At one time or another, most people in the United States have experienced financial hardship. When you run out of money, and you don’t know where your next source of income is going to come from, you may experience an intense feeling of stress. Not knowing how you are going to pay for groceries, how your rent is going to be paid, or how you are going to get your car fixed is a terrible feeling. For some people, it comes about slowly. First, you are spending more than you are earning, and then over time you simply run out of money. For others, it happens immediately. For example, many people in the United States have been laid off of their jobs over the last few years. One moment they are doing great, and the next they don’t know how to pay any of their bills. If you are currently finding yourself in a situation of financial hardship, there are some simple things you can do to earn enough money to survive until you land another job. One of the great things about everyone having so much stuff in the United States is that some of that stuff is actually worth money. Another great thing about all of that stuff is that some of it is worth more money than you paid for it. This is known as appreciation, and it happens to several common household items. For example, sports cards are one of the things that appreciate over time. Some of them can even be worth thousands of dollars. One of the other items that appreciate greatly are vinyl albums.
If you are in need of quick money, you should seriously consider raiding your or your parent’s vinyl record collection. Obviously, if you don’t own the records personally, and they belong to a member of your family, you should ask for their permission first. Vinyl records can appreciate in value incredibly. Old records, from the 1960s or 1970s, could be worth hundreds, if not thousands of dollars today. First, go through all of the records and check for their condition. If they are damaged, or the album cover is damaged, their value won’t be nearly as high. Set all of the albums that are in great condition into one pile and get your computer out. Begin searching all of the websites that people use to sell records, and look for the prices of the records that you own. You might be happily surprised to learn that many of the vinyl records that you own are worth a fair amount of money. It is a good idea at this point to only sell the records that will fetch you a strong dollar amount. There is no need to sell the records that won’t; it is possible that they will increase in value later, so you should hold onto them to see if that happens. LP records are a great way to increase your immediate income, at least until you can find a more stable source of income for you and your family.