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6 Ways to Put a Little More Cash in Your Pocket

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CashNearly everyone wants to find ways to put a little more cash in their pockets. You can start a side business, but what if you aren’t ready for the time and energy a side hustle would require? Maybe you’re looking for some relatively easy — and quick — cash.

The good news is that there are ways to find a little extra cash all around you. Before you commit yourself to a part-time job, see if any of these 6 ways to put cash in your pocket can work for you.

1. Donate Yourself

One of the easiest ways to get some quick cash is to donate bits of yourself. Head down to the nearest blood bank, and receive anywhere from $25 to $40 for donating plasma. You can actually do this twice a week, so it can be a fairly reliable income source. Other body parts you can donate for money include hair and bone marrow. Men can donate sperm, and women can donate eggs (although egg donation requires a little more effort and discomfort) for cash.

2. Be a Guinea Pig

Sign up for a clinical trial or two. Everything from the latest weight loss pill to cosmetics go through trials. You will have to meet certain requirements, though. However, you can earn some cool cash by participating. Avoid scams by checking with to find legitimate trials.

3. Take Your Stuff to a Consignment Shop

Forget holding a yard sale. If you want to get a little more for your gently used stuff, a consignment shop is the way to go. You bring your stuff in, and the shop sells it, and splits the profit with you. You will need to find out what the split is ahead of time, though. In some cases, if your stuff is really good and guaranteed to sell, the shop will buy it from you outright. My husband and I sold quite a few items outright to a consignment shop before one of our cross-country moves.

4. Try the Pawn Shop

Instead of deciding to get a loan at the pawn shop (which can be expensive), try selling your stuff outright. You are likely to get a better deal that way. Shop around, though. Compare offers at different pawn shops, and be especially careful if you are trying to sell your gold jewelry. You are most likely to get the best prices for more unique items.

5. Take Surveys and Participate in Focus Groups

Honestly, I’ve never been much of a fan of the paid survey scene. However, some people really do get good, relatively fast money by participating. And I did, once, participate in an interview study. I actually ended up making a cool $150 for an hour of my time. Not bad. But you need to qualify for the high paying surveys, and go through reputable researchers, such as Schlesinger Associates (who conducted the interview I participated in) and Harris Interactive.

6. Look for Ways to Save

Another surefire way to put cash in your pocket is to look for ways to save money. You can plug your money leaks, including buying things you don’t need, spending money on unused subscriptions, and wasting energy. Conduct a spending audit, and see where you might make improvements. You might be surprised at how much more cash you end up with when you make an effort to save more.

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10 Responses to “6 Ways to Put a Little More Cash in Your Pocket”

  1. Big Spender says:

    If you have an office job, you can kill time and make money doing online surveys at websites like and Surveyhead.

    Just don’t get caught!

    • elloo says:

      I just signed up for Surveyhead. It was tedious going with multiple surveys, but hey, I made 8 bucks worth of rewards!

  2. All good ways to make to make a little extra cash, especially if your motivated to get out of debt. It definitely pays to be creative when getting that bondage eliminated.

    Tomorrow’s post on my “Celebrating Financial Freedom” blog highlights some of the crazy things people have done to save money. Some are gross, some just plain bizarre. But when you take it too far, money saving strategies can be a bondage just as bad as any debt you might have.

    Great post!

  3. Now is a good time to go through those old belongings to see what can be sold for extra cash. Many times people have what they think is junk sitting around but someone else is willing to pay good cash for.

  4. Husker Avid says:

    My daughter just sold some of my stuff on Craigslist. I am closing out a house and would have had to haul the furniture–so it was a double saving, got $$ for stuff and did not have to pay to haul.

  5. When I need a haircut or hair treatment, I ask my friend who teaches in the local community college for her best student who can render the service. Not only do I save a few extra $$$ but I am also able to help a fellow to develop her skills.

  6. Don says:

    Does anyone have any links or similar about where to sellplasma? I’ve researched selling plasma or blood with no luck.

    • Matt says:

      Just do a google search or go into a local blood donation center, you get like 35$ for plasma.

  7. Keely says:

    I would suggest to sell your used books! I sell my books to I enter my books that I have to sell on the website and they give me cash offer that can be paid by either check or Paypal. They also provide a free shipping label. They buy all types of books – textbooks, nonfiction and recent bestsellers. Its quick and easy,.

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