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9 Unique Ways to Come Up With Your Rent Payment

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Nice shout out for Aspiration!

1. Sign up for an Aspiration bank account. 

This online-only bank has no fees — and no minimum balance. 

Last year, Money magazine named Aspiration’s checking account one of “the best in America.” Probably because it doesn’t charge ATM fees and offers an interest rate nearly 100 times that of a regular checking account.  

I've never heard of Swagbucks.

2. Take Swagbucks surveys online.

Yes, it’s almost as boring as giving plasma, but you don’t even have to leave your house. You can even do it while watching TV on your couch. While riding your exercise bike. While sitting on the train. 

And Swagbucks will give you $5 just for signing up. Once you join the platform, you’ll probably find other ways to earn rent money, too — like watching videos or playing games.

I didn't know about 211.

3. Call 211

This free hotline is a United Way service — and here to serve you 24/7. 

The trained professionals on the other end can tell you about programs offering rental assistance, subsidized housing and housing vouchers. If you’re in real dire straits, they can also inform you about emergency shelters for individuals and families. 

Calls are free and confidential — and available in every language.


6. Apply for a Modest Needs grant

This well-respected nonprofit organization supports low-income workers, mainly through its “Self-Sufficiency Grants.”

These grants “assist individuals and families who, because they are working and live just above the poverty level, are ineligible for most types of conventional social assistance but who, all the same, are living one or two lost paychecks away from the kind of financial catastrophe that eventually leads to homelessness.”

So if you’re working and in need, reach out and see if this organization can help you.

I've never heard of these apps.

4. Use Decluttr and letgo to sell your stuff. 

Between these two apps, you’ll be able to sell all your extraneous goods, with minimal human interaction.

Decluttr wants to buy your old electronics — including phones — as well as your CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, video games, game consoles and tablets. The company even provides you with a prepaid shipping label!

And for everything else, use letgo. This intuitive app lets you snap a photo and upload your unwanted item in less than 30 seconds.

They also mention driving for Uber. 

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