10 Easy Ways To Get Rich During a Recession

by RC on April 1, 2009

As bad as the economy is right now, there are still fortunes to be made out there.

The only problem is, most of them involve hard work, persistence, good money management skills, and will probably take so long that you will run out of patience before you become wealthy.

Why not find the easy way to riches? Here are 10 easy ways you can still get rich in today’s troubled economy, without much effort.

1.) Win the Lottery or Powerball- Sure the Powerball odds seem long at 1 in 195,249,054, but somebody has to win, right? Why not you?

2.) Inherit Your Riches-This is a real easy way to get rich. If no one in your immediate family likes you enough to leave you a ton of dough, look for a long lost aunt, uncle or distant cousin to fill the “rich relative” spot. You may have to be nice to them, though.

3.) Enter and win the Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes- I think this contest is still going on, but I am not really sure. All you have to do is order a few magazines, and the next thing you know, the publisher’s clearing house van could show up at your house to let you know you’ve won.

4.) Flip Houses- Just because the real estate market has crashed over the last year or so doesn’t mean a smart person like you can’t make a fortune flipping house for profit. Have you seen some of the people on the TV shows that do it? Surely you can do better than them.

5.) Multi-Level Marketing- What easier way to make a lot of money than to have a whole army of people out there working hard so you reap the profits. All you need to do is find that army of people, and sit back and collect your percentage of all of their hard work.

6.) Win American Idol- How hard can it be? Have you seen some of the people on the show? Surely you can sing better than some of them. If you win American Idol, you are almost guaranteed a recording contract that will lead to fame and fortune.

7.) Stop paying taxes- Heck, half the people nominated for cabinet positions, including the current Secretary of the Treasury, Timothy Geithner, didn’t pay taxes for a while. Sure, they got caught, but only because they were applying for such high proflie positions. The IRS probably won’t waste its time on a small fish like you or me.

8.) Become a politician- It may not pay that well while your in office (at least above the table), but once your term is over, you are almost guaranteed a cush job with some corporation or board of directors due to your government ties and influence. Some ex-presidents make $100k per speech or more!

9.) Sue the Government- It doesn’t matter if it is the state or federal government, one of them must have done something wrong to you. File a lawsuit, hire a lawyer, and after spending several years tied up in litigation, you may just hit it big.

10.) Marry someone who is already rich- Sure, some people might call it “gold digging” , but who doesn’t like gold? If you can’t make a fortune yourself, find someone who already has one, and mooch off of them by marrying them.

Armed with these ideas, it should take you no time to get out there and get rich. Happy April 1st!

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Baker @ ManVsDebt April 1, 2009 at 7:36 am

Nicely done, sir… nicely done!

Personal favorite: Stop paying taxes…


Ryan April 1, 2009 at 5:19 pm

Hi R.C.,

Interesting list. You can make the same amount of money in or out of a recession. The idea of lack in man-made. There is only abundance. Thanks for sharing :)



RC April 1, 2009 at 9:55 pm

@Baker- Thanks! That’s probably my favorite too.


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