Get your hands on extra cash today
1 – Sell old cell phones. There’s a good chance you’re sitting on cash here: A study released last year found that half of consumers have at least one old cell phone gathering dust. You can sell your old phone on sites such as Swappa and Gazelle, but to get cash today, an ecoATM is your best bet. Consider selling old MP3 players and tablets, too.
2 – Sell your unused gift cards. In 2015, an estimated $973 million in gift cards went unused, according to research and advisory firm CEB TowerGroup. Most online gift card exchanges take a few days (you have to mail the card, then wait for a check or direct deposit), but Coinstar Exchange offers instant cash for cards valued at $20 or more. You’ll get slightly less — the company pays up to 85% of the card’s value, while sites such as Cardpool pay up to 92% — but the quick cash might be worth it.