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Aug 05

10 easy ways to make quick cash

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Want to make quick cash right now? Check out our ten top ways to make money fast, with the least amount of effort possible.

Perhaps you’re looking for easy ways to make money online from the comfort of your sofa, or perhaps you want to make sure your credit report is accurate and up to date so you can get the best deals.

Here are our 10 easy ways to make quick cash, and don’t forget to sign up to our newsletter for weekly quick-cash-making and money-saving ideas.


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Be paid for your opinion – online surveys

This is a sporadic way to make quick cash and it brings in a relatively small income, but it’s low effort and you’ve nothing to lose. It’s a great way to make quick cash from the comfort of your computer but make sure you NEVER pay to join an online survey site or reveal your credit card details.

Inside tip! Here are our favourite online survey sites. They’re completely free and have received a big thumbs-up from many of you. For maximum earnings set up a separate email account (so your personal one doesn’t get flooded with survey-related emails) and then register for free with all of them:

If you like the sound of making quick cash through filling out online surveys make sure you check out our full article right here on the safe way to earn money by taking paid surveys.

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13 years ago

If I have a ring that I would like to sell. Can anyone reccommend a good way to do it?

Paul Prowse
Paul Prowse
13 years ago
Reply to  Marie

Have a look at the article on how to sell your gold: https://www.moneymagpie.com/article/13519/should-you-sell-your-gold/

(Assuming the ring is gold!)

You often get the best prices from jewellers on the high street (as they take into account the craftsmanship of the jewellery itself when offering you a price – not just how much gold it contains).

It’s normally worth getting a few quotes – don’t just accept the price of the first jeweller.

paul friar
paul friar
13 years ago

yes, the information on these pages will be of great use to someone starting out online and trying to make money on the internet. I recommend everything written here.

13 years ago

Hi, First time on this so please tell me people,

Will I make enough money to travel 3 times a year..lol

13 years ago
Reply to  Wayne

Well, it depends how you travel! We’ve got lots of cheap ideas for getting away in our travel section. Try this article for example https://www.moneymagpie.com/save-money/how-to-save-money-on-your-next-holiday

Paul Smith
Paul Smith
13 years ago

Great Site,
Full of fantastic and interesting content,great to look thru.

13 years ago

Some of the people above make me really mad. I have a retired husband who doesn’t get a pension and a son at school. I have a full time job. I come home in the evenings and work for 2-3 hours coding for a solicitor. I do my houswork on a Saturday and Sunday is spent cooking, making clothes for my family, writing letters and articles for magazines and making things to sell on E.bay. This brings in about another £100 a month BUT it is £100 I wouldn’t have had. GET OFF YOUR BACKSIDES!

12 years ago
Reply to  elly

When do you get time to spend time with your family?

13 years ago

Hi Jasmine and crew, I just popped on your site as a result of your Radio 1 interview, I lost my in December 2008 and am unable to get another … too many factors to go into… anyway I tried y hand at affiliate marketing, which I must say I wished I tried years ago. Just need a paypal account and a cickbank account and a littl? savvy 🙂 I now earn enough to pay my mortgage ad won’t ever be worrying about that stuff again 🙂 I really suggest people who are smart online try it. What do you… Read more »

13 years ago
Reply to  Tony

I think online marketing can work, particularly if you are good at SEO and can make a good website. It depends what you are selling and how honest you are.

13 years ago

Just read in the Mail about your site. I am just about to do surveys will keep you updated. Hope it is a good year!! Thanks Hilary

13 years ago
Reply to  Hilary

Yes, do keep us informed. We’d love to hear!

Ernest T. Stanton
Ernest T. Stanton
13 years ago

All the guys I know would like to take a shot at banking fast and easy money online these days, either through eBay Powerselling, affiliate marketing, ppc adverstising

G Bonnell
G Bonnell
13 years ago

I heard you speak on the radio the other week about doing work as extras and you mentioned some agents do not charge to get on their lists can you name any. I went one who said they did not charge I completed most of the personal profile and was stopped before completing because they then said they charged £10 + vat for admin.



13 years ago
Reply to  G Bonnell

Good point there – actually I think £10 + VAT is OK for an agency. It’s when they charge £100+ that you need to be suspicious and just walk out. See our article about being an ‘extra’ here https://www.moneymagpie.com/make-money/make-money-as-a-film-extra-and-tv-extra. There are links to good agencies and also a website that warns of bad ones.

12 years ago
Reply to  Jasmine

Hi, am new here and really do like your website. But I digress, the best website for film extras, modelling (catalogues etc) is StarNow. My son has got work as an extra and so have I – although to get our portfolio going we did do a couple of “extra” jobs purely for the experience – they do pay all your expenses and from there you can start branching out more. Then again, just join and apply for all – reach for the stars! Good luck xxx

13 years ago

really please!!!! the survey sites dont really give that much for the time to fill one in,,or you redeem for a voucher??
Talking about making money or pocket money??
Real money making?????

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