Sell. Sell. Sell.
After I had Gio, I haven’t worked. Erwin and I decided that the best thing for our son is to always have me around, so all my time is dedicated to my family and school. Not working is something I was never used to so it’s still an adjusting process for me. I use to work full-time and go to school. I want to help bring money into the household, even if it’s only to pay one bill or gas money but it’s something, you know?
So I did my usual Google search and looked up various ways to make money from home, stay at home mom ideas, etc. I came across surveys, apps, and so many things but something that truly stuck out to me was selling stuff we don’t need anymore.
Usually I just got rid of my clothes or threw away items we no longer wanted, but I started listing on apps to sell items and it’s been a good run for for. I’ve been doing it since Gio was born, over two years. I don’t know exactly how much I’ve made since then but between now and November I made almost $2,000, and I don’t think that’s bad at all from stuff at home! It’s also a good way to declutter!
Somethings I’ve sold are:
-Grown out clothes: of course from Gio. He had so much nice stuff just in boxes because it no longer fit him
-Grown out shoes: same story as the clothes
-Toys: just items Gio no longer paid attention to or liked
-Baby Gear: car seats, swings, jumpers, gates, chairs, play yards,
-Movies: I had duplicates of some
-My own clothing: stuff that no longer fit or grabbed my attention
-Shoes: same as clothes
-Accessories: items that might not be your style anymore, maybe never wore, were gifts and you didn’t like, sell it! Rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, sunglasses, purses!
There’s so much you can put up, you’d be surprised!
Another way I’ve made money, is going to stores called Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate. They buy used items, clothing, and shoes- even maternity items, too! They will give you 15%-20% of what they will sell it for, but it’s very quick and instant cash, unless you want store credit then they will give you an additional 20%, I believe. You do make less selling to these places rather than selling them on your own like on apps, but if you’re in need these are quick and easy places to go to!
My favorite app to sell on is Mercari, but I’ve also sold on LetGo and PoshMark.
Now another app where I’ve made money is Ibotta. I really enjoy this. This app has a list of items (groceries, magazines, cleaning supplies, baby items, etc.,) that you can purchase from almost any grocery store in your area. It’s basically a cash back. An example is, if you purchase lets say ice cream, you can make $1 back. Once you’ve made up to $20 you can redeem for rewards (old navy, Walmart, etc. giftcards), you can redeem into a PayPal account, or you can keep accumulating money. A lot if the items are items that most people purchase, at least I do, so it hasn’t been difficult for me to reach $20!
These apps and stores have been very helpful to me. I’ve been able to bring in some money to the house, get Gio things, and/ or help pay a bill here and there! It’s worth looking into, I promise 🙂