Tax time is right around the corner and the IRS is urging people to be cautious. With fraud and identity theft on the rise, they’ve announced a new campaign to encourage tax payers to protect themselves from identity theft. Here are a few key tips to help protect your information...

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Doing a little spring cleaning and not sure what to do with all that junk you're planning to throw away. Here's a couple of things you can do to earn some extra money from your used items...

Yard Sale or Flea Market

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Set up your own yard sale or go to a flea market to earn a little extra money on stuff you were planning to throw away anyway.

Online Yard Sales

From Facebook’s numerous online yard sale groups to Craigslist and Ebay there are several places online to sell your unwanted items.

Loose change

Everyone has loose change that falls between seat cushions in your car or sofa or gets knocked behind your dresser.

Consignment Stores

If you have a lot of lightly worn clothes that you are planning to get rid of, try taking them to a consignment store to earn a few extra dollars instead.

Cell Phone/ Tablet Kiosk

Are your last 3 cell phones sitting a drawer somewhere collecting dust. Did you know you can take your old cell phones and tablet to a kiosks to get money for them.

While most countries have a set currency, some towns and cities have adapted their own individual currency to use for various reasons distinct to their own culture. Here are a few examples…

Ithaca, New York has “Ithaca Hours” which can be used in over 900 locations across the city.

Berkshire region Massachusetts uses “BerkShares” throughout the region. They can be exchanged in one of 5 regional banks.

Bristol, England has the Bristol Pound.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has Equality Dollars which citizens earn by volunteering at a few designated venues and can be spent at 150 local businesses throughout Philly.

Detroit, Michigan has $3 denominations called “Cheers”

Calgary, Alberta has multicolored Calgary Dollars.

Volos, Greece created the TEMs system to fight back against a growing unemployment rate. They exist only in digital form and represent a good or service an individual can exchanges versus cash.

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