If you're in need of some extra cash, you may think you'll have to resort to selling your flat screen or laptop to be able to earn interest from shoppers online.
But, you'd probably be surprised to learn, plenty of the items lying around your home that you deem useless, could sell online for a pretty penny. As long as you know what you're looking for, that is. Check out our list of 8 things you may already have that you can sell online to earn some quick cash.
With apps like Mercari and Poshmark, selling clothes you don't wear anymore has never been easier. Got a pair of old boots you've only worn a few times? Simply snap a pic, post it, mail it, and earn money while making room in your closet for items you actually wear.
Rent Out Your Parking Space
If you live near a city and have a parking space you don't use, you can make a killing by renting it out. It takes almost no effort, and the returns can be pretty significant.
We know this isn't quite the same as selling old clothes, but if you're comfortable with the concept, this can be a pretty easy way to earn a lot of cash at once. You can also feel good that you're making a family's dream of a new baby come true. If you're interested in selling your eggs, you can make up to $10,000 with just one batch!
You can sell just about any old book, regardless of its condition (though of course the better the condition the higher the price) but textbooks are probably the most lucrative kind of book to sell. If you've attended college, chances are you have some expensive, lightly-used textbooks laying around that you could sell online for a decent amount of money.
As long as you're clear in the listing that the item doesn't work, it will probably sell to someone looking to refurbish it or use it for parts. Old cell phones, working or not, are also a great option for selling online.
Everyone's go to gift these days seems to be gift cards. But say you have a stash of unused Starbucks gift cards because you hate the taste of coffee, what do you do with them? Sell them before they expire! It's super easy to sell gift cards on websites like Zeek, or even on Ebay.
If you have an old ratty end table cluttering up your apartment, chances are there is someone out there who loves woodworking and would be happy to buy it from you in order to refurbish it! This is true of just about any decent quality wood furniture, no matter how bad its current condition.
Any toy that's still in good shape will probably sell online, but if you have a rare beanie baby or other collectible toy, you can make some serious cash hawking old play things.
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What is Robinhood?
The Robinhood app debuted in 2013 as a first-of-its-kind revolutionizing free investment platform. Much like the 700-year-old story of the hero to the people, Robin Hood, FinTech entrepreneurs Vladimir Tenev and Baiju Bhatt created the platform in order to make stock trading easily accessible to the general public and not just the wealthy.
The National Financial Educators Council (NFEC) surveyed young adults in 2017 and asked them what high school level course would benefit their lives the most.
The majority responded that money management was the course that would be most beneficial.
With personal debt is at its highest record and COVID-19 threatening to have the hardest economic effects on youth, understanding money and finances is an important life lesson that should be taught to children at a young age.
The following is a list of the best financial literacy lessons and tips to teach children throughout different life stages.
I thought I had a pretty good handle on my finances out of school. I worked several jobs while attending university and had little to no problem managing my income. However, once I graduated, I realized how much more complicated personal accounting could really be.
There were so many variables I needed to keep track of. Biweekly bills, monthly charges, and general necessities amounted to a heap of confusing numbers that were often impossible to decipher. The funniest part was that I was actually trying to do this by hand (I don't know what I was trying to prove to myself, either).
After messing up for the 17th time, I decided to give Microsoft Excel a shot. I used Excel a bit in school and I knew all the big-wig finance people used it, so what could I possibly have to lose? The answer is about six hours of my precious time. Excel isn't much of an improvement over handwriting and it's still dependent on the user to manually input all of the information. It's like doing everything by hand with the slightest help, meaning that it still required a tremendous amount of time and concentration. Well that was all for nothing, I guess.
It's sort of funny. I was certain that I could manage my personal finances with ease, when it's practically a full-time job. I was already stressed out enough with my first job and I knew I didn't have enough time to give my finances the attention it deserved.
That's why I decided to try out a budgeting app. My best friend told me that he uses an app called Truebill to manage his finances. "What does it even mean to manage your finances?" I asked him. He told me that Truebill was the personal financial assistant I wished I could have. It could aggregate all of my account information into one place and give me specific insights and actions.
I loved the idea of having full control over my finances, especially during a time of financial uncertainty, and I realized that Truebill would be the easiest way to accomplish this. The user interface is incredibly simple and intuitive, so it doesn't even feel like a finance app! Truebill offers a multitude of features, with their most popular being the ability to cancel subscriptions with the press of a button.
Okay, I had no idea how many subscriptions I was still subscribed to. In fact, I wasn't even using a quarter of the subscription services I was signed up for. Subscription boxes, streaming services, my old gym, and even an old subscription to my favorite magazine--it was all there and I was livid. How could I let myself waste all of this money and how did I never catch this? Thank goodness for Truebill.
Truebill also offers bill negotiations. There is a 40% fee based on how much you save and Truebill even claims that there is an 85% chance that they'll be able to lower your bill once a negotiation is requested. Why wouldn't I take them up on this? There was zero risk and I would only have to pay once my bill was lowered (which means that I would be saving money regardless).
More standard features of Truebill include the ability to generate a credit report on-demand and even request a pay advance. I only used the pay advance feature once when I wanted to buy a gift for my mom, but didn't have enough cash in hand and Truebill automatically reimbursed itself when I got my next paycheck.
The credit report is another fantastic feature and practically taught me what good credit meant. Truebill's credit report basically shows you which financial decisions have the most significant impact on your credit score and ways that you can improve your credit month-over-month. I've never had such control over my credit and it feels good.
I'll be the first to admit that I was extremely naive coming out of school. I figured that as long as I was attentive, I could manage my finances with ease. We manage money to some extent throughout our entire lives, but once you're thrown out on your own, it's a completely different story. With Truebill, I've finally been able to take control over my finances and stay on top of all of my responsibilities.