Dump your junk and get some cash
Retailers jump on the clunker trade-in bandwagon, but will you get top dollar?
- Got an old appliance your want to replace? Buy an energy-efficient model and receive rebates ranging from $50 to $250. This federally sponsored program, similar to the Cash for Clunkers program, varies by state. More details can be found here.
- Trade in old video games at Amazon.com and Toys 'R' Us in exchange for gift cards.
- Old electronic devices can be traded in to Radio Shack, Hewlett-Packard, Amazon and Costco.
Another point to consider: If you do take the plunge and receive a gift card, you can always sell it for cash or exchange it for a card from a different retailer. Read this article to find out how.
Here are more avenues to explore:
- While it's not garage-sale season in most parts of the U.S., winter is a good time to start identifying items for a spring sale. And if you want to connect with the most shoppers, be sure to list online.
- A garage sale is a lot of work -- listing items on Craigslist is a whole lot easier, and you might be able to get more for your goods. Click here for more on how to use Craigslist effectively.
- Selling on eBay and Amazon will net a much wider audience than Craigslist (and you don't have to meet strangers in-person). Read this post for tips on how to turn your junk into "eBay gold."
- One-of-kind handmade goods can be sold on Etsy. Kelly at Almost Frugal has great tips in her post "How to market your Etsy shop."
- A low-hassle option is to simply load up your car and donate belongings to a local charity. Can you say tax deduction? Just be sure to get a receipt.
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