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Wacky ways to make some extra cash

If you're looking for a way to make some extra money, there are several ways to earn quick cash.

Jonathan Turner is looking at all options when it comes to making money these days, including checking out garage sales for used books. Not to read, but to resell.

"I've got an app on my iPhone and I'm able to scan the IBN number on it and actually pull up right there and it tells me right there how much is that book worth," said Turner.

There are lots of websites that will now buy used books and using the Smartphone app Bookscouter, he knows on the spot if he'll make a profit buying a book at the yard sale price.

That's just one of many wacky ways to make money these days.

Kyle Taylor with thepennyhoarder.com suggests starting with your fridge. The Nielsen Company, which keeps track of TV ratings, now also wants to know what you buy at the grocery store.

"They'll send you a free bar code scanner and every time you go grocery shopping they ask that you scan the groceries that you buy and then it transmits the data to them and companies use that sort of feedback to tell them what products are popular," said Taylor.

Like texting people? You can answer questions for chacha.com and make a few bucks right from your couch.

"They get questions, random questions on their web site and via text and they need people to come up with answers and just thru Google search or whatever, you get paid per text," said Taylor.

You can also rate music for money.

"Sites like hit predictor.com and slicethepie.com will let you listen to music, rate it and then send you a small check for your efforts," said Taylor.

And if you're the creative type, you can be paid to help come up with company names.

"There are websites online that hold naming contest. The person who comes up with the best name wins anywhere from 50 bucks to 500 dollars," said Taylor.

Jonathan also gets extra cash with cars.

"I get paid anywhere from 50 to 75 dollars a pop to go out and test drive a vehicle, have fun in it and then able to back and write up a report," said Turner.

A word of caution, though. You shouldn't have to pay these sites in advance for any work you do.

Another piece of advice from Kyle is to compare sites for what they pay. For example, with the used books, he found one site would give him $8 for a used cookbook, while another site only offered $1.

 

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