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About Jim McKenzie Smith

Founder and CEO of Cash4Books.net. I'm an entrepreneur. I love ideas, solving problems, and learning new technology. My personal "why" is to find a better way and share it with others. Follow me on Twitter: @pdxJimSmith. Find me on Linked In: linkedin.com/in/cash4books/.

Cash4Books' Guide to Extra Cash

Cash4Books’ Guide to Extra Cash

December 28, 2016

2016 was a year of saving money and making money! We’re always looking for ways to keep you flush with cash, so we’ve gathered up all the best tips, lifehacks, and guides from the past year. From working on campus, to selling your old clothing and saving money on vacation, these are the best ways to make extra cash. Take a look, and start 2017 with a full wallet.

Making Cash

We’ve divided our tips into two categories: “making cash” and “saving cash.” If you need to supplement your income, or earn extra cash for a specific event, check out our tips for making cash. Whether you’re a college student, or a parent with kids, there are countless ways you can make extra money.

Cash on Campus

If you’re a poor college student, this guide is for you. We’ve rounded up the best ways to make money while still in school. Everything from work-study jobs to selling your class notes is an option. All you need is a little time and determination, and you’ll be rolling in the money.

Essential Guide to Making Money Online

If working online is more your speed, it’s easier than ever. From selling your old clothes and belongings, to renting your photographs to stock photo sites, the world is your oyster.  Get started today!

Lifehack Guide: How to Snag Winter Cash

We’re in the midst of winter, so these seasonal tips are valuable. Have you ever considered turning the heat down or shoveling snow for cash? There are many ways to use the winter weather to your advantage and line your pockets for 2017.

The Top 3 Selling College Textbook Subjects

Another way to make cash is by selling your used textbooks. We’re taking it a step further and telling you the best books of all. Take a special look at textbooks in these subjects, and you’re sure to make some extra cash.

Saving Cash

Whether you just need a little extra spending money or have bills to pay, saving cash is always a good option. Tighten up your budget and save for big purchases with our help.

Halloween on a Budget

Halloween is a scary time of year, but it shouldn’t be scary expensive. From complex costumes to costly parties, saving money is more helpful than ever during this season. Follow these tips, and have a spooky holiday that won’t break the bank.

8 Things to Do on a Summer Staycation

Looking to save money on your next vacation? Try a staycation! Exploring your own hometown can be just as fun as exotic travel, especially if you follow our advice. You can take time off work to relax and unwind without paying for hotel rooms or travel expenses.

Amazing Spring Break Vacations for Broke Students

Spring break is another opportunity to save cash. While it’s your time to relax and revamp before finals and the end of the semester, an expensive getaway isn’t always in the cards (or in the budget). Take a look at these vacation ideas for students, and you’ll be able to take a break from school without spending all your money.

Heartfelt Valentine’s Day Ideas for the Romantic on a Budget

Valentine’s Day is great for showing others how you feel, but some people feel pressured to empty their wallets on expensive and extravagant romantic plans. While this is especially difficult for students and those on a tight budget, everyone could benefit from decreasing their Valentine’s Day expenses. Instead of spending all your cash, use our tips and express your feelings.

Lifehack Guide: Get the Most Money for Your Textbooks

Selling your textbooks can be a lucrative way to make cash — and college students can always use extra cash. Keep your books in good condition, check the prices before you sell them online, and increase the amount you’ll earn.


Here at Cash4Books, we want to help you get your cash so you can spend it on what’s really important. So whether you snag a part-time job, sell your textbooks, or save on your next vacation, use your cash for what matters to you.

DIY Holiday Gift Ideas

DIY Holiday Gift Ideas

December 21, 2016

The holidays are almost here, and the season of giving is upon us! While giving gifts to friends and family is one of the best parts of the season, you don’t need to spend major cash when doing it.  While you’re crafting for the holiday season, consider making some of your gifts this year too. Whether you’re a broke college student, a family on a budget, or you’re just looking to save some money, here are some great do-it-yourself gift ideas to mull over.

