The Strapped For Cash Survival Guide – Day 8: 7 Brand New Ways to Earn Money

Author photoBy Joy Littleton

Between finding any unclaimed property that you didn’t know was yours to get some money from investments that you can make right now, today we are going to be detailing some of these new things that you might not have known to be very lucrative.


Find your unclaimed property held by the state

Most of the time, state governments can hold on to any uncashed dividend checks, unclaimed state tax refunds, returned utility deposits, uncollected insurance benefits, and many more things. If you use a site like, you can search and file a claim for anything you didn’t even know existed, that was in your name.


Find your unclaimed property held by the Feds

This is a similar point to the last one. Like states, the federal government tends to hold on to tax refunds that were returned to the IRS for various issues, along with forgotten savings bonds, government pensions, and many other things. The only downside here is that you’re going to have to check each federal agency about these missing funds.


Get cash from class-action suits

There are millions of dollars from class-action settlements that many people don’t claim, simply because they didn’t know they were eligible to file for them. One of the ways that you can find out if there’s a suit that you can get some money from is through ClassActionRebates.


Open a checking account

All you need to do for this one is sign up for a checking account and claim any of the sign-up bonuses that bands are offering, such as the $300 bonus that’s offered through Chase Premier Plus Checking.


Open a savings account

You can also open a savings account and get bonuses and promotions by reaching saving goals, account anniversaries, or even signing up to have an account from these types of accounts as well.


Invest in a turnaround company

It’s risky to invest in penny stocks. Still, it can also be a great opportunity, especially if you take the time to do the necessary research to find which ones are the companies you should be investing in and scoring some money in return.


Invest in mutual funds

You don’t need to know all of the ins and outs of the stock market to be able to see consistent returns from mutual funds. You can then find one that’s run by managers that don’t change a lot of their stocks too often and invest there.


Become an election officer

Aside from voting, you can also be making some extra money on election day, because many places are always looking for election officers. If you speak more than one language, you’re going to find a lot more places, and while the hours can be long, you can end up earning over $100.


If you liked all of these ways that you can earn some extra money from the government or through different types of investments, then make sure you tune in next week, because we’re going to be talking about all the ways that you can earn some extra money with gift cards and different awards.