Extra Income http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/10682/0 en-US Best Money Tips: 15 Best Thrift Store Items to Resell http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-15-best-thrift-store-items-to-resell <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-15-best-thrift-store-items-to-resell" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/women_shopping_sunglasses_170148575.jpg" alt="Women finding best thrift store items to resell" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found articles on the best thrift store items to resell for a profit, self-care tactics to get you through the holidays, and tips for traveling alone.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://moneypantry.com/thrift-store-flipping/">Thrift Store Flipping: 15 Best Items to Resell for a Profit</a> &mdash; You'll often find paintings and other framed artwork at thrift stores, but what you really want to pay attention to is the frame. Ornate or antique-looking frames are highly sought after, online and offline. [Money Pantry]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2016/1117/Five-self-care-tactics-to-help-get-through-the-holidays">Five self-care tactics to help get through the holidays</a> &mdash; Will the holidays keep you hustling with all the meal prep, shopping, and travel? A small, cheap foot massager can do wonders for sore or aching feet. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Tips-Traveling-Alone-42031218">14 Tips For Traveling Alone</a> &mdash; Take a walking tour of the city you're in when you first arrive so you get a better idea of your surroundings. This will make getting around a lot easier for the rest of your trip. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2016/11/all-natural-cleaners.html">The Six Best All-Natural Cleaners for Your House</a> &mdash; Salt kills germs and lifts tough stains, which makes it ideal for cleaning cast iron pots and pans. You can also use it to soak up grease and oil spills. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://www.experian.com/blogs/news/about/gratitude-giving/">Gratitude &amp; Giving: Ways to Start Giving Back</a> &mdash; There are many ways to give back to our communities. Join Experian's #CreditChat tomorrow at 3 p.m. ET for a discussion on ways to support the local organizations that make a difference in our communities. [Experian]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.cheapism.com/blog/stores-closed-on-thanksgiving-2016/">25 Stores That Won't Be Open on Thanksgiving Day</a> &mdash; Don't expect to do any shopping at these big retailers on Thanksgiving Day. They'll be closed so workers can stay home and enjoy the holiday too! [Cheapism]</p> <p><a href="http://www.adventuresinfrugalland.com/rest-just-cant-afford/">How To Rest When You Just Can&rsquo;t Afford It</a> &mdash; When your body needs the physical and mental reest, allow yourself some time to binge watch a TV show, guilt-free. [Adventures in Frugal Land]</p> <p><a href="https://christianpf.com/cell-phone-use/">10 Ways to Keep your Cell Phone from Running Your Life</a> &mdash; Organize your apps so that the ones you need to be productive are on the home page, and the time-waster apps are on a different page or in a folder. [Seed Time]</p> <p><a href="https://blog.allstate.com/6-questions-to-ask-your-mechanic-when-getting-your-car-serviced-video/">6 Questions to Ask Your Mechanic When Getting Your Car Serviced</a> &mdash; These simple questions can help you save money on service and avoid having unnecessary repairs done. [The Allstate Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/5-ways-to-show-kids-how-to-combat-racism">5 Ways to Show Kids How to Combat Racism</a> &mdash; If your child has had run-ins with a particular bully before, then they'll know the kinds of racist things the bully will say. Teach your child to recognize the racism, call it out, and refuse to let it be normalized. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-15-best-thrift-store-items-to-resell">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-earn-money-on-etsy-no-craft-required">How to Earn Money on Etsy — No Craft Required</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/extra-income-online-5-websites-that-can-seriously-pad-your-pockets">Extra Income Online: 5 Websites That Can Seriously Pad Your Pockets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/reselling-antiques-the-five-principles-of-power-picking">Reselling Antiques: The Five Principles of Power Picking</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-earn-extra-cash-from-thrift-stores">11 Ways to Earn Extra Cash From Thrift Stores</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buy-sell-make-a-profit-thanks-office-depot">Buy. Sell. Make a Profit. Thanks Office Depot.</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income best money tips resell thrift store Tue, 22 Nov 2016 10:30:30 +0000 Amy Lu 1837736 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Ways to Earn Extra Income While Christmas Shopping http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-earn-extra-income-while-christmas-shopping <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-ways-to-earn-extra-income-while-christmas-shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_shopping_phone_78930915.jpg" alt="Woman earning extra income while Christmas shopping" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Christmas shopping can be expensive and time-consuming. Wouldn't it be great if you could take advantage of that time to make some extra money? Fortunately, we found a few ways for you to earn extra cash for the holidays while you do your Christmas shopping.</p> <h2>1. Use Your Car</h2> <p>If your vehicle is in good condition, you may want to consider signing up with one of the ride-share services. With services like Uber and Lyft, you can choose which rides you want to provide, at a time most convenient for your schedule. So, for instance, you can pick up riders when you have some extra time, who happen to be going in the same direction as your favorite holiday shops. You can even charge for carpool services to take your neighbors with you on your next shopping trip. They can avoid taking their car, you'll get gas money, and you can even shop together to make the experience more enjoyable.</p> <p>If you're already using your car to drive people around, you may also consider renting out your car with sites like Turo when you're not using it. Around the holidays, people tend to travel more and are in need of a reliable vehicle during their vacation. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-earn-extra-money-with-your-car?ref=seealso">7 Ways to Earn Extra Money With Your Car</a>)</p> <h2>2. Deliver Items</h2> <p>Getting paid to run errands can be fun, rewarding, and a quick way to earn money on your own time, on your own schedule. Typically, these gigs include shopping for groceries, delivering food, driving people around, and a myriad tasks that may be suited more to your specialties or interests. You can deliver items and run errands with sites like Postmates, Instacart, Amazon Flex, Door Dash, TaskRabbit, Fiverr, and many more.</p> <p>During the holidays, it can be especially lucrative to run errands for people when they are too busy with holiday plans to do things like gift buying, shopping for decorations, and mailing out packages at the post office. If you actually enjoy holiday shopping, you can even make money personal shopping for people who just don't have the time or desire to do it themselves. All you'll have to do is complete their holiday shopping while you complete your own, so it won't take much time out of your day and you can earn a decent amount around the holidays. Typically, you can charge by the hour or by the trip. You can also sign up with a company like <a href="https://www.care.com/errand-runners">Care.com</a> to run errands for seniors, with an average rate of $13.50/hr.</p> <h2>3. Use Rewards Cards and Reward Sites</h2> <p>Using <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-cash-back-credit-cards?ref=internal">credit cards with rewards</a> for holiday shopping can result in quite a bit of cash back after holiday shopping is complete. If you need to spend money on Christmas gifts anyway, you might as well save money, and earn a little money, while you're doing it. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-your-credit-card-will-save-you-money-while-holiday-shopping?ref=seealso">11 Ways Your Credit Card Will Save You Money On Holiday Shopping</a>)</p> <p>Sites like <a href="http://www.ebates.com/rf.do?referrerid=vIhagUaAxdMIsu435wELZg%3D%3D&amp;eeid=26471">Ebates</a> and <a href="http://swagbucks.7eer.net/c/27771/19503/799">Swagbucks</a> can give you cash back when you shop and save you money with promo codes. With these sites, you can also take advantage of surveys, videos, and online games that reward points upon successful completion, which you can later exchange for gifts. You can even play games and watch videos while you're waiting in line to pass the time and earn points for dollar rewards. Sites like Ibotta also offer challenges (such as shopping at particular stores or for particular items), and once you prove that you have completed these challenges by submitting a screenshot of your receipts, you can earn points for cash. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-best-couponing-apps?Ref=seealso">The 10 Best Couponing Apps</a>)</p> <h2>4. Complete Online Surveys</h2> <p>Completing online surveys while you stand in line will help you earn a little cash and will make the time fly by. Sites like Opinion Outpost, ProOpinion, and Nielsen Homescan will pay you for each online service you complete, so you can complete them on your own time. You can also be selective about which surveys you fill out, only completing the most lucrative ones.</p> <h2>5. Make Extra Crafts to Sell</h2> <p>If you have a talent, such as painting, jewelry making, knitting, or crafting, consider gifting some of your work to your friends and family. It will cut down on who you need to shop for, cost you less, and will mean more to the recipient. Better yet, consider making extra crafts to sell on eBay or Etsy so you can also make some extra money from your craft.</p> <h2>6. Take Photos</h2> <p>Sites like <a href="https://us.fotolia.com/Info/Contributors">Fotolia</a>, <a href="http://submit.shutterstock.com/?language=en">Shutterstock</a>, and <a href="https://www.smugmug.com/features/sell-photos-online">SmugMug</a> will buy your original photos. Consider taking photos of your area while you Christmas shop to sell online. This can be particularly lucrative if you live in a large city or popular destination. Just take a camera with you during your Christmas shopping and you can sell the photos later when you get home.</p> <h2>7. Become a Mystery Shopper</h2> <p>With mystery shopping, you will be paid to visit a store and give input on your experience. Whether you complete your mystery shopping in a store that you were already going to shop at, or at the same mall that you were already planning on shopping at, it will only require a small investment of your time and can garner you some serious side cash. However, it can be difficult to find legitimate mystery shopping positions that pay well, so you may have to research this a bit before getting started. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/check-out-these-5-legit-mystery-shopping-gigs?ref=seealso">Check Out These 5 Legit Mystery Shopping Gigs</a>)</p> <h2>8. Lose Weight</h2> <p>Believe it or not, you can actually get paid to lose weight. Sites like <a href="https://www.dietbet.com/">DietBet</a>, <a href="http://www.pactapp.com/">Pact</a>, and <a href="https://www.healthywage.com/">HealthyWage</a> will allow you to set weight loss goals for yourself. If you meet those goals, or complete weight loss challenges and contests, in a specified amount of time, you will receive money. Not only will this help you make a little money while you're running around doing your Christmas shopping, but it can also provide another incentive not to gain an excess amount of holiday weight. <a href="https://www.achievemint.com/">Achievement</a> offers a similar type of payout program for completing healthy activities, which won't require any additional investment of time or energy during the holiday shopping season.