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Sometimes you need to find money, just a little bit to get you through until the next payday. If you need more than that then you need to do something bigger like a yard sale which requires advance planning. Although I have heard of yard sales being pulled off in a short time and being successful. However, I’m talking about smaller amounts of money – maybe you need a can of formula or a gallon of milk and a dozen eggs and your grocery budget is spent until payday and it really isn’t an emergency. Then it’s time to look for money in other places.
- First is the obvious – couch cushions, car change holders, money found in the laundry, bottom of your purse, your piggy bank.
- Paypal – I normally have money there from selling items on eBay and facebook flea market sites. It does take a couple days to get to your bank account.
- WalMart Savings Catcher app – of course it will only be good at WalMart, but there’s no minimum balance and they do sell everything! It only takes a few hours to transfer to a gift card.
- SavingStar account balance – the minimum is only $5 and you can transfer it right to your bank account.
- Ibotta account balance – there’s a $10 minimum to transfer, but you can transfer it to a gift card or paypal.
- Checkout51 account balance – there’s a $20 minimum for this one (and I personally don’t have much luck with it) and I think they only mail checks.
- Swagbucks account balance – With a minimum of 500 swagbucks you can cash out for a $5 gift card to a variety of places – WalMart, Target, Amazon, Visa Reward Card. This can be slow – up to 10 days to transfer!
- Sell stuff on craigslist and facebook flea markets. I’ve not had luck with craigslist, but facebook flea market sites work very well for me! Search for your town or county and flea market or resale. I’ve also recently discovered destshing sites on facebook. For example, I have a lot of material that I’m never going to use, so I’ve been selling it on fabric destashing sites. If you live in a bigger city, craigslist might work as well.
- Look through your desk for any uncashed/forgotten rebate checks.
- Look for ECBs and use them for groceries at CVS or sometimes local stores will take them as competitor coupons (I can use mine at Publix and WinnDixie).
Where do you look for money?