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7 Ways to Make Money By Selling Your Clutter

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

I recently came through a month of intensive decluttering and while my goal was mainly to simplify, I was pretty happy to also make almost $75 in the process!  In fact, knowing that I could potentially make a couple of dollars off of something was great motivation for me.  And in the week since I actually made another $165 from selling a double stroller and some clothing that I hadn’t had a chance to sell earlier.

If you are decluttering or are simply tight on money, it is definitely worth trying to sell some of your things.  If you aren’t sure where to do it, here are a list of place that I have used and recommend

7 Ways to Make Money by Selling Your Clutter

1.  Craigslist
Craigslist is a great way to sell things and we’ve had good success using it over the last several years.  While you can post anything, I recommend using it mainly for bigger ticket items as those seem to do well there.  If you aren’t sure how much to charge for your item, simply use the “Search” box to see what others are charging for similar things and go from there.

To avoid being scammed, take only cash.  Also, if you aren’t comfortable having people come to your home, you can instead meet them at a local public place.

Tip: Detailed description and a few good pictures help a lot!  Also, a fairly specific location is helpful too so that people know whether it is worth there time.  For instance, instead of saying “Exton” try “Exton, north side”. 

2.  Ebay
I don’t use Ebay as much as some of the other methods simply because it gets expensive to ship big, heavy items.  But it’s great for smaller things and I’ve done reasonably well selling here.  I was intrigued to learn that coffee mugs and any thing pig related sell well on Ebay!

Before I list something, I like to see if it is worth my time by using the Advanced Search feature to see if similar items have sold well recently.  This is also a great way to figure out what to charge too.  To find these details, once on the search page simply enter the item description and check the “Sold” box.

Tip: Again detailed description and great pictures go a long way in helping your item get attention.  Also be sure to factor in shipping costs.  

3.  Online Yard Sale Facebook Groups
In the last year I’ve become a big fan of Online Yard Sale Groups on Facebook.  Never heard of them?  It’s basically like a great big yard sale online that you can sell items from any time.  To find one, simply search Facebook with your area’s name and either yard sale or resale and likely something will pop up.  If not, create one yourself- but be prepared for it to become a hopping, popular place!

While you can sell big ticket items here, I’ve found these groups to be a great place for selling smaller items and kid’s clothing.  In fact, two groups that I’m part of are specifically for kid’s stuff.

I really like these groups for two reasons.  For one thing you can see a picture of the person that is buying from you which makes it feel safer and less risky than Craigslist.  And asking questions is as simple as leaving a Facebook comment or sending the seller a PM.

Tip: I know, I said it before but it’s so very true!  Excellent detailed descriptions and clear pictures are what will really help you do well here.  It is also helpful to state whether you are going to go with the first person who comments, the first person who can pick up the item, etc. 

4.  Yard Sales
Good old traditional yard sales are still a great way to get rid of things.  We typically have one every summer and I love it for things that just don’t sell well anywhere else.  To keep things simple, we have a small corner in the basement where we put anything that we want to sell at our yard sale.  Want to really be efficient?  Price the items as you add them to the pile!

For tips on how to make the most of your yard sale, read my post 5 Tips for a Successful Yard Sale.

5.  Book Buy Back Site
If you have unwanted books lying around, it might be worth checking with some book buy back sites to see if they are worth anything.  Textbooks and books by popular authors often sell well.  And I love that most sites will pay for the shipping costs too!

Here are the sites that we’ve used with good success:

* Cash 4 Books
* Sell Back Your Book

6.  Consignments Sales/Stores
We don’t have any really great consignment stores around here, at least in my opinion, but the city I lived in before we were married had a great one that I used often to sell unwanted clothing.  It was super easy because I would just stop by with the clothes, wait as they looked them over and took my info and then when I sold $10 worth, they would contact me and I would get the money.  I always made out better than I would have had I tried selling those items at a yard sale and I loved that I could keep “cleaning house” all year round.

Also, many areas have kid’s consignment sales and while I have never tried selling at these, I have friends who have and loved it!

7.  ThredUp
I have bought clothes through ThredUp several times but I have never have used them to sell things simply because I feel like I have better options available.  But I know a lot of people love selling through them.  Basically you request a bag, put your women’s and/or kid’s clothing in it, mail it (postage is pre-paid) and then once your items sell you get paid!  You can then use your payment to buy clothing from ThredUp or simply cash out via PayPal.

What are your favorite ways to make money on your “junk”?