</p> <p>Many people actually burn calories during their holiday shopping, but then gain it back during their holiday eating. It doesn't take much more effort to burn more calories while you're out and about, so this is an easy way to make a little bit of extra money on the side. The only downside to this is in order to take part in these challenges, you will need to contribute a small amount of money yourself. If you do not complete the challenge or meet your goals, the money you invested will be split among the winners.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-earn-extra-income-while-christmas-shopping">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carving-pumpkins-and-14-other-cool-ways-to-make-cash-from-fall-holidays">Carving Pumpkins and 14 Other Cool Ways to Make Cash From Fall Holidays</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-simple-holiday-budget-anyone-can-follow">The Simple Holiday Budget Anyone Can Follow</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-on-christmas-shopping-with-this-clever-gift-card-strategy">Save on Christmas Shopping With This Clever Gift Card Strategy</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-smart-money-moves-to-make-before-the-holiday-season-begins">9 Smart Money Moves to Make Before the Holiday Season Begins</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-holiday-season-costs-everyone-always-forgets-about">13 Holiday-Season Costs Everyone Always Forgets About</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income Shopping Christmas delivery Holidays losing weight making money mystery shopping rewards ride share surveys Fri, 18 Nov 2016 11:00:08 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1834287 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Ways to Find Money You Didn't Know You Had http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-find-money-you-didnt-know-you-had <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-ways-to-find-money-you-didnt-know-you-had" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_happy_cash_14572049.jpg" alt="Man finding money he didn&#039;t know he had" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found articles on how to find money you didn&rsquo;t know you had, ways to save big at Walt Disney World, and expert tips to avoid overspending during the holidays.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/how-find-missing-money/">How to Find Money You Didn&rsquo;t Know You Had</a> &mdash; An old stock or bond certificate may still have value even if it no longer trades under the name printed on the certificate. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Ways-Save-Disney-World-40807372#photo-40807372">19 Ways to Save Big at Walt Disney World</a> &mdash; Don't waste your money on car rentals and parking fees. Take the Disney Magical Express &mdash; the shuttle available for guests who stay at a Disney-owned resort. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2016/1101/Nine-expert-tips-to-avoid-overspending-during-the-holidays">Nine expert tips to avoid overspending during the holidays</a> &mdash; Not all sales are created equal! Some retailers mark up the original price, then reduce it for a &quot;sale&quot; to get you to think you're saving money. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.lifed.com/youre-wasting-money-on-gas-by-doing-these-15-things">You&rsquo;re Wasting Money On Gas By Doing These 15 Things</a> &mdash; Avoid driving during rush hour if you can. Stop-and-go driving burns up more gas than if you were moving at a constant speed. [Life'd]</p> <p><a href="http://www.getorganizedwizard.com/blog/2016/11/dealing-peoples-clutter/">Dealing With Other People&rsquo;s Clutter</a> &mdash; You first need to come to terms with the reality that the stuff isn't yours, so you don't get to touch or throw something away just because you want it gone. Instead, be proactive and offer storage solutions that will encourage organization and decluttering. [Get Organized Wizard]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.shebudgets.com/personal-finance/how-a-journal-can-help-get-your-finances-in-order/71487">How a Journal Can Help Get Your Finances in Order</a> &mdash; A financial journal can help you be more mindful of your money. It can be the place where you reflect on your financial decisions. [SheBudgets]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyqanda.com/what-to-do-with-an-inheritance/">3 Crucial Money Moves To Take After Receiving an Inheritance</a> &mdash; Most inheritances aren't cut and dry where you receive a lump sum of money &mdash; there might be stipulations, time limits, age limits, and steady drips of funds. It's important that you understand the terms of any inheritance you receive. [Money Q&amp;A]</p> <p><a href="https://www.savingfreak.com/questions-to-ask-before-starting-a-small-business/">25 Questions to Ask Before Starting a Small Business</a> &mdash; If you're considering starting a small business, answering these 25 questions will help you decide what plan of action to take. [Saving Freak]</p> <p><a href="http://www.lifeoptimizer.org/2016/11/03/meaningful-life-without-money-worries/">How to Live a Meaningful Life Without Money Worries</a> &mdash; Money shouldn't be your main motivation. If you want to live a meaningful life, find ways to contribute to a cause that you care about. [Life Optimizer]</p> <p><a href="http://www.theorderexpert.com/thoughtful-ways-be-more-organized/">3 Thoughtful Ways to Be More Organized</a> &mdash; Organization doesn't just happen. Plan your work in advance so you know exactly what you need to do organize your space. [The Order Expert]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-find-money-you-didnt-know-you-had">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-make-an-extra-1000-this-summer">9 Ways to Make an Extra $1,000 This Summer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-great-retirement-jobs">6 Great Retirement Jobs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-to-make-money-from-valentines-day">13 Ways to Make Money From Valentine&#039;s Day</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-400-a-week-as-a-pet-sitter">How to Make $400+ a Week as a Pet Sitter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-hobby-pay-its-way">Make Your Hobby Pay Its Way</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income best money tips extra money Mon, 07 Nov 2016 10:00:17 +0000 Amy Lu 1827216 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Holiday Gigs That Are Perfect for Introverts http://www.wisebread.com/5-holiday-gigs-that-are-perfect-for-introverts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-holiday-gigs-that-are-perfect-for-introverts" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_91751979_MEDIUM.jpg" alt="these are good side jobs for introverts" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The average American spends nearly <a href="http://www.americanresearchgroup.com/holiday/">$900 a year on the holidays</a> &mdash; from buying gifts to preparing special meals. That's a major expense, and many families take months to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/oops-i-maxed-out-my-credit-cards-now-what">pay off their holiday bills</a> after the season. To offset the costs of the holidays, bolster savings, and pay down debt, many people turn to seasonal jobs. Some people work a second job and take advantage of employee discounts to stretch their budgets.</p> <p>But if you are an introvert, the thought of working the busy counter at a department store or handling returns in customer service can be overwhelming. But that doesn't mean you cannot make extra money this holiday season. There are plenty of jobs you can do without being surrounded by people. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-reasons-introverts-make-the-best-employees?ref=seealso">6 Reasons Introverts Make the Best Employees</a>)</p> <h2>1. Customer Service Representative</h2> <p>While customer service may sound like the worst gig for an introvert, modern roles can be a good fit. Many allow you to work from home, and many companies use chat or email rather than phone support. You can thoughtfully write your answers without feeling the pressure of a face-to-face conversation in the comfort of your own home. For example, <a href="https://remoteok.io/remote-jobs/10258-remote-seasonal-work-from-home-1-800-flowers-customer-service-rep-sutherland-global-services-cloudsource">1-800-Flowers</a> is hiring remote customer service positions to work through the holiday season. You need to meet certain technology requirements, but it can be a great work-from-home option.</p> <h2>2. Stock Associate</h2> <p>While working in the mall may sound like your worst nightmare, stocking can be a perfect fit for an introvert. Stockers usually work before or after normal operating hours, so you work in a relatively quiet environment, making sure there's inventory on the shelves and keeping everything organized. Right now, makeup giant <a href="https://jobs.sephora.com/search/?q=seasonal+stock&amp;locationsearch=">Sephora</a> is hiring over 1,900 seasonal stock associates at locations nationwide.</p> <h2>3. Delivery Driver</h2> <p>If you like driving but making small-talk with passengers makes you nervous, then working as a delivery driver may be a good option for you. Whether you work for UPS, FedEx, or <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-you-can-earn-18-to-25-an-hour-with-amazon-flex">Amazon Flex</a>, you can make money by delivering packages without having to do a lot of chatting.</p> <h2>4. Data Entry</h2> <p>While the work may not be the most fascinating, data entry is a big seasonal job. Businesses are trying to wrap up their accounts and reporting before the year's end, and often need help. Some allow you to work from home, but most will ask you to come in and work in the office. But because accuracy is so important, no one will bat an eye if you put on your headphones to block out the office and do your work. Companies like <a href="http://www.jobs.net/jobs/jacksonhewitt/en-us/search/?keyword=seasonal&amp;location=">Jackson Hewitt</a> are hiring data entry seasonal workers now.</p> <h2>5. Package Handlers</h2> <p>Package handlers sort and load packages for delivery for companies like FedEx and ProLogistix. Without customer interaction, it's a good job for introverts who do not mind doing repetitive work.</p> <p>The end of the year and holiday season can be an opportunity to earn extra money, helping you pay off debt and build up your <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/change-jars-and-8-other-clever-ways-to-build-an-emergency-fund">emergency fund</a>. While being an introvert can make finding seasonal work more challenging, there are many opportunities available now that would be a good fit. Apply now to improve your chances of getting a holiday side gig and make money for the holidays.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kat-tretina">Kat Tretina</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-holiday-gigs-that-are-perfect-for-introverts">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-68-best-ways-to-make-money-that-are-actually-fun">Flashback Friday: 68 Best Ways to Make Money That Are Actually Fun</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-smart-summer-side-jobs-for-new-grads">6 Smart Summer Side Jobs for New Grads</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-terrible-work-from-home-jobs-you-should-avoid">8 Terrible Work-From-Home &quot;Jobs&quot; You Should Avoid</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/check-out-these-5-legit-mystery-shopping-gigs">Check Out These 5 Legit Mystery Shopping Gigs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-part-time-jobs-to-do-while-your-kids-are-at-school">17 Part-Time Jobs to Do While Your Kids Are at School</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income Job Hunting Lifestyle holiday jobs introvert jobs introverts job search side hustle side jobs Thu, 03 Nov 2016 10:00:09 +0000 Kat Tretina 1825851 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Earn Extra Income With Twitter http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-earn-extra-income-with-twitter <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-earn-extra-income-with-twitter" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_73433583_MEDIUM.jpg" alt="make extra money with twitter" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you spend time on Twitter, you have likely seen promoted posts from celebrities hawking products. Kim Kardashian, the queen of social media, reportedly makes $10,000 a tweet. But even if you are not a celebrity, you can still make plenty of money from social media. If you have a strong following on Twitter, you can turn it into an income stream. