Get Extra Cash in Time for Black Friday Shopping

Posted on 11/06/2009

Black Friday will be here before you know it. You may be ready, but is your wallet? If you’re feeling like you could use an injection of cash before the biggest shopping day of the year, here are some options for getting extra spending money in time for Black Friday shopping. And before you go out shopping, check out the lists of deals over at the UltimateCoupons' Black Friday Sales page!

Sell Unused Gift Cards - Maybe you’ve still got a few unused gift cards in your wallet after last Christmas. Sell those little pieces of plastic and turn them into quick cash for some extra Black Friday fun. Sites like or will buy your gift cards from you for a percentage of what they’re worth. SwapaGift even has partner locations around the country where you can physically sell your gift card for cash.

Participate in Research - There are plenty of companies and organizations that would love to question, observe and test you. And they’re willing to pay you for all that poking and prodding. Check out to find out about studies going on in your area. These mostly involve health and drug testing. If you’re more interested in giving your opinion check out for a focus group database. You can expect to earn between $20-$150 per hour to participate, and you should receive payment at the end of the meeting.

Search Smart - Are you getting paid for your online searches? You can be with free programs like SwagBucks. If you spend a lot of time on the computer doing online searches, this could be a good way to earn extra money for Black Friday shopping. Basically you earn SwagBucks for doing internet searches like you normally would. And once you accrue a certain number of SwagBucks you can cash them out for real money into your PayPal account or for things like gift cards to popular retailers.

Join a Bazaar - Just about every community across the country has a holiday craft fair, Christmas bazaar or some kind of event where people can sell craft items to the public. Registration fees are usually pretty small, which makes this a great way to turn a hobby into some extra cash for Black Friday blow-out sales.

By Alison Storm

Borders - Get a head start on Black Friday savings with coupon code BSB6851G, which lets you buy one item and get a second item for 50% off through 11/09/2009. - Take a break from all that Black Friday shopping madness with a nice meal out. Coupon code DINE will cut 70% off dining gift certificates through 11/09/2009.

* Hot deals expire quickly. This deal may no longer be valid.


Ben Hebert

Posted on 11.09.09 at 6:53 PM

Alison I think that you forgot to mention that you can also trade your gift card or sell it to They were featured on ABC's shark tank and are very popular as well as Plastic Jungle.

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