don’t Buy It Because it’s Kinda Cute and Really Cheap.

                                                  Cheap and Cute

                                                    I’ve fallen into this trap before. It was marked down to $6.99 from $200. It was kinda cute and well-made, but I was more enamored by the original price, wore it once, realized I didn’t love it, and never wore it again. That was a waste of $6.99. Tip: look at the price tag AFTER you decide you love it. It may hurt sometimes when you see it’s out of your price range (I almost cried once), but it could just as often stop you from buying something just because it’s cheap. And that’s a good thing.

                                                    26. Shop the Men’s and Boy’s Section.

                                                    Sneaker Store

                                                      Some items such as sports socks, sneakers and tee shirts tend to be cheaper in the men’s and boy’s sections of the store.

                                                      27. Unsubscribe from Store Email Lists.

                                                      Unsubscribe

                                                        When you pay attention to your lists, you’ll notice how cyclical they are. The same discounts come around again and again, very regularly and frequently. There’s rarely, if ever, a need to rush to jump on a particular sales promotion. However, if seeing the sale makes your mouth water and you feel the urge to buy coming on, unsubscribe to remove temptation. Or send those emails to an email address dedicated to your subscriptions. You’ll be more likely to only check it if you’re looking for a discount for a specific store.

                                                        28. Take Advantage of Birthday Freebies.

                                                        Gift

                                                          If you can withstand the temptation of sales promotions in your email, there is one time of year when you can truly cash in. Your birthday. Many stores send you “gifts,” in the form of certificates good for a specific item or a dollar amount off of anything in the store. Victoria’s Secret sends a certificate for a pair of free undies.

                                                          29. Don’t Window Shop.

                                                          Window Shop

                                                            Some people find window shopping enjoyable, inspirational, motivational even, and can leave without spending a penny. If that’s not you, don’t tempt the fates. Avoid it and keep your money in your pocket. Same goes for browsing online!

                                                            30. Don’t Get Sucked in by the Background Music.

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                                                              Have you ever had a moment (or two or three) in your life where you wish there was a real life movie soundtrack playing in the background? A moment where it would be absolutely perfect if a certain song were playing to externally represent what you’re feeling internally? Oh, that’s just me? Well even so, don’t let the malls suck money out of your wallet with their music. Retailers know that shoppers are influenced by many senses. Smart retailers will do so with music designed to make you feel good and happy, or get you to linger a little longer, all tricks to get you to loosen your grip on your wallet. It’s the same reason why it’s difficult to find a clock in a store.

                                                              31. Don’t BOGO.

                                                              Buy One Get One

                                                                Buy one, get one. It’s an old trick to fool you into thinking you’re getting an awesome deal by giving you something for “free.” Seems like a good deal at first, but consider this. If you wait a little bit you can usually do better than 50% off each, which is what BOGO amounts to. Besides, do you really need two? Don’t even bother with the other versions like buy one get one 50% off. That’s an even worse deal because you end up getting only 25% off of each.

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                                                                32. Don’t Pay for Free Shipping.

                                                                Free Shipping

                                                                  Truly free shipping, the kind with no minimum purchase is optimal. Free shipping that requires a minimum purchase amount . . . not so much, as it immediately puts you in the position of searching for more stuff to buy to meet the minimum requirement. This, of course, doesn’t matter if what you were going to buy meets the limit. Free shipping discount codes seem like a good deal until you realize that many times you can’t combine them with percentage or dollar off discounts.

                                                                  33. Read Reviews Before Buying.

                                                                  Read Reviews

                                                                    There may be a reason that garment is priced so cheaply. It’s not uncommon for an excellent price to be trumped by poor fit, quality or both. Reading reviews can clue you in and help prevent you from making a bargain hunting mistake.

                                                                    34. You Really Don’t Need One in Every Color.

                                                                    Stockings in Every Color

                                                                      Awesome fit. Excellent quality. Amazing price. You still don’t need one in every color. Inevitably, you’ll wear one, maybe two, consistently while the others will sit in your closet.

