The $200 you need might be closer than you think. Here are some ways to get the money that you need by looking at what is already in your home.
Trade In A Backup Phone
When it is time to upgrade phones, that old model often winds up in the junk drawer. Everybody likes a back up and you never know what could happen to your main phone, but this is a huge waste of money.
Chances are good that you will never need that backup phone and what you have in your junk drawer is a depreciating asset. Sell it now and get most, if not all of the $200 you need.
Selling your phone may be as simple as finding an ecoATM. These automated kiosks are in virtually every major city and provide a way to instantly convert your old phone into cash. Simply plug it into the machine and get a cash offer for your phone. It could not be easier.
If there is not ecoATM in your area, a company like Gazelle will be more than willing to pay you for your phone. They will even pay for shipping, but the entire pricess may take a few days to complete.
Sell Your Designer Clothing
Could there be $200 in your closet? Quite possibly if you are into designer clothing. You probably have a few outfits in good condition that you just do not wear anymore and they are still worth a good amount of money.
Simply scoop them up and take them to your local Plato’s Closet or a similar resale shop and get a cash offer for the money you need. If you have enough clothing to turn in, it could be the total solution to your money problem.
List Your Handbags
It is not just that designer clothing that holds it’s value. Designer handbags have just as much value, if not more. That local resale shop would be just as willing to take your old handbags as they are your old clothing, but there may be a better option.
If you have the time to wait, an online eBay auction may be the better choice. An auction will get you top dollar for your purses and they are a perfect item to deal online. They are small enough to easily ship and unlike electronics, you do not have to worry about them being broken in transit.
Box Up Your Books
If you are like most people, you probably have dozens of books collecting dust around your home. Believe it or not, even in the digital age, these still have value. Some people still like the printed word and their are used book dealers who will pay you well for them.
First, you need to sort the books a bit. If any of the books are textbooks, check with a company like Chegg first because they are likely to give you more money. Also look for any rare hardback books. If you find them, eBay may once again be your best option because you can get them in front of real collectors.
As for the rest of your books, just box them up and take them to your local used book store for an offer that is likely to be by the pound. Don’t forget your used magazines, DVD’s, Bluray discs and records. With any luck, you will be able to at least come up with a portion of the money you are looking for.
Search For Spare Change
If you use cash often, you probably have quite a bit of spare change around the house. Bills always get put back in a pocket, but change is a different matter. It ends up lost between couch cushions, swiped into junk drawers or thrown into a jar, if you are the organized type.
If you need $200, you might not get everything you need from your spare change, but it can certainly put a dent in your goal, but you have to convert it into a usable form. The easiest way to do that is to collect all of your change and take it to a counter machine. Some banks will have these and let you use them for free, but most of us will have to pay a surcharge and use a “for profit” machine such as a Coinstar.
Using your change to get at least part of the $200 you need is a win-win situation. You get money and you also get rid of some of the clutter clogging up your junk drawer.
Raid Your Garage
These days, your home garage is more likely to be a dumping ground than a storage space for vehicles. If this is the case with your garage, now might be the time to rummage through it looking for some valuables to sell.
An old lawnmower, that chair that no longer fits your design style or perhaps a beer fridge that is empty more often than full. All of these things are fair game if you need $200 and they are all easy to sell.
If you have enough items and really want to clear out your garage, a garage sale is the way to go. Just spend a few hours getting organized and then a few more hours sitting in your driveway and you could have a clean garage and all of the money you need.
Should you not have much to sell or just can’t stand the idea of a garage sale, Facebook is your friend. With their great messenger service, the Facebook marketplace is a place where you can sell your goods quickly. Just be reasonable with the price and responsive to messages and you could have far more than $200 in your pocket.