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How to Be a Human Guinea Pig (Without Taking Big Risks)

Last year I took ten pills in ten days to make $40. That isn’t much for participating in a medical trial, but hey, you have to start somewhere. And you can make a lot more than that. How much more? In one study NASA paid volunteers $15,000 just to stay in bed for a few months. And there are...
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Penny Hoarding: Is It Worth Your Time?

I’ve previously written about coin roll hunting, one of my favorite childhood activities. Many people now search rolls of coins looking for silver dimes, quarters, and half dollars. But there is another way to cash in on old coins. It involves pennies of certain dates, and it explains why there has been more than one recent report on penny...
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How I Collect Thousands in Credit Card Bonuses

Total: $1,806 That’s what I’ve made¬†with credit cards this year, mostly from bonuses (a small percentage came from cashback from normal use). I received about half of that in the form of cash equivalents like statement credits, checks in the mail, or gift cards for Walmart, where we buy our groceries. The other half has been in the form...
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Selling Scrap Metal for Extra Cash or Big Profits

If you Google “brass stolen” you’ll see news stories like the one about brass vases stolen from a cemetery. You can Google “aluminum siding stolen” for more horror stories. Stealing metal to cash in at scrap yards is a preferred way for thieves to raise cash, and everything from beer cans to old air conditioners contain valuable metal. Fortunately...
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Are Cash-Back Websites Worth the Trouble?

The concept of a cash-back shopping website is simple enough. Merchants pay a website an affiliate commission for any sales referred to them, and the website gives you part of that commission. For example, you use their link to visit Best Buy online, and you buy a $300 tablet. The website gets a commission of $12 (4 percent) and...
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Information on Writing Contests

I’ve previously written about writing contests, and there was enough interest that I thought it would be useful to gather together some information on how to find these contests. Below you’ll find some great examples of regular contests in various genres, along with links to places where you can find more. Following that you’ll find links to true stories...
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Walmart Secrets

When Walmart opened a store in the small Michigan town where I lived at the time, I bought a bottle of shampoo. Up to that point I had been paying $ for this brand. Walmart’s price was 99 cents — one example of many, many low prices. The arrival of that store was like getting a big pay raise,...
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Slot Machines – Reduce or Eliminate Your Risk

For a while, the small casino where I worked in the 1990s offered customers a $10 roll of quarters when they walked in the door. It was meant for the slot machines. The casino didn’t monitor whether people played the machines or not, so couples could — and did — collect $20 between them and walk back out the...
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