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-social-media-can-save-you-money?ref=seealso">6 Ways Social Media Can Save You Money</a>)</p> <h2>What You Need to Make Money</h2> <p>To make money off of Twitter, you need to have an account with a following. The money you can charge is based on a variety of factors. If you have a smaller fan base, but your followers are very engaged with your posts, you can charge more than someone with a large but disconnected following.</p> <p>To be able to charge clients for tweets, you should build an audience of several thousand followers. Build your following by regularly posting content throughout the day. But most importantly, be social. Reply and tweet to other people to start conversations. Participate in Twitter chats to meet new people and get your name out there.</p> <h2>How to Get Connected to Advertisers</h2> <p>There are many different ways to get connected to advertisers, including sites that act as the middleman.</p> <h3>Use PaidPerTweet</h3> <p><a href="http://www.paidpertweet.com">PaidPerTweet </a>connects advertisers with millions of users, from celebrities to bloggers and everyday people. For a fee, advertisers can select a user to issue a tweet from their account. Fees range from $1 a post to $5,000 a post. For example, comedian George Lopez charges $2,000 a tweet. &quot;Camibeth33,&quot; a self-described social media junkie, charges just $1 a tweet to reach her 9,000 followers.</p> <h3>Reach Out to Brands Directly</h3> <p>While PaidPerTweet can connect you to advertisers, there is no guarantee anyone will select you out of the millions of users. That's why it makes sense to skip the intermediary and reach out to brands yourself. For example, if you tweet often about beauty products and style trends, connect with growing brands to see if they'd want to get their products in front of your followers. Many times, a groundswell of normal people can launch a brand more successfully than hiring a celebrity spokesperson, as the regular person has more credibility and authenticity.</p> <h3>Post Great Content and Sit Back</h3> <p>If you post great content regularly and build your audience, chances are, brands will come to you. List in your profile that you are PR friendly, and you will likely receive messages from companies asking you to post reviews of their products in return for free trials or a fee.</p> <h2>Other Ways to Make Money on Twitter</h2> <p>Besides getting paid to tweet, there is another way to make income from your Twitter account. Sign up for affiliate accounts and tweet links to your favorite products.</p> <p>Some sites, like <a href="http://about.shopstyle.com/">Shopstyle</a>, pay you per click. Every time someone clicks on a link you tweet, you get a few cents. On other platforms, like <a href="http://www.amazon.com">Amazon's</a> affiliate program, you get a percentage of whatever purchase users make. If they click on your item, but buy other things as well, you also get a percentage of those sales.</p> <p>When using affiliate links, it's best to focus in on a specific niche, such as fashion, beauty, pet care, or technology. The products you feature should fit the theme of other content you post regularly. So if you post a lot of dog pictures, tweeting out links to kibble brands or grooming tools will be a natural fit.</p> <p>Use affiliate links sparingly so it doesn't become spammy, and post products you have actually used and like. That will be more appealing to your followers and encourage more clicks and purchases.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kat-tretina">Kat Tretina</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-earn-extra-income-with-twitter">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-money-tweeting-0">How to Make Money Tweeting</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-you-can-earn-18-to-25-an-hour-with-amazon-flex">How You Can Earn $18 to $25 an Hour With Amazon Flex</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-part-time-jobs-to-do-while-your-kids-are-at-school">17 Part-Time Jobs to Do While Your Kids Are at School</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-social-media-can-save-you-money">6 Ways Social Media Can Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-launch-your-second-career">How to Launch Your Second Career</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income Technology advertising paid tweets side hustle side job social media tweets twitter Wed, 02 Nov 2016 09:30:31 +0000 Kat Tretina 1825231 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: How to Resell Dollar Store Goods http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-resell-dollar-store-goods <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-how-to-resell-dollar-store-goods" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_selling_basket_75889333.jpg" alt="Woman learning how to resell dollar store goods" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found articles on two tricks to help you resell anything from a dollar store, states to avoid in retirement, and how to disagree without getting angry.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://flippingincome.com/resell-anything-from-dollar-stores-with-these-two-tricks/">Resell Anything From Dollar Stores With These Two Tricks</a> &mdash; You can individual parts at a dollar store and then sell them as bundled sets for maximum profit. [Flipping Income]</p> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/article/retirement/T047-C000-S001-3-states-to-avoid-in-retirement.html">3 States to Avoid in Retirement</a> &mdash; These states are the worst places to retire in based on living costs, taxes, and other factors important to retirees. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://productivitytheory.com/disagree-without-getting-angry/">How To Disagree Without Getting Angry</a> &mdash; Focus on expressing your own thoughts instead of trying to attack the views of the other person. [Productivity Theory]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2016/1023/These-two-features-help-men-s-dress-shoes-last-forever">These two features help men's dress shoes last forever</a> &mdash; High-quality shoes can be expensive, but they'll last years (even decades!) longer than a cheaper pair. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.experian.com/blogs/news/about/money-lessons-teach-kids/">The Most Important Money Lessons to Teach Kids</a> &mdash; It's important to talk to your kids about money early on. Join Experian's #CreditChat tomorrow at 3 p.m. ET for a discussion on the most important money lessons to teach kids at every age. [Experian]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Get-Motivated-42630094">How to Get Your Sh*t Together When You&rsquo;re Feeling Stagnant</a> &mdash; Adapt healthy habits, like cooking at home and exercising regularly. It makes a huge difference when you make an effort to take care of yourself. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2016/10/you-can-build-a-fortune-on-a-small-income.html">You Can Build a Fortune on a Small Income</a> &mdash; It's entirely possible to build a fortune if you save even a modest amount for a long time. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneyreasons.com/2016/10/protect-parked-car-questionable-street/">How to Protect Your Parked Car on a Questionable Street</a> &mdash; Engage the emergency brake to make it harder for thieves to roll your car away.&nbsp; [Money Reasons]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyqanda.com/budget-guide-infographic/">A Budget Guide for Every Income &ndash; Boost Your Wallet With These Budgeting Tips</a> &mdash; Here are three ways to build a budget that works for you. [Money Q&amp;A]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/what-to-do-with-all-that-halloween-candy">What to Do With All That Halloween Candy</a> &mdash; Allowing your kids unfettered access to their Halloween candy is a recipe for toothache. Set guidelines for when they can eat the candy and how much. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-resell-dollar-store-goods">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-cash-back-credit-cards">5 Best Cash Back Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-earn-extra-income-while-christmas-shopping">8 Ways to Earn Extra Income While Christmas Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/check-out-these-5-legit-mystery-shopping-gigs">Check Out These 5 Legit Mystery Shopping Gigs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/22-websites-that-will-pay-you-to-write-for-them">22 Websites That Will Pay You to Write for Them</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-earn-extra-income-with-twitter">How to Earn Extra Income With Twitter</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income best money tips dollar store Tue, 01 Nov 2016 09:30:37 +0000 Amy Lu 1824620 at http://www.wisebread.com Check Out These 5 Legit Mystery Shopping Gigs http://www.wisebread.com/check-out-these-5-legit-mystery-shopping-gigs <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/check-out-these-5-legit-mystery-shopping-gigs" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_72359019_LARGE.jpg" alt="get paid to mystery shop" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The idea of someone paying you to shop is quite an attractive draw. But unfortunately, due to rampant scams over the years, many shoppers roll their eyes at the idea of being a mystery or &quot;secret&quot; shopper. With this in mind, I want to detail some completely legitimate companies that will indeed pay you to shop and provide detailed feedback about your shopping experience.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-truths-from-a-mystery-shopper-you-must-read-before-you-get-started">Mystery shopping jobs</a> could be anything from walking into a convenience store and examining the cleanliness of the joint, to making a purchase from a major retailer and grading your overall customer service experience. It's definitely not a get-rich-quick scheme, but a legit way to make some extra money, often on shopping you'd be doing anyway. Here are a few companies worth pursuing.</p> <h2>1. BestMark</h2> <p>For over 30 years, the folks at&nbsp;<a href="https://www.bestmark.com/become_a_shopper.htm">BestMark</a> have been providing valuable data and information to retailers via their mystery shopping program. They provide 10,000+ mystery shopping assignments every month that span over 12 industries. If you're at least 19, have reliable transportation, and Internet access, you can apply for jobs in your local area. The key to success with your &quot;shops&quot; is a keen eye for detail and the ability to express them concisely via written reports. Your initial jobs, referred to as &quot;shops,&quot; will pay in the $7-$20 range each. Once you get your foot in the door and start to deliver excellent reports, your pay schedule can rise substantially.</p> <h2>2. IntelliShop</h2> <p>Variety is the spice of life with&nbsp;<a href="https://www.intelli-shop.com/about">IntelliShop</a>, as their mystery shopping program serves over 50 industries including retail, real estate, automotive, and restaurants. If you have at least a high school education, reliable vehicle, and a working computer with online access, you can apply. Preference will be given to those with strong writing skills. Noticing a pattern here? They also have a shopper rating system that allows you to move up on their pay schedule if you do solid work and avoid any &quot;Flake&quot; or &quot;Cancel&quot; citations. As for pay, expect $8-$20 per &quot;shop&quot; to start.