8 Simple Ways to Make Extra Money in Your Spare Time

Posted by Kristen on October 6, 2014

When you are trying to save your money or get out of debt, sometimes the process can seem like it’s not going so well. It can be frustrating when it feels like it’s not working as well as you had originally thought it would. If you’re not seeing your savings increase as much as you need it to or if you want to get out of debt faster, it’s time to find ways to make extra money. Whenever I’m saving for a vacation, I try to make as much extra money as possible. Here are simple ways to make extra money:


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Simple Ways to Make Extra Money in Your Spare Time

  • Sell your old jewelry.
    Whether it’s an old necklace from an ex or a ring or bracelet that just isn’t your style anymore, don’t let your old jewelry sit in the bottom of that jewelry box any longer. Find a reputable jewelry store that will give you cash for your unwanted items. You can also sell your jewelry at a consignment shop, on Ebay, or at a store that buys gold. But before you sell, know what it’s worth so you know you’re not getting taken advantage of. And don’t be so quick to sell something meaningful or passed down to you for quick cash because you may regret it later on.
  • Write.
    Have you always wanted to be a writer? Are you an expert on a topic? Do you have a strong opinion on a topic? If yes, there’s a good chance you can get paid to write. You don’t need to be a professional writer to get paid for it. Send an e-mail to blogs or magazines you read to ask if they accept submissions for payment. You can also register at sites like Freelancer.com to start getting to work. If you love personal finance and you’ve thought about writing for My Dollar Plan, send Madison a note!
  • Sell the books you don’t want anymore.
    If you know you are not going to read a book again, then sell it. To deal with my student loans in college, I sold all of my used textbooks every semester to pay for next semester’s books. This way I wouldn’t have to take out additional loans to cover my book costs. You can sell textbooks, cookbooks, novels, and whatever other type of books you have on Amazon.com or at a local store that buys used books.
  • Dog-sit or walk a dog.
    Offer to walk a dog for your neighbors or nearby friends and family. You can even register on Sitter City to find dog sitting opportunities near you. This is a perfect opportunity if you’re off during the day or out of work. Some people are gone all day and just want someone to come let their dog out while they’re at work.
  • Sell your old movies.
    I used to buy DVDs all the time until I realized that I was wasting money since I only watch them one time. I sold all of my movies on Amazon and at a local store that buys DVDs. Then you can find free ways to watch movies.
  • Get money for your unwanted clothes.
    Everyone has clothes they don’t wear anymore. Clean out your closet and separate them into piles. If you have designer or more expensive clothes, sell them at an upscale consignment shop or on Ebay. You can sell other name brand clothing to used clothing stores, such as Plato’s Closet.
  • Market your photos online.
    If you love taking photos, consider signing up for an iStockphoto account. You can sell your photos online to those who want access to them. You may not make much, but something is better than nothing.
  • Babysit.
    Consider babysitting if you think you’re up for taking care of some little ones. Just like with dog sitting, you can register for an account with Sitter City or search for opportunities on Craigslist. For an even safer route, spread the word through your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers that you’re looking to babysit for extra money. You can even drop by the local schools to advertise your services.

What are ways you earn extra money?

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