Easy ways to make money with unwanted stufff

It has been so mood lifting to get a glimpse of the sun again over the past few weeks – you can almost believe that spring is truly just around the corner.  I don’t know about you, but seeing the sun has the strange habit of sending me into a cleaning frenzy! I decided the other day that it was time to have a bit of a sort out and get rid of things that I just never use anymore. And believe me: There are plenty of them.

I have to say it is rather therapeutic and satisfying to see spaces appearing on shelves and in cupboards. It almost looked like one of those posh show homes you get shown around on new housing estates by the time I had finished – well ok, it almost looked like one of those posh show homes. You wouldn’t know there are a chaos queen extraordinaire, Mr. Messy and Little Miss Chaos plus a truly hectic cat living here.  My mission this week has been the front room and I was completely baffled by the amount of films that Ben and I seem to have amassed over the years. Careful though, because you can find yourself sat for hours reminiscing about where you were when you saw certain films and reading the backs of boxes trying to remember if you have seen that or if it was one of his! You must remain focused and disciplined on the task in hand! And I mean really disciplined, especially if you have a degree in procrastination.

I can’t believe some of the drivel we have collected between us, some of them being so dire I can only assume it was a moment of madness whilst rummaging in a clearance bin!  Anyway it occurred to me that I could probably make a bit of money selling DVDs which meant I wasn’t having to bin anything but was still de-cluttering my castle.

The first site that popped into my head was musicMagpie and boy was it simple to use. Just type in the bar code off the back of the DVD box and you start seeing how much your treasure is worth. I am currently saving up for of Amy’s birthday treats so the extra-cash really helps, but you can also sell your DVDs and the people at musicMagpie will send the money you earn to one of seven worthy charities.  As I needed the cash for some extra birthday treats, I decided against the charity option this time but I will definitely keep it in mind for another time. It’s just such a quick and easy way to do something good. The whole process was super easy: When I was finished packing up all the DVD’s I didn’t want anymore, I simply waited for their courier to arrive on the day I had chosen and that was it. No hassle at all and I got paid for having a nicely cleaned house. How cool is that?

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, but musicMagpie really is a fab way of making some extra money for cupcakes, pretty stationery and birthday presents.


  1. Michelle says

    I have just come across your site and I am loving it! Thanks so much for all the posts, pictures and fun stories. I am trying so hard to save money or make money at the moment so loving this post – so any other ideas please share. One site I found that helped me so much with money saving is mumandbaby online – if you are a new parent and want to save money its great! You basically sign up once and get sent all the vouchers and coupons sent to you from various baby clubs without having to mess around with signing up to loads of different ones. Thanks again for sharing! x

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