</p> <h2>3. MarketForce</h2> <p>The team at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.marketforce.com/become-a-mystery-shopper">MarketForce</a> has been around since 1972 and has a strong track record of training skilled mystery shoppers to help improve a customer's overall experience. To qualify, you must have a high school diploma, a working computer with Internet access, and be at least 18 years old. They will reimburse you on any purchases that the &quot;shop&quot; assignment requires. And yes, you get to keep your purchases &mdash; which is a really cool perk. Jobs pay anywhere from $5-$50 depending on the time involved to complete them. It's also worth noting that higher paying gigs will require you to have a digital camera available for use.</p> <h2>4. Pinnacle Financial Strategies</h2> <p>Since 1995,&nbsp;<a href="http://pinnaclemysteryshopping.com/">Pinnacle</a> has been assisting financial institutions with valuable information via mystery shoppers. They have the same minimum requirements as the companies listed above; high school diploma, computer, and reliable transportation. They differentiate themselves by focusing on banks, credit unions, and financial service companies. Some jobs only take 2-3 minutes to complete, while others can last an hour or longer. Their pay schedule ranges anywhere from $4-$110 per job depending on the time involved. If you'd rather solely work from home, then their telephone and Internet shops could be a perfect fit for you.</p> <h2>5. Sinclair Customer Metrics</h2> <p><a href="http://www.sinclaircustomermetrics.com/Mystery_Shopping.cfm">Sinclair</a> has been around since 1987, and is one of the more reputable secret shopping companies in the U.S. Once approved, you can pick the &quot;shops&quot; that appeal to you. Their jobs include restaurants, banks, and retail establishments in your town. You'll start at $6-$15 per shop and get partial reimbursement on purchases (if required). Most of their assignments will take between 10-25 minutes to complete. Their training program is highly regarded and includes video tutorials on the &quot;shops&quot; that you've chosen to complete.</p> <h2>Red Flags It's a Scam</h2> <p>Unfortunately, not all mystery shop gigs are completely above board. Here are the sure-fire red flags that the mystery shopping job is a total scam.</p> <h3>Fee Required</h3> <p>If the company requires you to pay a fee before they give you any mystery shopping assignments, it's a scam. Legit companies will never require you to pay money.</p> <h3>Certification Required</h3> <p>If you're required to pay for training in order to be considered mystery shop &quot;certified,&quot; it's a scam. Legit companies will never make you pay for training.</p> <h3>Credit Card Number Required</h3> <p>While some companies may require your social security number for tax purposes, they'll never ask you for your credit card information.</p> <h3>You're Dealing With an Individual, Not a Company</h3> <p>If you find a mystery shopping gig via the Internet or Craigslist, and you're dealing with an individual rather than a company, it's almost positively a scam. Only deal with reputable companies that have a solid track record with the Better Business Bureau.</p> <p>For more information on avoiding mystery shopper scams, visit the Federal Trade Commission's <a href="https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0053-mystery-shopper-scams">page on mystery shopping</a>.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kyle-james">Kyle James</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/check-out-these-5-legit-mystery-shopping-gigs">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-68-best-ways-to-make-money-that-are-actually-fun">Flashback Friday: 68 Best Ways to Make Money That Are Actually Fun</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-holiday-gigs-that-are-perfect-for-introverts">5 Holiday Gigs That Are Perfect for Introverts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-terrible-work-from-home-jobs-you-should-avoid">8 Terrible Work-From-Home &quot;Jobs&quot; You Should Avoid</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-times-of-year-to-start-a-job-search">The Best Times of Year to Start a Job Search</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-things-you-must-do-after-the-interview-to-land-the-job">6 Things You Must Do After the Interview to Land the Job</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income Job Hunting Shopping extra income get paid to shop job hunt job search mystery shopper mystery shopping jobs side jobs side hustle Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:30:24 +0000 Kyle James 1820586 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: How to Make Money While Running Errands http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-make-money-while-running-errands <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-how-to-make-money-while-running-errands" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_shopping_errands_94209617.jpg" alt="Woman making money while running errands" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found articles on a way to make extra money while you&rsquo;re running errands, tips to spruce up any small space, and creative storage solutions.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/how-make-extra-money-while-running-errands/">How to Make Extra Money While Running Errands</a> &mdash; If you're out and about anyway, you can make some extra cash for the holidays by delivery packages. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/home/5-Tips-Make-Any-Small-Space-Sing-42465911">5 Tips to Make Any Small Space Sing</a> &mdash; Make use of your vertical space! Bookshelves and racks can house an assortment of things, and you can display cards and photos on bulletin boards. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/2016/10/21/10-creative-storage-solutions/">10 Creative Storage Solutions</a> &mdash; Use paint, paper, a or fabric to dress up boxes, jars, cans, and other organizational items. [Living Well Spending Less]</p> <p><a href="http://savingdollarsandsense.com/how-and-where-to-store-your-produce-to-make-it-last/">How And Where To Store Your Produce To Make It Last</a> &mdash; Onions and potatoes both benefit from dry, cool, and dark spaces with plenty of air flow, but DO NOT store them together. Onions give off a gas that makes potatoes sprout and rot more quickly. [Saving Dollars &amp; Sense]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2016/1018/Value-of-graduate-school-degree-varies-by-field">Value of graduate school degree varies by field</a> &mdash; When you return to school for a second degree, odds are you're doing it for career advancement, a higher salary, or both. That's why it's important to figure out if the degree you're seeking will give you a good return for your time and money. [The Monitor]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.northerncheapskate.com/ways-to-save-money-on-groceries-without-clipping-coupons/">Ways to Save Money on Groceries Without Clipping Coupons</a> &mdash; You'll find more sales during the midweek than on weekends. [Northern Cheapskate]</p> <p><a href="http://fitzvillafuerte.com/8-questions-ask-know-youre-ready-buy-house.html">8 Questions to Ask Yourself to Know If You&rsquo;re Ready to Buy a House</a> &mdash; As a homeowner, you are responsible for your property. That means you should know how to clean it, maintain it, and fix basic home problems like a leaky faucet or a broken fixture. [Ready To Be Rich]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thepennyhoarder.com/avoid-these-simple-cover-letter-mistakes/">4 Little-Known Mistakes You&rsquo;re Probably Making on Your Cover Letters</a> &mdash; Don't gush on your cover letter. Sounding too desperate can turn hiring managers off. [The Penny Hoarder]</p> <p><a href="http://www.takeasmartstep.com/are-you-getting-good-financial-advice/">5 Ways to Know You Are Getting The Best Financial Advice</a> &mdash; Watch out for scare tactics! The person giving the advice may be trying to get you to make an emotional decision. [Smart Step]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-to-prepare-your-home-for-a-safe-halloween">How to Prepare Your Home for a Safe Halloween</a> &mdash; Add decorative lights to illuminate the path to your door and to help keep visitors safe. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-make-money-while-running-errands">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-hobby-pay-its-way">Make Your Hobby Pay Its Way</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-68-best-ways-to-make-money-that-are-actually-fun">Flashback Friday: 68 Best Ways to Make Money That Are Actually Fun</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-money-making-activities-you-can-do-today">5 Money Making Activities You Can Do Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-55-brilliant-ways-to-turn-your-junk-into-cash">Flashback Friday: 55 Brilliant Ways to Turn Your Junk Into Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-cash-back-credit-cards">5 Best Cash Back Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income best money tips make money Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:00:16 +0000 Amy Lu 1818064 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Launch Your Second Career http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-launch-your-second-career <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-launch-your-second-career" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_80656757_MEDIUM.jpg" alt="how to launch a second career" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The decision to re-enter the workforce, or switch industries, is not one that can be taken lightly. Maybe you're trying to make more money to support your family, or earn extra cash in retirement to fund vacations and create a better standard of living. Perhaps you've been a stay-at-home parent who now has the opportunity to get back into a career, or you simply want to learn something new, interact with people, and feel challenged.</p> <p>Whatever your motivation, acting on that decision to launch a second career can be overwhelming. Can you go back into the job you once had, or has it significantly changed since you left it. Are you ready to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-unexpected-side-benefits-of-your-side-hustle">start a new career</a>? Do you even have the time and money to do so? Before you dive in, here's some advice to guide you through this tricky time.</p> <h2>Adjust Your Expectations</h2> <p>Technology has changed quickly, and the job skills you possessed before may be considered obsolete now. Picking up right where you left off may not be possible, so take a step back and carefully examine your skills, and the current state of the industry. If you were working in a field that has undergone little-to-no change over the years, such as tailoring or baking, you should have no problem adjusting. But if you were in advertising, medicine, IT, engineering, or finance, you could find the radical changes in the industry will severely hinder your usefulness to an employer. Retraining, and even working for free to gain experience, will be invaluable.</p> <p>In the case of a second, new career, even though you have matured and you believe you have more to offer, that doesn't translate well to an employer. It's not enough to have &quot;quick learner&quot; on your resume. Expect and accept that in order to go forward, you will almost certainly have to retrain and acquire new skills before you can even think of submitting a resume.</p> <p>While you're working on that, find a job &mdash; any job &mdash; that can get you back into the workforce. Not only is this incredibly helpful at re-acquainting you with a daily routine, and working with others, but it also puts something solid on your resume. Someone who is actively employed, and gaining experience, is more appealing to a future employer than someone who is &quot;waiting for the ideal opportunity.