                                                                      35. Use the Two Outfit Rule.

                                                                      Outfits

                                                                        Before you buy, make sure there are at least two other items currently in your wardrobe that can be paired with it. If you don’t have anything to wear with your new find, leave it on the rack. It’s not a bargain if it’s hanging in your closet unworn.

                                                                        36. Know Your Triggers.

                                                                        emotional Trigger

                                                                          Some people are emotional eaters. Some are emotional shoppers. If you notice that you shop more when you’re feeling down, work at being intentional about finding a less expensive form of therapy.

                                                                          37. Ask for a Better/Additional Discount.

                                                                          Ask for a Discount

                                                                            The worst that can happen is that you won’t get one. Sometimes, more often than you might expect, the store associate will surprise you with a positive response which saves you even more money.

                                                                            38. Don’t Buy Pajamas (or Lingerie).

                                                                            Pajamas

                                                                              Victoria’s Secret may beg to disagree, but it’s true. Do you really need 16 pairs of pajamas when you wear the same two or three over and over? How many times have you thrown on your comfy sweats instead?

                                                                              39. Remember that Dressing Room Mirrors Belong in the Funhouse.

                                                                              Funhouse Mirror

                                                                                Have you ever tried something on in the store and you looked absolutely fabulous when you checked yourself out in the dressing room looking glass? Then you try it on again at home and look at yourself and think, “What just happened?” I’m not saying stores do this on purpose. Okay, they do. It’s just another example of how retailers use psychology and slights of hand to get you to spend money. From softer lighting, to tilted mirrors that make you look slimmer, retailers know how to get you to buy their clothes. If this happens to you, take it back.

                                                                                40. Avoid Flash Sales.

                                                                                Flash Sale

                                                                                  Just because your favorite retailer tweets that they are offering 50% off everything for the next two hours doesn’t mean you have to buy something. I’m speaking to myself here. The truth is, if you weren’t thinking about buying something from the store before the flash sale, don’t tempt yourself by checking the flash sale out. There will always be another, better, sale of some kind where you can score a better discount.

                                                                                  41. Dry Clean Only? Wash them Anyway.

                                                                                  Dry Cleaning Clothing Hack

                                                                                    I try to avoid dry clean only garments at all costs, but it’s not always possible. So I wash them. In the washing machine. On the extra gentle hand wash cycle. Then I hang dry followed by a light ironing. I haven’t ruined anything yet. I have used this technique with cotton, wool, silk and polyester blend.

                                                                                    42. Vodka as Febreeze.

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                                                                                      As someone who had to wear suits everyday, finding a way to keep the, um, armpit area smelling fresh was a challenge. No one wants to declare bankruptcy due to dry cleaning bills and I never could get myself to invest in those clunky, somehow more embarrassing armpit pads. Besides, dry cleaners do a good job of removing stains, not odors. Vodka to the rescue. Pour some unflavored vodka into a spray bottle, spritz the smelly area on both sides until damp and let hang dry. This works for me between washing in the machine if possible (see above tip). Buy a cheap brand of vodka. Save the good stuff for happy hour.

                                                                                      43. Hem Tape is Your Friend.

                                                                                      Hemming Pants

                                                                                        Have you passed on an incredible deal on an amazing pair of pants or blazer because they were too long and you didn’t want to spend money on alterations? Never again, as hem tape is your friend. If you can fold evenly, apply double sided tape and iron, you can now alter the length of your own clothes.

                                                                                        44. Remove Grease Stains.

                                                                                        Grease Stain

                                                                                          You can save a grease stained garment! Sprinkle talcum powder, cornstarch or baby powder on it, and rub it in. You may need to repeat until the stain is gone. The talcum powder soaks up the grease. This clothing hack works on leather furniture too. I once placed a greasy bag of french fries on my nice leather ottoman (V-8 smack to the forehead). I rubbed talcum powder into the (very large) stain every day for 5 days until it finally disappeared.

                                                                                          45. Clothes as a Magic Marker Canvas.

                                                                                          Magic Marker

                                                                                            Have you every had a small bleach stain on a dark colored shirt, or pants? Color it with magic marker, let it dry, and wear. Yes, the mark will probably reappear after a few washings. In this case, Wash, color, repeat.