Home Organization: Schoolwork, Artwork, and Keepsakes
Home Organization: Schoolwork, Artwork, and Keepsakes
Home Organization: Schoolwork, Artwork, and Keepsakes

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How to Earn $20 a Month with Swagbucks in Just 5 Minutes a Day

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

A couple of weeks ago I posted about how I love using Swagbucks as an easy way to earn a bit of extra money. I mentioned that with a little determination I can easily earn at least two to three $5 Amazon gift cards each month.  I’m sure some of you were probably wondering how on earth I accomplish that!  It’s actually pretty simple.  In fact, by just spending about 5 minutes a day focusing on earning Swagbucks I can easily make around $20 a month, often more.  Here’s how I do it and how you can do it too!

How to Earn $20 a Month with Swagbucks

1.  Download the Swagbucks toolbar, 30 Swagbucks (1 Swagbuck daily x 30 days)
Use the toolbar to do at least one search each day and to earn 1 Swagbuck daily.  To download the toolbar, look for the “Toolbar” link on the left hand side of the Swagbucks home page.

2.  Take the Daily Polls, 60 Swagbucks (2 Swagbucks daily x 30 days)

Find these simple little polls by clicking the “Answer” tab at the top of the Swagbucks home page.

3.  (NOSO) No Obligation Special Offers, 60 Swagbucks (2 Swagbucks daily x 30 days)

Find the NOSO offers on the left hand side of the Swagbucks home page.  To earn the Swagucks, click the “Start Earning Now” button and continue through the offers.

Tip:  You do not have to complete any offers, you can simply click “Skip” or “See Next Offer” until you get to the end where you will claim your 2 Swagbucks.

4.  Run Swagbucks TV on your smartphone/tablet, 1080 Swagbucks (36 Swagbucks x 30 days)

Use the Swagbucks TV app on your smartphone or tablet to earn points for playing videos.   You’ll earn 2 Swagbucks for every 5 videos watched.  The videos play continuously, although occasionally there may be an ad that pops up that you will need to exit out of in order for the video to continue.  I typically start the app first thing in the morning, put my phone somewhere out of the way and then occasionally check it to make sure it hasn’t stalled for some reason.  It’s such a simple way to earn!

Tip: The shortest videos are the “10 Second Tip” videos found under Home and Garden.  In order to reach my daily limit more quickly, I simply favorited all of those videos.  This means that now I simply go to my Favorites section and it will play only those videos continuously until I meet my daily Swagbucks quota.

To mark a video as a favorite, simply tap on the video and slide to the left until the heart turns a solid red.

5.  Run EntertainNow on your smartphone/tablet, 540 Swagbucks (18 Swagbucks daily x 30 days)

This app operates like the Swagbucks TV app, although you have to watch 10 videos to earn 2 Swagbucks.  I am totally not into celebrities, movie reviews or TV clips, but occasionally I do use this app to earn a few extra Swagbucks.  I simply turn off the sound and put my phone face down so that I don’t have to be bothered by it!

Total Earned: 1770 Swagbucks (enough for almost four $5 Amazon gift cards!)

More ways to earn that will take you over your 5 min. a day:

6.  Check your Inbox

Frequently you’ll have offers that you can do here that are quick and easy ways to earn a couple of extra Swagbucks.  I don’t do the time intensive one, nor ones that I need to sign up for things.  But even so, by sticking with the simple offers I can often earn at least 2 Swagbucks daily with Inbox offers.

7.   Search with Swagbucks

Use Swagbucks as your search engine and you’ll randomly win bonus Swagbucks.   To increase your chances of winning, use it to search for everything, even sites you visit every day.  For instance if you want to go to Ebay or to my blog, The Thrifty Frugal Mom, simply type that into the Swagbucks search engine. No, you won’t win something every time, but it will increase your chances….and it only takes a couple of extra seconds.

8.  Swagbucks TV

This is different than the Swagbucks TV that you use on your mobile device.  It is found under the “Watch” tab on Swagbucks home page.  You earn 3 Swagbucks for every 10 videos watched.  It’s more of a hassle because the videos don’t play continuously.  If I use it, I like to watch the UZoo or Indigo Film channels as the videos are relatively short.

Are you a Swagbucks user?  What are your favorite ways to earn “bucks”?

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Pinecone Research: Earn $3 a Survey! (boost your Christmas spending)

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Take the screener survey to see if you qualify to sign up for Pinecone Research.  Pinecone Research is a company that pays you to take surveys.  If you qualify and sign up, you will get paid $3 for each survey that you do.  You can cash out via Paypal and there is no minimum to cash out.  (In other words, as soon as you have $3 you can get it!)

