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4 Easy Ways to Turn Your Good Deeds Into Cash

We all know that performing selfless acts is a surefire way to warm the heart, but did you know it can also make you some cash? There are several companies out there who want to want to reward you for all the good you do for others and the environment. Read on to find out how to get gift cards, cash, and more for doing the same kind acts that already make you feel great!

1. Share Job Openings

It’s likely that you’ve shared an open job position you came across with a friend or family member that’s seeking work at one point or another. Now, you can help other folks find their next great gig and earn gift cards for doing exactly that. Simply download the Job Spotter app, then use it to snap a photo of a “help wanted” sign whenever you see one around town or at a store or a restaurant. The job posting will go straight to Indeed, where it will be shared with job seekers — and earn you points for your account for your kind act. Once you accumulate enough points, you can redeem them for an Amazon.com gift card!

2. Keep Items Out of Landfills

If you pride yourself on putting paper, plastic and cans into recycling bins, here’s great news: You can earn cash to make sure other items don’t end up in landfills, too! If you drop off your old car battery at Advance Auto Parts, for instance, you’ll get a $10 store gift card in return. Rewards members can bring empty printer ink cartridges into Staples to get $2 per cartridge toward a future purchase of $30 or more in ink or toner. You can also trade in unused electronics, such as tablets, smartphones, or game consoles for gift cards at Amazon, Apple, Best Buy, Microsoft, or Target.

3. Donate Used Clothing

Do you give away clothes you no longer wear? Several major retailers have teamed up with nonprofit organizations to recycle any brand of clothing you bring into their stores in return for a discount in return: Think American Eagle Outfitters ($5 off a pair of AEO jeans), H&M (15 percent off your entire in-store purchase), Levi’s (20 percent off a single regularly priced Levi’s item in-store), Madewell ($20 off Madewell jeans when you bring in old jeans from any brand) and The North Face ($10 off a purchase of $100 or more). Not only will you ensure that your donations make it into the hands of folks who truly need them, you’ll be saving big on new purchases!

4. Accept Others’ Parcels

If you help out neighbors and friends who aren’t home during the day or are away on vacation by offering to accept deliveries on their behalf, eNeighbr wants to give you some dough. Register for free at the website and select the days you’ll be home to receive packages. When someone in your area needs a secure place to send their shipments, they’ll select your address — and you’ll be paid $3.50 (per delivery) simply for accepting it, then handing it to him or her when they come by to pick it up.

This story originally appeared in our print magazine.

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