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8 Easy Ways to Make a Couple Bucks

money pocket jeans dollar bucksMy last post, 6 Easy Ways to Save a Couple Bucks, seemed to be quite popular, so I decided to build upon that post by talking about ways to make a couple bucks.  Making a couple extra bucks, like saving a couple bucks, adds to your own personal bottom line.  Here are some suggestions:

1. Sell Things Online.

Have some junk that’s been sitting in your garage for years?  Sell that stuff online.  The most popular sites to sell items online are eBay, Craigslist, and Amazon.  Certain items sell better on different sites, so take a look at this article to figure out where to sell them.

2. Sell Services or Products.

We all have unique skills right?  Why not leverage those skills and sell them online.  If you’re an amazing photographer, feature your photographs on the Internet and get people to hire you.  If you can build birdhouses, try building an e-store to sell them on.

3. Find a Credit Card with Cashback Bonus.

Most credit cards these days offer cashback bonuses.  For example, my Discover Open Road card earns 5% cash back on gas and auto purchases.  You can use the cash back as a credit on your bill or you can redeem it for a cash card.  Not only that, but you can redeem your cash back bonus for vendor gift cards and get even more for your money.  What I mean by this is you can redeem $40 worth of cash back bonus for a $50 gift card, so you just made an extra $10, for free!

4. Online Surveys.

I was invited to a survey website a few years ago called u.talk.back.  Every once in a while, they send you an email with a link to a survey for a specific amount of rewards points.  Once you reach a certain amount of points, you can redeem them for gift cards.  Since I started using u.talk.back, I earned a total of three $50 gift cards.

5. Babysit.

If you love children, babysitting can be a great way to make some extra money.  I’ve heard babysitters making anywhere between $10-15 per hour.  If you babysit for 4 hours, that’s $40-60.  Do that twice a week and you made about $100 in a week.  Multiply that by 4 weeks and that’s $400 per month!

6. Invest in the Stock Market.

The nice thing about investing in the stock market is you can make a decent chunk of money in a fairly short amount of time, if you know what you’re doing.  If you don’t know what you’re doing, you can lose a bunch of money.  I advise not to invest large amounts of money in the stock market if you’ve never done it before.  In the future, I plan to share some strategies for making money in the stock market, so stay tuned for that.

7. Certificate of Deposit.

If you’ve got some extra money laying around that you don’t plan on using for a while, why not put that money in a Certificate of Deposit.  A CD is like free money in exchange for time.  Think of it as loaning money to a bank and charging them interest.  For example, Ally bank is offering a 1-year CD at 1.24%.  So if you give the bank $1,000, they will give you $1,012.40 back a year from now.  I know it doesn’t sound like much, but its better than keeping the money in a checking account that doesn’t earn any interest.

8. Donate Plasma.

I haven’t personally donated plasma myself, but I have heard you can make some extra money by doing it.  If you’re deathly afraid of needles or have a very busy schedule, I wouldn’t recommend this option.  Fro what I’ve heard, it’s painful and requires a couple hours of your time.  For more information, visit DonatingPlasma.org.

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