I’ve been a Pinecone Research user for several years and love them.  I’ve used various survey companies and Pinecone by far is the best.  I like that you qualify for every single survey they send you, unlike many survey companies.  Each survey takes me approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete.  In addition, sometimes Pinecone will send you full size products to review and then take a survey about.  I’ve gotten some pretty neat things by doing that!

I should clarify, initially the surveys may take you about 20 minutes.  But since Pinecone uses a similar format for all of their surveys, once you get used to that you can zip through them.

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Swagbucks: An Easy Way to Earn Money! (boost your Christmas budget)

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

One of my favorite ways to earn a little extra money is with Swagbucks, a free search engine kind of like Google.  The difference is that each time you search the web using Swagbucks you have the chance to earn “bucks” which you can then trade in for things like gift cards from Amazon, Starbucks, Target and more.  Or you can even have them pay you via Paypal!

There are also other ways that you can earn more Swagbucks like doing daily surveys, watching for special point codes, watching videos etc.  With a little determination I can easily earn at least two to three $5 Amazon gift cards a month!

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The #1 {Free} Money Saving Tool….and you already own it!

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

I had planned to publish a post today about why I love having a budget but decided to change my plans.  It’s not that I don’t think budgeting is a good idea, because I do and it’s something that I highly recommend.  It’s just that I’ve been realizing the last couple of months that there is something that I believe is even more important than using a budget.  In fact, I think it’s safe to say that it is hands down your #1 money saving tool!  And the great thing about it?  It’s free and you already have it.


Your #1 Money Saving Tool

I’m convinced that your #1 money saving tool is a good attitude.  Here’s why.

1.  You Can Control It
There are lots of things that you can’t totally control when it comes to money.  You can’t totally control your expenses.  (Think accidents.)  You can’t control rising prices.  You can’t control the security of your job.  You can’t control sale prices.

But you can decide to make the best of your limited income.  You can decide to think outside the box when it comes to looking for ways to save.  You can decide to be willing to try new money making ideas.  And you can decide to wait to buy something until it’s on sale.  Your attitude is so incredibly important!

2.  It Enables You to be Willing to Learn and Change.
Your attitude can make or break you.  If you are convinced that you can’t do something, often, even though you are capable of doing it, you actually won’t just because you think you can’t.

Case in point:  When we got married almost 8 years ago, money was incredibly tight.  All that we had was about $1,000 cash (some of that was wedding gift money), 2 older cars and a few household furnishings to our name.  We were trying to live on as little as possible so that after covering the bare necessities, we could hopefully have a bit left over each month to put towards furniture.  (Yes, we got married without owning any).  We also had the crazy dream of purchasing a house within a year’s time too.  (And yes, we were crazy enough to actually end up doing that.)

Anyway, one night we were discussing amounts for a grocery budget and my husband suggested $200/mo.  I was appalled!  There was absolutely no way that I could get all the groceries that we needed for just $200 a month!  I was convinced that we’d be eating nothing but beans and rice and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for 30 days straight!  I was less than happy and my attitude was pretty awful.  I didn’t mind trying to be frugal but I was convinced that I was already doing all that I could to save on groceries.  And I’m ashamed to admit it, but for several months I felt and acted like a martyr as I half-hardheartedly tried to make that budget work.  I did my fair share of grumbling too!

Then one day, I happened across a blog that did coupon match-ups.  This blogger showed in detail how to combine coupons with sales at stores like CVS and Walmart to get things for free or really cheap.  I was amazed!  Suddenly keeping within our $200 grocery budget became a game and I enjoyed the challenge.  I started to coupon and before long I was also actively looking for more ways that I could creatively trim our grocery budget.  By our first anniversary, we were only spending around $150/mo. on groceries, toiletries and household items combined!

All it took was for my attitude to change.  I had to want to make it work. 

Over the last couple of years, I’ve interacted with hundreds of readers regarding money related issues.  And over and over again I’ve seen how attitude makes such a difference in how one looks at finances, especially in situations where money is tight.  Those that have the attitude that they can’t change a thing are often stuck and frustrated.  Those that face the situation with a good attitude often can manage to figure out a way to make it work, or at least survive.   No, it’s not a magic fix to every situation, but it does make a big difference!

How important do you think attitude is when it comes to money?  I’d love to hear from you!

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