DIY Scrunchies

by Andrea Deckard

This tutorial will walk you through how to make a scrunchie with a needle and thread!

If you’re like me, you don’t have a sewing machine. To be brutally honest: I did very bad in my high school Home-Ec class. I vaguely remember the arm of a sweatshirt being misplaced to my lower side. It was bad.

I haven’t touched a sewing machine since. I’ve never had a reason to and still haven’t found one. I have purchased sew-on patches for our boys when they were younger to place over holes in jeans. If something needs mending, I pay a seamstress. But we rarely need things mending.

I do see the value in owning a needle and thread. Like for the little holes that our puppies made when they would suck on our down feather blanket. We had no idea that their suckling turned into biting at some point. The down feathers flying around our bedroom was evidence that some foul play had occurred.

Since scrunchies are making a comeback from my 90’s big “Lion King” curly hair days, I want to share this fun and easy DIY to make your own scrunchies at home. No sophisticated materials are needed for this except needle and thread.

DIY Scrunchies Supplies

  • 1/4” yard, Knit Fabric
  • 1/4” Elastic
  • Sewing Pins
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Needle and Thread
  • Sewing Machine (optional)

How to Make Scrunchies

  1. Measure and cut a 4” x 22” piece of fabric.
  2. Fold your fabric strip in half lengthwise with the print sides facing each other.
  3. Pin your fabric together if need be.
  4. Sew along the raw edge length, leaving a 1/4” seam allowance.
  5. Turn the tube inside out using your fingers.
  6. Measure and cut a 8” piece of elastic, attach a Bobby pin at one end and slide through the tube holding the opposite end of elastic so it doesn’t slide through.
  7. Pin and see the two ends of elastic together.
  8. Fold one end of your fabric inside the tube about 1/2” and tuck the unfolded end inside the tucked end.
  9. Pin if need be, hand stitch or use a sewing machine to close the ends together.

Honestly, if you wanted to get rid of the needle and thread entirely you could probably use sewing tape (like this). Let me know if you do use the sewing tape and how well it holds up in daily use in your hair!

Also, if you have a hard time finding elastic in your store or online, I think really thin hair ties like these (or ones you find at Dollar Tree), would work as well. I saw someone mention trying that on a face mask, and it is the same idea.

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How to Make Scrunchies

  • Author: Andrea Deckard
Scale

Ingredients

  • 1/4” yard, Knit Fabric
  • 1/4Elastic
  • Sewing Pins
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Needle and Thread
  • Sewing Machine (optional)

Instructions

  1. Measure and cut a 4” x 22” piece of fabric.
  2. Fold your fabric strip in half lengthwise with the print sides facing each other.
  3. Pin your fabric together if need be.
  4. Sew along the raw edge length, leaving a 1/4” seam allowance.
  5. Turn the tube inside out using your fingers.
  6. Measure and cut a 8” piece of elastic, attach a Bobby pin at one end and slide through the tube holding the opposite end of elastic so it doesn’t slide through.
  7. Pin and see the two ends of elastic together.
  8. Fold one end of your fabric inside the tube about 1/2” and tuck the unfolded end inside the tucked end.
  9. Pin if need be, hand stitch or use a sewing machine to close the ends together.

Notes

Try sewing tape (like this) if you want to ditch the needle and thread entirely. You could also use hair ties like these (or ones you find at Dollar Tree) if you can't find elastic.

Disclosure: This post contains a link to an affiliate and support this site. See my Disclaimer Policy for additional information.

This DIY shows you how to make scrunchies with a few basic supplies. Instructions include ways to make them with a sewing machine and without a needle and thread. via @AndreaDeckard

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Eating Real Food on a Food Stamp or SNAP Budget

by Andrea Deckard

Learn how to make your SNAP/food stamps last all month with these tips. Eat good food with easy recipes and stretch your benefits to last longer.

Eating healthy certainly isn’t cheap, especially if you have several mouths to feed. If you happen to be on the Food Stamp or SNAP budget, which averages out to a little over $4 a person, per family for each day, buying healthier meal options becomes even trickier. Let’s talk about how to make food stamps last all month and eating healthy on a SNAP budget.

You, like so many other Americans, may feel the only way to stretch that money is by turning to processed foods and other cheaper options. But it’s a sacrifice that you don’t have to make. Your meal planning and trips to the store may just need to be looked at a little differently.