&quot;</p> <h2>Realize It's Never Too Late to Change</h2> <p>Entering a new field might be scary because you feel you are competing with the younger crowd. Sure, you may have regrets about not switching gears sooner, but let that go. It's not too late. In fact, it's never too late. If you have the drive, the enthusiasm, and the fortitude, you can make a go of it regardless of your age.</p> <p>And here's something else to ponder. If you had entered a new career years ago, it may not have been the right time for you. You may not have had the right level of maturity, or the industry could have been in turmoil (imagine switching to real estate just before the subprime mortgage collapse). The time you have spent between your last day on the job and re-entering the workforce has given you perspective, experience, and wisdom. Let it work in your favor.</p> <h2>Consider If Your Hobby Can Become a Business</h2> <p>It's a question many people ask themselves when they are considering a career change. That thing you love doing in your spare time &mdash; can it become your main source of income? Usually, hobbies require an investment of time and money, so turning that into a moneymaker could be a losing proposition. Even if your particular hobby creates something that is in great demand, do the costs of the materials and the time it takes to create it make financial sense? You will need to crunch the numbers and see if scaling the operation into a full-time venture is possible. And remember, most new businesses see little-to-no profit during the first few years, so even if it's in the cards, you'll need another source of income in the meantime.</p> <h2>Look for Something That Fulfills You</h2> <p>Many people leave high profile jobs with the hope of doing good and helping others. It may result in less pay and benefits, but the rewards far outweigh the financial setback. For example, a journalism professor in a local university in Colorado used to write for the <em>NY Times</em>, and <em>Fortune</em> magazine. He gave that up to teach others what he knows, trading the tight deadlines and stress for a career in education. And as his students will tell you, they have never met a more fantastic and enthusiastic teacher or mentor. If you already have a bachelor's degree, and something like this inspires you, remember that you can get a master's degree. You, too, could go into teaching. If not teaching, what else inspires you? Is it working with sick animals? Pursue a dream, if you can.</p> <h2>Take a Class or Two to Brush Up Your Skills</h2> <p>This scares a lot of people off, but it shouldn't. You don't have to enroll in college. Community centers, libraries, and other adult learning centers offer a wide variety of classes &mdash; many of them free &mdash; to brush up on skills, learn computer programs, or to start your own business. This also looks great on your resume, and demonstrates to potential employers that you're being active about getting back in the game.</p> <h2>Ask Yourself If a New Career Even Possible Right Now</h2> <p>This is a tough question to ask yourself, but it's a crucial one. After everything you have read, you must consider your options, and the reality of the marketplace. Is this the right time for you to switch careers, or re-enter the workforce? Do your research. Ask friends and colleagues who are out there making a living in those areas you're interested in. And while you take all that in, it's very possible you may have to remain in your current profession, or one closely related to it, for a little while longer. It's a good way to use contacts to open doors for other opportunities in the future.</p> <h2>See Your Break as a Blessing</h2> <p>Your potential new employer may appreciate the fact that you're coming into their business with a fresh perspective, instead of comparing the way they do business to the way your previous employer did. You're excited to learn everything you can because this is truly a fresh start that can change your life in many ways. You will meet new people and develop new skills. It's an exciting time that should be embraced, and how often do we get the chance to really start over?</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-launch-your-second-career">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-earn-extra-income-with-twitter">How to Earn Extra Income With Twitter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-you-can-earn-18-to-25-an-hour-with-amazon-flex">How You Can Earn $18 to $25 an Hour With Amazon Flex</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-part-time-jobs-to-do-while-your-kids-are-at-school">17 Part-Time Jobs to Do While Your Kids Are at School</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-turn-your-stress-into-money">8 Ways to Turn Your Stress Into Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-you-really-make-a-living-as-an-ebook-writer">Can You Really Make a Living as an Ebook Writer?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Extra Income career transition launch your career second career side hustle side job Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:30:24 +0000 Paul Michael 1818052 at http://www.wisebread.com 11 Retail Gigs That Pay Well and Offer Benefits http://www.wisebread.com/11-retail-gigs-that-pay-well-and-offer-benefits <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-retail-gigs-that-pay-well-and-offer-benefits" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_85190881_MEDIUM.jpg" alt="These retail jobs offer good pay and benefits" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I always find the correlation between good hourly pay and and strong customer service to be interesting. It seems the better taken care of the employees are (making decent wages and getting good benefits), the happier they'll be at work. With that in mind, here are 11 places to work that not only have an average hourly pay rate over $10, but also offer <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-part-time-jobs-that-offer-college-benefits">pretty nice perks</a> to boot.</p> <h2>1. ALDI Grocery Chain</h2> <p>The&nbsp;<a href="https://careers.aldi.us/">ALDI grocery chain</a> offers a very competitive salary and benefits package. According to Glassdoor.com, <a href="https://www.glassdoor.com/Salary/ALDI-Salaries-E7337.htm">associates make on average $11.88 an hour</a>, with store managers making in excess of $60,000 annually. They also offer a very good medical and dental plan for all full-time employees. The 401K contribution match at ALDI is&nbsp;dollar for dollar match on the first 5%.&nbsp;Additionally, part-time employees with at least 25 hours are eligible for medical/dental benefits.</p> <h2>2. Costco</h2> <p>A job at Costco Wholesale has always been in high demand, and when you delve into their salary and benefits package, you start to understand why. The average cashier at Costco earns a very competitive $14.63 an hour and a stocker earns $13.34 hourly. Their excellent&nbsp;<a href="http://www.costco.com/benefits.html">benefits package</a>, which includes dental, vision, and medical, is available to both full and part-time employees. Full-time workers are eligible after 90 days of employment and part-timers after 180. More cool perks include Sunday overtime which starts at about $17.50/hour and a 401K program which matches your contribution at $0.50 for every dollar, up to $1,000, for your first year. Throw in a stock purchase plan that waives all fees and commissions and Costco can be a very lucrative place to work.</p> <h2>3. H&amp;M Fashion</h2> <p>H&amp;M hourly employees come in at about $10.95 per hour with a strong benefits package to both part-time and full-time employees. The fact that<a href="https://career.hm.com/content/hmcareer/en_us/workingathm/get-to-know-us/benefits.html"> they offer medical and vision plans</a> to ALL employees is what makes H&amp;M stand out from other clothing retailers. They then go one step further and offer perks like pet insurance, 401Ks with company match, life insurance, Metlife auto insurance, plus a liberal 25% employee discount on all in-store purchases. You'd be smart to add H&amp;M to your &quot;must-apply&quot; job list.</p> <h2>4. IKEA</h2> <p>The Swedish furniture and home décor company known as&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ikea.com/ms/en_US/this-is-ikea/working-at-the-ikea-group/">IKEA</a> can be a financially rewarding place to work. Their average pay for sales associates averages a solid $11 per hour. Also, if you work more than 20 hours per week, you'll qualify for health benefits. All employees will qualify for a 401K plan (5% match), paid time off and a generous 15% employee discount even on clearance and &quot;as-Is&quot; products.</p> <h2>5. &amp; 6. Lowe's and Home Depot</h2> <p>I think it's fair to group both Home Depot and <a href="http://careers.lowes.com/why-lowes/">Lowe's</a> together, as their salary and benefit packages are quite similar. The average customer service associate at Lowe's earns a respectable $11.05 an hour, while <a href="https://careers.homedepot.com/">Home Depot</a> pays about <a href="https://www.glassdoor.com/Benefits/The-Home-Depot-US-Benefits-EI_IE655.0,14_IL.15,17_IN1.htm">$11.40 per hour</a>. Both home improvement warehouses offer benefits packages that are fairly solid for full-time workers, but are quite expensive for part-time workers. As a matter of fact, part-time employees at Lowe's have to pay for their entire first year health plan and 40% thereafter.</p> <h2>7. Nike Store</h2> <p>Nike Store employees are paid on average slightly above $10 an hour. <a href="http://retailjobs.nike.com/article/benefits">Their benefits package</a> is what makes them stand out. While full-timers are offered medical and dental shortly after employment, part-timers with at least one year of employment under their belts are offered a very competitive health coverage with a reasonable $1,000 deductible. Once your deductible is met, Nike will pay for 80% of any accrued medical costs. All employees are also offered a 15% discount toward the purchase of Nike stock. They also encourage their employees to buy Nike gear as they offer a 30% discount at the Nike Outlet and 20% off all purchases at NikeTown.</p> <h2>8. Nordstrom</h2> <p>The average sales associate at Nordstrom makes about $11.70 an hour plus commission, which starts at 6.75% but can vary by department. Some <a href="http://www.seattlepi.com/business/article/Nordstrom-salesman-s-million-dollar-secret-is-in-1140669.php">savvy Nordstrom sales employees</a> have even earned upwards of $1 million dollars annually. While it appears Nordstrom offered health benefits to part-timers at one point, this no longer seems to be the case. Only full-time employees are eligible for medical and dental these days. Also, all employees score a 20% discount on Nordstrom merchandise, and 33% when you reach management level. Not too shabby. Throw in a <a href="http://about.nordstrom.com/careers/#/about-us/benefits">competitive 401K plan</a> with company matching, and they are one of the most solid retail jobs going today.</p> <h2>9. REI Co-Op</h2> <p>Hourly sales associates at REI make $11.40 on average, but it's their commitment to employee satisfaction that's remarkable. For example, on <a href="http://newsroom.rei.com/news/corporate/rei-closing-its-doors-on-black-friday-invites-nation-to-optoutside.htm">Black Friday last year</a>, REI was one of only a couple large retailers that closed their doors and told their employees to stay home and spend time with family. They even offer workers two paid days off per year, called &quot;<a href="http://blog.rei.com/social/rei-employees-get-outside-and-play-with-yay-days/">Yay Days</a>,&quot; to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. They also offer a competitive benefits package that both part-time and full-time employees are eligible for. On top of that, all employees get a 50% discount on REI-branded products and 30% on all other brands. Toss in one of the better employee 401K plans, with 6% matching, and REI might be a smart place to apply.