Sunday, September 30, 2012

How to Find Extra Money In Your Home

The holidays are right around the corner and your probably thinking about shopping for gifts but don't have the money for it right now. Well this post will help you find extra money within your home.

Finding extra money in your home is easy besides looking in your sofa and pant pockets. This is some thing simple that you can do twice a year when doing your spring and fall cleaning. (Or as I say de-cluttering my home). When you start cleaning your home put piles of unwanted items together. Separate clothes, toys, furniture, electronics, etc... 

Now you can sell your unwanted stuff at a Yard or Garage sale. You can write a classified ad on Craigslist so people can find you. You have to sign into Craigslist once there go to post to classifieds, locate the for sale section and scroll down to garage sales. Before you post check different sites to get the value of your items. Next when you write your post remember to include a date, time, location and photos of the items you are selling. People like to see pictures of the products.  

This is how people will search for your garage/yard sale

You can also sell your stuff on sites like:

  1. Amazon - fee to post
  2. eBay - fee to post 
  3. Craigslist -free to post
  4. LetGo app on smartphone
When posting on these sites read the rules and regulations with selling items as you don't want to sell something that is prohibited. 

Next you can sell your stuff at a Consignment Store. There are tons of them around, you just have to search for them where you live. When I moved I sold my bedroom set and sofas. I had to sign an agreement with them. The company charged 40%  and paid me 60% when the items sold. Note all consignment stores pay differently, check the fine print before you sign.  

You can also sell your stuff at your local Church Flea Market.  At any given time of the year churches hold flea markets.  If you have items that were not sold you can donate them to charity like the Salvation Army and they will give you a receipt for tax purposes. 

Get cash or gift cards for your electronics including DVD's, laptops, cell phones at a couple of places such as RadioShack, TargetBest Buy and GameStopNote that the price can change its an estimate upon receiving the device it is evaluated.  Meaning if something is missing, chipped, etc the price is adjusted to reflect that. 

Target- Trade-Ins for DVD movies, cell phones, video games & more (see the picture above for the trade-in value of an iPhone 4 16GB (Black) Verizon wow $125.00) 

Best Buy - You can see from above all of the stuff you can Trade-In. Go to the website as there is more but I could not take a picture of all of it. 

GameStop - You can sell your old iPhone, iPad, iPod or Tablet, video games and game consoles. I went into to find out the trade-in value of an  iPhone 4 16GB (Black) Verizon and was told I could get $150 gift card or 25% less with cash for total of $112.50 I was also told that the amount quoted changes daily so if I went in tomorrow it would be a different amount. 

As to your old textbooks check out Amazon.  Here you will find a list of books that they will buy back as well as music, video etc.  They have an array of trade in stores that you can go check out.  

And lastly you should also check out  This site is for unclaimed property. What is unclaimed property? It refers to accounts in financial institutions & companies that have had no activity generated or contact with the owner for one year or a longer period. Unclaimed property include savings or checking accounts, stocks, uncashed dividends or payroll checks, refunds, traveler's checks, trust distributions, unredeemed money orders or gift certificates (in some states), insurance payments or refunds and life insurance policies, annuities, certificates of deposit, customer overpayments, utility security deposits, mineral royalty payments, and contents of safe deposit boxes. Some times we forget that we opened up an account or had an insurance policy etc.  Get the money that is owed to you without going thru a third party that charges you to get your money. Click on the link above, go to the state you live in, it will then take you to your states' office that deals with unclaimed property put your name and check if you have anything coming to you.  It's a nice surprise when you check and you see your name there. It's like finding money on the ground when you are walking. 

Hope all of these tips earn you a little something this year. Let me know if you were able to find any money within your home too. 


  1. great post I know I am always looking for things to help make my money stretch.

  2. I am also always looking for ways to help spread my money! I have listed stuff on amazon before but never the other sites. Thanks for sharing

  3. Great post! Thanks for the tips.

  4. Great ideas. One caveat - I tried to sell quite a bit of furniture on Craig's List, and it was a major fail. People would call and not come by, come by and try to haggle me down to practically nothing, or email and then not respond to my responses. We finally had a garage sale and got rid of everything.

  5. We had a garage sale this summer and made almost $400. We also sold a bunch of stuff on Craigslist and made about $300. It was so worth the time it took to organize and take photos. I highly recommend it too!

  6. WOW! These are some really great ideas on how to get a 'lil extra cash from your home :)

  7. This is a lot of information. Thank you. I have never used Craigslist.

  8. Wow! This is a fantastic post and I learned a lot. I definitely think I have money in our home! Bookmarking!!

  9. Thanks for the tips!! I have a few items I'd like to sell that I don't use anymore, so this is very helpful information!!! :)

  10. That is some great information! I'm just getting ready to do a pre Holiday de-cluttering so this was very timely. Thank you!

  11. Good work…unique site and interesting too… keep it up…looking forward for more updates!!!Sharon Bush