                                                                                            46. Learn to Sew a Button.

                                                                                            Sew a Button

                                                                                              This may very well be the holy grail of clothes saving techniques. When buttons fall off or start to hang by a thread, do you sew them back on or basically retire the item to the back of the closet hoping that the button sewing gnome will somehow repair it? Me? I ask my mom to sew my buttons back on. She finally told me to learn for myself. It is not difficult and will save you from having to buy new clothes. Lost most of your buttons? Buy new ones, even different ones to give your garment a fresh look.

                                                                                              47. Shave Your Clothes.

                                                                                              Shave Your Clothes

                                                                                                Nothing is as disappointing as when your favorite clothing starts to pill and look like a collection of fuzz balls. Don’t despair. They can be saved. An electric shaver is one solution. Carefully raking a straight edged blade over the pilled area works too. Sticky masking tape is another option, gently patting and pulling to remove the fuzz.

                                                                                                48. Hang Dry.

                                                                                                Hang Dry

                                                                                                  Instead of throwing your clothes in the dryer, hang them on a line (or indoor rack) to dry. You’ll use less electricity which will save you money, and your clothes will last longer (the lint in your dryer trap is evidence of fabric being lost each time you dry).

                                                                                                  49. No. Wire. Hangers.

                                                                                                  No Wire Hangers

                                                                                                    Wire hangers are vile things that pucker sweaters and ruin the shape of clothes. They may be cheap, but they will cost you in the long run. There are hangers out there that cost an arm and a leg. There is no need to invest in expensive hangers. In fact, don’t spend any money at all. The plastic ones used in the stores work just fine. Whenever I buy something, if the hanger doesn’t automatically accompany it, I ask if I can keep it. I have even asked for a few more. I have only been refused once.

                                                                                                    50. Remove Armpit Stains.

                                                                                                    Remove stains with lemon juice

                                                                                                      Yes, people really can see them. Once my light colored shirts and blouses started to show armpit stains I converted them to under tops. You know, tops worn under something like a sweater. No more! Use a mixture of lemon juice and baking soda to make a paste. Rub it into the stain and wash as usual. Now I get to choose how I want to wear those tops. It’s good to have choices.

                                                                                                      51. Those Boots are Made for Walking. Just Not Through Water.

                                                                                                      Leather Boots

                                                                                                        If your leather or suede boots have unsightly salt and/or water stains, this clothing hack will make you click your heels. Gently rub the stains with a cloth that has been dipped in distilled white vinegar and let dry.

                                                                                                        52. Don’t Buy Print Jeggings.

                                                                                                        What? I said that already? Okay, but it bears repeating.

                                                                                                        I’m always looking to add more money saving clothing hacks to my repertoire. Please shares yours below!

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                                                                                                        35 Real Ways to Actually Make Money Online

                                                                                                        35 Real Ways to Actually Make Money Online

                                                                                                        How many articles are there about making money online? Thousands?  Millions? Enough? Probably. But there’s a problem. Too many of them are just sales pitches to convince you to sign up for some seminar, webinar, training session or some other way to become an online millionaire.

                                                                                                        They really give online money making a bad name. But it is possible to make money online. I mean, the people selling all of those millionaire pitches are making money, right?

                                                                                                        Video Summary

                                                                                                        There are legitimate ways to make money online. The problem is that the real ways to make money aren’t “get rich quick” schemes.

                                                                                                        Most of them require a lot of work and sometimes a lot of dedication before seeing a return on your time.  But if you really want to make money online, work from home or turn an idea into a business, you can do it. You can even earn money with apps if you don’t want to venture all the way to the computer.

                                                                                                        I’m going to tell you about all kinds of legitimate ways to make money online. Since we are talking about legitimate jobs, you’ve got to be…well, legitimate. And no, you don’t have to give everything up to have a fresh start. (Here’s the proof.)

