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Christmas is the most magical time of the year, but it’s also the most expensive. Traveling to visit family, buying gifts, buying ingredients for all of those delicious Christmas recipes – it adds up very fast.
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!)
Some of my favorite legitimate survey sites include:
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.
Vindale Research is a survey company that has been around for a very long time. They always have lots of surveys available. One of my favorite features of Vindale Research is their Daily Studies.
Daily Studies are surveys that change throughout the day. You can participate in the daily studies 10 times per day, and they will pay you every time you complete the daily study.
Right now in my dashboard, there are 3 daily studies – one paying $1.25 per study, the other two paying $0.75. If I take each of the studies the maximum 10 times, I’ll make $27.50.
Do this every day and it adds up pretty fast! Vindale research pays out via Paypal cash or check.
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.)
2. Get cash back on your groceries
You buy groceries anyway, so why not get cash back on them?
Ibotta is a completely free-to-use app that gives you cash back for a huge variety of groceries and personal care items. I’m talking normal things that you’d be buying anyway, like bread, milk, fresh produce, coffee, shampoo, etc. That’s just an example – the offers are always changing so it’s rare that you wouldn’t find at least one offer you can redeem.
Additionally, the cash back offers on Ibotta around the holidays are almost always specific to things you’d be buying – think stuffing around Thanksgiving, eggnog around Christmas, so it’s a great way to save some money on those sorts of things, too.
Getting your cash is easy – just request it to be paid directly into your Paypal account.
As an added bonus, you’ll also get $10 extra after redeeming your first rebate – click here to join Ibotta for free.
3. Pet Sit
If you love animals, then a good way to make some extra money for Christmas is to start pet-sitting. You never know, you might love it so much that you end up continuing through the year as a lucrative and fun side hustle.
Rover is the nations largest pet sitting and dog walking network, with a pet owner booking a service provider on Rover every 4 seconds. It’s entirely possible to earn up to $1000/month on Rover, doing something that you probably love doing – spending time with furbabies.
It’s completely free to create a profile on Rover, and only takes a few minutes. Once you’ve been accepted, you’ll set your rates and keep 80% of your earnings (the other 20% goes towards things like Rover customer support, promotion, safety, etc.) Click here to create your free profile on Rover.
4. 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.
If a traditional yard sale is more your style (honestly, I think they’re kind of fun!) then make sure you read my top tips for having your most profitable yard sale ever.
5. Mystery Shop
Mystery shopping has been around for decades, and is a fun way to make some extra money. Since it’s Christmas, you’ll likely be spending quite a bit of time out shopping anyway, so adding in a mystery shop here and there is a good way to add to your wallet.
Bestmark is perhaps the oldest and most-trusted mystery shopping company there is. They’ve been around for years and have worked with some of the world’s top companies, including Fortune 500 and Global 500 companies.
The concept is simple – you simply go to your assigned establishment and act as if you’re a normal shopper. For example, if it’s a restaurant, you’ll simply sit down, order your meal, pay and leave. The only difference is, you’re taking note of certain things, like how attentive the waitperson was, whether you received a receipt, how clean the floor was, etc.
Then you come, log into your Bestmark account, answer the required questions and you’re done.
The payment rate varies depending on location and assignment, but you’re looking at around $20-$25 on average. Click here to apply to be a Bestmark mystery shopper.
6. 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.)
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.
8. 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.
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.
10. 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 love to write, then you can start a blog. Starting a blog is easy, fun and cheap, and has the potential to earn you a nice income. Click here for a free tutorial on how to start a blog.
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!)
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!