14 ways retirees can make extra cash

Almost everyone's retirement nest egg could use a little help. Here are some easy ways to obtain a little extra green in your golden years.

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Sep 6, 2013 8:17PM
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I can't recommend room renting.  I took in a roommate in May and now I'm evicting him for lack of payment and living like a pig.  You can smell the stench in the hallway outside his room.  I have already spent over 400 in attorney's fees and costs and the hearing is next week.  Find another way to make money.
Sep 13, 2013 10:22PM
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The reason I busted my butt working so hard all my pre-retirement years is so I wouldn't have to work any longer.  Mission accomplished.  
Sep 9, 2013 1:52PM
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Whoever wrote this article has a strange pipe dream as they make it sound like these schemes will pay you zillions, oh yea dream on. Elder care,or doing maintenance, first be sure your insurance covers you for anything you do that involves other people, everybody is sue crazy today and most general homeowners policies don't cover self-employment. Rent a room, and let somebody into your house? not on your life! If you have vacant space then you need a smaller cheaper place to live, not a squatter. And same thing, if you rent rooms etc most homeowners insurance does not cover the tenant or you, and any income is taxable. Yes sooner or later the IRS or Big Brother will find out about it. Doing crafts, yea right, you are lucky if you can sell anything at all to cover the price of the materials, same thing with "antiques" (aka somebody else's junk), and E-Bay etc isn't free, by the time you pay their fees and tie up your $$ you are lucky to break even. As a retiree I found a legitimate part time job, didn't pay much and I had to work the terrible weekend or evening hours, but it was a steady check that was enough to buy the groceries.
Sep 9, 2013 7:52AM
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If you were good with tools, can stay on your feet for four hours at a time, and can still lift and climb a little bit,  consider working part time at one of the box stores. You'll stay busy and there is a whole generation of computer kids who don't know a screw from a nail. They will seek your advice and be thankful for your help.

 

 

Sep 6, 2013 9:03PM
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Yeah, where I live someone offered to pay me a whole two dollars to drive almost 17 miles to walk his dog. I never replied to his generous offer which would of cost more in gas to get there. I do walk my neighbors dog for free when they go out for the day occasionally. They would do the same for me.
Sep 9, 2013 9:53AM
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My wife and I both drive school bus' which gets you up and moving in the morning, but you still have time during the day to run errands. Holidays, weekends and summers off. Plus the kids keep you young!
Sep 9, 2013 6:42AM
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Instead of earning small amounts of money, reduce spending by "working" where you play. At every resort golf course I go to, I meet retirees working for golf. Same at ski areas. Volunteer or work at low pay to cut the cost of expensive hobbies....
Sep 19, 2013 7:39AM
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The idea behind the article was to offer ideas to people who need it.  Some of us do, and some don't.  We each need different things, and have different talents to offer.  I built an apt in my basement so I would have someone here while I travel.  Of course you get a bad egg once in a while, but for the most part these people have been great renters and great friends.  I pity those of you who can only see the negative in everything.  We spent our lives building our careers, and trying to make a positive difference in the world.  I am not going to stop being that person in my retirement.  If there is a way to help society and it pays me money, and I can still do the things I want to do, why not.  If you don't need it, why are you reading the article on how to do it?  Maybe you still have something to give back? 
Sep 9, 2013 6:32AM
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In addition to earning extra money, engaging in work activity is therapeutically advantageous to our physical and emotional well-being.
Sep 14, 2013 7:45AM
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Sorry...I already did my 54 years of work. Volunteering is a good idea, but the rest of it....no. My wife and I have plenty of places to go and activities to get involved in that we enjoy. And I do agree that some young people in the work force have no idea what it means to actually "work" for a living.
Sep 9, 2013 12:51PM
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Best part time job on the planet!

The retired maintenance weekend warrior at the Anheuser-Busch brewery in Baldwinsville NY. A maintenance weekend warrior makes 45.86 per hour on Saturday and 61.18 per hour on Sundays and holidays. Some of the retirees make 50k + a year part time!  The ones that are over 65 and can make an unlimited income with no Social Security issues.

Sep 9, 2013 11:16AM
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1337, what happened to our economy is NOT the fault of boomers. Take your crying and your complaints to the banks. You are a selfish wannabee.
Sep 9, 2013 4:10AM
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Some things not mentioned are: publishing e-books; operating a web store (requires finding a supplier willing to drop ship, if you don't have storage space); web page design (requires a bit more than basic computer skills); "family photography" or "real estate photographer" (requires a decent "prosumer" 12+ mp digital camera).
Sep 19, 2013 10:49AM
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there is an 80 year old man that is a courier for my office.  Because of my position I see his paycheck...$350 a week , not very much...We live in a very expensive area and he lives in one of the very few trailer parks.... I am not sure if he is working because he needs the income or wants to get out...all I know is he is very old, looks very tired and walks hunched over but is the sweetest man and I feel bad for him. I wish I could give him a raise or money so he can retire for good.
Sep 9, 2013 2:34PM
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Im 72 and working full time and this article is full of it. If you are smart don't retire just keep working till you drop, or be treated like you are a second class citizen working for table scraps.

 

 

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I like the schoolbus idea Midwestbeer.
Sep 19, 2013 8:56AM
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We hire retired guys every day to move cars. When a dealer needs to "locate" a car for a customer, they usually hire a retired guy to go get it. If you can drive well and enjoy a ride, ask a local car dealer if they need a swap driver. It pays ok, and it is easy, pleasant work.
Sep 16, 2013 6:34PM
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Sorry, I'm not clicking through 16 pages to read a one page article!
Sep 9, 2013 11:07AM
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Seems they would list network marketing - Social business, work from home, and make unlimited income. I work with some retirees and they love it!  Who would want to go back to work???
Sep 19, 2013 7:56AM
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I have never had any result from ads that say "make extra money".  They are all scams.  You either  have to pay something up front or the tape is so long that you forgot the beginning.  I would like someone to offer a legitimate job for retirees. 
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