                                                                                                        Many of these options are real jobs that require you to put in hours if you want to get paid. They also require real work. Here are some tips for actually getting the job:

                                                                                                        • Take it seriously. Yes, you’re applying for an online job. Yes, you can do the work in your underwear, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a “real job”. You must treat it as such or they aren’t going to treat you as a serious candidate. You aren’t the only one who wants to work in their underwear. In fact, the competition online is likely higher than it is in your local area.
                                                                                                        • Be professional. When you submit a résumé, don’t type it in ALL CAPS and please don’t avoid the caps lock like the plague. Know how to use it without looking incompetent. Write in complete sentences with proper grammar. Of course, there will be exceptions, but even with the exceptions, you must keep it professional. You’re building their view of you.
                                                                                                        • Give some, but not all.  Whether you’re providing writing samples, a photography portfolio or links to your work, give them enough examples to get the idea, but not so many that they don’t even know where to start. And while we’re on the topic, give them some of your background information, but don’t tell them your life story.
                                                                                                        • Double check yourself, before you double wreck yourself. Make sure everything you send to a company, whether a résumé, an email or a portfolio, is good to go. Double check your grammar and wording, and for God’s sake use spell check! This is especially important when it comes to the company’s name. Don’t spell their name wrong and be sure to type it how they type it (e.g. Problogger, not Pro Blogger).

                                                                                                        Below are 35 ways to make money online orgainzed into categories (with unique tips to make each way work):

                                                                                                        Websites That Pay

                                                                                                        Let’s go ahead and get this out of the way. There are all kinds of websites that will pay you for various things, such as shopping, taking surveys or testing products. No, I’m not getting paid to promote any of these and no, these websites won’t make you a millionaire, but they are great for earning some extra cash. I’ll leave out the scams.

                                                                                                        Here are some legitimate websites that pay:

                                                                                                        1. Swagbucks – Swagbucks is great for earning some extra cash. You can do a variety of things to make money, from taking surveys to using their search engine. You won’t get rich, but you will earn a few bucks. If you have the time to kill, you can spend it earning some extra cash, instead of surfing the web.

                                                                                                        2. InboxDollars – InboxDollars is similar to Swagbucks, since you’re going to be taking surveys, shopping, etc., so if you want to maximize your return, sign up with both websites. They also offer a search engine that pays you (like Swagbucks) and you get $5 just for signing up.  I won’t continue to list survey sites one after another down the list, but if you want to get paid to take surveys, also check out GlobalTestMarket, E-Poll Surveys and Survey Club.

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                                                                                                          3. Project Payday

                                                                                                          – Project Payday is one of those sites that has testimonials of people who have earned thousands of dollars by getting paid to get trial offers. I’m not saying you’ll earn thousands, but it is legit and you can earn some extra cash. They assume that by paying you to do a free trial, you’ll either like the product and purchase it, or forget to cancel the trial and get charged for it. If you can keep track and cancel before you get charged (if you don’t want the product), then this is a great site for making some money.

                                                                                                          4. User Testing – User Testing pays $10 a pop for testing websites. A test usually takes about 15-20 minutes. The purpose is for a website owner to watch someone, who is new to their site, try to navigate it. The value that the site owner gets by watching an actual user experience is worth a ton, but $10 isn’t a bad pay-out.

                                                                                                          5. Fiverr – Fiverr is a great place to make a few bucks or spend a few bucks if you need some of the services people offer. Basically, everything is $5. You either pay $5 or charge $5. They call them “gigs.” You can offer your services however you choose. If you sell art and you’re fine selling pieces for $5 each, that’s a gig. If you’re a graphic designer and you want to offer your services for $10/hour, simply offer a 30 minute gig. If they need two hours of graphic design, they pay you $20, or $10/hour by buying four gigs.

                                                                                                          6. IZEA – IZEA works in addition to a blog or on its own. You get paid to blog, tweet, take photos and take videos. The pay is mostly based on your following, so if you want to make money with your tweets, you’ll need to grow you Twitter following.  Likewise, if you want to make money with blogs, you’ll need substantial blog traffic (more on blogging below).

