Whether you need to make 200 dollars for some unexpected bills or if you are looking to ramp up your investing, don’t sell your body to science as a first option.
Instead, try some of these easy ways to make $200 fast.
I just took a trip to New York and the rideshare industry has taken over. My driver was at the airport in no time at all and had been driving a taxi for more than 20 years. He had switched to being an Uber driver because he could no longer make a living with the taxi service.
If you are looking to make a quick $200 you can get set up with Uber in less than 2 weeks and depending on the need in your area can easily make that much money in a short period of time.
If you are looking to make money immediately you can start with paid survey sites like Survey Junkie.
These sites pay you for your opinion and are helping advertisers use that information to provide better products and services.
You give your opinion and they give you cash. You will have to hustle to make two hundred dollars with surveys in a month but it is possible or could be a good piece paired with other ideas on this list.
The top paid survey sites to get you started are:
Get Paid to Programs
Instead of getting paid only for your opinion, how about getting paid for all sorts of things. Services like Swagbucks and InboxDollars allow you to do things like watch videos, play video games, do your regular web searches, and a ton more to make money.
The top get paid to websites are:
Check for Stores that Owe You Money
It seems crazy, but if you buy something online and then the price of that item drops you can get a refund for the difference.
Paribus scans your e-mail for purchases and does searches to see if the retailer owes you a refund.
If you do a ton of online shopping, Paribus might be able to make your $200 today.
If nothing else, I signed up just so I don’t keep missing out on getting my money back.
I am not talking about setting up an Etsy store and making jewelry for others to purchase, but selling jewelry that you own.
If you have valuable items like a diamond ring, gold jewelry, or high end watches you can sell them on WP Diamonds for a higher price than you can probably get on your own.
They will appraise your item, put it up for sale, and pay you when it sells. It’s a great systems that allows you to have someone else sell your item for a top price.
Sell Your Hair
If you have really great long hair with no hair coloring you can get anywhere from $250 to $5,000 for your beautiful hair.
How much you get depends on how long, the color of your hair, and the health of your hair. You can learn more in my full write up of how to sell your hair online, but the two top buyers right now are:
Credit Card Bonuses
If you have good credit, credit card companies will offer you big bonuses to spend a certain amount of money with them in the first few months of owning the card. This can be anywhere from $100 to $500.
It may come in the form of cash, as a credit on your account or as
If you have clothes lying around that are too small, too big, or that you just don’t use. You can probably sell them online for a decent price.
If you have nice clothes then I would at a marketplace like Poshmark, designer clothing sales can probably get a better price with TheRealReal.com, and low end or bulk clothing you are better off with local yard sale sites or Facebook marketplace.
Rent Out a Room
The sharing economy has become amazingly popular and, depending on where you live, you can really tap into that economy.
It used to be to get involved with renting out a room you didn’t have many options for screening, but Airbnb.com allows you to screen your guests by filtering who can rent your room by the guest ratings each guest receives from other Airbnb hosts.
If you live in a highly desirable area you could make thousands of dollars, not just the $200 we are looking for in this article.
You may feel like a broke college student, but you can make between $40 and $60 for each time you go to donate plasma.
On top of that, unlike donating blood, you can sell your plasma one or two time a week. So you can easily make your $200 fast.
If I was looking to make 200 dollars in one day this is the one I would probably turn to. I am pretty good at plumbing and am also good at doing electrical and computer work.
That being the case I would put the word out to friends and family that I am looking to do some side work to get to my goal and make a list of what I am able to help with.
Then let those friends and family hire you or refer you to other friends to get to $200 in one day.
If you are short of friends and family in the area, then check out Mechanical Turk. It’s a service by Amazon where you can sell your skills out to other people in your area.
Getting signed up as a person delivering pizza only take a few days and it is a job that always seems to be in demand.
If you have a car that gets good mileage the you can expect to get in the $11-$15 per hour range, depending on where you will be delivering and the generosity of the tippers.
Trade In Electronics
If you have old smart phones or computers lying around you can frequently get decent cash back for those item.
You can typically get the best prices for your old tech at Gazelle.com. They will accept smartphones, tablets, iPads, and macbooks.
If you are looking to trade something outside of that category, BestBuy has the widest trade in program, but they only reward you with credit in their stores instead of cash.
I have made a few good deals by selling books through various book buying platforms.
What they do is sell used books to people looking for specific editions. Usually text books fetch the best prices, but you can check to see if any of your current collection are worth giving up.
Also, check your local thrift stores to see if people have turned in any books that can be resold for a tidy profit.
When I tell people this idea they frequently think of picking up aluminum cans on the side of the road.
While that is a good idea if you have a place to pay your for the metal, you can branch this idea out into other ways of recycling.
You could salvage, repair and update old furniture to sell at a much higher price. I have seen some people who are great at purchasing wedding and prom dresses at thrift stores, cleaning them up or updating them and then selling them at consignment shops.
There are a lot of ways to recycle items and then make a profit on the sale.
Pick up Some Overtime
If you have an hourly job already, ask your manager if there is any overtime available.
With the job market getting tight, employers are much more likely to allow people to pick up extra hour and earn time and a half. Even if you are only making minimum wage, you would need to pick up less than 20 hours of OT to get to your goal.
Be a Temp
Temp services are always looking for people to fill in for work. Go to a few local temp agencies and see if they have any work for people during hours that you are not working your current job.
Return some Stuff
If you have made any purchases in the last 30 days that are not necessities, you can return those items for cash back in your pocket.
Some store are even more forgiving and will give you up to 45 days. Go through your debit card and see if there is anything you can return and get some of that cash back.
We just did a community wide garage sale and my family participates each year, trying to get rid of any accumulation of extra stuff.
My wife would have made over $50 if she hadn’t spent more than that buying other people’s stuff, but you get the picture. You can make more than 25% of your $200 goal with this idea.
200 dollars is not that difficult of a number to come up with in a short period of time.
With a little effort and pushing through with an idea that works for you, you can earn your way to financial stability.