Christmas is, without a doubt, my favorite time of year. I love decorating the Christmas tree, driving around looking at Christmas lights, eating delicious food and exchanging gifts.
I love everything about Christmas, but besides being the most magical time of year, it’s also the most expensive time of year.
Even if you’re frugal with your gift giving, the expenses associated with Christmas all add up (traveling to visit family, buying ham and turkey, etc.)
Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can make extra cash for Christmas and soften the financial blow.
10 Easy Ways to Make Extra Money for Christmas
1. Take some online surveys
You’ve might’ve read some stories about shady survey sites. And there are definitely a few out there… I’ve joined a number of legitimate sounding survey sites only to find out that the $50 or so I thought I’d earned is actually $50 in the survey sites own “special” currency and I have to use it to buy items from their rewards site. Lo and behold, their currency is worth next to nothing, so an item that I could buy from Walmart for $3 cost me $20 of the survey sites money.
However, I have found a few survey sites that are legitimate and don’t make false promises (like aforementioned site!)
Swagbucks is one of the most popular online survey sites, and for good reason. Swagbucks actually has a lot more ways to make money than just surveys, including watching short videos, completing online searches, polls, etc.
Here’s the link to join Swagbucks.
Inbox Dollars is another legitimate survey site that is similar to Swagbucks in that they have various ways for you to earn extra cash. They also have online sweepstakes which you can use points to enter (I haven’t won anything on them, but they don’t cost any actual money so it’s not a big deal.)
Here’s the link to join Inbox Dollars (you’ll get a $5 bonus when you sign up.)
2. Get cash back on your groceries
You buy groceries anyway, so why not get cash back on them?
Ibotta is one of my favorite cash back apps – it’s easy to use and you can cash out whenever you want (they pay directly into your Paypal account.)
I usually cash out every month until around July, then I’ll leave my earnings in my account and save them up until close to Christmas. I then use my Ibotta earnings to buy my son’s Christmas presents.
Here’s the link to join Ibotta. You’ll get a $10 bonus after redeeming your first rebate.
3. Have a yard sale (virtual or old-school)
Yard sales are a great way to declutter and make some extra cash. At my last yard sale, we made almost $400 for just a few hours work. We had an “old-school” yard sale in our actual yard, but you could also hold a virtual yard sale on Facebook or even Instagram.
If you decide to hold an Instagram yard sale, make sure you research relevant hashtags and make it very what the “rules” are.
It’s a good idea to put the rules in your bio, on each listing, and to create an image with the text “LISTING RULES” and then list the rules of your sale in the description.
Most people will get buyers to comment “SOLD” and then their Paypal email address. And make sure you make it very clear whether the buyer is responsible for shipping costs or not.
4. Clean out your closet
Selling your pre-loved clothes and shoes is a great way to make some extra cash, declutter for the New Year and free up some closet space.
I go through my closet at the start of every season and list everything that I don’t love on Mercari or ThredUp (my favorite clothes selling apps.) You can either use the credit from your sales to purchase items or just cash it out.
Here’s the link to Mercari. (use the code GGXFQB and you’ll get $2 off your first purchase.)
And you can join ThredUp here to get a bonus $10.
5. Share your expertise
If you’re an expert on a certain topic, then you can make extra money for Christmas by teaching your skills to others. You could do this in person by holding workshops, or you could create an online course and sell it on Udemy.
If you have a knack for writing, then sign up to BlogMutt and do some ghostwriting. I’ve written for BlogMutt before – it’s a great way to earn some quick cash.
They have a wonderful forum full of supportive, helpful, fellow writers, they pay out every week straight into your PayPal account, and there’s no minimum threshold you have to meet to request payment.
7. Sell books on Amazon
If you have any books laying around the house that you don’t read anymore, sell them on Amazon.
Amazon is the go-to place for buying books for millions of people, so if you list your books for a fair price, you shouldn’t have any trouble selling them and making some extra cash for Christmas.
Amazon will deposit your earnings every week directly into your checking account. Go here to sign up for a seller account and start making extra money.
8. Start a small business
Depending on what type of small business you decide to start, you might have to put down a little (or a lot of) money. Don’t let that discourage you, though – there are lots of small businesses that you can start on a very small budget.
If you’re crafty, you could make unique, giftable items to sell at a local craft fair (there are TONS of craft fairs this time of year.)
If you’re good at graphic design, you could design beautiful printables and list them on Etsy.
You could make your own lip balms and body butters and sell them on Facebook.
If you’re good at cooking, maybe you could make home-cooked meals (like lasagne, chicken alfredo, spaghetti bolognese, etc.) freeze them, and then sell them to people in your neighborhood. (Everyone loves a home-cooked meal, but not everyone has the time to make one!)
9. Become a Driver
Driving services like Uber and Lyft have become incredibly popular and they’re a great way to make some additional cash. I know of quite a few people who make an extra hundred or so dollars a week driving people around.
Just recently, I checked to see how much an Uber would cost from my house to the international airport – it was $86. Now, I’m sure Uber probably takes a cut from this, but it’s still a pretty decent amount of money you’ll pocket.
The lead-up to Christmas is the perfect time to start offering to babysit – a lot of people have work functions to attend and are in desperate need of a reliable, trustworthy babysitter.
In addition, many people head interstate for Thanksgiving which is a great time to offer petsitting services.
The expenses associated with Christmas can definitely add up fast, but hopefully these 10 ways to make extra cash for Christmas will help lighten the load this year!
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