                                                                                                          Freelance Writing

                                                                                                          Freelance writing is one of the most popular ways to earn money online. Many successful freelancers can earn an average of 50 cents to a dollar per word. Some are earning twice that!

                                                                                                          Of course, it doesn’t start out like that. You’ve got to build your portfolio and your résumé, blah blah blah. If you’re interested in writing, I’m sure you know this. If you’re not interested in writing, I wouldn’t recommend traveling down this road just for the money.

                                                                                                          It takes dedication and time, though it can be highly profitable if it’s what you love. Assuming it is what you love, let’s talk about making money with it.

                                                                                                          Before you decide to start reaching out to all of these freelance writing companies, you need to have a web presence. You need a blog (in my humble blogger opinion, of course).

                                                                                                          Or you could just have an online portfolio. Even a LinkedIn profile works to get started. When you’re ready to start, here are 150 resources to help you write better, faster and more persuasively.

                                                                                                          If that’s intimidating, just start with these 50 resources.

                                                                                                          Now for what you’ve all been waiting for; once you’re ready to actually start making money, here are 10 websites you can start with:

                                                                                                          7. Listverse – Listverse pays $100 for each accepted post. The article must be a list, it must be at least 1,500 words and you must include at least 10 things. Other than that, you can get pretty creative with it.

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                                                                                                          8. TopTenz – TopTenz pays $50 for each accepted post. Again, the article has to be in a list format and it must be at least 1,500 words, with few exceptions. They post often so your chances of getting accepted are fairly high.

                                                                                                          9. A List Apart – A List Apart pays $200 for each accepted post. They’re not first on the list, because they tend to publish less articles, which means you have a smaller chance of getting accepted. Same guidelines as above, 1,500 word minimum.

                                                                                                          10. International Living – International Living pays $75 for each accepted post. They are mostly looking for travel experiences from countries you have visited. For this site, it’s more about your experience than your writing ability.

                                                                                                          11. FundsforWriters – FundsforWriters pays $50 for each accepted post. They are looking for articles about writing and making money with it. They only accept articles between 500-600 words, but they want you to make each word count.

                                                                                                          12. Uxbooth – Uxbooth pays $100 for each accepted post. They do tend to take four to eight weeks to accept and post articles, so don’t count on this being a quick money maker. They take so long, because they pair with editors to only publish amazing content.

                                                                                                          13. iWriter – iWriter pays up to $15 for each accepted post. That may seem small, but they aren’t as strict as many of the others above and they also allow you to pick exactly what you write. You can write as many or as few articles as you want.

                                                                                                          14. Textbroker – Textbroker pays up to five cents per word, if you’re a 5-star writer. You’ll start by submitting a short sample article and you will most likely start as a 3-star writer, but you can work your way up by writing more and writing great content.

                                                                                                          15. Matador Network – Matador Network pays up to $60 for each accepted post, but standard pay is around $20-$25. They don’t really focus on a minimum word count, but they have a maximum count of 1,500 words.

                                                                                                          16. The Penny Hoarder – The Penny Hoarder pays up to $800 (rarely), depending upon the number of page views you receive. The pay starts at $100 for 50,000 page views, so this isn’t a guaranteed paid article, but it can potentially be highly rewarding.

                                                                                                          There’s no doubt that you can make money with freelance writing, but it’s a process. Once you start building your portfolio and your writing skills, you can start making some serious money. If you’re not an experienced writer, expect to put some time in before you really start to see some dough.

                                                                                                          Sell Your Stuff

                                                                                                          Ever since the idea of online auctions came into existence, the online selling market has been on the rise. Many are interested, but don’t know how to get started. There are still all kinds of ways to make money by selling online, whether you’re selling what you already have or buying and selling like a store. Before we get started, here are a few general tips when selling anything online:

