Surprise expenses seem to sneak up on everyone. From a parking fine to those concert tickets you just can’t live without, here are some solutions that ISU students use to combat their financial worries.

Sam Flory / Photographer

Sam Flory / Photographer

Donating plasma

A creative way students are making money is by donating plasma. According to the American Red Cross website, plasma is one of the key blood components needed for modern medicine, and they are willing to compensate for donations. Dariyan Thillen, sophomore and graphic communication major, said she has donated plasma about seven times. Thillen said her experience was pleasant, fun, rewarding and virtually pain free for the 40-minute process. “I received $50 my first time donating, $60 the second time and $80 the third time. After that the standard rate was about $35 … they also would send me coupons in the mail with $10 bonuses,” she said.

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Working crazy shifts

Many students will work odd hours that others would generally opt out of just to make some dough. Tiffany Cook, senior and secondary mathematics education major, worked at a 24- hour Steak N’ Shake during her college years. “I would work overnights all the time, especially when I first started,” Cook said. “I would start at either 9 or 10 p.m. and work until around 7 a.m. and then would have class that morning.” Cook said she thought working odd shifts for the extra money was worth it because she needed money to pay bills and rent.

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SellingTicketsSelling concert tickets

Looking for an easy way to make some extra cash? Buying and selling concert or sporting event tickets for profit is quick and convenient for fulltime students. Ron Dicker of The DailyFinance suggests researching event presales, buyer trends and additional fees (hint: Stubhub keeps 15 percent commission, $5 service charge plus possible shipping fees). Then research multiple resale sites including eBay, Craigslist, StubHub and RazorGator to compare going ticket rates. Dicker said Clark Howard, author of “Living Large in Lean Times,” advises checking out to compare ticket rates from different vendors simultaneously.

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Sam Flory / Photographer

Sam Flory / Photographer

Working in telemarketing

Students at ISU are also opting to work in a form of telemarketing at the ISU Fundraising Center. This job requires many phone calls ending abruptly and an abundance of rejection. Will McCambley, manager for Telefund, a company that works with ISU in helping to get donations from alumni, said he employs about 23 students starting at $8.25 per hour. Students do not make commission but they do have the opportunity for bonuses each month. “I think this is a great student job, but it can be quite hard,” McCambley said. “Students deal with a lot of rejection. There are occasional hang-ups but there is really never any yelling because we only call alumni.”

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recyclingRecycling cans

Recycling aluminum cans is an easy way to pick up some extra cash at the end of the week. While you and your roommates are picking up after a party or movie night with friends, rinse out all of the leftover aluminum cans and place them in a clean separate bag. Behr Iron & Metal located in Bloomington will take your aluminum cans and give you 50 cents per pound. This may not sound like a lot, but think of the number of cans you and your roommates see over the weekend either when drinking soda or out at parties. Offer to help clean up the next day, remind your friends to save their cans for you and set up a recycling bin in your apartment to remind your roommates not to toss their can of Diet Coke after they have finished with it. According to Behr employee Pam Martinez, dropping off cans at the recycling center could not be easier. “All you have to do is drive to our location, and take the ramp on the north side of the building. You’ll see a sign and you can unload your cans inside,” she explained.

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Delivering newspapers

Other students may work extremely early shifts to make some cash. Alison Gratz, junior and dance performance major, delivers newspapers for the Vidette. “I think delivering newspapers is very easy money. It’s simple and repetitive and you learn [to get it done as fast as possible],” Gratz said. She explained the part-time job with early mornings pays for her groceries, and that she would work another job with odd hours if the opportunity presented itself.

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Never heard of it? Then you’re probably not from around here. This summer job is perfect for you if you’re an early riser who enjoys making money and isn’t afraid to battle the elements. The concept of detasseling is pretty simple. You just walk through the rows in a corn field and pull the male reproduction organ (the tassel) out of each corn stalk, so the plant can’t pollinate. The detasseling season only lasts a few short weeks, so you won’t be working your entire summer away. People ages 12 and up can participate and no past experience is required. The hours are reliable and workers are almost always paid above minimum wage. So if you don’t mind early mornings, corn rash and miserable heat, take a whack at it. Detasseling will teach you the true meaning of a hard-earned dollar.

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