Ever since I can remember I’ve been a person who likes to figure out ways to earn extra money.
Even when I was just 10 years old I happened upon some interesting stuff in a neighbor’s trash who was moving.
I quickly took a bunch of stuff and started an impromptu garage sale. I sold quite a bit of it, but got in trouble with my mom when I decided to start selling items that were in our garage!
While I literally took some trash and made some cash, today we are going to look at things you might “think” is trash but you can actually earn some money from it.
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1. Sell Your Cardboard Boxes…
This is very interesting and maybe something very practical if you have just moved. Boxcycle is an online marketplace where you can sell your new and used cardboard boxes.
To get started create a free listing on Boxcycle. Then when someone in your area is searching for boxes, a connection is made, you confirm the availability, and schedule a pickup time.
Once the buyer has picked up the boxes and verified the sale, Boxcycle will credit your account with the money. Payments are made via PayPal and can be requested anytime.
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2. Turn Your Cooking Oil in Cash…
Did you know that you can turn your old cooking oil into cash? Yes you can! There’s a company called EnviroTek that will come and collect your used cooking oil and convert it into biodiesel.
They pay is $1 per gallon, and if you refer a restaurant grease account, they’ll send you an additional $25.
The only downside, this company only collects in Vermont and New Hampshire, but, you may be able to find a company in your area that has a similar program.
3. Sell Your Used Electronics…
Have you just upgraded your smartphone, laptop, or tablet? Then sell your old electronics on Gazelle and make some easy cash.
I just sold my old iPhone6 for $40!
Visit their website, find your gadget, answer a few questions, and ship it off for free with their pre-paid envelopes.
Payments are made via check, Amazon gift card, or PayPal.
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4. Money For Junk Mail…
Learn to love your junk mail. The Small Business Knowledge Center will pay you for your junk mail that pertains to various industries. Just sign up to become a consumer panelist and then send your qualifying mail in pre-paid envelopes weekly.
For each piece of mail that you send in, you’ll earn points that can be redeemed for gift cards.
5. Scan Your Receipts For Cash…
Don’t throw away those receipts! There are companies that will use for your receipts for market research reports. Here are a couple of smartphone apps that will award you points and/or money for your scanned receipts.
Checkout 51 is a mobile app where you can earn money by redeeming offers when you grocery shop.
Ibotta is an iPhone and Android application that you can use to earn money when you go shopping.
6. Scrap Metal…
I know, the thought of scrap metal makes you think of a big junkyard. But the truth is most things that are metal (including cars, bikes, appliances, cans, file cabinets, BBQ grills, etc.) can be recycled for cash. To find out how much you can make, go to GotScrap.com and fill out their online form or give them a buzz.
7. Used Ink Cartridges…
Now as more of us work from how we are going through a good amount of ink cartridges. I found this handy site that I can sell my old cartridges to. At the eCycle Group, you can send in your used ink cartridges for quick money.
Just sign up on their website, and a pre-paid envelope will be sent to your home. Just ship your items back and get paid via check.
One thing I like about the eCycle Group is that they have a price list, so you know exactly how much your empty cartridges are worth. The thing I don’t like is you must send in 20 items at a time, so you may need to save your cartridges up for an extended period.
8. Recycle Your Wine Corks for Cash…
This is one that I happened upon from a friend. Yes you can sell old wine corks for money!
According to Vinepair, you can sell your old wine corks on eBay for approximately .10 cents per cork. Of course, you’ll need to pay eBay seller fees and for shipping costs, but, if you have a lot of wine corks lying around you could earn enough money for a new bottle of wine.
9. Selling Toilet Paper Rolls…
Who in a million years would’ve thought of this one! According to an article on Country Living, crafters and teachers need toilet paper rolls for craft projects. The going rate on eBay is $15 for 100 rolls; remember that you’ll have to cover shipping costs, packaging costs, and eBay fees.
These are just some that I’ve tried myself, or have found out about. Do you have a tip or a way you turn your trash into cash? If so please share!
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