So often the Friday Frugal Challenge involves reducing: cutting your spending, trying a tweak to lower your bills, substituting low-cost fun for premium expensive entertainment. This week, your challenge is to add something—a little cash.
Find a way this week to make some extra money. Here are a few suggestions:
*Cash in your coins. Find your local Coinstar machine at Coinstar , find that pile of coins in a cup on your dresser where you toss your loose change. Check the little cubbies in your car where you stash your coins from the drive-through. Comb the cushions. Empty your wallet. Take all your coins to the Coinstar and walk out with cash. Note: Coinstar takes a fairly hefty cut, but you will walk out with cash. (We actually get giftcards for our favorite stores or restaurants because Coinstar does not take out a fee for these giftcards.)
*Sell something. Got books? Need a loving home for them? It’s fairly easy and straightforward to sell them on Amazon. Here’s how. (Go to the bottom of the page for information on selling just a few items.) Alternately, find something to sell on Craigslist. You could always consign gently used clothing.
*Work a little harder. Put in some overtime at the 9 to 5, or earn a little extra cash. Check out Amazon Mechanical Turk for micro-projects to earn a little cash.
*Return for refund. The dress made your hips look like Mount Shasta. The shoes you bought your kid for Easter didn’t fit. You bought it but you never opened the box. Return it for a refund or a store credit.
And here’s the best idea of all:
*Earn a $10 Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts (your choice!) gift card by presenting the best idea for earning a little cash this week. Winner will be announced next Thursday, April 27.