Most American homes have loose cash hanging around in a variety of forms. You might not make a lot by searching the couch cushions and organizing your long-lost pennies. On the other hand, you might be surprised by the cash you can reclaim, especially if you get a little creative in your search.
Declutter. Start in the attic and work your way down room by room to the basement. Clothes, antiques, furniture, toys, books, gold jewelry; you get the picture. Nothing is off-limits here and the possibilities are endless. Whether you host a garage sale, take the consignment shop route, or try your hand at online selling -- think eBay -- this is a way to bring in some serious cash.
Gather up loose change. You will be surprised how much loose change is lurking in the nooks and crannies of your drawers, cushions, cabinets, coat pockets and glove compartments. Start a coin jar in one central location and at the end of each month, cash out.
Cancel magazine subscriptions. You may get a refund check from a prepaid magazine subscription that has time left on it.
Return unused clothes and household items. If you've bought clothes and household items that still have the tags on them, grab the receipt and return them. Even without a receipt you can usually get a store credit which will allow you to purchase something later when you really need it.
Cash in gift cards. Many people have unused gift cards waiting to be redeemed. Put them in your wallet so you have them handy and start cashing them in for things you need.