I thought I knew every way to make cash by now, as I often write posts on making “quick” money, yet I still have never heard several of these money-making ideas.
I recently asked 10 bloggers what they've done to make extra money and this is what they said.
What have you done to make extra money?
About once a year I purge my house! I resell clothes I haven’t worn, books that I’ve finished, tech that we don’t use. It keeps my house clean and clutter free!! After college when I was living at home & paying off $38,000 in debt, I convinced my parents to finally sell the swingset & treehouse that had been sitting idle in our backyard for years! It was still in great shape so we sold it for $1,000. And because I did the “hard work” of finding the buyer on Craigslist, my parents gave me a 50% commission. That was $500 bucks to my student loans! Score! So the moral of the story is, you don’t even have to sell something that belongs to you to make money, get creative!Lauren Daly | The Practical Penny
I sold my wedding dress shortly after my wedding. A lot of people told me that I should keep it to pass down to my children and that I would regret selling it. I just couldn't see paying that much money for something to leave it sitting in my closet for years. I'm glad I sold it and gave another woman the opportunity to wear a beautiful dress for less money.Cara Palmer | Cara Palmer
Holiday wrapping paper in the summer. I buy marked down wrapping paper immediately after the holidays. Then I would wait until late summer and start selling it at a $2.00 per roll mark up. It was nice paper and still cheaper than they would find when it started to go on sale. I made $150-200 every summer and always sold out.
Alex Whitehouse | FinHealthy
Selling pre-loved items is a really great way to make extra cash on the side, which is why I have a box at home where we put things that we no longer need but are in great condition. I've sold almost everything you can find in a home from clothes, toys, books, appliances, and homemade goodies. It's encouraging to see how it all adds up and can easily make you a few hundred dollars. I say, why waste something when you can earn from it!
Melissa | This Blended Home of Mine
7 or 8 years ago, when I needed some extra money, my mom sold my grandmother's diamond pin. I had inherited it when I was 13 and planned to design my own jewelry. The diamonds were odd shaped and had flaws, so we didn't think it was worth much. We were expecting $5,000. She has a friend in the jewelry business, and we ended up getting $15,000 and that really helped.Debbie Gartner | The Flooring Girl
My wife and I went to Salvation Army recently and found a Kate Spade dress with retail tags still on for $495. My wife and I paid $15 for it and then turned around and sold it for a healthy profit. That is after my wife wore it a couple of times and enjoyed it 🙂Rob Andersen | Mustard Seed Money
Several years ago, I used to go to every garage sale and thrift store around my area, buy clothes in good condition and sell them on eBay! I was able to make enough to pay for a trip to South America.Shirley Castille | Smart Cents For Life
A great way I have been able to make extra money has been through selling used books that I purchase from library sales. I typically find them for under a $1 and sell them on Amazon for a great ROI.Whitney Odolo | Whitney Odolo
As soon as I knew I was done having kids I started to sell all my old baby stuff through free online ads offered in my area. I had TONS of baby stuff that I didn't need anymore. It was nice to get some money back for things that were still in good condition and also help out fellow moms who can buy my used things for a good price. Baby items are always much needed for new moms who are starting out with nothing and can be a huge initial expense, so buying used saves a lot of money.Cameron Tanner | Savvy Saver Academy
I used to do medical research studies. So technically I was selling my blood and potentially my health! 😂 I don't do them any more, but that was probably the craziest thing! I also used to sell wool dryer balls. They're a little more common now, but back when I made them, hardly anyone knew what they were. It was fun to explain.Amy | Amy Fillinger
I sold makeup on Reddit. It was mostly used makeup, but I also sold some unused samples. I rarely made more than $8-$10 in sales, but it was better than throwing it away!Zina Kumok | Debt Free After Three
I sell “vendor tables” at my socials. I started promoting that week and sold 1 for $80 (I usually get around 5-10). I had taken a break from planning them but because I needed the money, I planned one for 3 weeks out and started busting my butt promoting it on Facebook and Instagram. So in a week, I made about $500! Whether it's sewing, babysitting, organizing, cooking – there's always a way to earn some extra money in a pinch. Examples: if you enjoy cooking, tell your friends you're whipping up some freezer meals and sell your extras at a great rate. If you enjoy sewing, post some cute ideas for friends and let them know you can embroider bibs or custom tshirts. I find it helpful to say, “Hey! I have time to do 5 XYZ! Let me know if you'd like a spot!” – to make it seem like there's some demand there. It helps people to take action.Margaret | Zero To Mompreneur
- Check out my Free Resource Library to get tons of free printables
- Join my Facebook Community where we share tips related to fitness, health, and more
- Check out my top recommendations for health, finance, and blogging
Related articles to read:
Get exclusive access to the free resources!
Join 5,000 others to get access to 20+ free printables related to budgeting, traveling, and meal planning with new prints updated weekly.