Need some extra shopping cash?

Who couldn’t use more shopping cash, right?  For some of us, a second job is an option.  For the rest of us, we need some creative ways to make our money stretch as much as possible.   I work SO hard for what I earn and I expect a lot for every bit I spend!  You should, too!  After all the economic turmoil, this is a different world.  This is the age of the bargainista and the recessionista!  Join with me in stopping the lie that you have to spend a fortune to look good!

If you would like some ways that you can earn extra shopping cash, get a bargain and be “green” in the process, you’re reading the right blog!  And you’re going to LOVE these ideas that I have for you!

Buffalo Exchange:  I’ve done a post on consignment stores and how you should seek out the closest one to you-but this one isn’t really a consignment store.  Buffalo Exchange is unique because it’s a chain with stores in 15 states.  They will buy clothes from you (call first to see what they’re accepting) and will also help you donate clothes to charity.  You can get cash or trade on the spot for your used fashion items.  You’ll get more money if you choose trade instead of cash.

Plato’s Closet: Along the same lines as Buffalo Exchange.  This is also a chain but is larger-they have stores in the US and Canada.  There is at least one store in all but 6 states.  You can choose trade or cash for your used clothes.

Sears Electronics Trade In: Whether it’s working or not, you can get rid of your old electronics and get shopping cash for them!  They’re looking for things like smartphones, iPads, MacBooks, and iPods.  You can get an estimate for what your item is worth on their website.  Once received, your used electronics are inspected to make sure their condition matches your evaluation.  Then, they send your payment.

Swap.com: This is a great idea but I haven’t actually tried it to see how well it works.  You take a picture of an item you no longer want (can be anything you don’t want) and post it to the site.  People look at your item and make offers to swap for something you want.   When you have a deal, you can meet locally to swap or send items if you don’t live locally.  There are no fees to use Swap.com.  Each swapper is responsible for final delivery of their item.  Delivery confirmation is highly recommended.  You can swap internationally but remember that you’re responsible for shipping charges!

 Swapstyle: This is the same idea as Swap.com but is strictly for clothing and accessories.  Membership is free.

Recycle Your Fashions: This is an online consignment store and you can choose to consign your clothes or sell them outright.  You fill out a couple of forms about the clothes you want to consign/sell and send it in to see what will be accepted.  You’ll be contacted within 24 hours.  Once they approve your items, you box them up with a prepaid label provided by Recycle Your Fashions.  If you consign, you’ll receive links to watch your items and will be sent a check at the end of the month.  Any unsold items can be returned at your expense or donated to charity.

I hope this helps you stretch your budget for fashion!  Let me know if you have success with any of these ideas!  I plan to try some of these out so I’ll keep you posted, my friends!

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