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Quick Ways to Earn Extra Cash

By August 15, 2008

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Being ready for the unexpected is an important part of the frugal lifestyle. Do you know how you'd raise extra money if you found yourself in a pinch? Share your best quick cash ideas, and glean new ideas from other frugal smarties.

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August 18, 2008 at 7:47 am
(1) Anita says:

I’m sure most of us prefer to graciously donate it, but when desperate, selling your plasma is a reliable source of cash.


August 18, 2008 at 3:24 pm
(2) abby says:

I’ve always found gathering up your old clothes and taking it to a second-hand store always brings in some cash.

August 19, 2008 at 6:54 am
(3) WaynethX says:

This wouldn’t be slightly obvious, would it?

August 19, 2008 at 8:48 am
(4) Betty says:

Holding a Garage or yard sale. Setting up at the flea market. Yeah, it is a bit obvious but, I’m always looking for new ways I haven’t thought of yet.

August 19, 2008 at 9:55 am
(5) KK says:

Clean out some closets and sell clothes and items on eBay. You’d be surprised what odd items people are wiling to pay for.

August 19, 2008 at 1:14 pm
(6) Maryann says:

I would hate for people to believe that the ways to raise cash listed above always work. When you need money in a hurry, they take time and you can’t count on receiving cash from your effort. I have taken very nice clothes to a consignment shop (even my wedding dress) and kept checking back one and two weeks later and did not receive a penny or even my clothes back to donate to a charity. They said they donated the items but no further details. Holding a yard sale — been there and done that spending more than 20 hours to pull things together and raised a total of $40. Donated the rest to charity. A better faster way to raise money is to sell your jewelry to a reputable dealer who buys jewelry. Even better – find a temp job through a temp agency. This might also help you find a better job with higher income. eBay is great too – post your items on a Sunday and close your auctions the following Sunday. You will have money in your bank account in a little over a week. Time consuming but great to do at home.

August 19, 2008 at 1:23 pm
(7) Kiriel says:

To earn some extra cash, join up a company that does mystery shopping. You window shop, then write reports on your experience and get paid for it!

August 19, 2008 at 9:44 pm
(8) Zaius says:

I’ve participated in focus groups in the past. Good for some quick cash and they may even have food/soda available. You can google or use craig’s list to see if there are any in your area. Most will require you to travel to their offices which may have its own expenses but it can also help you make sure they are legit. There are some that say you can take surveys or particiapte on-line but I’ve never used them.

August 20, 2008 at 6:32 am
(9) Marilyn says:

I have been Mystery Shopping and that has worked out very well, we usually eat at a nice restaurant for free. I have also tried the on-line surveys and I wouldn’t waste my time on them ever again. I had so many things sent to me and billed to me that I didnot order. It was a real hassel. I have started a cake business on the side and that has proven the most profitable!

August 20, 2008 at 8:44 am
(10) smitty67 says:

To the mystery shoppers: Can you list the ones you work for, when I have looked into this in the past they always want money first, Is there any that don’t? You can always go on eBay to a category called “Want it now”. It’s people looking for certain specific items to buy you may have lying around and can sell in an instant.

August 20, 2008 at 10:11 pm
(11) nancy says:

We looked around and decided to sell our nice, but seldom used (plans changed) bunk bed (downsized) and my daughter’s flute from high school. Ran a free online local ad and sold both within 2 weeks. Several hundred $$$!!

August 21, 2008 at 2:46 am
(12) luvtjones says:

If you’re looking for quick cash, I suggest checking out the help wanted ads for your local community college or university. I have noticed that when temp agencies are looking for people for very short term assignments (a day or so) they post ads on there. I once saw a help wanted ad for “mock jury” members paying $12-15 an hour.

August 21, 2008 at 12:09 pm
(13) Pamela says:

I sell stuff I don’t need/want anymore on ebay and half.com (for books/music), have a yard sale once a year, write articles for my local newspaper as a freelancer, and cat-sit for friends when they go on vacation. Every little bit helps!

August 23, 2008 at 5:20 pm
(14) Mikeyw00! says:

Ive been reading these stupid blogs for about an hour. And all these, get a second job, sell on ebay bla bla bla. Well that just isnt helpful. I am a college student. i have a full time, and a second part time job. i dont have cable TV, i dont go crazy shopping and charge it on a credit card. However, i do have to pay for my cell phone, a small car payment, insurance, a gym membership, and a couple others. these things add up, especially when gas is SO high. to make te kind of money i need i would have to work 2 full time jobs and kill myself doing.
thanks but no thanks for the advice

September 12, 2008 at 1:34 pm
(15) kim says:

Gym memberships are pricey, doesn’t your college have anything for students?