Thankfully, there are still several ways in which your family can be eating healthy food on a food stamp/snap budget. Here are a few tips for you to keep in mind.

Plan Out Meals Before Heading to the Grocery Store

Our first bit of advice is that you need to have a game plan before ever stepping foot in the grocery store. Never shop with the mistaken mindset of picking out things that look good at the time. Carefully plan out all your meals to help you save money.

You may be thinking that this may be easier said than done? If you are needing more direction with this, check out some of my posts on Meal Planning here:

Build your Pantry

One of the best ways to get started towards having more healthier options is by building your food pantry. This includes purchasing proteins and other meal fillers, such as bagged beans, lentils, brown rice, and canned vegetables.

You may also want to consider buying these types of items in bulk, that way you can use them multiple times and stretch them out over several meals. It might cost you a little more upfront, but you’ll save more by shopping this way. Buying in bulk is one of the best ways of shopping cost-effectively. Check out my Pantry Staples Recipes too to use up some of those items you are buying in bulk.

While fresh produce may be your preferred way of eating your vegetables, you never have to worry about canned vegetables that you use as a base in your meals from ever going bad.

Build Meals from the Basics

We’ve already brushed on this a bit already, but building meals with the ingredients in your pantry and refrigerator can save you a bunch of money. Take the bagged beans for instance. You can prepare and serve them in a burrito for dinner and then use them in a soup for lunch the next day.

Try not to look at ingredients as only being used in one meal possibility, but using them alongside several other ingredients for an entirely different meal. This also helps cut down on waste as well. We have tons of frugal Recipes as well.

Compare Unit Prices

Another helpful tool is to learn how to compare unit prices between shelf tags. Most stores make this very easy for you to do, and already have the unit pricing broken up for you. This way you can pick out products that you can save more on, which are just as comparable to similar items.

Find Great Deals on Meat and Freeze It

Whenever you see an awesome deal on meat, don’t hesitate to stock up on good deals instead of buying it at full retail. Break it down into smaller meal portions and then put them in the freezer until you need them.

We bought a used freezer for out freezer beef. If you have any extra money to grab one, this can really help you build a freezer stockpile as well.

Keep Stocked Up on Eggs

Eggs are another one of those proteins that are extremely affordable and can be used in so many different ways. They can be enjoyed for breakfast, in a snack, or served alongside a steak dinner. Consider keeping a healthy supply of them to add more options to your meals.

Be Willing to Substitute Ingredients

Sometimes healthier recipes call for expensive ingredients that are ridiculously out of your price range. Or maybe the store doesn’t have the ingredient that you’re looking for.

Instead of scraping that meal idea, choose to substitute and incorporate a similar ingredient that isn’t going to break the bank.

When a recipe is calling for almond butter (which can cost around $12 a jar), you may need to compromise a smidge by using cheaper nut spreads.

Shop During Season for Produce

The best time to shop for certain fruits and vegetables is when they are in season. Not only do they taste better but they are usually cheaper too. It may be in your best interest to stick with buying produce that is in the season to save yourself more money down the road.

Check out my What to Buy When series to know what’s in stock at different times of the year.

Shop Produce in Moderations

It only takes a couple of days before the produce in your refrigerator starts to turn. It may seem like every time you go to use that bag of lettuce or tomato, it’s already spent. Try purchasing your produce more in moderation instead of stocking up an entire week’s worth.

If you are able to stop in at the grocery store two or three times a week for your product, it’s worth it. For some families, this tip may not work, but for others, it can cut down on waste.

Consider Buying Canned or Frozen Fruits or Vegetables

Most shoppers enjoy buying their fruits and vegetables in the produce department where it’s fresh. We’re not saying that you shouldn’t continue to enjoy your produce this way, but think about stocking up more on canned and frozen fruits and vegetables. This way you are still getting the same amount of nutrients and you don’t have to worry about your greens from rotting.

Learn How to Make Food Stamps Last All Month

Would you believe that it’s possible to eat not only healthy but for as little as $4 a day, per person in your household? You don’t have to compromise and resort to shopping for processed foods to stretch your money.

What challenges or successes have you discovered while eating healthy food on a food stamp/snap budget? Do you have any other useful information that would be helpful for other families that are on the food stamp/snap budget?

Learn how to make your SNAP/food stamps last all month with these tips. Eat good food with easy recipes and stretch your benefits to last longer.  via @AndreaDeckard

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Mickey Mouse Popsicle Stick Craft

by Andrea Deckard

Easy Mickey Mouse craft for kids using popsicle sticks as one of the main supplies.

