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6 Places to Find Money

February 24, 2016 6:33 pm0 comments

The other day, I found a five dollar bill on the ground. Quarters are an unexpected surprise, but bills are a whole other level. Finding money feels good, right? It’s not quite the same, but if you’re looking for a little extra cash, here are 6 easy ways to find, earn, or save it.

Get Honey. Oh Honey, how I love you! If you’re like me, you always do a quick search for promo codes before hitting “Buy.” But, if you’re even more like me, you give up after trying a few broken codes. Enter Honey, a browser plug-in that searches for and tries all the codes for you. I didn’t expect it to work so well, but it’s amazing. And I just saved $97 at Nordstrom, thank you very much. Time it takes: ~5 minutes | Money found: the more you spend, the more you save (my husband hates it when I say that!)

Be a Secret Shopper. Have you heard of Mobee? It’s a mobile app that hooks you up with secret shopping missions in your area.For instance, you may earn $5 by telling them how your morning coffee run to Starbucks went. Download for iPhone or Android and enter referral code 5GXZ to start off with $3. Time it takes: 5-60 minutes per “mission” | Money found: ~$15/hour, according to the Mobee website

Sell your books. Look at your bookshelf. It’s like a pile of cash just leaning up against the wall. It’s so simple to sell your books on Amazon. You’ll need to set aside a couple of hours to sort and post your books in the beginning, and then plan to ship each book as it sells, but it’s an easy way to make $50 or more while decluttering your life. I figured it out myself pretty quickly, but here are some easy-to-follow instructions to make it simpler. Time it takes: ~3-5 hours | Money found: ~$2-10 or more per book (one of my books sold for $46, yee-haw!)

Sell used jewelry, clothes, shoes, purses, etc. Marie Kondo’s book inspired me to clean out my closets, and get rid of everything that I no longer wear. But what to do with that pair of designer jeans that I wore only a few times, or my collection of statement necklaces from a few years ago? I’ve found that eBay is great way to turn your (good) trash into treasure. Time it takes: ~10 minutes per post + a run to the post office later | Money found: a few dollars to a few hundred dollars, depending on what you’re selling

Get cash for your gifts cards. Do you have a drawer with old gifts cards? The odds and ends with just a few bucks left, or ones you’ve never used at all? Time to turn them into cash. This site lets you sell them for about 90% of their value. You can also buy discounted gift cards for stores you know you’ll shop, but be careful not to buy them without having a specific purchase in mind, or you may end up with a new card in the unused pile. Time it takes: ~5 minutes | Money found: ~90% of your gift cards’ remaining value

Watch prices. Have you ever noticed how much Amazon prices fluctuate? A LOT. I do 70% of my shopping on Amazon, so keeping an eye on prices can save me a lot of dough. I use the Chrome plug-in That is Worth: it appears every time I’m on Amazon and lets me set a target price for items I want. Then I get an alert when the product reaches the price I’m willing to pay. Here’s a list of 20 tools that make price tracking easy for you. Time it takes: ~2 minutes | Money found: a little to a lot…(sorry to be so vague, but sometimes Amazon’s prices drop by a few cents, and sometimes they get cut by half or more!)

Let me know if you have fun with any of these, and what you do with your “found” money.