It may be a while longer before the government starts doling out cash for getting that divorce you’ve been putting off, but Americans are gradually reaching the point where they can get money for practically everything else.
If you missed out on the opportunity to trade in your trash heap car for money, don’t worry. Here are five other programs following the Cash for Clunkers trend that you can get in on now. Earn some extra bucks for stuff you don’t use, and empty your attic at the same time. (Check out our Cash for Clunkers coverage here.)
1. Cash for Kitchen Clunkers
This fall, the government will debut its next big program, offering rebates for old kitchen appliances. Turn in that tired refrigerator that keeps you awake at night and pick up a new energy efficient one.
2. Cash for Your Old Wardrobe
While thrift and vintage stores have always offered a few pennies for your torn and frayed clothes, now even high end stores are allowing trade-ins. Barney’s is currently offering customers the option to get money back for old jeans. Meanwhile, there is serious talk that some retailers may soon offer cash for suits in the form of significant markdowns on new outfits.3. Cash for Nostalgia
Toys ‘R Us was one of the first companies to recognize the possibilities of this marketing model. They are offering 20% off brand new baby equipment when you bring in an older version. So if you’re expecting a child or know someone who is, consider trading in your old strollers and high chairs. But don’t wait too long; this program ends September 20.