The best (and worst) ways to raise fast cash

What credit crunch? Here are 17 ways to get your mitts on some money, ranked from best to worst.

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1. Tap your emergency fund
Best way

Pros: Duh - this is what an emergency fund is for. And with most cash investments yielding less than inflation, you won't be missing much.

Cons: Draining it leaves you unprepared for the next crisis. So start building that cash cushion back up ASAP.


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Last updated August 22 2008: 12:36 PM ET
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