5 Weird Ways to Make a Buck

by bizilady

There are people trying too hard to earn some extra money today. here are some weird and unusual ways to earn a buck or two.

Think outside the box

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Money is tight so people need to think of new ways to earn a buck or two.

If you've ever heard the phrase,”think outside the box,” these are way outside the box!

There are some weird ways that people now are making some extra bucks these days. They are not the usual babysitter, cleaning houses, or cutting lawns type of jobs.

I researched many sites and read numerous articles and came up with some weird and unusual ways to earn extra dough. They are not so different that the average person would not come up with these ideas and are off the grid, so to speak.

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hair cut

Hair today,gone tomorrow

The first idea is selling your hair for big money. Yeah, you can sell your hair but it better be thick and long without processing. I've seen prices for $200. to $2200 and up. It really depends on the texture, length, color, and age. These hair cuttings are used in wigs, hair extensions, weaves and toupees, so human hair is more desirable. Guys can sell their hair also as long as it's nice.


If you want to start a business, then become a human hair broker and be the middleman for buyers and sellers of hair.





Cleaning up in the laundromat



A second weird and unusual way to make some money is to clean up in laundromats in the town. What I mean is, visit laundromats at night, maybe before closing and bring a long thin pole or stick. Something like a wooden yardstick will do and locate money that has fallen under the machines. You know everyone that uses the washer and dryers will drop some coins and not retrieve them so you can literally clean up.

Just drop to your knees and push the stick vertically under the machine and pull it towards you horizontally. You will bring back lots of dust and lint with your booty.

I would be careful to watch out for the manager and not come too often. Some people can make a few hundreds dollars and more,depending on the number you visit each week or so.

Another variation is to offer to clean under the machines and give half to the owners, if you're caught.

The Human Guinea Pig



Becoming a human guinea pig has been around for some time, but it's unusual and makes the third way to earn some extra bucks. The proper title is clinical research participant or paid medical research participants. You can find out where they need volunteers or check the online newspapers and classifieds.

If you don't mind letting Pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, clinics use your body or condition for research purposes then try it out. It is a legitimate way for those with cancer or other debilitating conditions to try a new trial procedure or drug. And they pay quite well for some of these trials.You can receive mileage, hotel stays,and a big check at the end,so read up on each one.

A few links to start:



Justice prevails



Speaking of trials, the next fourth way to make some dollars is to sign up with an online “mock” jury service. Lawyers need to “pre-try' cases in front of or online with real people and get their honest opinions about their case.


This type of service helps the lawyers gain valuable feedback about their chances of winning their case with public feedback. It also eliminates the hassle of physically driving and scheduling prospective jurors. I like the idea of not having to face the defendant.


Some of the basic requirements are just like real prospective jurors. They must be 18 years of age, be a US citizen, have a clean felony record, and be of sound mind and character. There are many on the web so check out the links .The pay ranges from $5.00 to $100.00.


A few links for more information:





The Good life

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The Good Life
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Put kitty to Work



The fifth weird and unusual way to earn some cash is to put your darling pets to work. Yes, make those spoiled little fur-balls earn their keep!

There are some cats,dogs and gerbils with lots of personality so contact an agency and stat the process.

I know a man that has performing animal act in Las Vegas that  I mentioned in my adopt a dog or cat article. He looks for his future performers in local animal shelters and trains them. They are really good and grateful to be alive, I'll bet!



A few links for pets in commercials:



Summary of 5 Weird ways to Make a Buck


There are many odd and weird jobs or services out in the world; just think about what is not being offered or what people need and want.

If you have great hair and haven't cut it since Clinton was in office, then you may have a shot at some big money.

On the other hand, you may like the idea of judging other people without facing them,so an online juror may be in the cards.


I like the idea of putting animals to work. I know some cats with so much personality, that they would be a hit on the sound stage. Remember “Morris the cat?”.He just sat there, looking so cool and aloof. That cat was a shelter animal that got a second chance at life. Both the owner and the cat made it big and so can you if you think about it. Be weird.

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Would you try all of these 5 weird ways to make a buck?

Updated: 12/27/2015, bizilady
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Mira on 03/20/2016

First time I hear of mock jury service! Selling your hair reminds me of Little Women, where the main character does just that.

Sheri_Oz on 08/25/2012

How about cleaning under coke machines? When people used to put money into pay phones, sometimes they would forget to take their change and as a kid we used to go around checking the phones every once in a while.

Sannel on 08/14/2012

Perhaps I should tell my darling, long-eared, fur ball to bring home some well-needed cash. However, I'm afraid he will just refuse, being used to be pampered and spoiled all his life. Oh well, I guess I have to visit the laundromats late at night to pay for his pampered lifestyle, lol!

bizilady on 07/19/2012

Thanks for commenting on my weird ways to make a buck article.

Moonbeam973 on 07/18/2012

very interesting!

bizilady on 02/28/2012

hey Pinkchic18: Yeah, the laundrymat is a great place for change.
Don't let anyone see you doing it though.;-)

Pinkchic18 on 02/28/2012

The laundromat idea is actually pretty smart! I'm sure there's plenty of loose change just hanging about.

bizilady on 02/21/2012

brendaReeves: yes, as the saying goes, "necessity is the mother of invention",so less money equals more creativity..:-) Thanks for commenting.

BrendaReeves on 02/19/2012

Great ideas! It pays to get creative when times are tough.

bizilady on 02/15/2012

Thats a good idea dustytoes. I've seen some cars with ads on them. You'll get a lot of stares.

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