4 extreme ways to get out of debt

Everyone could probably use a little more income, but how far are you willing to go for cash?

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Jun 20, 2013 11:47PM
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24 years ago I worked in an office part time while going to college...I made 9.75/hr the jobs now want you to have "experience" and sometimes even a BA for 10-12/hr??  Somethings gotta give!
Jun 20, 2013 9:23PM
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The richest country in the world and avg Americans have been stripped down to this because of greed...S A D
Jun 20, 2013 9:51PM
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When I got laid off five years ago, i lived in an apt complex where people were constantly moving in and out.  Those moving out would leave a lot of perfectly good things around the trash corrals and I would pick them up and sell them.  I got a number of bed frames, a Christmas tree, a great suitcase, some very nice electronics, a brand new charcoal grill new in the box (which I kept) a great rug runner which I still use, toys, and a gorgeous glass end table.  There were some things I took over to Goodwill so they could make a buck too.  Unbelievable what people just throw out - even fishing rods!!!
Jun 21, 2013 9:35AM
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..and average Americans, which is 99% of this country can't seem to do anything about it...that's even sadder... also, let me say, Americans have the least number of paid vacation days in all the Western World, are the most overworked nation on the planet, are using most prescription drugs for depression and pain, have little or no social or medical insurance, and our compassion towards other human beings and Americans especially extends as far as empty statements, made up heroes, vigils, and calls upon god, just don't come to my house... It looks to me as if we're all, more or less, junkie working drones for our corporations...I wonder how did we became like this? How did such a great nation, example for the whole planet, became a nation of 'all for a handful', and a subject of jokes for the rest of the world...did we all fall asleep 30 year ago...what happened to us?

Jun 20, 2013 8:19PM
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Can recycling works great if you have a car, and you are not too far from a recycling center - kinda makes a dent in the profits if you have to drive 15-20 miles each way.  Storage of the cans is a problem - they can get stinky, especially in the summer.  Dumpster diving (and curbside trash piles)  are good - your best things to look for are household items, furniture and clothing - all of which can be cleaned up and repaired and put in a consignment shop.  Donating these items to Goodwill or Salvation Army shops gets you a tax deduction.  Better quality household items can be listed on eBay . . . . shop yard sales, condo tag sales, and flea markets - It takes a while to spot good stuff - bargain, get the price down, then list on eBay or etsy in the vintage section. 

 

Yes, I am doing, or have done all of the above. 

Jun 20, 2013 9:46PM
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If only he owned a bank, then the government would have bailed him out.
Jun 20, 2013 9:45PM
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Almost hate to give up this secret. Several years ago when the price of scrap metal started to skyrocket I started driving the alleys in my truck seeking discarded metal. It was fun, like Christmas, except I didn't have to shop for anyone. I would share my finds with friends family and co-workers, but the best part was the cold hard cash! My second or third year of doing this I would pocket up to $900 a month from the scrap yards during spring and summer months. It helped pay off the house!

Unfortunately, others also started doing the same thing and it started to get hard to even cover the fuel cost. Alley metal is a finite supply, and the price has dropped some.

This did lead to dumpster diving, my newer hobby, but I fear there my be legal ramifications to diving in my town. But I don't think enforcement is too tough on that.

Jun 21, 2013 11:37AM
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It's kinda funny... as soon as the economy started to recover a little bit...I mean all the 'arrows' at the Wall Street are pointing 'up' , the 'numbers' are solid according to the 'news', 'volume' of money is up...etc...the new warmongering started...Syria, Iran, Mars, and Krypton suddenly became an 'imminent' threat..?! Does this mean that as soon as the taxpayer sees a little light at the end of the tunnel,  or couple of extra bucks, the industrial-millitary-corporate complex must come up with a way to take that money away from us...hmmm...plus, despite all the 'green' arrows I see on TV, I haven't seen any salary raise...have you..?
Jun 21, 2013 11:29AM
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Do you really want the sperm of someone who has to donate sperm to survive?
Jun 20, 2013 9:50PM
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american are tough we will do what it takes to put food on our table with our head held high we teach our kid right from wrong
Jun 21, 2013 9:52AM
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Conditions like this is ONLY the beginning folks. Our politicians have ALL been corrupted by buy offs by the wealthy elites. Take a look around, most jobs have no pension and few provide health insurance. This is what we end up with when the labor unions have all gone and you are at your employers mercy. But alas, there is always those who would crap in their own bed by voting for those politicians (BOTH SIDES) who take care of the rich and step on the working class. Better think long and hard before you vote for those politicians who hate unions!  Its the ONLY protection a working stiff has!
Jun 21, 2013 9:19AM
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My husband is unemployed and gives plasma twice a week. In our town it pays around $60 a week. It has helped when our car has had the unexpected need for new tires.
Jun 21, 2013 12:21AM
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well i dont see factorys and warehouses being built to build our own stuff - yet now 12 million people here ilegal can come over ? this isant the richest country as claimed - if we are so rich - why are companys moving over seas in droves ? 
Jun 20, 2013 10:17PM
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Sell your bodily fluids to pay the banking overlords. Just hope you don't get sued for child support.

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Mankind is in trouble if this is what we have to resort to to make ends meet, looks like big business and the government have us right where they want us.
Jun 21, 2013 11:52AM
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My husband and I are on a fixed retirement.  Our house taxes went up $500 per year.  I'm not above giving plasma. It helps other and myself.  So greed has nothing to do with it. Shame on you@
Jun 21, 2013 11:55AM
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Forget getting out of debt.  I did (and still do) three of these four things to STAY OUT OF debt in the first place.
Jun 21, 2013 12:29AM
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Dumpster diving can get iffy if the place where you are doing the dumpster diving at has cameras in the back where the dumpsters are.  You can be convicted of trespassing or even a misdemeanor offense by some places if you do this.
Jun 21, 2013 12:54PM
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I have been giving plasma twice a week for a few months now, I have a good job with great benefits. If everything goes as plan, and I am able to continue until my wedding in October, my two hours each week will pay for my honeymoon to Belize. I enjoy donating and do not know if I am going to quit after the honeymoon, I may decide to put money towards a play car or something.

 

Words of advice to college students or people living in a college town... check out your thrift stores. After each semester I go and look at college textbooks. I have the amazon app on my phone, I scan the barcode and find out what the book is selling for online. If I can make a large profit I buy the book. I have turned $50 worth of books into $350 profit in under a month.

Jun 21, 2013 7:47AM
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Welcome to the new standard of living in the United States of Koch.

 

This is what you get for destroying employee bargaining rights and decades of bending over to kiss the "job creators" ****'.

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