</p> <h2>10. Trader Joe's</h2> <p>Right off the bat, <a href="http://www.traderjoes.com/careers">Trader Joe's is a highly desirable place to work</a> as hourly employees make around $13.50 an hour. They are also one of the only grocery chains that offers health and dental benefits to part-time workers who work at least 30 hours a week. Work less than 30 hours a week, and they'll cut out the medical coverage. Throw in a free gym membership after six months of employment, a 10% employee discount, and it's no wonder that Trader Joe's employees typically have smiles on their faces and a kind word to exchange with shoppers.</p> <h2>11. Whole Foods</h2> <p>The average hourly rate for Whole Foods employees is a couple dollars less than Trader Joe's at about $11.50 an hour. While expensive for part-timers, if you work at least 20 hours a week, you'll be eligible for a high-deductible medical plan. They do beat Trader Joe's when it comes to their 20% employee discount, which is a nice money-saving perk. Also, they have some <a href="http://fortune.com/2011/05/18/5-reasons-why-its-great-to-work-at-whole-foods/">cool employee perks</a> like paid time-off, massage therapy, language classes, and even yoga classes.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kyle-james">Kyle James</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-retail-gigs-that-pay-well-and-offer-benefits">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-great-retail-jobs-for-working-parents">5 Great Retail Jobs for Working Parents</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-employer-benefits-that-can-leave-more-spending-money-in-your-pockets">7 Employer Benefits That Can Leave More Spending Money in Your Pockets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/check-out-these-5-legit-mystery-shopping-gigs">Check Out These 5 Legit Mystery Shopping Gigs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-holiday-gigs-that-are-perfect-for-introverts">5 Holiday Gigs That Are Perfect for Introverts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/22-websites-that-will-pay-you-to-write-for-them">22 Websites That Will Pay You to Write for Them</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income Job Hunting benefits common job search mistakes health benefits insurance jobs that pay well retail gigs retail jobs Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:00:11 +0000 Kyle James 1816659 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Come Up With $1,000 in the Next 30 Days http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-come-up-with-1000-in-the-next-30-days <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-come-up-with-1000-in-the-next-30-days" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_money_jar_19788438.jpg" alt="Woman coming up with $1,000 in 30 days" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A few years ago, I needed to come up with about $1,000 quickly. I moved into a new house that had a perfect spot for a flat screen TV &mdash; but I didn&rsquo;t have a flat screen TV. I made a deal with myself that I could to go ahead and buy a TV, even though it was certainly a luxury item. But I would need to come up with the cash first without breaking my budget.</p> <p>Football season was starting, so I wanted to get the money together as quickly as possible and get the new TV installed. The challenge was on!</p> <h2>The Game Plan: $1,000 in 30 Days</h2> <p>I needed a way to keep track of my progress so I would know when I had come up with enough money to buy a TV. I went with a very simple approach: I kept the TV money in an envelope and wrote the total on the outside of the envelope as I added more. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-comprehensive-guide-to-the-envelope-system?ref=seealso">A Comprehensive Guide to the Envelope System</a>)</p> <h3>Get Motivated</h3> <p>I also made a chart to keep on the refrigerator so the whole family could track the progress. As we added more money to the TV fund, I increased the length of the bar on the chart, moving it closer to the goal on the right side of the page.</p> <p>Keeping a visible reminder of progress toward the savings goal was a great motivation and communication tool. This encouraged everyone to think of ways to save more money so we could get a TV faster. Plus, I never had to answer questions about whether we could buy the TV yet. The answer was on the chart.</p> <p>The next issue was to figure out how to get extra money to put in my empty envelope. There are two basic approaches to getting money together: either make extra money somehow, or cut expenses and apply the savings toward your goal. If you want to come up with $1,000 in 30 days to pay off a big bill or save up some cash for the holidays, you will likely need to both make extra money and cut expenses.</p> <h2>How to Get Extra Money</h2> <p>A simple approach to coming up with extra money quickly is to sell some stuff that you no longer need or use. You may also be able to turn some of your extra time into money, as well.</p> <h3>Sell, Sell, Sell</h3> <p>It is easier than ever to sell things to get cash quickly &mdash; just what you need to help meet your goal of $1,000 in 30 days. I made some extra money for my TV fund by having a garage sale and selling items on Craigslist and eBay.</p> <p>I made a few hundred dollars at my garage sale selling a variety of things, including some patio furniture and a bunk bed that my kids outgrew. I sold some collectibles on eBay, and on Craigslist I found buyers for my old rototiller, a ladder, and some tools I no longer needed. It was amazing that people wanted to buy almost anything I wanted to sell! Altogether, I made about $800 by selling unneeded items.</p> <p>One of the benefits of selling at a garage sale, or on Craigslist or eBay, is that you get the money quickly. Consignment stores are a convenient place to sell extra items, but your stuff may take longer than 30 days to sell. If you need money quickly, selling at a consignment shop may not be fast enough.</p> <h3>Return, Return, Return</h3> <p>Another way I made quick money was to return some unopened items to the store. For a variety of reasons, I had accumulated some fixtures and other items for home improvement projects that I never got around to using. Much to my delight, I was able to return many of the items to the store and get my money back. I also had some new clothes that still had the tags and decided to return these too, and put the money into the TV fund.</p> <h3>Dig Deep</h3> <p>A natural place to round up some money was from the change jar. I also found some spare change in my car. I rounded up all of the change I could find and took it to my credit union to get about $75 in bills to put in my envelope.</p> <p>Some other ideas to get some quick money:</p> <ul> <li>If you rent your house, offer to take care of some maintenance in exchange for reduced rent that month. I once cleaned out the gutters and repaired some screen windows and got $100 off my rent.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Take on a temporary part-time job. I started blogging to make extra money, but it took more than 30 days for the money to start coming in. You might be able take on an odd job such as working at a retail store or delivering newspapers to get some extra cash.</li> </ul> <h2>How to Cut Spending Fast</h2> <p>The second approach to getting extra money quickly is to do some good old fashioned cost-cutting. Even if you have your expenses on a short leash, it seems like there is always room to cut back a bit more, especially for a short time like 30 days.</p> <h3>Mind the Weekend</h3> <p>A good way to jump-start spending reduction is to limit your spending to paying bills, buying food, and putting gas in your car. Eliminate other spending as much as possible during the next 30 days. Put any optional spending on hold, such as buying clothes or going to the movies. I find that weekends are especially difficult when it comes to controlling expenses &mdash; sometimes it seems like my weekends are spent driving around and spending money! Avoid <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-common-weekend-money-traps-and-how-to-avoid-them">weekend money traps</a> by staying away from situations that are likely to empty your wallet.</p> <h3>Defer Big &mdash; and Small &mdash; Purchases</h3> <p>Defer as many purchases as possible such as electronics, furniture, or sporting goods. Deferring purchases not only saves you money in the short term, but you may be able to avoid the expense altogether. For about a year, I was really interested in recumbent bikes. I read about recumbent bikes, looked at recumbent bikes in bike shops, and looked at ads for them on Craigslist almost every day. It would have been easy to spend $500 or more to get a recumbent bike, but I kept putting it off until I had the money saved up. Eventually, I realized that a recumbent bike would take up a lot of room in my garage and be too wide to ride easily on the local trails. By deferring the expense long enough, I avoided it.</p> <h3>Cut Subscriptions</h3> <p>You may be able to cut some of your bills to save money right away. Consider cutting or pausing your cable TV or satellite TV service. Depending on your package, you may be able to save $50 to $100 with one phone call. You may also be able to cut or pause your gym membership and newspaper subscription to save some money right away.</p> <p>If you run out of something during the next 30 days, try to use a substitute that you already have on hand, rather than paying to replace items. For example, if you run out of one type of cleaning product, try to use a different one that you already have. If you run out of paper towels, try to use a cloth instead. If you run out of body wash, try to use a bar of soap you have in the closet instead of buying more body wash.</p> <h3>Re-Negotiate Insurance and Other Bills</h3> <p>You might be able to reduce your insurance bill and save money this month. Call a couple competing insurance companies to get quotes on car insurance and home insurance for the same coverage. Some insurance companies offer discounts if you have multiple policies, such as home and vehicle.</p> <p>Refinancing your mortgage can be another opportunity to get some quick savings. Since most lenders charge origination fees, refinancing can make sense if you are planning to be in your house for a few years. If interest rates have dropped since you financed your home, you can reduce your mortgage payment every month.</p> <h3>Cut Food and Transport Costs</h3> <p>Food and transportation expenses are mandatory for practically everyone, but even these essential expenses can be reduced in most cases. Making your meals and coffee at home is a huge money saver &mdash; eating at a restaurant of fast food place costs about three times as much as eating at home, and avoiding the coffee shop can save you dollars per day. You should also pack a lunch to bring to the office and avoid temptation at the vending machine. If you think you&rsquo;ll be hungry later, pack a snack.</p> <p>You can save money on gas by simply driving less and making trips out for essentials only. Maybe you can even join a carpool to significantly reduce your transportation expenses.</p> <p>You may find that some of the special things you do to cut expenses during the next 30 days are things that you want to continue doing so you can have &ldquo;extra&rdquo; money all the time.</p> <h2>How Much Can You Cut?</h2> <p>How much can you cut your expenses in 30 days? Your potential savings depends on your specific expenses and what can be reduced. I saved about $200 mainly by packing my lunch every day and cutting back on dining out throughout the month.</p> <h2>Success!</h2> <p>It was a great feeling to walk into the electronics store and pay for my new TV with cash that I saved up by making extra money and cutting expenses!