September 18, 2008 at 2:53 pm
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September 22, 2008 at 1:36 pm
(17) Carol says:

Years ago when I was a single mom, I cleaned houses on weekends, mostly for realtors who were preparing for open houses. I also babysat on weekend evenings since I couldn’t afford to go out anyway. The benefit of these “side jobs” is that I didn’t need to pay childcare for my children. Anopther plus is that they saw me work 2 or more jobs and go to college-both are grofwn and have excellent work ethics.
These dats I don’t have to work 2 jobs but am always looking for a few extra dolalrs for Xmas, vacation and etc. I haven’t been successful at finding a mystery shopping gig that doesn’t charge a fee but I do surveys online-not the ones that require “trial offers” but those that legitimately want opinions (surveywatchdog.com) is a good place to find ratings on legitimate survey sites. I don’t make much from these but can do them in my spare time and occasionally receive free products to evaluate.

June 1, 2009 at 11:49 pm
(18) Terry says:

I joined a fun and easy program that pays weekly and monthly and it only took $7.00 to start. If you are a looking for a way to make a nice residual income, you may want to check it out too.

June 3, 2009 at 11:05 pm
(19) Keely Bradley says:

A great way to make some extra cash that no one has mentioned is by selling your books. One thing that almost everyone has in their home are books. There is a website, http://www.bookjingle.com , that purchases your used. They make an instant offer on your books and even give you a label to ship the books to them for free. Payment is sent quickly after the books received, usually less than 2 days. My experience has shown that they offer more than used bookstores and definitely more than a yard sale. You won’t get rich but you will make some extra cash!

December 8, 2009 at 4:33 pm
(20) bammbyte says:

Looking for some extra work to make extra cash?
This is a great extra work around the world. In England, Lithuania, Poland, France, German (and ect.) it is functioning well.

I‘ve so far not believed nonseses, where you get light money, say a promotional page attendance and for the money come from. This method is really very risky to
a whole month to sit and flip through pages and get nothing in return. Always eye poke
notices issued 6EUR, and I thought – i‘ll tray! Still on „teleloto“
i spend more per month, and no disasters.
So,on the evening i transfer to people those 2EUR.. I have written instead of the three account number, and began to place in other forums, announcements,notices..Nah, I can say that,on the Internet i‘ve spend a good 3 hours placing text on various forums and portals. I was expecting that tomorrow
day the money will run into my account, far from being as there was no tomorrow and the day and
the day the account was empty. I thought – tom,you were deceived. So,I spit and forget those 6EUR. After
month, I had to transfer money to the university,so I access my account
which should have been equally 600EUR and there was +358EUR and it is really
not expected revenues. Well the joy was indescribable.
This enrichment method was written somewhere, I know some billionaire accept this approach.

So what should you do?

you must follow the instructions and the money will reach you
:) … this is just banking money transfer operations, and your contribution is only 6EUR … all of which are working on the attendance of integrity-all simply they service each other (all give and take) … there are three simple but serious Steps:
1.You need to open a bank account. (I know that this kind of thing smacks and
affair but everyone needed a bank account, then money is safer)
2.Transfer to each of the following account 2EUR (well, after all, you have give something to get)
3.And wait (preferably not wait,‘couse will be more fun when you receive them unexpected :) )

You have done a service to the following three people, and most importantly,the same service you will get. Here is the account numbers to which
must be transfer 2EUR each::
1) DE89 3704 0044 0532 0130 00
2) PL27 1140 2004 0000 3002 0135 5387
3) LT057044060004862133

Now when you transfer money, withdraw from the list the first number. Drag all
account numbers in one place up, and the rest of the free, 3th position
write your account number … well, and now distribute on the minimum
200 forums, announcements, news, may also be shared with
friends and family … more people reach information about the
article, the more will your income! When your account number will reach the first line, you will get
amounts of money just as the development lists. it costs only
few minutes during the transfer, and then go to the monitoring of money, so
dont leave it for tomorrow, I understand that this money can help a very large number people
.. however,economy crisis, etc. .. Who does not risk,does not drink champagne ;) Good luck! ;) )

February 17, 2010 at 7:10 pm
(21) Frugal Joe says:

Nice list~

June 16, 2010 at 2:30 am
(22) rachell says:

ummm its my first to sign on it but i didnt get my log in id

September 14, 2010 at 2:31 pm
(23) Simon says:

i am a full time student looking for any ideas to earn some money,so that i can be able to pay for my tuition fees. any suggestions please.

November 20, 2010 at 7:08 am
(24) anita says:

everyone is always looking for ways in which to earn some cash,it aint easy ,unless you know how ,but hopefully one day i have the answer,thnx

November 22, 2010 at 2:58 am
(25) Trees says:

Thank you for taking the time and sharing this information with us.
It was indeed very helpful and insightful while

November 22, 2010 at 3:03 am
(26) Trees says:

Very interesting discussion glad that I came across such informative post.
Keep up the good work friend. Glad to be part of your net community. Thanks.

