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8 Ways to Make Quick Cash, Legally

8 Ways to Make Quick Cash, Legally

Life is expensive, and sometimes those expenses spring up out of nowhere. Maybe you’re late on a bill or maybe your significant other's birthday is coming soon and you need a few more dollars to buy that expensive gift. Whatever the reason, sometimes we just come up short on cash for the things we need and want.

For those times when you’re in a bind, between paychecks, or would just like a little more cash in your pocket, there are a few ways to make some quick cash. And it's all legal ways. Flip the page to make your pockets deep.

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Babysit, Pet-sit, or House-sit

Hit up your friends and family to see if anyone’s in need of children or pet care. Let them know they can keep you in mind for whenever they may need a sitter. If you have friends or family who travel, offer to watch their house or pets for a small fee. Since many people will pay to have their dog taken care of when they leave town, offer to do it, but with a smaller fee than the average kennel.

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Sell Your Stuff

Pawn off items that are of value, but you don’t really get much use out of anymore. If the pawn shops aren’t your style, many communities have "online garage sale" groups on Facebook—join the one nearest you and sell things to those in your local area. If all else fails—take to Craigslist to sell off old jewelry, kitchen appliances, or valuables.


Get A Side Job

Pick up a job as a server at a restaurant, a bartender, or any job where you get tipped. That way you can leave each shift with cash in-hand, as well as a bit of a check every few weeks.


Use of Skills

If you’re a writer, scour the internet for some freelance writing gigs. If you’re handy, see if anyone you know has any handiwork you could do for them. If you work with cars, see who needs a mechanic. Whatever your skill set is, there’s a way you can make some quick cash from offering your services.

FDA Blood-Bag

Sell Your Blood/Sperm

Many blood banks and sperm banks offer cash for donations. Search the regulations and requirements at the locations nearest you to see if you qualify to donate. At some places, you can donate multiple times per week or month.

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Start a Fund

If you’re pressed to make ends meet for rent, car, or any other major, try creating a crowdfunding account (Like or KickStarter). Send the link to family and friends explaining your situation, and people can chose to donate any amount they’d like.

Big Money Bag

Save & Collect Change

You’d be surprised how quickly the nickels and dimes laying around your apartment add up. Get a mason jar and empty all the coins you find in your purse or wallet into it. Take some time to go through your home and find all the loose change you can. Use that the next time you go to the store, or if you’ve collected enough, exchange the coins for cash.

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Make Returns

If you have items in your closet with the tag still on them, many places will accept them as a return item (even without the receipt, you may still be able to get at least half back). Return all the items just laying around that you’ve yet to use. If you have unused gift cards, try to return them, or sell them.

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The recent release is the lead single for her forthcoming EP expected to be released next year. Formerly a member of the pop group The Pussycat Dolls, Thornton has shown off her singing chops over the years through the group's most popular tracks like "Buttons," "I Don't Need A Man" and her 2012 solo project, POYBL. With "Love Will Return," Thornton pays homage to inspirations like Eartha Kitt and her Arizona roots. Co-producing the track with Eric Zayne, the singer shared with VIBE how cinematic the creative process was.

“The entire evolution of the song was magic,” she explained. “There’s just something spiritual about it. It moves me in a way like no other song I’ve written before.” The track is a strong introduction to her vocal abilities that appeared to be gravely overlooked during her PCD days.

Last week, The Pussycat Dolls reunited without Thornton, leaving many wondering why. "What I want for myself and for my bandmates are for them is to really enjoy their lives," she told Chart Show TV in January when rumors began to surface of a possible reunion. "When I was in the group, I was a kid...I'm primarily a vocalist. Nicole had been signed twice so it only made sense for her to sing the majority of the leads. But then, I kept being asked to wait my turn and it never came– and we only released two albums. So it's this mistaken identity that I've kind of had to unravel. For me, there's really nothing to go back to."

The ladies are all on good terms with Thornton as Nicole Sherzinger and the rest of the ladies wished her well wishes on her solo endeavors. "It just didn't align [with] where she is in her life right now," Sherzinger said. "She's doing a lot and doing her own music and we totally respect and understand and support her."

Nonetheless, we're thrilled about Thornton's new journey.

Listen to "Love Will Return" below.


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On Thursday (Dec. 5), Omarion announced singer-songwriter Ashanti as a special guest for the upcoming tour. "So excited to announce that Ashanti will be joining The Millennium Tour lineup!" he said in an Instagram post. The singer announced the follow-up show last week to what was perceived as a B2K reunion tour featuring Mario, Lloyd, Pretty Ricky, Chingy, Bobby Valentino and the Ying Yang Twins earlier this year.

Hailed as The "Millenium Tour 2020," the new bill features Soulja Boy and Sammie, with the Ying Yang Twins, Pretty Ricky and Lloyd returning to the mix. The tour will also include Bow Wow, who has several jams (and an album) with Omarion like "Let Me Hold You" and "Girlfriend."

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This will more than likely be a another big financial boost to the tour. The inaugural Millennium Tour grossed $6.7 million from its first eight reports, according to Billboard and set a career-high for B2K. They also went on to earn $5 million from three additional dates at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. (April 13-14), State Farm Arena in Atlanta (April 4-5), and Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. (April 12).


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B. Simone shared the moment in an emotional Instagram post Monday (Dec. 2). "This is bigger than me it has NOTHING to do with me," she captioned the video. "It has EVERYTHING to do with God and showing people Him by the way I act and spread LOVE. Even on every tube of lip gloss it says “FAITH OVER FEAR” on the back! I live by that ... God won’t let you down you just have to believe even when you can’t see the outcome. The sky is the limit when it comes to me I swear I’m a monster and I’ll never quit! Manifestation at its finest ... God favors me because he trusts me.

Simone also opened up about her doubts but continued to have faith in meeting her goal. "I had one more day to meet my goal and I started thinking, 'Maybe you aimed too high! Let’s just do a 100k$ goal for December.'  THAT WAS THE ENEMY y’all !!! When I woke up this is what happened... I do none of this alone I keep God-fearing people around me who love me, believe in me and see my vision. Thank you to my manager, my team, all of you and God. None of this is about money it’s all about walking in your purpose and changing the world around you to a more comfortable better place."


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B. Simone has experienced plenty of other wins with her other talents. As XONecole reports, she hosted Will Smith's birthday party, produced and starred in her own hilarious dating show, provided comedic relief on the VH1 series Girls Cruise with Mya, Lil Kim and Chilli, as well as sharing tips on monetizing in the social media space at the Revolt Summit.

Boss goals indeed. Check out B. Simone's stunning beauty line here.

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