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How to Make $200 This Weekend

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It happens to the best of us. You are doing fine financially, and then you hit an unexpected financial bump. Maybe your car needs an expensive repair or your daughter needs braces. Whatever the financial bump may be, here are some good ways to make $200 in a weekend. Each of them alone might not net you $200, but if you do a few of them, you should easily reach $200, if not more.

Consider these sources of extra income:

Redeem credit card rewards. Have you been building up reward points that you haven’t redeemed? If so, you may want to redeem them now. My credit card offers a $50 cash card for every 5,000 reward points. I knew I had some reward points accruing, but I was surprised to see that I had over 15,000, or enough for a $150 cash card. (Another tactic is to call your credit card company to see if they will reduce your interest rate or waive your annual fee. They may or may not, but sometimes, as a consolidation, they offer to put extra reward points in your account, which you can redeem for cash.)

Find spare change. True, you won’t find a fortune this way, but you may be surprised by the change you have around the house. Check the couch cushions, your car, and any other places you may have loose change. I keep a jar of change, and when money is tight, I cash it in to give myself a little breathing room.

Cash out your Swagbucks. If you use Swagbucks (the search engine that rewards you for searching the web), you can redeem your points for a PayPal deposit. As few as 700 Swagbucks can net you $5 in a PayPal deposit while 12,549 points can get you a $100 PayPal deposit.

Sell your plasma. Sitting in a chair for 90 minutes giving plasma is not exactly a good time, but it is a way to make fast cash, especially if it is your first time donating. (You usually earn more your first time donating and can expect to net $40 to $60, depending on your location. Come back a few days later and you can earn another $30 or so.)

Babysit. Do you have friends or family who are in need of a night out? See if you can book a babysitting gig on Friday night and Saturday night. Rates vary by location and number of children, but in our suburb just outside of Chicago, babysitters get $12 to $15 an hour for watching two kids. Babysit for 5 hours on Friday and again on Saturday, and you could earn $120 to $150!

Sell stuff. Have a garage sale. Make sure to advertise on Craigslist and a site like Garage Sale Tracker. Put up clear signs and price everything to sell.

If you don’t have time to put together a garage sale, see if there are some large, in season items you can sell on Craigslist. We had 2 window air conditioning units we no longer needed because our new apartment came with a built in unit. We listed both air conditioners during the first 90 degree plus heat wave of summer and sold them both within 3 days and pocketed $225.

Offer a sale on your skills. Are you a piano teacher, artist, blogger, Etsy store owner? If so, offer a sale on your skills. For instance, if you are a private piano teacher, offer a sale to new students—get 3 months’ worth of lessons 20% off when you pay upfront. You get the money in your pocket, and the student gets a discount on lessons. If you have an Etsy store put some merchandise on sale; a blogger could offer ad space at a discount.

Recycle. There are plenty of places that will buy your used electronics. Go through your stuff and see what you can part with. You may be sitting on $50 or more of used electronics that you no longer want or need.

If you need money quick, first take a look at your own home and the “stuff” you could sell to generate some cash. If that is not enough, consider taking on a temporary job like selling plasma to pad your pocket or offering a sale on an existing skill you already have or profit from.

What is your favorite way to raise money in a weekend?

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3 Responses to “How to Make $200 This Weekend”

  1. Ferdinand says:

    Good Tips for saving money, I am a fan of your articles. Thanks for posting this one.

  2. Scott says:

    Capital One No Hassle rewards means they get automatically deposited so no checking required 🙂

  3. Matt M says:

    Good tips but this would prevent you from making $200 next weekend.

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