Dear Santa, I’m broke.

Buying Christmas presents for loved ones can really take a lot out of you and your bank account. Like many people I know, Santa gave me some money for Christmas, but that was quickly spent on my New Year’s Eve fun. Was it worth it? Totally.

Having lived in Huntsville for three years, I’ve found ways to get free money and I’ve decided to share my secrets with you.

Here are my top three ways to make a little cash:

1. Sell your stuff. There are pawn shops all over town that will take anything from broken televisions to old fishing poles. There are also a few computer repair shops that will buy broken computers or computer parts. My personal favorite is Simply Seconds, located in the town square on the corner of 11th Street and Sam Houston Ave. They will take your old clothes, shoes and bags and sell them, then pay you after they have been sold. What about those textbooks the local bookstores won’t buy? Try List your books and they will send you an e-mail when someone purchases your items. For books other than text books, Hastings will pay you in cash or store credit. Also, Facebook has a marketplace application where you can list items for sale.

2. Recycle. It’s good for the environment and for your wallet. Try 2 Recycle is located on 15th St. and Ave. I. They have a long list of items that they will pay you for, from aluminum cans to milk jugs. View a complete list of materials that they will purchase at

3. Shenanigans. If all else fails, Shenanigans will give ladies 21 and over $5 for free on Fridays if they get there before 9 p.m. At least you can go out and break even.

If none of this works for you then get a job. SHSU’s Jobs4Kats has listings available for students.

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