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dr-penny-pincher">Dr Penny Pincher</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-come-up-with-1000-in-the-next-30-days">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-brilliant-tips-from-smart-mom-rich-mom">4 Brilliant Tips From &quot;Smart Mom, Rich Mom&quot;</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/reach-your-money-goals-faster-with-a-simple-naming-trick">Reach Your Money Goals Faster With a Simple Naming Trick</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-personal-finance-skills-everyone-should-master">12 Personal Finance Skills Everyone Should Master</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-easy-ways-to-get-your-finances-fit-for-summer">10 Easy Ways to Get Your Finances Fit For Summer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-take-one-vacation-day-and-save-thousands">How to Take One Vacation Day and Save Thousands</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance Extra Income budgeting cutting costs downsizing Envelope system expenses fast money quick cash saving money selling Wed, 19 Oct 2016 09:00:08 +0000 Dr Penny Pincher 1815775 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Terrible Work-From-Home "Jobs" You Should Avoid http://www.wisebread.com/8-terrible-work-from-home-jobs-you-should-avoid <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-terrible-work-from-home-jobs-you-should-avoid" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_stressed_computer_94970603.jpg" alt="Woman avoiding terrible work-from-home &quot;jobs&quot;" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Working from home can be very rewarding, and it can provide the type of lifestyle you've been seeking. The number of remote jobs is also increasing, with 20 to 30 million people working from home at least one day a week. If you're ready to start working remotely, it's important to do your due diligence and use <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tips-for-finding-legitimate-work-at-home-opportunities">reputable job sites</a> to find a legitimate work-from-home job.</p> <p>However, there are some work-from-home jobs that just aren't worth the time or energy. According to FlexJobs, there are <a href="https://www.flexjobs.com/blog/post/7-signs-dream-craigslist-job-scam/">60-70 scams for every legitimate job</a> opportunity, so we've covered some of the most common scams to help save you time on your search. When in doubt, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.</p> <h2>1. Stuffing Envelopes</h2> <p><a href="https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0112-envelope-stuffing-schemes">Stuffing envelopes is the oldest scam</a> in the book, dating back to the 1920s. Many people consider this to be a pyramid scheme that will end up costing you more than you make. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the only way to make money from this &quot;job&quot; is to persuade your friends and family to sign up for the same scam that you did.</p> <p>Often, you'll be required to invest in a starter kit, so you'll need to spend money upfront, and typically, the kit never even arrives. It is extremely rare that anyone actually makes money stuffing envelopes, and even if you did make money, it would be in the pennies, or you would only generate income if the mailings generate responses.</p> <h2>2. Craft Making</h2> <p>It may sound like fun to craft for a living, but you will often spend more than you make with these endeavors. If you are required to pay for your own materials upfront, this is a good sign that it's a scam. In fact, most of these companies are making money selling the starter kits, not selling the assembled product. Often, the company will claim that the crafts you assembled don't meet their specifications (even if you assembled them perfectly), so you won't get paid for your hard work and will be left with assembled crafts that you can't use.</p> <h2>3. Costly Billing</h2> <p>Any position that requires you to purchase expensive computer software or equipment upfront is typically a scam. Medical billing &quot;jobs&quot; typically require this. In fact, when it comes to medical billing, the vast majority of offices choose not to outsource their billing services to individuals in order to observe health care privacy rules. Instead, they opt for established companies with on-site, trained workers.</p> <h2>4. Check Cashing</h2> <p>Typically, these types of jobs will require you to cash a check in your personal bank account. You get to keep a portion of the check and send the remainder to the hiring company. In most cases, the check is a fake and you will be held financially responsible. Cashing a check for someone puts the full responsibility on you. This means that if the check bounces, it's your responsibility to repay the debt. Along with potentially costing you money, check-cashing schemes can be illegal.</p> <h2>5. Money Laundering</h2> <p>This scheme works similarly to a check-cashing scheme. You will be asked to transfer money in and out of your personal bank account. This money may have been acquired through illegal means, which means that you could be at risk of having criminal charges brought against you.</p> <h2>6. Filling Out Surveys</h2> <p>Completing online surveys may seem like fun, easy work, but you will only get paid pennies for each one &mdash; meaning it will usually take more than a day to make just $1. These companies usually don't pay out until you've made $20 or more, which can take weeks or even months. It's just not worth your time.</p> <h2>7. Reshipping Services</h2> <p>This &quot;job&quot; may sound simple enough. You are required to accept shipped goods to then repackage and ship them to new locations. However, the items have usually been ordered with stolen credit cards, which means that you could be at risk of prosecution for the transport of stolen goods.</p> <h2>8. Postal Jobs</h2> <p>While working for the post office isn't a scam in itself, one of the most common work-from-home scams is for hidden or &quot;previously undisclosed&quot; federal government jobs, such as post office positions. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), any <a href="https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0083-government-job-scams">federal and postal job postings</a> should be free to apply to and can be found on <a href="https://www.usajobs.gov/">USAjobs.gov</a> or through the <a href="http://about.usps.com/careers/welcome.htm">USPS site</a>.</p> <p>Another common scam is paying someone to help you pass the postal exam. This exam is basically an aptitude test, so it isn't something you need to study for. Therefore, it doesn't make sense to pay for practice exams or tips to help you pass. Some companies will even offer a refund if you don't pass the postal exam, but then won't pony up when you do fail.</p> <h2>How to Avoid a Scam</h2> <p>The best way to avoid a terrible work-from-job is to do your research. Check the company out on the Better Business Bureau, look online for complaints or reviews, and think twice before spending any money on the position. You should be cautious of any job that requires you to <a href="https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0243-job-scams">pay money upfront</a> for supplies, training programs, or application processing fees. You should never have to pay to get a job. If the job title or description is generic or vague, this can also be a red flag. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-spot-work-at-home-job-scams?ref=seealso">6 Ways to Spot Work-at-Home Job Scams</a>)</p> <p>If you're confident that you're working for a legitimate company, but they still want you to purchase equipment or software upfront, inquire about the return policy if the position doesn't work out. Most importantly, you should never give out your credit card or bank account number to a potential employer. Another red flag is if they ask for any sensitive personal information, such as your social security number or driver's license number. Not only is this a red flag, but it may also put you at risk of identity theft.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-terrible-work-from-home-jobs-you-should-avoid">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-places-to-find-freelance-writing-jobs">6 Places to Find Freelance Writing Jobs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/day-job-or-freelance-which-is-right-for-you">Day Job or Freelance: Which Is Right for You?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/check-out-these-5-legit-mystery-shopping-gigs">Check Out These 5 Legit Mystery Shopping Gigs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-holiday-gigs-that-are-perfect-for-introverts">5 Holiday Gigs That Are Perfect for Introverts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/22-websites-that-will-pay-you-to-write-for-them">22 Websites That Will Pay You to Write for Them</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income Job Hunting internet scams job hunting job scams job search scams side job work from home work from home jobs Tue, 04 Oct 2016 10:00:15 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1805245 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Ways to Earn Extra Money With Your Car http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-earn-extra-money-with-your-car <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-ways-to-earn-extra-money-with-your-car" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_87220579_MEDIUM.jpg" alt="side jobs you can do with your car" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Your car is an asset in a number of ways. It can also be the perfect tool to earn some money on the side. To make the most of your investment, we've covered some of the top ways to earn extra money with your car.</p> <h2>1. Join Uber or Lyft</h2> <p>Driving for <a href="https://www.uber.com/driving-opportunities/?utm_source=AdWords_Brand&amp;utm_campaign=search-google-brand_1_-99_us-national_d_txt_acq_cpc_en-us_uber_kwd-169801042_130497870160_22880494120_e_c_track-jan21generalupdate_restructure&amp;cid=271789120&amp;adg_id=22880494120&amp;fi_id=5785351946&amp;match=e&amp;net=g&amp;dev=c&amp;dev_m=&amp;cre=130497870160&amp;kwid=kwd-169801042&amp;kw=uber&amp;placement=&amp;tar=&amp;gclid=Cj0KEQjwpNm-BRCJ3rDNmOuKi9IBEiQAlzDJH4r2HAd1VeFjKFYKf7HG8gmfBl55Y3UQ2fSlplg2xe4aAluI8P8HAQ&amp;gclsrc=aw.ds&amp;dclid=CMi-iLS5is8CFRB_YgodTLgK2Q">Uber</a> or <a href="https://www.lyft.com/drive-with-lyft">Lyft</a> works similarly to driving a taxi, except you get to use your own vehicle and set your own schedule. Lyft claims that you can make up to $35 per hour, while Uber claims that the average driver makes around $19 per hour, and drivers in big cities like New York can earn approximately $90,000 a year (before the cost of insurance and gas).</p> <p>In order to work part-time or full-time for one of these rideshare companies, you will need a clean driving record, insurance, a smartphone, and a newer model car. The signup process is quick and easy, so you can begin making money right away. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-earn-extra-money-driving-for-uber-or-lyft?ref=seealso">How to Earn Extra Money Driving for Uber or Lyft</a>)</p> <h2>2. Wrap Your Car With Paid Advertising</h2> <p>If you aren't attached to the appearance of your vehicle, consider having it wrapped in an advertisement. Companies like <a href="http://www.wrapify.com/">Wrapify</a> and <a href="http://www.carvertise.com/">Carvertise</a> can lease ad space on your car for hundreds of dollars per month. While Forbes estimates that you can make anywhere from $100-$600 per month to use your vehicle as a moving billboard, it will really depend on the service you choose, the size of your car, your daily commute, and where you live. If you drive a lot, park in a high traffic area, or have a larger vehicle, you can expect to make more with car advertisements.</p> <p>Typically, you will agree upon how much of the car will be covered and a certain period of time that the advertisement will be displayed. Then, all you need to do is drive as you normally would.