Christmas is the ideal time to pick up extra work and bring extra cash into your household.
Think about it – retail stores are going nuts, people are shopping online like never before and there’s an upward sentiment in the economy around Christmas time. What that means for you is that if you’re a little bit savvy, and prepared to invest some of your time, you can make extra money this Christmas by applying these tips.
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9 Simple Ways to Make Extra Cash For Christmas
1. Get a casual retail job
Casual Christmas jobs aren’t just for high school students. They’re an excellent way to work on the weekends and evenings and bring extra money in for a short period of time. I know it’s not fun to give up your weekend and evenings, but it’s only usually for the 8-12 weeks in the lead up to Christmas and gift-giving season so knowing you have a time limit helps. You might even qualify for staff discount to help lower your gift spending
2. Use cash back for all your Christmas shopping
Whatever you’re planning to buy for Christmas there’s probably a way to get it cheaper than retail. I like to use Ebates to make sure I’m getting maximum bang for my buck. You can use Ebates for most major online stores. Use this link and you’ll get a $10 voucher towards your first $25 purchase.
If you’re in the US I also recommend using Ibotta for your grocery shopping. In our house, the grocery bill can be higher than what we spend on gifts so Ibotta should save you a bundle. You can sign up for Ibotta here
3. Watch videos to earn gift cards
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4. Take part in market research and focus groups
One of the best ways for me to make extra money has always been taking part in focus groups and market research panels. I used to do these all the time after my corporate job. If you’re interested in taking part in focus groups, run a google search for ‘focus groups + city’ to find out where to register.
You can also take part in research from the comfort of your home. Three research companies I recommend are Opinion Outpost, Harris Poll and Digital Voice. Each company has different requirements, so make sure you check them all out to find the best fit for you. Some pay you in reward points, and others by entering you into a high-stakes draw.
Offering one-off services like data entry, graphic design or freelance writing can be a great way to make extra money for the holidays. I made over $400 in October just from taking freelance writing gigs. It’s now my go-to service when I need extra cash.
6. Sell your kids’ old toys
Buying used is becoming more popular. It’s a great way for families to lessen their environmental impact, whilst also saving money. It’s a win-win! If you have some gently used toys (and let’s face it, who doesn’t?) that still have life in them, consider selling them online.
7. Offer to work your regular job through the holiday season
If you have the option to work throughout the holidays, say yes! I’ve always chosen to work in my office job over the holidays as I would usually get paid time off for the public holidays (Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day) and found the office is quieter so it’s a great time to get work done.
8. Sell your junk
If you’re anything like me you have some things lying around the house that you are keeping for a future project. Or perhaps you’ve received a gift that you didn’t use and it’s still in the original packaging. Remember the saying, ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Get onto selling your unused or unwanted potential gifts early, to maximise your opportunity for a sale.
9. Tend bar or work as a waiter at Christmas functions
Do you know how to pull a pint? Or pour champagne? Can you hold three plates? If so, seasonal function work might be for you. Get in touch with local catering companies or labour supply agencies asap to register your interest for casual function work. It’s a great way to earn money, meet new people and sometimes if you’re lucky you get a free meal.
There are plenty of ways to make extra money for Christmas, if you think outside the box. You might even get discounted goods or free meals if you’re lucky, as well as having an extra income stream during the most expensive time of the year. Happy holidays!