Want a fun craft for the little disney lovers in your family? Look no further! This inexpensive craft is kid-friendly and will make them super excited to have a little piece of Mickey Mouse at home with them!

You can get all of the supplies at your local Dollar Tree. You will have plenty leftover to make several of our other kid-friendly crafts as well so be sure to take a peek!

Mickey Mouse Popsicle Craft Supplies

  • Jumbo Craft Sticks
  • Yellow Buttons
  • Black Felt
  • Black and Red Craft Paint
  • Foam Paint Brushes
  • Painters Tape
  • Hot Glue and Glue Gun
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper/Scrap Paper

Mickey Mouse Popsicle Craft Directions

  1. Lay down a piece of old newspaper before you get started.
  2. Cut a craft stick into three pieces carefully with scissors.
  3. Placed two of the pieces horizontally about an inch or two apart and glue three jumbo craft sticks vertically onto the smaller pieces.
  4. Place a piece of painters tape across the middle, press the edges, and use your foam paint brush to paint one side red and let dry.
  5. Remove your tape and place another piece over the red paint right at the edge.
  6. Now paint the top portion black and let dry.
  7. Cut out two 1 1/2-2″ circles from your black felt and glue to the back top of the black side of your craft sticks.
  8. Then glue two yellow buttons where the red and black paint meet.

Stay tuned as we have a few more Disney crafts that you may want to try as well!

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Mickey Mouse Popsicle Stick Craft

Fun and easy Mickey Mouse Popsicle Craft! Grab all the necessary supplies at your local Dollar Tree and save!

  • Author: Savings Lifestyle: Andrea

Ingredients

  • Jumbo Craft Sticks
  • Yellow Buttons
  • Black Felt
  • Black and Red Craft Paint
  • Foam Paint Brushes
  • Painters Tape
  • Hot Glue and Glue Gun
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper/Scrap Paper

Instructions

  1. Lay down a piece of old newspaper before you get started.
  2. Cut a craft stick into three pieces carefully with scissors.
  3. Placed two of the pieces horizontally about an inch or two apart and glue three jumbo craft sticks vertically onto the smaller pieces.
  4. Place a piece of painters tape across the middle, press the edges, and use your foam paint brush to paint one side red and let dry.
  5. Remove your tape and place another piece over the red paint right at the edge.
  6. Now paint the top portion black and let dry.
  7. Cut out two 1 1/2-2″ circles from your black felt and glue to the back top of the black side of your craft sticks.
  8. Then glue two yellow buttons where the red and black paint meet.
Easy Mickey Mouse craft for kids using popsicle sticks as one of the main supplies. via @AndreaDeckard

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Moon Dough or Cloud Dough

by Andrea Deckard

Easy cloud dough recipe to make with the kids! You only need 2 ingredients and most are probably already sitting in your pantry right now! 

Moon dough or cloud dough? Or maybe it’s moon sand? What do and your kids call this recipe? I’ve heard it called both and I suppose it doesn’t really matter.

Whatever you call this cloud dough (or is it moon dough – ha), it is super easy to make with the kids and will provide hours of enjoyment! I bet you have all of the ingredients right now to make it too. It really only takes 2 ingredients, but there is an optional ingredient if you want the dough to have a fragrance.

Cloud Dough Ingredients

  • 4 cups, White Flour
  • ½ cup, Baby Oil
  • 5-7 drops, Therapeutic Grade Eucalyptus Essential Oils (optional)
    We used Eucalyptus Essential Oil but have also done Orange.
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Green and Orange Food Coloring (optional)

How do you make Moon Dough?

  1. In your mixing bowl add the 4 cups of flour and ½ cup of baby oil. Mix well.
  2. Add 3-4 drops of each the green and orange food coloring. Knead the dough so the color disperses.
  3. Take the mixture into your hands and knead it. The heat from your hands will help form and soften it into shape.
  4. To use your moon dough, just form the dough in your hand or molds to make a variety of shapes. If the dough is still too crumbly, add a few drops of baby oil at a time until it is the consistency you wish.
  5. Store your moon dough in an air tight container when not in use and it should stay fresh for weeks. Should it loose its consistency, just add a few more drops of baby oil and mix until softened again.

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Moon Dough or Cloud Dough

Easy recipe to make homemade cloud dough. Your kids will love this!

