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Top 8: Ways to Make Money

As college students, we sometimes need a little extra spending money. Whether we want to save up money for Christmas, want some cash so we can go out or just want to splurge every now and again, we like to have money. Below are a few ways to make money without much time commitment.

1) SwagBucks. This great online tool pays you in “bucks” or points that can be redeemed for gift cards and cool prizes. All you do is sign up for an account and use the site’s search engine, play games or take surveys to accumulate points. I have used this off and on for about four months now, and I have enough points to redeem a $25 Amazon gift card already.

2)  Write for The Times-Delphic. Writing is a great way for you to gain experience, get heard and have pieces for your portfolio. You get $15 for each article written and $7.25 for every column or photo.

3)  Work for ChaCha. You can answer questions for Cha Cha at about $0.02 per answer. While this money is coming slow, you can work on your own time and make a little extra cash just by answering questions.

4)  Blog. There are many websites, like Google AdSense, that let you put advertisements on your personal blog, and you can make money just by having people visit your site. This takes some time to build up, but you can certainly make money if you stick with it.

5)  Recycle cans. Because I am from a state without the five-cent deposit, I have my parents save their old soda cans once they are done. I return them here in Iowa for 5 cents a can and the money adds up. I usually get about $25 every month or so.

6)  Donate plasma. This is a great way to help those in need and for you to get a little extra cash in the process. While some say donating is a little painful, others say it is no different than donating blood. Word on the street is that the centers around Des Moines pay around $15 every time you donate.

7)  Tutor. Why not use your skills in one subject to help someone who struggles in that subject? Some colleges set these up for you on campus, while other times you can seek out students yourself.

8)  Ebay or Craigslist. If you are anything like me, you brought too much stuff on move-in day and have things you know you will never use. Why not sell them to someone who would get use out of them?

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  1. student November 3, 2011

    if you really want to make easy money, join a pyramid scheme like Amway.

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