Have you ever opened your wallet and found it completely empty? Or, have you ever gone to swipe your debit card, just to have the cashier tell you its been declined? At some point or another, this has happened to all of us. Embarrassing, to say the least. But, there are ways to avoid it. How can you make sure this doesn’t happen again, and assure that you’ll always have at least 10 bucks in your pocket? There are a few ways. Now CK gals, I don’t think I will be helping you strike rich anytime soon, but here are some tips to avoid those frustrating and embarrassing situations and always have a few bucks in your pocket.
1. Sell your junk (good junk) online:
Get on Amazon and create a seller account. Then, head straight to your room/apartment/house and find some things to sell. You can sell books (yes you do not need every college textbook you’ve ever purchased) and even those dusty DVDs standing next to your TV. The money goes directly into your checking accounts. 1 book can rack you in $10, $20 or even more!
2. Consignment shops are your friend:
Clean out your closet. Yes, I know it can be painful, but you do not need the black shirt you wore to that concert that the super cute boy asked you to. Get rid of it. And while you’re at it, you may as well make some money. Consignment shops are great because all you have to do is drop off your clothes or shoes and they will sell it for you. Just sit back and watch the money come in.
3. Get involved in market research studies:
Companies are always looking for people to share their opinions about their new products, yes you can try out new things and get paid for it. Look it up online for places closest to you and you’ll find them all over-from the mall to corporate buildings. The best part? You can make up to $100 in just one hour!
4. Return, return, return:
Okay, so I know you all have a shirt or pair of pants that: a) still has the tags on it, b) is hanging in your closet, and c) is wasting your space. A lot of stores will refund your purchase completely if you’ve kept your receipt. Get digging for that receipt and get rid of that last-season too-trendy shirt you’ll never wear.
5. Buy for cheap, sell for more:
Schools and churches are always having vendor sales and events where they want people to come and sell things. Go to the nearest “Chinatown-esque” area near you, buy a bunch of scarves and jewelry for cheap and host a table at one of the events. 10 dollars? Check. (at least!)
6. Offer to tutor:
Get your networking on. Talk to every mother you see walking around with her child. Chat them up and make them see how great you are and they’ll practically be asking you to tutor and maybe even babysit their child. No moms in town? Head to the local high school and let the head guidance counselor know you are a calculus whiz. Follow up, be persistent, and remember to be personable & charming- you’ll have clients at your door in no time!
7. Shovel that snow:
I know its not fun, but many people will pay for you to shovel their driveway or the path to their front door. Imagine how great it would be to have someone else shovel for you! Well, by shoveling for others you will know exactly the feeling you are giving the people you are helping.
8. Collect change:
Those pennies, nickels and dimes add up, and you’ll have 10 bucks in no time. Keep the change you get from your coffee in the mornings, pick it up off the sidewalk (its okay!), or even search your house and couch cushions for loose change.
9. Sign up to be a “Guinea Pig”:
The National Institute of Health always needs people to sign up for medical testing. This can sound a little scary, but a lot of the tests are not for things that can seriously affect your health. In a short amount of time, you can make a lot of money and help people in need.
10. Hello, pawn shops!:
Did your uncle keep a stamp or coin collection thats just sitting in your parent’s basement? Go over there, get permission to take the junk and sell it at a pawn shop. They are all over the place and many of them will buy practically anything. Yes, even that signed baseball your mom may have washed in your pants.
10 bucks richer? Feels good, huh?