  • Author: Andrea Deckard
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Ingredients

  • 4 cups, White Flour
  • ½ cup, Baby Oil
  • 5-7 drops, Therapeutic Grade Eucalyptus Essential Oils (optional)
    We used Eucalyptus Essential Oil but have also done Orange.
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Green and Orange Food Coloring (optional)

Instructions

  1. In your mixing bowl add the 4 cups of flour and ½ cup of baby oil. Mix well.
  2. Add 3-4 drops of each the green and orange food coloring. Knead the dough so the color disperses.
  3. Take the mixture into your hands and knead it. The heat from your hands will help form and soften it into shape.
  4. To use your moon dough, just form the dough in your hand or molds to make a variety of shapes. If the dough is still too crumbly, add a few drops of baby oil at a time until it is the consistency you wish.
  5. Store your moon dough in an air tight container when not in use and it should stay fresh for weeks. Should it loose its consistency, just add a few more drops of baby oil and mix until softened again.
Easy cloud dough recipe to make with the kids! You only need 2 ingredients and most are probably already sitting in your pantry right now!  via @AndreaDeckard

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Easter Empty Tomb Craft

by Andrea Deckard

This empty tomb Easter craft will help young children understand the resurrection. This is an easy craft for preschoolers or an elementary-age Sunday school class!

Easter Empty Tomb Centerpiece

This Easter empty tomb centerpiece is a fun and even frugal craft that you and your children can create together, helping you to enjoy the Easter season further and in a meaningful way. You only need a handful of dollar store supplies to make one, so take a look below to find out how to start crafting your own.

Easter Tomb Centerpiece Supplies

  • Shallow Terra Cotta Flower Pot Plate
  • Small Terra Cotta Flower Pot
  • Craft Rocks or Pebbles
  • Craft Moss
  • Brown Pipe Cleaners
  • Scissors

We were able to find all of the items used in our sample picture at our local Dollar Tree store. Our total cost for this centerpiece was around $5 – a great value for such a meaningful and decorative piece!

Easter Tomb Centerpiece Directions

  1. Begin by creating a layer of rocks in the terra cotta dish.
  2. Lay the small flower pot on its side, directly off to the side of the dish.
  3. Start covering the plate and pot with craft moss. You want it to look like a hill with land surrounding it.
  4. Help secure the moss in place by laying some more pebbles over it. Focus on laying pebbles around the base of the pot and around the edges of the plate.
  5. You now want to create your crosses. Cut several pieces of brown pipe cleaner and twist them to make crosses. We made one larger cross and two smaller crosses to place by its side.
  6. Secure the crosses into the ground by simply pressing them down into the plate. The moss and rocks should secure them.

You can add extra touches to your centerpiece by laying a piece of linen in the empty tomb to look like the shroud. You can also place a larger rock in front of the tomb to look like the stone that was rolled away. It is a great way to discover and celebrate the true meaning of Easter.

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Easter Empty Tomb Craft

Easter Empty Tomb Centerpiece. This craft is simple and meaningful and only cost less than $5 to create!

  • Author: Savings Lifestyle: Andrea

Ingredients

  • Shallow Terra Cotta Flower Pot Plate
  • Small Terra Cotta Flower Pot
  • Craft Rocks or Pebbles
  • Craft Moss
  • Brown Pipe Cleaners
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Begin by creating a layer of rocks in the terra cotta dish.
  2. Lay the small flower pot on its side, directly off to the side of the dish.
  3. Start covering the plate and pot with craft moss. You want it to look like a hill with land surrounding it.
  4. Help secure the moss in place by laying some more pebbles over it. Focus on laying pebbles around the base of the pot and around the edges of the plate.
  5. You now want to create your crosses. Cut several pieces of brown pipe cleaner and twist them to make crosses. We made one larger cross and two smaller crosses to place by its side.
  6. Secure the crosses into the ground by simply pressing them down into the plate. The moss and rocks should secure them.
This empty tomb Easter craft will help young children understand the resurrection. This is an easy craft for preschoolers or an elementary-age Sunday school class! via @AndreaDeckard

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Sidewalk Chalk Paint

by Andrea Deckard

This DIY sidewalk chalk paint only takes 3 ingredients and can be made in less than 5 minutes! 

With so many people at home now, there are tons of fun pictures being shared of the sidewalk drawings they are passing on daily walks. With the current state of affairs, it’s been a refreshing look at people enjoying themselves with a simple and easy DIY. Not to mention all the creative things they are making!

