Guest Post: Making Some Extra $$$

by Lisa on June 10th, 2009

Today Laurie from Bargain Hunter is going to share with us some of her favorite ways to make some extra cash. And I mean, seriously, who doesn’t want to make some extra $$$?!

Money Saving Tips #3: Making some extra cash

1.) Ebay: I’ve been selling things on Ebay for about 5 years. Sometimes I have really great luck and rake in a lot of extra cash, other times not so much. One thing that I have learned is that every so often Ebay has special offers regarding listing fees. I try to wait for a “listing sale” so I can post my auctions for as little out of pocket cost as possible.

2.) Half.com: I like half.com even better than Ebay. Way better. You are able to list books, CDs, movies, video games on this site. It is linked to your Ebay account, but the fees are different. There is no insertion fee, and your listings stay active until the item sells or you remove it. There are no fees if your item does not sell. Other things I like about the site are:

  • They charge buyers a standard shipping rate – so unlike Ebay, there are no insane shipping charges. As a seller, the fee they charge covers the cost of mailing the item and you usually don’t make much extra money on these fees.
  • They offer a pricing guide so you know how much your item should be listed for based on the condition and recent selling trends.
  • No having to upload photos. They have stock photos.
  • No writing item descriptions….simply type in the UPC or ISBN and you just have to make a comment regarding the items condition.
  • There are no Paypal fees. Twice a month, half.com will directly deposit the money you earned (minus their fees) into your bank account.

3. Craigslist: I’ve only used it once, and had NO luck at all. My parents and my sister have had excellent luck using Craigslist though. One time they listed their very old dining room set and the hutch it came with. They listed all 6 items (table, hutch and 4 chairs) for like $150. The guy who came out to buy it only wanted the table and chairs and still gave them $150, didn’t even try to talk them down. Another time, my dad listed a bunch of old plywood he didn’t need for $45 (or something like that.) A lady came out and gave him $50 for all of it. He offered to give her the change and she told him to keep it. The only thing that makes me nervous is people coming to my house. My sister meets up with people to exchange goods in public shopping centers, so that’s an option too.

4. Yard Sales: This one has been on my agenda for almost a year now. It’s an easy way to clear out your basement of unwanted items and make a few bucks. And you get to spend a day outside. Where do I sign up? A couple that I know had a yard sale when they moved into their home. The wife also made up a bag of items to throw away that included old clothing and worn out shoes. Her husband made her put the items out just to see if they would sell, and every single item sold. She got $5 for the worn out shoes she was just going to throw away! Note to self: don’t throw away worn out shoes!

5. Freecycle: These are local groups found on yahoo that were created so users could get rid of stuff they no longer want to someone else who has a need for it. You don’t make any money using this site, but I’d rather give something away than toss it. You can post the items you have available and there’s also a “wanted” section for you to post what you’re looking for. You might be able to find just what you’re looking for without having to pay for it at all!

6. Consignment shops: This is another way to get rid of your gently used items. I’ve never used one before, but I’m thinking about doing so to find a home for my old prom dresses. Sigh. I’ve finally realized that I will NEVER EVER EVER wear them again. Ever. So I might as well get some money for them before they are likened to the prom dresses of the 80s with the puffy sleeves and whatnot.

7. Etsy Shops: I’m not nearly creative enough to have one of these. But I wish I was! I could spend hours drooling over items on there. Check it out if you haven’t already done so!

What are some of the things you do for extra cash?

4 Responses

  1. Jenny Georgio-who says:

    I use Ebay but not to make money… I help people make money by being an avid ebay shopper.

    Example: A pair of Michael Kors jeans cost upwards of $200 in Montreal.

    A pair of Michael Kors jeans on ebay cost $65 WITH shipping/duties/taxes when importing to Montreal.

    Why shop stupid. I always look on ebay before buying something…which cuts down on my impluse shopping!

  2. BellaCene says:

    I use Ebay… Sometimes I can gather a nice lot of clothes I no longer wear and I can make a little cash from that.

    I have an Etsy shop. I make jewelry for my shop called Bella Cene'. You can check it out here: http://www.bellacene.etsy.com

    That's about it… I'm lucky enough to have a good relationship with my previous employer at a restaurant here and they let me come pick up a shift whenever I need extra money. I just show up and someone who wants to go home, can. :) It's a win-win!

  3. Susie Q says:

    I adore freecycle…not much luck selling on craigslist, but freecycle rocks. Check out my blog for two of my fairly recent finds…and as soon as I get a decent pic, I'll show the other antique dresser I got there.

  4. Needs Help says:

    Thanks for the tips! I've recently started selling on eBay to make some cash and had some good luck along win some bad luck it's been interesting to say the least!

    Housesitting/ petsitting and/or babysitting can all be good ways to pick up a few extra books as well