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Get Your Money For Nothing

Getting something for nothing is always a good thing. Who would turn down free or nearly free money after all. If you are in need of a little extra cash, before you turn to a loan, why not check out one of the may free sources of money online and locally. Here is our list.

Top Free Sources Of Money

If you have gotten yourself in a bind or just want a little extra cash, (who wouldn’t), we can help. Take a look at a few ways to add some money to your pocket without costing you anything.

  1. Recycle Something
    Did you know that metal recyclers will buy just about any form of metal, not just aluminum cans. This could be anything from an old grill to a broken water heater. The great thing is that this stuff is usually just lying around, waiting for the trash man.
    Get a truck, van or trailer and go pick this stuff up. Take it to a local recycler and get cash in hand. You get the money that you want for free and  you are doing your part to protect the environment, win, win.
  2. Look For Lost Money
    Did you know that the government keeps a list of lost money and some of it could be yours. It sounds far fetched, I mean how can you just lose money, but it is true.
    Money often comes from things like bank accounts that became inactive, inheritance or left over property tax refunds. You might be surprised at where all of this money comes from but if a financial institution owes you money, they can not just keep it if they can not find you.
    To see if you have any free money or assets just laying around, check out this government website, you never know.
  3. Take Surveys
    Yes, you can make a little free money survey taking but do not listen to the hardcore survey pushers, because you can not make much. If you have nothing else to do, it might be worth a shot though if you want to pick up an extra 10 or 20 dollars.
    We are not going to give you any links here, we are not survey affiliates. Go look up companies like Swagbucks or Inbox Dollars.
    When you do your surveys, keep it brief. You will make the most money in the first 30 minutes or so. After that the money dries up, so take what you can get and just cash out.
  4. Get Free Money Back With Honey
    Honey is a browser extension that you can use to get money back with every online purchase. If you do not have it, you are literally throwing money away.
    Install the app and when you are at checkout, honey will attempt to find a promo code. It can get you back hundreds of dollars a year in promos that you did not even know existed. If a promo code is not found, get honey gold instead. Build up points and exchange them for gift cards. All of this in a browser extension that is completely free.
  5. Ask A Friend
    If you need a free loan, it never hurts to ask a friend or family member for one. As long as you have never burned that bridge before, they are likely to loan it to you.
    If you go this route and secure a free loan from a friend, be sure to pay it back just as soon as you can. Also, get it all in writing in case the facts get fuzzy. You don’t want a 300 dollar loan to turn into a 400 dollar one because someone forgot the details.
  6. List Stuff On Facebook Marketplace
    This place is great and far more effective than Craigslist. List an item of worth , that you do not need of course, and it will be gone in a matter of hours. The service is free and very popular.
    The best thing about Facebook Marketplace is that there seem to be a few less scammers than with Craigslist. They are still there but there are fewer of them.
  7. Sell On eBay
    Like most people, you probably have a considerable amount of junk in your home that you have no use for. One man’s junk is another man’s treasure, so make some money from it.
    If you need money right away, list your item as a “buy it now”. If you can wait a few days to get top dollar, list it as a “10 day auction”.
    A far as what to sell, go nuts. It is usually free to list an item with eBay only charging you a commission if you sell it. You might be surprised at the stuff that some people will buy.
  8. Use An App
    Your phone can get you some free money if you download the right app. The Earning app, for example can advance you up to 100 dollars until your next payday. You have to pay it back but there is no required fee or interest. They ask for a tip but you can simply decline to do so.
    The app works like this. You download it and enter your information. The app then uses your GPS information to determine when you are at work. It then figures that you have earned money and that you can handle a free loan. They make money when people tip them, but it is not required.
  9. Switch Savings Accounts
    If you are using your local bank for savings, you might be missing out. Most banks give you a trivial amount of money in savings interest. It might add up to a few dollars a year if you are lucky.
    Switch to an online account and get some actual free money in your pocket. Online savings accounts can give you up to 2 percent in return. Not a huge amount but it is probably 10 to 20 times what your local bank is giving you. You would need 10,000 dollars in savings to make about 20 dollars a month but if you have a savings anyway, why not make money from it.
  10. Clear Out Your Junk Drawer
    If you are like me, when you get a phone upgrade, you toss the old one in the junk drawer. It makes a good backup after all. What inevitably happens is that it sits in that junk drawer until it no longer has any value and gets thrown in the trash.
    Instead of wasting this money, cash in your phone while it still has value at a place like Gazelle. The chances of you really needing a backup phone are slim, get the free money.
  11. Cash In Your Change
    Remember pennies, nickles and dimes? They still have some value even if you have relegated them to a pickle jar. Maybe now is the time to cash in all of those coins and get some free money.
    You have two choices here. You can spend hours counting and rolling these coins or you can take them to a coin counter and “cash in” so to speak. We would go with the coin counter, even if there is a small charge.
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James Car is a finance, loan and budget expert based in the United States. After attending Brookhaven college, he went on to become a successful entrepreneur. He now enjoys writing articles that help people save and make the most of their money.