This sidewalk chalk recipe is intended to be a liquid sidewalk chalk like a paint. We have found it best to mix up and put into a squirt bottle like you see in the picture above. You could even use an empty ketchup or mustard bottle if you want to.

If you can’t get to the store, or maybe your stores are sold out like so many are reporting, this is an easy DIY for you and the kids to make together. It really only takes 5 minutes and I’m sure you have all the ingredients you will need to make it already in your pantry!

DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint Ingredients

  • Baking Soda
  • Corn Starch
  • Liquid Food Coloring
  • Water

You will also need measuring cups to measure the ingredients as well as some clear plastic bottles (similar to these clear plastic bottles).

How to Make Sidewalk Chalk Paint

  1. Mix together even parts of baking powder and baking soda (I did 3/4 Cup of each).
  2. Add 1-2 drop of food coloring to each bottle.
  3. Fill your bottles 1/3 way with water and shake.
  4. Fill the bottles 2/3 way with your baking soda and corn starch mixture and shake.

Sidewalk Drawing

Use your squirt bottles to draw pictures on your sidewalk or driveway. When finished, use your hose to wash it right off!

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DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint

This sidewalk chalk recipe is intended to be a liquid sidewalk chalk, with a paint consistency. We have found it best to mix up and put into a squirt bottle.

  • Author: Andrea Deckard

Ingredients

  • Baking Soda
  • Corn Starch
  • Liquid Food Coloring
  • Water

You will also need measuring cups to measure the ingredients as well as some clear plastic bottles (similar to these clear plastic bottles).

Instructions

  1. Mix together even parts of baking powder and baking soda (I did 3/4 Cup of each).
  2. Add 1-2 drop of food coloring to each bottle.
  3. Fill your bottles 1/3 way with water and shake.
  4. Fill the bottles 2/3 way with your baking soda and corn starch mixture and shake.

Disclosure: This post contains a link to an affiliate and support this site. See my Disclaimer Policy for additional information.

Make lots of sidewalk art with this sidewalk chalk paint recipe! It's cheap to make with items you have in the pantry. Fun activity to make with the kids today! via @AndreaDeckard

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Emergency Fund Savings: 24 Items to Sell to Fund the Account

by Andrea Deckard

Great list of items to sell to fund an emergency savings account. Try selling some of these items today so your bank account is prepared for a financial emergency!

An Emergency Fund Savings account is so important! If you’ve ever experienced an unexpected job loss like our family has, you know how crucial an emergency savings account is! I can’t tell you how many times ours has been a blessing as we had unexpected emergencies.

How much should you have in savings? That will be totally different for each person. Dave Ramsey suggests at least $1,000. Other financial pros suggest at least a 6 month savings plan so you are prepared if the job loss is longer than anticipated.

Either way, if you are trying to get an emergency savings fund started, it can be overwhelming. Unfortunately a financial emergency never comes at the *right* possible time, do they? {sigh…} I can assure you that having an emergency savings account to pull from during those times will help to alleviate some stress!

To get your Emergency Fund started, consider selling stuff around your house! Check out these 24 items you can sell to start building an emergency fund this week!

To get your Emergency Fund started, this list of items to sell and where to sell will help you fund your account!

Sell Exercise Equipment

Instead of letting that old bike or elliptical sit there, sell it. Exercise equipment sells quickly, especially at the start of the year because everyone is making New Year’s resolutions.

Check out your local Play It Again Sports stores and see what kind of cash you can get. We personally go there all the time to look for sports and exercise equipment.

Sell old sports equipment to fund your Emergency Savings fund!

Sell Old Sports Equipment

Since I just mentioned it, sell your kids’ unused sports gear. Each year we go through old gear and see what can be handed down to each of our boys to use for the upcoming season. What we don’t need we sell!

Whether you visit a second hand sports store, or sell in your local Facebook Buy & Sell group, chances are you can make some decent cash for your emergency fund! We sold an old weight bench last year. When I posted that I received probably 50 messages from people wanting it!

Also, be sure to time your sale during a time when people need the items you are selling. I posted that weight bench right before the football conditioning season was about to start. When our buyer picked up our item we mentioned how many people wanted the item and they reminded me about weight training starting soon.

Sell your old clothes to build your emergency savings fund!

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Sell Clothes

Clothing is probably one of the best items you can sell to get your emergency fund up. Especially if you have women and men clothing, these clothes are in demand, which means they will sell quickly.