                                                                                                          • Get a PayPal account. If you don’t have a PayPal account, you’ll want to get one if you’re doing business online. It’s the standard in online business for receiving payment and paying others.
                                                                                                          • Take good pictures. Some of the options below don’t require you to actually take the picture and sell the product, but for the ones that do, make sure you take a clear picture that makes your product stand out from the others.  If you’re going to be taking a lot of pictures, set up a small “studio-like” area in your home with a backdrop and proper lighting to really make your pictures come across as professional. And of course, you’ll want a good camera too.
                                                                                                          • Be honest.  If you’re selling used items, be honest about every dent, scratch, blemish, etc.. This will reduce many issues you could run into and keep your reviews positive.
                                                                                                          • Do good business. Plain and simple. Whether you’re selling on a small site or opening an online store, your customer service matters. You’ll want to get those positive reviews and make a good name for yourself. Respond to questions, concerns and complaints. Offer a guarantee if available.

                                                                                                          Follow those guidelines and you will do well in online sales. When you’re ready to start selling, here’s where you go:

                                                                                                          17. Amazon – Have you heard of FBA? It stands for “Fulfilled by Amazon” and it’s getting pretty popular. Basically, you buy products (in bulk is best) and ship them to Amazon for them to store. When your products sell, Amazon packs them up, ships them out and sends you the money (after taking their cut). There are people making a full-time living from FBA, while others just do it for some extra money.

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                                                                                                          18. CraigsList – Some things don’t ship very well. Other things may make you feel uncomfortable to sell to someone across the country. Anytime you’re selling a large item or something you just don’t want to ship, Craigslist is a great place to go. It’s simple to list your item (again, take good pictures!). If you don’t like the idea of putting your phone number out there, the interested individual can send you a message to your inbox without even getting your email address.

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                                                                                                            19. eBay – Of course you can’t read an article about making money online that doesn’t mention eBay. You can start an eBay store and get serious about it or you can just sell some stuff to declutter your home. Either way, I’ve made my fair share from selling on eBay and it’s still a popular way to earn money. If you decide to start an actual eBay store, you’ll want to find a drop-ship business like Doba that will store and ship items straight to your customers so you don’t have to deal with an inventory.

                                                                                                            20. Etsy – If you like to create arts and crafts, you can sell them on Etsy.It’s completely free to open an Etsy store. You simply sign up, post pictures of your creations and starting selling. You can choose your payment option, but PayPal is generally the easiest. Etsy makes it easy to sell and keep track of your inventory. There is a small listing fee and they take 3.5% of every sale you make.

                                                                                                            21. Facebook – Facebook swap shops are great for selling things locally. It’s like CraigsList, but a little easier. You simply search for swap shops in your area and ask to join the group. Once you’re in, take a picture of the item, write a quick description with the price and post it. It doesn’t get much easier than that. You can generally expect to get about what you would get at a yard sale, maybe a little more.

                                                                                                            Blogging

                                                                                                            Hey look, an article about making money online that doesn’t mention blogging. . . oh wait, here it is.

                                                                                                            First off, I’m a blogger so it seems wrong not to mention it, but more importantly, it’s a legitimate way to make money. It’s quite possibly the least straight-forward way on this list, but it’s very doable and it’s also quite possibly the funnest way on this list. I love blogging and I know hundreds of bloggers who feel the same. So let’s talk about making money blogging and what it really means.

                                                                                                            Blogging is something that requires patience, persistence and discipline. It may mean writing everyday for over a year before you really start to see any money from it. There are exceptions to the rule, but from my dealings with other bloggers, it seems to be pretty common to spend one or even two years building your blog, your brand and your authority, before making any serious amount of money.

                                                                                                            Some people argue that you can make money without a lot of traffic and while that is true in some circumstances, you will generally need a lot of website traffic to start earning from a blog and that takes a while. Once you’ve reached that point, here are the primary ways to monetize your blog and start earning:

                                                                                                            22. Advertising – This is definitely the most old-school way of earning money with a blog. It’s also starting to become the least common way. You can sell advertising spots directly on your site or you can sign up with a company like Google AdSense or Media.net. Either way, you won’t see a whole lot of money from ads until your views are well into the thousands each day.

                                                                                                            23. Affiliates – There are many affiliate networks, such as FlexOffers and CJ Affiliate that allow you to promote other people’s products and services. You simply put a link or a banner on your page and then you get a percentage if someone clicks through and buys the product/service. You’ll want to select products that are specifically within your blog’s category.This is an effective way to earn money once you have the traffic coming to your blog.

