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Best Sites to Turn Your Stuff Into Cash

As a mom I'm always looking for the best way to save and maybe earn a little to buffer our budget while staying at home. 

I hope these will help you too in your quest to find the Best Sites to Turn Your Stuff Into Cash! Please share with your friends!

Despite our love of cash, it doesn't seem to be the gift of choice during the holidays. Branded "impersonal" by most gift givers, cash is typically reserved for high school graduations or small tokens of love between grandmother and toddler. Though a lot of it is tossed around during the end of the year, we seem to have very little of it come January 1.

Thankfully, there are several websites dedicated to helping you exchange your stuff for the ever-elusive greenback. Fresh from the season of giving, you likely received upgrades to everything from shoes to clothes to electronics. Turn these idle, unloved items into cash using the following websites.

The Item: BOOKS
The Website:
In the age of the e-reader, only diehard book purists are willing to take up valuable space with hardbacks. For the rest of us there's which will pay you between 57 cents and $120 per used book. How much you get depends on weight and good ol' supply and demand, or how popular the title is and and how many copies are already in the company warehouse. This is a great outlet for college textbooks and technical books.
The Perk: They pay for shipping.

The Website:
Though they specialize in repairing small electronics, RapidRepair also buys them from consumers to use for spare parts or to repair and resell as refurbished products. How much you get for your unwanted gadget depends on its model and condition, but you can still get some cash if the device is damaged. For example, you may get $20 to $50 for an iPod with a cracked screen if that device or its spare parts are in demand, according to the site's owner.
The Perk: You can get cash for broken item you can't otherwise sell or repair.

The Website:
According to The Wall Street Journal, over $41 billion in gift cards went unused between 2005 and 2011. That's a lot of cash laying around! If you have a gift card or two collecting dust in your wallet, exchange them for cash using GiftCardGranny. You can get up to 92 percent of the card's value or opt for an Amazon gift card.
The Perk: You get your cash immediately; no waiting around for the card to sell.

The Item: CDs, DVDs, GAMES
The Website:
At one point in your life, you may have enjoyed watching the same movie over and over again, resulting in a vast collection of DVDs. Or perhaps your teenager is outgrowing video games as quickly as his denim size. Regardless, you can exchange old movies, CDs and video games for cash at UltimateBuyBack. Depending on the title and popularity of the movie, artist or game, you can get nearly half what you paid in cash.
The Perk: You can get your money within 24 hours of your items being received.

The Website:
Music can be a lifelong hobby and pursuit, but it comes with a hefty price tag especially if interest fades. Happily, there's a website for that. UsedInstrumentBuyer lets you sell used musical equipment for cash to help recoup your investment. You can receive a free quote on everything from amplifiers to drum sets to band instruments.
The Perk: They pay for shipping.

The Website:
Sporting equipment is another pricey necessity that can end up collecting dust as lifestyles change. Enter SwapMeSports, an online community that matches up buyers and sellers of used sporting equipment. Think of it as the Craigslist for sporting goods, connecting you with neighbors and other members of your community who may want something you have or own something you need. In addition to buying and selling equipment, you can also trade it depending on the agreement you reach with the other party.
The Perk: No listing, selling or shipping fees!

The Website:
The average consumer wears only 20 percent of her wardrobe, making those frequent trips to Macy's 80-percent useless. Thankfully, there's an entire industry dedicated to retail overindulgence. Online consignment sites like RecycleYourFashions will give you money for clothing that sells and will donate items that do not. Even better, you can find gently used clothes for less, making your shopping habit a bit less burdensome to your budget.
The Perk: They cover shipping and send you a preprinted label.

The Website:
The site accepts many popular brands, including iPhone, BlackBerry, Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola, and Nokia, in various states of condition -- even broken. Of course, you'll get less cash for a broken phone than one that's in pristine condition, but every little bit counts.
The Perk: They pay for shipping and offer the option to donate your money to charity.

The Website:
Not only can you sell your old jewels here, but you can blog through the breakup to help get over the guy as well as the gold. Another site to check out, founded by a guy whose personal heartbreak inspired the creation of a website that connects buyers and sellers of engagement rings. The bling will get you to the website and the personal stories of previous owners will keep you there. After all, there's nothing juicier than the details of a bad breakup.
The Perk: Moral support. Does it get any better than that? 

Andrea Woroch is a nationally-recognized consumer and money-saving expert who helps consumers live on less without radically changing their lifestyles. From smart spending tips to personal finance advice, Andrea transforms everyday consumers into savvy shoppers. She has been featured among top news outlets such as Good Morning America, NBC's Today, MSNBC, New York Times, Kiplinger Personal Finance, CNNMoney and many more. You can follow her on Twitter for daily savings advice and tips.
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Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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  1. What a great list. I read once that a lot of people who do use their giftcards leave a balance of two dollars or less on them, rendering HUGE profits for the companies that own them. I swipe mine at the grocery store (like a coupon) when there's a little change left on them. It's easy to do and you're using, instead of wasting your money.

    Thanks for the list, it's a really good one.

  2. Great List of Resources! Thanks for sharing it with us

  3. Great list! I had actually never heard of any of these so this is super resourceful. thanks!

  4. Thanks for the list! I will be checking these out!

  5. I'm so saving this list! Thank you, C!

  6. These are great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  7. It is always nice to know what resources are out there. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Books and clothes are things I have in abundance so I can see how there is a demand for it. Thanks for sharing this and I know it will help many. In my school we are doing an old-books sale to raise funds. It is a good way to recycle books!

  9. Nice list of companies! I'm going to look into the small appliances and books, I have tons of both from over the years, love making extra cash!

  10. I have to bookmark this to go over. I just gave eight boxes of books to Goodwill.


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