5 Ways to Make Money Faster Than Fast

In a cash crunch? Here are quick ways to earn money you really needed yesterday.

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How fast will you get paid? You can get paid for aluminum and old tires today. An iPhone you send to a re-commerce site like Gazelle.com or ReCellular.com could yield a check in a couple weeks. So if you need money now, stick to cans and scrap metal.

4. Hold a garage or yard sale. On the plus side, not only might you earn extra money, you may clean out unwanted junk from your home.

How much will you get paid? Again, set your price – well, prices.

How fast will you get paid? You could get a garage sale going before the day's end if you're industrious, and certainly by tomorrow. That said, this isn't as easy as it sounds, which is why this ranks as a rather desperate move if you're in a hurry. After all, you need to have a lot to sell, and gathering everything takes time. So does setting prices. You'll need to post signs or put an ad in the paper or on Craigslist, and if you're in a hurry, you may not have the time to market your sale properly. You'll also want to have a cash box so you can make change.

5. Sell your gift cards. After all, if you have gift cards that are collecting dust, that's money left on the table – or in a drawer or wallet.

How much will you get paid? It varies by what site you use, but typically, you'll get about 90 percent of the value on your gift card. Some of the big-name websites where you can sell gift cards include GiftCardRescue.com, Cardpool.com and CardCash.com.

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How fast will you get paid? If the website allows you to type in the card's online code, which is an option at CardCash.com, you could be paid within about 24 hours. But you'll get a little more money if you mail the cards to CardCash.com.

With the mail-in option, you can typically expect to get your money in three to seven days after the website receives your card.

Keep in mind that you are losing some money on this deal. On the other hand, if you're losing 10 percent on a gift card to a restaurant you only were mildly interested in, you may feel like you're coming out ahead.