Since my last post about giving up my money troubles to God, I've been doing a lot of thinking on how to save and earn more money. Sadly, it's on my mind a lot more than I think it should be, but this week a lot is coming due, so I'm getting really anxious.
Sell Old Movies or Music
As a teenager or even young adult in college, the thought of selling movies or music was like giving away my children. I bought TONS of media from this place in Columbia, MO called Slackers, and my movie collection grew a lot. Not my music collection as much, because I'm particular about my tunes, but I bought a LOT of movies back in the day.
When I need money, I usually go through my vast array, and weed out the movies I don't really like, don't usually watch, or have more than one copy of (True story). It's not a huge money making scheme, but if you need a few extra dollars to put in your emergency fund, it's not a bad way to do it. $2-$3 can add up over time.
Give Plasma Locally
If you're in reasonable health and can handle needles, giving Plasma is a great way to help out the medical community, and make money doing it.
Plasma is the liquid portion of your blood, carrying red and white blood cells to different parts of your body to help keep you fit and healthy. The plasma can be used in medicine, as an alternative to saline solution (Ever watch Grey's Anatomy or ER and they ask for saline solution, which are the clear bags on IV stands? It's basically salt water to help replenish fluids).
Plasma is a lot like giving blood for the red cross, except once they've stuck your arm with a needle, it goes through a centrifuge to separate the plasma from the blood cells. The red blood cells are mixed with saline solution, and pumped back into your body. It's not that uncomfortable, and aside from a bit time consuming, if you get into a good habit of going to give, you can make a decent side income.
Back in 2007, gas prices in the midwest were nearing $4/gallon, and despite working several hours a week at my call center job, the money wasn't there. I started giving Plasma for gas money, which became almost lifesaving for me. Back then, they paid in cash, Nowadays, places like OctaPharma (where I've given in the past) use a Visa Debit card to load your money, and you can use it anywhere Visa is accepted. I used it on the Disney Dream back in 2011.
For more information on how Plasma can be used, check out OctaPharma's website.
These take a bit longer, but if you do them consistently, they could certainly add up. Swagbucks and Inbox Dollars both have search engines that let you earn money by doing searches, and they also have surveys you can do to earn a little bit on the side in the form of points, which you can trade for gift cards. This would be a good thing to do throughout the year if you want to save up money for Christmas. Like I said, not much, but if done consistently, it'll add up. I'm still working on the consistent thing.
Inbox Dollars also lets you earn money by reading emails, and taking part in offers. I don't usually do that option, because I hate getting spam, but if you're not as annoyed by it as me, then it could be a good option for you.
If you're really not in a hurry, but want to get money back on your everyday purchases, Ebates is probably a great option for you. Depending on what specials they're having, and how much your order, you can get a decent amount back. They even have travel deals, which I'm hoping to use when I buy plane tickets for my trip this summer. I've only earned $5 and some change back, but I installed the Ebates button on my browser, so when I'm on a site with an online shopping option, it starts glowing to let me know I can earn money back.
I hope this gives you some ideas to build off of when looking for options to earn money. I know I'll be more aware of what I can do to get myself out of debt. It's a slow process, but Dave Ramsey said to do whatever you need to do to build your emergency fund, and pay off that debt with gazelle intensity.
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