If you're looking for some extra cash during these tough economic times, then look no further than the junk lying around your house as a source of extra income.  The sad thing is that most people walk around their home and not even realize that they could make some quick cash just by doing a little bit of cleaning and making some really quick decisions.

Gather all the loose coins

If you walk through your house you'll probably notice a penny here and a quarter there and not pay much attention to them.  Coins accumulated over time can add to large amount and there's a good chance that you have a lot of them just lying around the house.  So begin looking around the house for those loose coins.  You probably have some in your drawers, on the bathroom counters, and even your car is a great place to look.  Find a really sturdy box or bag and make it your "coin purse". 

Another great thing about gathering loose coins is that, thanks in large part to the proliferation of coin counting machines, it's become easier to count them and turn them into bills.  In the past you would have to purchase penny, nickel, dime, and quarter wrappers and individually pack them yourself if you want to deposit them into your bank account.  Coin counting machines have eliminated that tedious process.  All you need to do now is simply deposit the coints into the machines and it does everything for you; the counting, separating, and the dispensing of cash.  Some machines charge a fee for this service.  However, check with your bank to see if they have a machine in their location-it's usually free for members.

Are you really still using that?

Look around your closet and garage and ask yourself:  Is anyone really still using that?  There's tons of stuff lying around the house just taking up space and not being used.  For example: 

  • Clothes and shoes:  Take inventory of those clothes and shoes that you haven't worn in months and research how much they're selling for online.  You can sell them on Ebay, Craiglist, or Amazon.  There's a good chance that someone is looking for and could use that item that's just sitting in your closet or garage. 
  • DVD and CD's:  Is anyone really still watching or listening to all those DVD's and CD's?  There's really no need to buy and collect movies thanks to Netflix and other movie streaming services.  You can just pay a low monthly fee and still have access to all these movies.  Plus, media formats change so quickly that you need to sell these while they still have some value. 
  • Old toy and video games:  Kids quickly go through a lot of toys and video games.  So instead of having these toys sit around and collect dust, gather them up and sell them.  You can hold a garage sale or, better yet, you can talk to other families on your street and see if they're interested in having a multi-family garage sale.  Get the entire family involved and you'll be surprised how many things you can sell around the house.  Even broken Xbox 360's and PS3's are worth selling online thanks to the demand for repair parts. 


Your house is full of many things that you can sell to make some quick cash.  In addition to the extra cash you generate, you also get the added benefit of having a cleaner house.  I hope this guide has helped you in some way and I hope you find many valuable things to sell around the house!