Pad your savings, build your bunker, add to your collection of figurines, it’s all up to you…

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An extra $500 this week sounds nice, doesn’t it?

While it won’t solve all your money problems, it could certainly help jumpstart whatever financial plans you have.

Whether that means adding to your savings, plunking some down in a retirement account, or buying more emergency supplies for your underground bunker in case the end of the world comes.

Whatever you’re buying, saving for, or investing it, having $500 gives you a boost.

Take a look at a few ways you can earn $500 this week.

1. Sell Your Old Beauty and the Beast VHS Tape

If you have an old copy of Beauty and the Beast on VHS tape still lying around somewhere, you could earn even more than $500.

In fact, original Beauty and the Beast tapes are selling for around $9,000 online, according to Project Casting.

So if you still have a copy, you could make 18 X over!

If you’re a hoarder (or you just like to collect things), start digging around in your attic, basement, garage — wherever you store stuff. You never know how much your old tapes might be worth.

2. Repair Broken Phone and Tablet Screens

I know, I know.

It sounds like it would take some kind of training or technical skill to learn how to fix a phone screen.

The idea is so foreign to us or we’d just rather not even think about it. We outsource everything, don’t we?

Anyway, it’s really not as difficult to learn as you might think.

Spread the word about your new skill and soon people will be coming to you to fix their phones and tablets. You can charge between $50 and $75 per repair (a fraction of the cost they’d pay at a shop — gotta give them some incentive, right?).

With a few clients under your belt, you could easily make $500 in a week doing this.

3. Donate Your Plasma

Donating your plasma might sound like an invasive and scary process. But people actually do it all the time and surprisingly based on my research for this post, I found out that donating plasma actually has certain benefits.

According to the FDA, it’s safe to donate plasma once every two days.

And there are minimal long-term effects of donating plasma. But who says you have to do it often?

Make your money and get out if you want. Because there are side effects (most of which are rare) and some people don’t experience them.

Get started with CSL and find a plasma donation center near you.

According to the CSL website, donors can get paid up to $1,000 your first month.

4. Have a Yard Sale (Before it Gets Too Cold)

Yard sales are great ways to get rid of some junk cluttering up the house and make a little extra cash at the same time. If you have a lot of items of value that you might not mind parting with, you could make $500.

In order to make $500, though, you’d have to sell a few high-ticket items.

For example, you’d have to sell items that can go for tens of dollars at least. Small appliances might work well with bigger items like furniture and home accessories. You could even do jewelry and antiques if you have any you want to get rid of.

You also have to make sure the stuff is still in good condition, otherwise, you could risk not meeting your goal.

5. NFT Story Writing

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If you’re a writer, you could make money with NFT story writing.

With NFT story writing, you can make up to $500 for just a few lines of a story!

I just read about this on Elna Cain’s blog. Her story, 4 Creative Ways Writers Can Earn Extra Cash talks about this topic, so I figured I’d share it with you guys in case you haven’t seen it.

Learn how to write an NFT story by reading this article by fellow Medium writer, Sebastián Calderón.

6. Get Paid to Play App Games

It might sound like another survey-taking side gig recommendation, but you can actually get paid to play app games.

A friend of the family does this and earns money playing games on her phone all the time.

One option is Mistplay (but it’s only for Android users, sorry Apple users).

The daily jackpot is typically $500 so try your luck (and without depositing any money of your own!).

Luckily, Joy Wallet put together a list of iPhone games that you can play to earn money.

7. Get Paid to Lose Weight

Wanna make money and lose weight at the same time?

An app called Healthy Wage allows you to bet on how much weight you can lose and when you win the bet, you win money.

The prize range for today is between $588 and $1,116.

Go check it out and see how much money you can win this week.

Don’t Mind a Loan? Borrow It

If you need $500 for an emergency quickly and don’t mind paying the money back, I’d recommend Empower and Albert. Each will lend you up to $250 so using both would get you the $500 you need.

Please DO NOT use a payday loan to cover your emergency expenses. You’ll be in a bigger hole than you started out in.

If you have bad credit, try Zippy Loan. You can get up to $500.

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Founder at The Ultimate Freelance Guide and author of The Ultimate Guide to Using Blogging to Boost Engagement and Drive Sales and Copywriting vs. Content Marketing: A Guide to Understanding the Difference Between the Two and Using Both for Maximum Engagement. Her work has been featured at USA Today and Small Biz Daily and she's written for clients like Columbia, LifeLock, eSurance, Anthem Health, USAA,, Princess Cruises, and Rodan + Fields, among others.

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