                                                                                                            24. Membership – Many people have created a paid membership area on their blog. This is typically for exclusive content that you can only access in the “member’s area.” If you have a really great idea on what to include, this can be a great idea.  You’ll have to create something that can’t easily be accessed around the web.

                                                                                                            25. Products – You can create your own product, such as an ebook or computer software. You would then use your blog as a promotion tool to get people to buy your product. As long as you create a legitimate product with a whole lot of value, you should be able to get some buyers, but like everything else with a blog, you’ll need the traffic to get the sells.

                                                                                                            26. Services – You can offer a paid service, such as life coaching, blog coaching, goal setting or financial planning. Just be sure to investigate all the legal implications and make sure you’re not claiming to be a professional if you’re not one. With a service like this, you’re basically using your blog to sell yourself. You’ll need to convince people that you’re worth buying and then be able to back up your claims once they purchase your service.

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                                                                                                            27. Sponsored/paid posts – Many blogs publish sponsored and paid posts. Sponsored posts are basically just posts about a specific brand, product or service. A company will pay you to publish an article about it. It’s similar with other paid posts as well. Your basically selling the spot for the article on your site. If you decide to take this route, you’ll want to build your traffic before you will get many offers.

                                                                                                            28. Subscription – If you think of something valuable (newsletter, online magazine, etc.) that you can consistently offer on a certain basis (weekly, monthly, etc.), you may want to offer a subscription service. This could be a fee charged each time your product is sent out or on a monthly basis. Either way, this has to be something that your customers can only get by subscribing to your website.

                                                                                                            29. Videos – This could be an entire section on it’s own. Many people have made money by creating YouTube videos. Evan of EvanTube is a kid and he has made millions by creating reviews of products that other kids his age would use. It’s not easy to get views into the millions, but once you do, you’ll start seeing some cash come in. Many bloggers have completely turned to videos to get their point across by starting a video blog.

                                                                                                            If you’re truly interested in becoming a blogger, start by looking through the archives of ProBlogger, Copyblogger and Boost Blog Traffic. Then go read through all the free guides over at Quick Sprout. It may take you a year to complete those tasks alone, but it will be worth it. You’ll practically have a MBA in blogging.

                                                                                                            Work-at-Home Companies

                                                                                                            Finally, there are some companies that will hire you to work from the comfort of your own home. If you’re interested in working for someone else, while still making your own schedule and deciding where to work from, here are a few companies that will let you do just that:

                                                                                                            30. CrowdSource – CrowdSource offers many types of jobs from “microtask” jobs to larger writing and editing jobs. You decide how much you work and you can do most of it right at your computer.

                                                                                                            31. Demand Studios – Demand Studios is hiring all kinds of creative professionals, from writer to filmmakers. The pay isn’t amazing, but it’s competitive for a work-at-home job.

                                                                                                            32. Fast Chart – Fast Chart allows you to work from home as a medical transcriptionist. There are some requirments and qualifications listed on the page, but if you meet them, you’ll make competitive pay for the industry. You’ll also be able to set your own schedule since you’ll be working from home.

                                                                                                            33. Leap Force – Leap Force is one way that Google rates websites for search engine ranking. If you’re hired, you make decent money (usually over $11/hour), you set your own schedule and it can be pretty fun to view and rank websites.

                                                                                                            34. Liveops – Liveops is a call center that allows you to work from home. Once your set up to take the calls, you can begin making a weekly schedule and working from home. The pay is generally close to $10/hour, but you can earn more with commissions.

                                                                                                            35. SpeakWrite – SpeakWrite will pay you up to $15/hour to transcribe information. You set your own schedule and work from home.

                                                                                                            Now you’ve got many different options to start earning online. If you saw something that really interests you, try it out and learn more about it. If you’re really wanting to make a full-time income online, you need to be dedicated to learning how to do what you want to do. There are tons of free resources out there. You just have to search for them!

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