#26: Have a yard sale!
Sometimes just saving money isn't enough when you are living on a tight budget. If you are cash-strapped you might need to raise money to meet your goals.
The first step to a successful yard sale is to do a in-depth, room-by-room purge with an eye for items that you can do without. Look deeper than items you would be glad to part with. Take a cold, hard look at what you have. You may want to have a friend help you rather than other family members.
Holding a yard sale sounds simple, and for sure it doesn't need to be complicated. There are, however, ways to maximize your earnings and ensure a good customer turn out. Here are a couple blog articles to help you rethink how you hold a yard sale.
10 Tips for Having a Successful Garage Sale by MoneySavingMom
10 Tips to a Wildly Successful Garage Sale by BeingFrugal
Craiglist is mentioned in both articles, but GSALR is becoming increasingly popular, and is also free. In most areas it no longer makes sense to pay for advertising in a newspaper. See if any neighbors are interested in holding a sale at the same time. People who regularly shop yard sales are more likely to put you on their map for the day if there is more than one sale nearby.
Our last yard sale raised $300, and was only open for 4 hours before we nearly sold out. It did take a couple afternoons to organize and prepare, but it was worth it!