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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.

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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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