Mason Jar Cookie Mixes

Mason jar cookie mixes

A simple and delicious DIY project is an adorable cookie mix in a mason jar. This is especially effective if you’re giving a large number of presents, as you can buy ingredients like flour, chocolate chips, and sugar in bulk to save on costs. Stock up on some cheap and cute mason jars, and don’t forget to top it off with a ribbon and a homemade holiday card!

Hand Sewn Coin Purse

Hand-sewn coin purse

Gather up some cute fabric scraps to make little coin purses for your friends. Not only are they handy and useful, but every one you make will be different. Take a look at these fun and unique tutorials to spark some DIY creativity! Whatever your skill level, there’s a coin purse you can make.

Handmade Bottle Toppers

Make your own bottle toppers

A set of handmade bottle toppers make another delightful DIY gift. Whether you use plastic toys with spray paint, cabinet nobs, or trophy tops, your bottle toppers are sure to be both cute and functional.

Time to start knitting or crocheting

Time to start knitting or crocheting

Another great holiday gift is a handmade scarf! It’s the easiest item to knit or crochet, and you can choose the yarn that best applies to each recipient. If your knitting skills are more advanced, consider making a hat, mittens, or even a sweater. Need a place to start? Find your knitting inspiration!

Cross-stitch Wall Art

Cross-stitch wall art

While cross-stitch is often considered an old-fashioned activity, there are some delightfully fun and creative ways to use it. Take a quote your friend loves and put it into a cross-stitch text generator. Then, just follow the directions and embroider away! You’ll be able to give them a singular piece of art!

Craft some coasters

Create adorable, one of a kind coasters with tiles, modge podge, and colored paper. Head to your local hardware store and check their prices on tile, or visit a home goods donation center and see if there are any tiles available for cheap. Using modge podge, you can attach colored paper and photos to the tile. Create your own design, or leave it simple and elegant. Either way, you’ll be giving a unique DIY gift.

Candle making

Another craft that’s perceived as old-fashioned is candle making. This cheap and easy gift is back in style though, especially when made in an unusual candle holder. From teacups to tins and jars, you can make a candle out of almost anything! 

You’re sure to wow your friends and family with these DIY gifts, all while saving a little cash. Get crafting, and share your results with us on Facebook.

 

Earn Extra Cash This Holiday Season

November 30, 2016

Prepare for an expensive holiday season by budgeting in advance and making some extra cash with these tips.

The holiday season is expensive, no doubt about it. Have you planned ahead for these expenses?

  • Holiday travel. Whether you’re flying home, driving, or taking the train, don’t forget to budget travel expenses into your holiday plans. Book tickets ahead of time to save on costs, and keep an eye out for ticket sales. Keep in mind how snow and ice can affect weather plans, and try travelling as early as possible.
  • Gift giving. An obvious major holiday expense is gift giving. Whether you only give presents to your immediate family or include a wide circle of friends, be sure to plan ahead and make a budget for each gift.
  • All the food. The holiday season is known for its food. Between all the cooking, baking, and eating, food costs definitely go up in December. If you’re heading home for the holidays, you might consider chipping in on the food costs with your family so your parents aren’t left paying for everything. They’ll definitely thank you!
  • Holiday parties.  Don’t forget holiday parties when budgeting for December. Whether it’s a cookie making party, an office holiday shindig, or drinks with friends, be sure to add it to your expected expenses.

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Price Lock Bonus Code

November 21, 2016

The end of the semester is a hectic and crazy time. Between packing up to go home for the holidays and finishing up finals, selling your textbooks isn’t top of mind for anyone. Even if you price your books now, buyback prices can change constantly, and often aren’t as good in peak buyback seasons.

Lock in your textbook prices until the end of the semester, and we’ll give you 10% bonus cash. Discover the details!

Here at Cash4Books we have a solution! From now until December 9, we’ll let you lock in your textbook prices until the end of the semester, and give you 10% bonus cash. Discover the details, and snag your cash!

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