February 24, 2011 at 2:08 pm
(27) Brady says:

I have used many people ideas. To know avail, Maybe I am not s dedicated person and just give up easy

April 21, 2011 at 12:19 am
(28) Andrew E says:

I do Cash Crate http://www.cashcrate.com

I can make money filing out offers, online surveys, and watching advertisement videos. I can also make about $0.03 just by checking in each day.

August 24, 2011 at 4:12 pm
(29) Jess says:

I also found another way just recently. It is very easy and just about anyone could do it. It is free to sign up and you can make money. Its a place called ClixSense and all you do is look at ads and you can make a little money while doing it. It is really easy and simple to do it. If you would like to see more about it and try it out you can sign up here:


January 23, 2012 at 6:36 am
(30) Patrick J. says:

I don’t know if it has been said but I find one can make a reasonable, albeit only supplementary income from paid online survey sites, you’ll have to be a member of a few to make it worthwhile but it does add up to something:

hiving.us/ acop.com/ globaltestmarket.com/ toluna.com etc….

January 23, 2012 at 6:39 am
(31) patrick K. says:

I find a reliable, albeit only supplementary income can be made from paid online survey sites, you’ll have to be a member of a few to make it worthwhile but it does add up to something:

hiving.us acop.com globaltestmarket.com toluna.com etc….

July 27, 2012 at 9:42 pm
(32) Shaz says:

I have recently joined swagbucks (2 weeks ago) and am so far impressed, already earned $10 just by doing searches and tasks. I haven’t even explored earning points for shopping, surveys, watching tv, etc. tons of points here. If I spent more time, and soon will, I will be reaping in more cash. Why not give it a try, no signal/registration fee. http://www.swagbucks.com/refer/Shazsk

September 13, 2012 at 2:18 am
(33) skylar says:

When in doubt tuff it out!!! A year ago I was sitting in my rental home with ever climbing debt I work a full time job and still could not make ends. Me and my roommate at the time were talking about my financial situation and what to do to make the money.

The decision was unanimous when I chose two things that I enjoyed at the time 1) liquor 2) music. You do the math! Liquor+music= mobile Dj entertainment. I sold mu Xbox which was a time consumer anyways decided to be late on rent for a month promoted to everyone I knew and found a nice startup Dj setup for 500$

Had already set up two gigs before i even owned the equipment and was well on my way. Before I started paying off debt I maintained rent let the rest go while I built on my current Dj rig and now a year later I am out of debt with a paid in full mobile Dj business. I spent 12,000 dollars and pushed as hard as I could and now am comfortable out of debt and have expanded to hiring a Dj underneath me. My next investment is party busses. Now I do what I love minus the huge expense of alcohol because if I do want to drink I do so for free when I gig at the bar and since I do this every weekend i don’t even drink anymore. I am happier now and high on liFe. Ambition is my new drug of choice.

With that being said there are many ways to make a living so make a sacrifice even if it puts you a little farther in the hole to start up its all worth taking the risk.

Dj curve signing out!

November 6, 2012 at 12:09 pm
(34) Joshua Cadh says:

First of all, DJ Curve, your short story is amazing! You were obviously fed up with your lifestyle, because most people won’t choose to be late on rent or if they are it’s for stupid or irresponsible reasons. You realized what you’re good at, made a plan, and stuck to it. I hope the best to you and anyone else who has the courage to do what you did.

July 3, 2013 at 4:17 pm
(35) Joe says:

I’ve tried most of these things…

Mystery shopping you might get paid at the end of the month if at all.
Those online things are scams.

‘Getting another job’ is not that easy,there is much competition now…

As well as temp jobs,you can’t just go out and get one…you can sign up at an agency and be lucky if they even reply back to you.

Best thing I’m doing now is scanning craigslist for gigs…

August 20, 2013 at 3:10 pm
(36) TerriKay says:

For mystery shopping, check out http://volition.com/mystery.html
The site provides a (free) list of mystery shopping companies that you can apply to (for free) as well as a forum where you can get your mystery shopping questions answered. Depending on where you live and how much time and effort you put into it, you can easily be making $200-$500 per month doing mystery shopping. Be sure to keep good records (for tax purposes), but be aware that mystery shopping usually requires a purchase upfront from the location you are “shopping”, plus reimbursement and payment from the mystery shopping company usually arrives 1-2 months later. It is a business that you build slowly and steadily, if you want to make decent money.

Other than that, some ideas I haven’t seen mentioned: make something and sell it (baked goods, crafts, sewing projects); grow herbs, garden vegetables, or perennial plants and sell them; provide a service such as typing/word processing, dog walking, babysitting, yardwork, etc.

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December 21, 2013 at 8:47 pm
(38) Barbara says:

Cashcrate is a great site to make money online. From online surveys to various products and services to purchase, once you reach $20 they send a check to you. It’s that simple. Free to join. Click the link to sign up http://www.cashcrate.com/5094609

April 16, 2014 at 12:03 am
(39) Quick Ways To Make Money says:

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