</p> <h2>3. Rent It Out</h2> <p>If you are planning a trip out of town, consider renting your vehicle out for the time you're away. You can rent it to someone needing a vehicle for the time you're gone with sites like <a href="https://turo.com/list-your-car">Turo</a> and <a href="https://www.getaround.com/">Getaround</a>, or you can lease your vehicle to be used on a movie set. Getaround estimates that you can make up to $10,000 a year by a sharing your vehicle when you don't need it.</p> <p>If you have a specialty vehicle or an old vehicle (which will fit a certain time period), you can expect to make more money and get booked on more filming jobs. You can even make money just by parking your car on the set, so that it matches the look or time period the film is shooting for.</p> <h2>4. Sign Up for a Delivery Service</h2> <p>If driving people isn't your thing, consider applying for a food delivery or courier service, like <a href="https://postmates.com/apply">Postmates</a>, <a href="https://www.doordash.com/dasher/apply/">DoorDash</a>, or <a href="https://www.taskrabbit.com/">TaskRabbit</a>. You can accept jobs at will and can pick up and deliver food or items in your area.</p> <p>If you'd rather have a set schedule and more reliable source of income, consider applying at your local pizza store to deliver pizza. If you'd like to take it one step further, you can sign up for a site like <a href="https://www.instacart.com">Instacart</a>, where you can make money grocery shopping for others.</p> <h2>5. Pickup Services</h2> <p>If you have a truck or large vehicle, you can make money picking up large items or even helping people move. Services like <a href="https://www.buddytruk.com/drive/">Buddytruk</a> and GoShare will allow you to <a href="https://www.goshare.co/drivers/">earn up to $61.92 an hour</a> by using your van, truck, or SUV to transport items. You can also use a service like TaskRabbit to charge for the use of your vehicle, as well as for your manpower (for transporting or lifting heavy items).</p> <h2>6. Charge for Carpooling</h2> <p>If you have coworkers that need a ride to work, or children around the neighborhood who could take advantage of carpooling services, consider charging for these services. By charging each rider a small fee for gas, it can cover your gas bill and more. All you'll have to do is take the riders where you were already planning on going anyway.</p> <p>You can also take it one step further and offer airport picks and dropoffs. This will save your friends and family the stress and hassle of driving their own car, and it can help them avoid costly airport parking charges. Keep in mind that anytime you are charging for transportation or carpooling services, you'll need to be mindful of being on time.</p> <h2>7. Offer Driving Lessons</h2> <p>If you have nerves of steel and your stress level can handle it, consider offering driving lessons. You'll need a permit and insurance to get started. Your vehicle will also need to be adjusted to offer safer accommodations for young drivers, so you may only want to consider this if you have an extra vehicle that you don't use often.</p> <h2>Is It Worth It?</h2> <p>The extra cash can cover the cost of gas, or possibly even your car payment. With each of these money-making opportunities, there is no obligation to continue if it doesn't turn out to be very lucrative. If you find that these ideas don't work for you and your vehicle has become more of a costly liability than anything else, then maybe it's time to consider selling your car. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-best-ways-to-sell-your-car?ref=seealso">The 6 Best Ways to Sell Your Car</a>)</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-earn-extra-money-with-your-car">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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But one category of flippable finds deserves special mention: The knick-knack. If you're a thrift store shopper or estate sale hound like me, you see so many dust-catchers that it's tempting to lump them all together in the &quot;worthless clutter&quot; category. Not so fast. If you know what you're looking for, that wonderful kitsch can be worth cold, hard cash. Here are 10 knick-knacks that you can flip for easy money.</p> <h2>1. Bathroom Wall Art</h2> <p>If you're &quot;of a certain age,&quot; your parents or grandparents probably decorated their bathroom walls with little art sets of fish, seahorses, or mermaids. Well, those little sea creatures are hot items these days. In July, a pair of vintage chalkware mermaids sold for $131 online. So keep an eye out for brightly-colored sets made of chalkware (a type of molded plaster), ceramic, or Lucite.</p> <h2>2. Murano Glass</h2> <p>Murano glass is glass made by select factories on the Venetian island of Murano &mdash; a glass-making hub since the 11th century. Pieces from the 1950s and '60s are still easy to find in the U.S. and can be fairly valuable. Identifying Murano glass is tricky; collectors rely on paper labels, inscribed signatures of well-known makers, and stylistic qualities to determine authenticity. Earlier this month, an eight-inch Murano peacock sold for $190 on eBay.</p> <h2>3. Tiki Totems and Accessories</h2> <p>Tiki-inspired items decorate the basement bars of hipsters across the country. Look for drinking glasses, serving trays, ashtrays, and art &mdash; anything that captures the vintage Polynesian vibe.</p> <h2>4. Vintage Taxidermy</h2> <p>Few things scream kitsch like vintage taxidermy items. Depending on the subject matter and skill of the taxidermist, some pieces can go for hundreds of dollars. If you're selling online, it helps to stick to smaller pieces that can be packed and shipped easily.</p> <h2>5. TV Lamps</h2> <p>Like the name suggests, these lamps used to grace the tops of TVs in the middle part of the last century. By providing a bit of ambient lighting, they helped dispel early fears about potential eyesight damage from watching television in a completely dark room. Usually made of pottery and molded in the shape of animals (think panthers, horses, and birds) these little lights can bring $75-$125 online.</p> <h2>6. Concrete Garden Gnomes</h2> <p>Blame it on all those Travelocity commercials &mdash; America's affection for garden gnomes knows no bounds. Don't worry about missing paint or thick layers of moss. As long as the little creatures aren't cracked or broken, they sell well. In fact, a 20-inch vintage elf recently sold for $124.99 on eBay (plus shipping, of course!).</p> <h2>7. Mid-Century Fiber Optic Lamps</h2> <p>Funky fiber optic lamps from the 1960s and '70s are feeding collectors' hunger for all things mid-century. Look for lamps that work well and feature chrome bases (an indicator of age). Depending on size, models from companies like Fantasia Products or Cuda can bring $100-$400.</p> <h2>8. Trophies</h2> <p>Vintage trophies &mdash; particularly those from the 1920s-1950s &mdash; are highly prized by sports enthusiasts and decorators alike. Classic forms crafted of bronze, copper, pewter, or silver with bases made of stone or Bakelite (an early type of plastic) sell best.</p> <h2>9. Head Vases</h2> <p>Figural ceramic vases shaped like heads (almost always glamorous females) were all the rage in the '40s and '50s. Today, finely detailed examples by companies like Inarco, Enesco, or Lefton can rake in $100-$200.</p> <h2>10. Cat and Owl Figurines</h2> <p>In the wild world of knick-knack selling, you learn one truth early on: People absolutely love figurines of cats and owls. Chances are, if you stumble across an interesting figurine of either creature &mdash; regardless of the maker &mdash; you can flip it quickly for a respectable profit.</p> <p>Two cases in point: A not-so-special six-inch porcelain cat figurine with no maker's mark sold on eBay earlier this month for $33. And a seven-inch ceramic owl that I wouldn't have looked at twice brought $59. Trust me &mdash; the profit from cat and owl figurines alone could fund a modest retirement plan.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-old-knick-knacks-you-can-flip-for-easy-cash">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Check your kitchen. There may be lots of treasure in there.</p> <p>If you love to cook, you are likely in possession of a lot of equipment &mdash; perhaps too much. Maybe it's time to declutter. What items are sought-after by collectors? Here are nine items that could fetch you some quick cash. Time to clean out the cupboards!</p> <h2>1. Fondue Sets</h2> <p>My mother had two fondue sets, one in gold and the other in a rusty red. Fondue was a 1970s party phenomenon, and my mom led the pack. She would put on meat fondue parties, cheese fondue parties, and top it off with chocolate fondue for dessert. I learned to light a Sterno can at an early age. Fondue parties are still fun, so if you want to dig your mom's set out and convince her to sell, you can probably get $20 to $30 for it.</p> <h2>2. Cookie Cutters</h2> <p>If you have only ever used plastic cookie cutters, you are missing out. Metal cutters are far superior, as they give cookies a more identifiable shape. Some are merely cookie outlines, and some &mdash; like my grandmother's &mdash; have a nifty handle on top. The older they are (the tin will be dark), the more valuable they become as collectibles. Not only are they practical, but they also look great just as decoration in a kitchen. Depending on age and condition of the cutter, you can resell for $3 a piece, and up.</p> <h2>3. Pyrex</h2> <p>I'm a total sucker for Pyrex casserole dishes and bowls, and am willing to fight to the death at a garage sale if I see them. They're so durable, work beautifully, and come in terrific patterns. If you have some, sell them and earn cash, or watch garage sales for popular patterns to resell. Keep an eye out for patterns known as Blue Dot, Gooseberry, Butterprint or Snowflake Blue, as these tend to be more popular.</p> <h2>4. Butcher Blocks</h2> <p>Even if they aren't in the best condition, you may be able to sell a butcher block for big bucks. &quot;Distressed&quot; is a trendy style, and they look great in both farm-style or modern stainless-steel kitchens. You may be able to fetch a fast $50 for a 10x20. Find one in rough shape? You may be able to <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DHMGQOEnqM">recondition</a> it before you sell it.</p> <h2>5. Crocks</h2> <p>With the resurgence of people making their own fermented food, like kimchi or sauerkraut, Crocks are all the rage. The most valuable are ones with salt-glaze finish (bumpy to the touch), or Crocks with decorations like flowers beneath the glaze, or ones with numbers stencilled on them. These can easily sell for over $100.</p> <h2>6. Cast Iron Skillets</h2> <p>There are actually conventions and meet-ups where people seek quality <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-cast-iron-skillets">cast iron skillets</a> like the Griswold line. Buyer beware, though &mdash; there are reproductions out there. Those are usually rustier, have fainter markings on the bottom, and are heavier than the real deal. These are a good thing to look for at garage sales to later resell. A 3&quot; skillet with a lid can bring in about $150.</p> <h2>7. Tin Products</h2> <p>Look for tin cups, scoops, graters, and containers to sell. While some may have a low resale value ($5), an old coffee tin may earn you about $20. You can put together several tin items and resell in a lot.</p> <h2>8. Dish Sets</h2> <p>Inherit a set of dishes you don't really love? You're not alone. My grandmother's Franciscan &quot;Apple&quot; pattern languishes in our attic. And if you don't want to pass them down to your kids, consider selling the set. Lennox's &quot;Eternal&quot; china will net you about $195, and Spode's old favorite &quot;Christmas Tree&quot; pattern can be found for $150 for a 20-piece set.</p> <h2>9. Mixers</h2> <p>Sunbeam mixers were built to last. And last. In good working condition, you can still sell them for between $30 and $90. I know in 1977 my mother decided hers was just too old-looking, and now it's considered &quot;retro.&quot;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-old-kitchen-tools-you-can-flip-for-cash">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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