Fun fact: our son LOVES to sell his old clothes and shoes! He also loves buying both second-hand as well (he will go shop at least once a month, or more if we would take him). Since my husband has taken our son so many times to sell now the Mister has become quite the fan of consignment!

We go at least a few times a quarter to sell old clothes locally. You can also sell your clothes online to places like ThredUp and, of course, eBay.

Sell Used Appliances for Cash

Old washers, dryers, refrigerators, and dishwashers sell incredibly fast even if they don’t work. When we moved into our current home, it came with a washer and dryer. Well, we had a set that was still good so we sold it in a local Facebook selling group.

My next item I’ll be buying will be an old refrigerator. We sold ours before our last move because we didn’t think we would need it as much. Since we don’t *have* to have one, I’ll take time to find a good deal on a used unit just like I did when buying our used freezer that’s still kicking to this very day.

Sell Firewood

We have friends who have wood burning heaters. If you haven’t heard of them, they are the most economical way to heat your home! They are also fortunate to have many acres and some equipment to cut up fire wood fast. If you have any similar means, sell firewood for some extra cash for that emergency savings account!

Old furniture sells well! Take that money and add it to your Emergency Savings!

Sell Old Furniture

Sell the extra furniture that you are no longer using. These items tend to sell quickly because family’s go through furniture so fast.

In just the last year alone, I have personally purchased a bed frame, 2 solid dressers (scored for $75 total – scroll down to see what I did with them), several chairs and a sofa table. People snatch up old furniture so fast on the various marketplaces!

Sell Kids’ Toys

While kids’ toys are incredibly expensive at the store, they are typically sold for a fraction of the cost. If you’re still holding on to that box of trains, let them go. The barbies can go to a new home too so you can fund your emergency savings!

Sell Baby Stuff

Are you littles out of the baby stage? Sell the crib and other baby accessories for cash. Don’t forget to part ways with the stroller you no longer need. Those also tend to bring in lots of cash.

What can you do with an old car? Sell it for cash and grow your savings account.

Sell Broken Cars

Have you ever had a car that decided to break down on you? Sell that hunk of metal for a nice chunk of change.

When my husband’s old “jacked up car” finally drove its last mile, we sold it to the junk yard for a few hundred bucks. We weren’t going to keep that in our driveway so having the junk yard come haul it away and pay us for it was a fantastic deal!

Old cameras sell well. Use that money to fund your rainy day fund!

Sell Old Cameras

Old cameras that are sitting around make ideal items to sell to help you stock up your emergency fund. Depending on the level of the photographer, an older model can make a great first camera for someone.

I’m always looking for newer camera models from what I currently use. I am totally fine with buying used if I know it’s been taken care of. I plan to sell an older camera I just discovered again very soon too.

Sell Boats

No matter the type of boat you have, these always sell quickly for cold hard cash. Depending on where you live, other water gear like paddle boards or kayaks sell well and fast.

We sold a boat several years ago. The hardest part was the sentimental attachment since it was my dad’s old boat. We listed the boat for sales on Craigslist but if we sold it today, I’m sure it would sell fast on the Facebook Marketplace.

Sell Old Bikes

Do you have a bike just sitting in the garage? Put that bicycle up for sale to help stock up your emergency fund. We have sold our older bikes with success. Again, if it’s not being used, there is no reason to have it take up space. Make some money and get more room in your garage!

Sell your old electronics for cash!

Sell Old Electronics

Think of all of those iPhones that you have sitting in a drawer, those are worth some serious cash. I purchase our electronics from a local small business. I just got a new Macbook Pro at a great price and even better service! They buy all types of electronics there. I have also had great purchasing success and selling success with electronics through eBay.

I’m sure you have several places like that near you. You can also check out how you can Trade-In on Amazon, or use a site like Gazelle.

Sell Kitchen Appliances

Toasters, coffee makers, microwave ovens, blenders—you name it and you can sell it to help stock up your e-fund. My friend scored an awesome deal on a Vitamix for $10 – YES! My aunt grabbed a food processor for me for just $10, which is a great deal.

Again, with the timing on things. Small kitchen appliances will sell most any time of the year, but especially around summer months! Parents and students are looking to buy items for college dorms and apartments.

My friend’s son purchased a few microwaves on a “pallet” discount. He timed the sale listing right since it was around the busy time for college dorm room shopping. He flipped those and earned $50 each microwave! You can do the same thing with your unused kitchen electronics!

