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Easy Green: 10 quick ways to make money in college



Sell clothes
Plato’s Closet is a great place to take your gently worn apparel in exchange for cold, hard cash. They accept clothes, shoes and purses, as long as they are without stains, rips or odors. The pay is determined by style, age and current inventory. Visit platoscloset.com or visit one of their four San Antonio area locations for more information; no appointment necessary.

Cash in coins
Why not make some quick money by turning money that you already have into cash? Coinstar machines take pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters that you drop in and exchange for bills. There’s a 10.9 percent service fee that is deducted from your total, but it’s a small price to pay once your funds are added up. Bring your coins to one of the 10 local Coinstar kiosks located inside H-E-B grocery stores.

Offer your hair and makeup services to your peers
Throughout my college years, I’ve known plenty of people who made money by doing their friends’ and acquaintances’ hair and makeup. You wouldn’t be able to charge salon or boutique prices, and you may have to start off with people who know you and your skills pretty well, but once you begin charging and accepting donations, the money adds up.

Craigslist flyers jobs
These are jobs where an employer is looking to hire someone to pass out flyers for them or their business. Handing out flyers is a good job for students because it can be done between classes, during down time or even in class if the professor allows it. An example of one of these listings reads, “Pass Out Flyers in Neighborhoods.” Further information will be given when you click on the listing.

Sell items
A pawnshop is one of the quickest ways to sell your unused items of significant value because you simply walk in, present your item to sell or pawn and get cash if it’s accepted. Craigslist is also a quick way because your items are listed for locals to see, and if someone in your area wants to purchase it you meet up with them at a safe (and public) location and make the sale for cash.

Sell aluminum cans
There are 10 recycling service locations in San Antonio where you can sell aluminum cans for cash. These places accept aluminum, copper, stainless steel, brass, lead and zinc in exchange for money. The current value of these metals will determine how much bounty each pays out.

Create a product to sell on Etsy
Selling on Etsy.com could become a great investment if your product becomes a popular item. Etsy primarily sells handmade, creative and unique items so that customers receive a one-of-a-kind product. If you have a passion for crafting, create an Etsy shop and start selling.

Donate plasma
Donors can be paid up to $60 per donation and can donate two times a week. Eligible candidates are 18 years or older, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in good general health. In order to donate, you must present a document with your social security number on it and provide a valid ID (driver’s license, student or military) at one of San Antonio’s 12 donation locations.

Donate sperm
Donors must be between the ages of 18 and 34, be at least 5 feet, 11 inches tall and maintain a healthy weight. Medical history will be screened and donors will be tested for various infectious diseases. The pay will depend on the donor and the facility; most pay around $50 per sample. Eligible donors may also have the option of a long-term contract that can pay up to a few hundred dollars a week for six months of weekly donations. Go to fertilityexpert.org to find local sperm banks.

Medical or behavioral research studies
Research studies are conducted at University of Texas–San Antonio, University of Texas Health Science Center and other San Antonio institutions on topics ranging from social drinking to depression. Students can volunteer to participate in the studies they are eligible for by contacting the research facility, learning about the potential risks and side effects, and signing up.

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