We all need extra cash once in a while. Maybe you’re saving up for a vacation, planning to spoil someone you love with a fancy dinner or surprise gift or need some funds to pay an unexpected bill. Whatever the reason, you’ll be surprised to learn that there’s money to be found right in your own home. No, it’s not hidden under the couch cushions; it’s on your shelves and in your closets in the form of everyday things you take for granted and may not use anymore. Here are some common household items you can turn into cold, hard cash.
Last time you updated your stereo, console gaming system, or blender, what did you do with the old one? If it’s collecting dust in the garage, you’ve got a golden opportunity to make some money. You’ll make the most of pieces that are in good working order, but there’s also value in collectibles and items that can be broken down into parts. Check auction sites like Ebay as well as specialty sites like Cash for Gamers to get a sense of how much your electronics are worth.
Used Books and Magazines
These days, book lovers are lamenting the shift from traditional print publications to e-readers. Books and magazines are valuable not just for the pleasure of turning the pages, but also for their resale value. Serious book collectors can sell rare first editions for big bucks, but even casual readers may have untold treasures on their shelves. You can even sell your old-school books. Visit Campus Books to find buyers for your used textbooks. Spend an afternoon sorting through dated magazines. You’ll be amazed at how much some people will pay for popular titles that came out just a few years ago.
Records and VHS Tapes
Just like books, music has gone digital, and that transition has created a big market for old (classic) audio formats. Vinyl record stores are popping up all over most major cities, and collectors are snapping up everything from top-40 albums to obscure one-hit wonders.
VHS tapes are also making a surprising comeback. Sites like VHS Club let you browse prices on Ebay, Amazon, and their collection of tapes. Most sell for just a few dollars, but if you have titles that were never released on DVD or digital, you could make a bundle.
Coupons and Gift Cards
These little beauties are good for more than saving money at the store. Did you know that sites like Raise and CoupRecoup let you sell unused coupons and gift cards for cash? You may not make a ton of money, but if you’re already in the habit of clipping coupons, or you’re someone who regularly receives gift cards you don’t necessarily need, you’ll find the profits add up quickly.
Once you start selling items from around the house, you’ll realize that there are benefits beyond the money you earn. Your cupboards will feel less crowded, so you’ll have more room to store the things you use. But be forewarned — once you get a taste of turning clutter into cash, it may be hard to stop.