Sell Gift Cards

Lots of legitimate sites online will buy your unused gift card balances. Check out Gift Card Granny and Raise.com to start. You can also get a great deal on gift cards when you buy from these sites too!

Sell Books for Cash

If you have shelves and shelves of books, it’s time to part ways with some and make some cash. We have an entire post on how you can Make Money Selling Books. You can make some decent emergency fund cash by going through your old books!

Sell Computer Parts

Get rid of old laptops and desktops to help rake in the emergency fund account! Do you know people who like to build their own computers? My nephew is one of those people. We just give him all of our old machines so he can use the parts to build his next awesome system!

Before you sell any old computers or electronics, make sure you wipe your hard drive. You don’t want to leave any personal information on the machine that can be retrieved by the new owner.

Sell old tools to earn money for your emergency savings fund.

Sell Old Tools

It might take some convincing to get your spouse to get rid of their tools, but the cash you’ll rack up will be worth it. My father-in-law probably has 7 drills. He really doesn’t need them now but I’m sure he did at the time :D

Go through the tools with your spouse and see what they absolutely need. Sell the rest!

Sell Unwanted Items

What you consider clutter, someone else may consider a treasure. Sell whatever items you plan on throwing away, every dime counts for that emergency fund!

A few times a year, I scan every room in our home and find at least one item that we don’t use or need. These things take up physical space but also mental space! Even something as basic as an old light fixture.

Heck, I still have items that I’ve bought with intentions of using and never ended up using it. Those are sold to keep the cycle going! Gonna fund that savings account!

Chalk paint dressers are a great way to refinish a dresser and add new life!

Sell Old Dressers

If you can spare selling an old dresser, this is an excellent item to sell. As I mentioned above, my best purchase for furniture was by far a set of dressers – both for $75.

We repainted them with this chalk paint that I purchased at Ace Hardware. We used a nice paint sprayer to get that smooth finish (worth every dime even if you only use it once). Based on tutorials, I decided to add this clear flatcoat to better preserve the chalk paint (I’m glad I did that too). I also redid the hardware using this metallic wax finish and they look brand new.

I really should do a separate post of the process. It did require work, but the finished product is beautiful! This chalk paint furniture DIY was super helpful. 

You could even buy old dressers, repaint yourself, then flip to make even more money! It’s rewarding to see the old piece get new life…and make even more money in the process!

Sell Dresses and Formal Wear

It’s time to clear out the closet and sell that old wedding dress, prom dress or formal wear. Guys can sell their suits and tuxes they no longer need or they have outgrown.

I had my wedding dressed preserved and it’s boxed up, so I can’t sell that! But, I would absolutely sell any old prom dresses if I still had them. If we had girls, I would also sell their old prom or formal dresses since most never wear them more than once anyway!

I have sold old suits and suit jackets from my days in Corporate. My husband has sold his old suits and suit jackets as well. If you’re not going to wear something that formal, someone else would pay a decent amount to buy them. It’s just more money for that emergency fund!

Sell Gold for Cash

You can go to a local place to sell your gold, and even a pawn shop (but you will get way less for it at the pawn shop). Check out the site Cash for Gold USA too where you can send in your gold for cash. Gold is worth more than $52 per gram right now (as of March 26, 2020).

To give you a sense of how much a gram weighs, a nickel is 5 grams. A tiny nickel’s worth of 24k gold would be worth more than $260. When I had my ring reset from gold to a platinum, I asked the jeweler for the band back for sentimental reasons. They seemed hesitant and it didn’t even occur to me that this was likely why! Anyway, the site is legitimate so it’s worth a shot if you have something that’s not sentimental.

Sell Photos Online

Yes, the photos you’re taking every.single.day! There are several places online that will buy your photos but you can make the most money if you sell them on a website that you own and operate. However, it may take more work to gain a following and visibility to sell these yourself so selling to sites like Shutterstock, DepositPhotos, SmugMug and even Etsy are great places to list your photos for sale.

Sell Plasma

Yeap, sell your plasma! I have a few friends that have done this and have been able to pay off major expenses in their home. This is something that is critically needed as well so you can feel good about taking take to do this one.

There you have it! 20+ items you can sell now to start an emergency fund! What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever sold to help stock up your emergency fund?

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Great list of items to sell to fund an emergency savings account. Try selling some of these items today so your bank account is prepared for a financial emergency! via @AndreaDeckard

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