Money might not grow on trees but it’s coursing through your veins.
One woman is profiting off plasma donation, earning up to $3,000 a year to fuel her self-confessed shopping addiction, the New York Post reports.
YoutuberCarisa Barker, 20, a communications student and part-time nanny, went to a plasma donation clinic twice a week for one year, exchanging the plasma in her blood for cold hard cash.
According to Canadian Blood Services, “Plasma is the protein-rich liquid in blood that helps other blood components circulate throughout your body.”
Her plasma donation side hustle reportedly brings home around $280 a month, which equates to $3,360 a year.
The Salt Lake City, Utah woman told the Post: “I would absolutely recommend it to people who are short of cash and want to go shopping. I donate plasma twice a week.“
“I get $20 the first time and $50 the next time,” Barker said, adding, “It’s just a little bit of extra money that I can spend that I don’t feel I worked very hard for.”
The differentiation between blood and plasma is important as blood donors are not compensated by U.S. collection centres. But the story is different for those who offer up their plasma.
“I’m a shopaholic and I would shop every day if I could,” Barker said.
“On each shopping trip I only spend about $50 but that adds up to $150 a week,” Barker said.
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The idea to exchange her plasma for cash came from a friend who told her it was an easy way to make money, Barker explained.
“One of my friends does it and she took me with her one time. I just kept doing it,” Barker said.
As for the potential health risks of constant donation, Barker said: “There are no health risks that I know of and my parents are fine with me doing it,” adding, “As long as I eat a lot of protein before I go and stay hydrated, I feel fine.”