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This year we’re gonna finally do it: We’re going to save our money, pay down debt and get that big purchase we’ve been putting off — 2018 is going to be our year.
But wait. Where are we going to find the money to do all of these things? What if we haven’t found the cash to make our financial resolutions happen?
If a new job or raise isn’t on the horizon, there are still ways to make extra cash without a lot of time or effort. Whether you’re selling stuff or getting your side hustle on, you can earn extra income that will help you conquer your financial resolutions.
Here are 10 of our favorite options that anyone can cash in on:
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Yes, you can make money by spending money.
Cash-back portals like the following offer money back when you shop online and sometimes in stores:
To learn more about them, check out “3 Websites That Pay You to Go Shopping.”
I’ve used Ebates for years, and if you don’t use this or a similar cash-back portal, you’re throwing money away.
2. Use your phone
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You paid a lot for your smartphone, so why not let it earn its keep? There are a ton of ways your phone can earn you money.
Just to name a few:
- The app HealthyWage will pay you for reaching your own weight-loss goals.
- TaskRabbit helps you find tasks to do for people for quick cash.
- Ibotta and Receipt Hog let you scan your receipts to earn cash back.
3. Watch, play and survey
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If you’ve got time to sit around and watch TV, you’ve got time for Swagbucks. This rewards program lets you earn gift cards or cash just by doing online activities you probably already do anyway, including:
- Searching the web
- Shopping online
- Watching videos
- Playing games
- Answering surveys
For more details, check out “5 Ways to Score Free Gift Cards and Cash in 1 Place.”
4. Work from home
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Whether you’re looking to switch careers completely or you have a little time outside your full-time job, there are some legitimate work-from-home opportunities.
I’m pretty thankful I get to work from home as a freelance journalist — maybe that’s in your future, too. Fiverr is one option for offering freelance services.
5. Use your skills
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Can you fix computers, TVs and tablets? Are you proficient in Microsoft Office? Can you teach someone how to play a piano or guitar?
Earn extra cash by doing something you already know how to do. There are always people looking for someone to fix something or teach them something. Test the waters by creating an ad on Craigslist or in a community newsletter.
6. Rent out your stuff — or yourself
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You can rent out your car, your home or even yourself.
Sites like Turo help you rent out your car for a few hours or a few days. For more details, check out “Got the Drive to Make Extra Money? Rent Your Car to Strangers.”
You could make some great cash just by opening your doors. Vacation rental websites like these will help you rent out a room or your entire house:
You can even rent your friendship.
7. Sell your old stuff
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You’ll instantly feel better once you get your home in order. Not only will you kick out the clutter, you can earn extra cash doing it.
Try a yard sale. If that would require too much time or effort, try selling locally. I use the app OfferUp constantly to sell things to people around town. For other options, check out “Where to Sell Your Stuff for Top Dollar.”
8. Sell your new stuff
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If you like to design, create and make your own art, crafts and other goods, you can make extra cash by selling your amazing work. Show off your creations at local craft fairs or online marketplaces like those detailed in “4 Ways Creative People Can Make Money Online.”
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Offer to take care of others’ homes when they head out of town. The site Rover is better known for connecting pet sitters with people in need of pet-sitting, but it also connects house sitters with people in need of house-sitting.
If you’d rather just walk dogs, Rover can help with that, too.
If you love kids and have the extra time, babysit for friends and neighbors. You can make a few extra bucks watching kids for a few hours or even picking them up from school. Care.com is one place to find gigs.
10. Do manual labor
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In winter, you can get paid to shovel snow. In summer, you can get paid to mow lawns. Handymen and women are always needed.
Depending on your skills and physical condition, you could get paid to paint, put furniture together, help people move or clean swimming pools. The options for manual labor are endless.
Thumbtack is a good place to find work.
For a lot more options, check out “50 Ways to Make a Fast $50 (or Lots More!).”
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