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How to Make Extra Money for Debt Relief

Updated on September 18, 2012

Even if you are already working a full time job, it is possible to make extra money to go towards debt relief without actually getting a second job. The following are some ideas that can bring in significant extra cash.

Sell Household Items

You don’t need to sell everything, just the things you don’t really need, or toys that are keeping you in serious debt. Boats, RVs, weekend motorcycles and jet skis are some toys that people hang onto even if they don’t use them often. Now is the time to sell them and pay off what you owe. You can always buy them back once you are debt free (and pay cash).

Have a garage sale and offer quality items you can part with that you know someone will buy such as wall art, furniture, lamps, quilts, camping equipment or even Christmas decorations. You’d be surprised what folks will buy and it will give you a good chunk of change for debt relief.

Instead of a garage sale, you can sell items on Ebay or Craigslist if you’re willing to do the extra work involved.

Sell Your Hobby

For some of you creative people out there, you can make extra money with your craft. Do you quilt or sew? Seasonal or holiday table runners and baby quilts are always popular any time of year. Items can be sold online through Ebay or Etsy, or locally in craft fairs and other markets. This applies to any craft including painting, woodwork, jewelry, candles, ceramics and so on. This list is unlimited.

Your hobby can turn into a steady stream of additional income for something you’re already doing.

Bloggin for Dollars

Even though I am a quilter, I choose to make extra money by writing. Quilting is something I do sporadically, so trying to make money from it wouldn’t be worthwhile. Writing is something I do regardless through blogging, so I might as well capitalize on it.

Blogging (or better said, Internet marketing) is the way to go because there’s no major effort or cost involved in setting up a site. There are plenty of places online to share your writing and make money while you’re doing it through Google Adsense and / or affiliate marketing. I have several article sites using Wordpress and of course Hubpages (love the Hub!) Squidoo and Ezine Articles are other great platforms to broaden your writing footprint on the Internet.

Please comment if you’ve been successful in other ways to make extra money!


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    • Millionaire Tips profile image

      Shasta Matova 

      6 years ago from USA

      No, it is a long day, and there is training beforehand. It doesn't pay much, but it does pay. It is great for the retired and the unemployed, but people who are employed can take a vacation day and get some extra money in as well.

    • bloggering profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Southern California

      You know - I've never done the poll thing... it would be kinda fun! I always thought that was a volunteer job?

    • Millionaire Tips profile image

      Shasta Matova 

      6 years ago from USA

      These are great ideas for making some quick cash. You could do other quick jobs, like write for or work the polls on election day.

    • bloggering profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Southern California

      My son gives beginner guitar lesson on the side for $20 an hour. It's his fun money :-)

    • Neil Sperling profile image

      Neil Sperling 

      7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

      Great ideas..... I should earn from a hobby... I love music and could give beginner guitar lessens and have fun at the same time.. thanks

    • forkhyun profile image


      7 years ago from Korea, Canada

      smart ideas!

    • Denise Handlon profile image

      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      great info. Happy New year to you.

    • bloggering profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Southern California

      That is so true. Everyone needs to be be more creative about money in general.

    • anniedee profile image


      7 years ago

      Great hub. Most people dismiss any way to make money besides a 9 to 5, and hopefully that mindset will change in the near future. People can't afford to be stubborn anymore.

    • bloggering profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Southern California

      Glad I could help!

    • jobister profile image


      7 years ago from Anaheim, California

      Very good ideas, thanks!


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