We’ve all had those situations pop up where we need some quick cash. It may be for an unexpected bill that arrives in the mail, or perhaps it’s just that you’ve had a long, stressful week and you feel like treating yourself to a massage, but you don’t want to dip into the savings account.
Luckily, there are quite a few easy ways to make a quick $100. And while these are unlikely to make you rich, they can definitely help add a bit of breathing room into your budget.
10 Easy Ways to Make a Quick $100
1) Get cash back on your groceries
If you grocery shop (which we all do!) then you’re basically throwing money away if you don’t use Ibotta.
Ibotta is a free app where you can earn cash back for your grocery store purchases (and they’ve recently added a lot other non-grocery retailers ,too.) One of my favorite features of Ibotta is that they often feature rebates are not brand specific. This means you can get cash back for “any box of cereal” or “bananas” for example.
2) Sell unwanted books on Amazon
I’m an avid book reader, but I also recently downsized to a house half the size of our previous house. This means that we have substantially less space for “stuff” (part of the reason why I love living in a smaller house!)
There are certain books that I will always hold onto because I go back and reread them regularly. But the rest are basically just catching dust, so I list them on Amazon.
Amazon started off as an online book retailer. They’ve obviously grown massively since then, but they’re still the go-to place for people looking to save money on books.
A good strategy to sell your used books fast is to search the title and see what other sellers are selling for, then try to undercut the price slightly. Yes, you’ll make a bit less but you might be surprised at how much faster your books will sell.
It’s easy to start selling on Amazon. Simply click here to the main page, then click on “sell” underneath the search bar. Fill out your details and start making some extra cash!
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3) Complete some online surveys
Completing online surveys is a great way to make some quick cash, and it’s something you can do while you’re watching TV (i.e. it doesn’t take much hard work or concentration.) I’ve been completing online surveys for quite a while now and while it’s not enough to retire off of, it’s definitely enough to pay for the gas in my car.
Be careful of bogus survey sites, though.
I recommend starting with:
Swagbucks – a great way to earn cash and gift cards, with multiple ways to earn beyond just completing surveys.
InboxDollars – a fun site that offers a user-friendly experience.
Survey Junkie – a simple to use site that pays out in cash via your Paypal account and gift cards.
4) Offer to clean some houses
If you don’t mind getting your hands dirty, then cleaning a few houses can be a simple way to earn some quick cash.
I know a number of people that earn extra cash this way, and people are willing to pay good money if you can get their house looking spotless.
I haven’t personally done this, but regularly see people advertising their cleaning services on local Facebook pages and they seem to get lots of interest.
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5) Sell your old clothes on Mercari
This is another one of my favorite ways to make some extra cash, because not only does it give me some extra spending money, it also encourages me to clear out my closet.
Seasonally, I go through my closet and get rid of everything I don’t love and list it on Mercari. Just like with selling my books, I try to list my items for a touch under what others are listing them for so people feel like they’re getting a bargain (which they are.)
To date, I’ve never listed an item on Mercari that I haven’t sold, and quick! (Mercari is also one of my favorite places to buy quality used clothing.)
Here’s the link to join Mercari (use the code GGXFQB and you’ll get $2 off your first purchase.)
6) Attend a focus group
If you live in a larger city, there are usually plenty of companies looking for people to attend their focus groups. If you’re unfamiliar with focus groups, a focus group is a small, diverse group of people who are selected to discuss a product or service before it’s released to the public.
I’ve received invitations to focus groups that are paying over $100 for 1-2 hours of my time.
7) Have a garage sale
You know the saying, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”
We’ve all got junk laying around the house that we really don’t need, and a garage sale is a quick and easy to to declutter, get rid of your unwanted junk and make some quick cash.
For tips on how to maximize your garage sale earnings, make sure you read this post.
8) Sell your unwanted gift cards
Years ago, in a previous job I held, I received a whole bunch of gift cards for Christmas from various clients and vendors. And while I very much appreciated the sentiment, I knew that there were a bunch of them that I probably wouldn’t use.
Rather than letting them just go to waste, I sold them for cash on Raise.
Raise is simple to use – just search for your particular gift card, choose the amount you want to sell it for, then list it for sale. Once it sells, Raise will deposit your funds via Paypal, direct deposit or check.
9) Offer to babysit or pet sit
If you love spending time with little ones and have a caring nature, then it’s fairly easy to make extra cash babysitting (there are always frazzled parents who would jump at the chance for a little alone time!)
If animals are more your thing, then pet sitting is another way to make some quick money.
List your services on local Facebook groups, and include references if you have them, along with any qualifications and certifications that you have (including CPR, infant resuscitation, etc.)
10) Sell your blood
I know this sounds crazy, but hear me out!
Granted, selling your blood is definitely not for the faint-hearted (or anyone that is scared of needles, for obviously reasons.)
But there are actually blood banks that will pay you up to $40 for your blood, and you can donate every week.
Do you have any other ways you make quick extra cash? Share in the comments below!