4.13.2015

The Best Ways to Earn Extra Cash

Earn Extra Cash

Being a graduate student means we are on a pretty tight budget. Things that aren't "needs" we pay for with our monthly allowances or by making extra income ourselves. The following is a list of my favorite ways to earn extra cash for that new blog design or fancy pair of sandals I want.

1. ThredUp.


Every 6 months or so, I go through my closet and fill up a ThredUp Clean Out Bag. All you do is order a prepaid bag from their website, fill it up, and drop it off with your mail carrier or FedEx. Then, ThredUp goes through your bag and you get a payout! You can choose to receive store credit or cash. It's hassle free and once you learn more about what they do and do not buy, you can really maximize your payout!

2. Sponsorships. 


Although sponsorships aren't a huge money-maker (and honestly, I don't really do them for the money), they are a good supplement. Typically, I reinvest about 70% of the income I make back into my blog via design updates, sponsoring other bloggers, or participating in giveaways, but sometimes I will use a fraction of this income for other things like an ebook.

3. Ebates.  


Do you love to shop online? Then Ebates is for you. EBates allows you to get cash for shopping online. All you have to do is visit their website, choose where you would like to shop (this will re-direct you to the website of your choice). Then SHOP! SHOP! SHOP! THAT IS IT. Nothing more is required of you! You can't beat earning cash back for the things you are already buying online.

4. Referral programs.  


I use referral programs through Stitch Fix, ThredUp, and Ebates! Each time someone signs up using your referral link, you get paid too! I especially love ThredUp's referral program because the referrer and the person that signs up each get $10 in store credit for free! How awesome is that? Stitch Fix's referral system is also great because you can use the credit towards future fixes and less comes out of your pocket!

 5. Craigslist.  


Looking to update the furniture in your home or do some other update? Sell your used home goods on Craigslist! It's an easy way to make quick (and fairly easy) cash.

How do you earn extra cash?

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32 comments :

  1. Great ideas! I've never heard of ThredUp, but it's definitely time to spring clean my closet!

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  2. GIRL! sign up for it!! It's the best. If you use my referral link you get $10 credit!

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  3. I love using Thredup and Ebates! I just got my Thredup cash out last week..so much easier than doing yard sales or other ways to get rid of extra closet items.

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  4. So eBates is legit huh? I've always wondered...I'll definitely have to check it out!

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  5. I think it's so great you have found ways to make extra $$$! I LOVE ebates and have made over $200! Also, have you heard of offerup? It's like a nicer craigslist, I'm really liking it! And, Love the online facebook groups for the cities/towns, seems a little easier than craigslist


    I did offer up for the first time a few weeks ago and sent in VERY nice clothing (all like new high end brands), and barely got anything... I think they only took 3 pieces. I'm glad you have had a better experience with it!

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  6. You're so right, I love how easy they make it! Sometimes they are picky about what they pay out for but I haven't been disappointed yet! Usually I just send everything and don't expect them to take it all. It just eliminates the extra step of donating since they do that to whatever they don't take. Thanks for sharing my post!

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  7. Totally legit, we LOVE it. I've made over $100 back since I started using it.

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  8. SERIOUSLY Ebates is the BEST. And no I haven't heard of offerup, I'll have to check it out! Sorry you had a bad experience with Thredup; they can be choosy about what they take.

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  9. Love Thredup! Also Like Twice-- have you heard of it? Another similar model. Also, I've been thinking of adding sponsorships to my blog too! :)

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  10. I haven't heard of Twice! I'll have to look into that. And you totally should, they're really fun and great for building community!

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  11. I've never heard of thread up, I'm going to have to try that out!! Also I am a lover of selling things of craigslist. I just always make sure someone's with me when I meet the person. #craigslistkillerisREAL

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  12. I had not heard of thread up!! I will have to check that out! :) I've always wondered if ebates was legit as well. Glad to hear it is. :) loved this post!

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  13. I earn side cash through freelance editing. That's the main way. I've never done sponsorships on the blog, and even though it would be nice to have some money to reinvest in it, I just don't think I would like keeping up with it. I'm basically the worst blogger ever when it comes to promotion ;) I use an online program called MyPoints to do online shopping, where I get points for buying things online, and we use them for gift cards and such. The last thing is our Discover credit card, which gives us cash back for all purchases. We have over $200 in our cashback account at the moment!

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  14. Definitely sign up for thredup! If you use my link you get that free credit! And YES YES YES ebates rocks.

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  15. I've never heard of mypoints! Freelance editing is really smart! We have the chase sapphire card which gets us points too! Totally forgot about that! That's awesome you've accrued so much.

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  16. I need to check out that Thredup. I have so many things that are just sitting in my closet. Lord knows I could use the extra cash in my wallet more! Thanks for some great tips!

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  17. Go for it! If you click one of the links to it up there you can get a $10 credit!

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  18. I need to check out Thredup for sure...I use Ebates a ton. I am seriously considering starting sponsorships...just nervous to dive in, haha!

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  19. Definitely did not know about thredup before. Or Ebates. Checking them out now! Thanks for the tips!

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  20. Dan and I sold so much of our old furniture on CL before moving from Ohio to Georgia. Not only did we get a little extra cash to cover the move, we saved money on moving costs! We also donated the old furniture we couldn't sell.


    I love ebates! After spending a full six months researching Kate Spade wallets, I finally found one suitable for my needs, on sale. Plus they had a temporary extra 25% off during the sale, which I combined with ebates, and ended up with my beautiful wallet for about 60% off, all things combined.

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  21. Thredup has been AMAZING for kids' clothes that they have outgrown. Sadly we have too much walmart branded stuff that they don't take, but I have been able to make a little. these are great tips!

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  22. Hahaha that's awesome. You can really maximize your cash back with them and I love it!

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  23. this is awesome! i've been wanting to try thredup for selling clothes but saw a couple bad reviews for it online, must have been the disgruntled few.

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  24. You can figure out what you send them using their calculator, but it's like any sell back service, in my opinion. They are picky about what they take but that also means when they make sales, it's quality clothing! I've loved everything I have bought from them (With the exception of a pair of shoes that were too small and I returned)!

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  25. Yes! I started using ebates because of you a long time ago :) In college I gave my plasma...so bad...haha but it was extra money!

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  26. Hahaha yes, I haven't gotten that desperate yet. In college I thought about donating my eggs hahahaha so weird.

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  27. I should totally try ThredUp. Does it have to be designer? Wait, you're like me, aren't you? You don't strike me as the designer type. I'm FAR from designer, which means none of my clothes are worth much. Does ThredUp still take non-designer stuff?

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  28. You should! It doesn't have to be designer, but nicer clothing for sure! They have taken a few items I purchased at Target originally. I'm not the designer type at all unless it's super cheap hahah

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