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Ways to Make Extra Money for Christmas

Updated on August 7, 2013
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Christmas can be a stressful time for some people because your budget is tighter! Do you plan to pay for your gifts in the months following Christmas or have them already paid for so you can begin the new year on the right foot? Last year, I came up with a list of fairly easy ways to make extra money so we wouldn't even have to use our monthly income to purchase our gifts.

How We Made Money Last Year:

  1. Go through house and clear clutter- Do not keep anything that is not useful or makes you happy! I am sorting through my children’s toys and selling them on Craigslist. Clear clutter and make room for new presents.
  2. Cash for trash- While clearing out the rest of the house, we are on the lookout for scrap aluminum, metal, steel, etc. to take to the recycling center. With a big enough load you can earn at least $100.
  3. Cash in rewards points- Over the year we use our credit card for big purchases. We pay the balance off in full each month, so we make money. Once we hit our next payout benchmark, I am going to look into the credit card that offers the best rewards. (This has since changed. As of 2013, we no longer use a credit card for anything. But there are definitely a ton of rewards cards if you are disciplined enough to use them and pay them off in full.)
  4. Cash in coins- We saved our coins throughout the year and cashed them in. I would also suggest upping the amount some and adding $1 a day (or desired amount) to an envelope dedicated to gifting.
  5. Do online work- Without taking too much time out of my day, I hit up a few websites to make some extra money. You can earn $20 here and there. My favorite site is My Survey and I am slowly making money with Swagbucks.
  6. Plow snow- Obviously weather-dependent, but most companies pay generously to drive one of their plow trucks.

Ways to Make Extra Money This Year

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  2. Offer baby-sitting- If you are someone that doesn't want to take on children full-time, think about offer baby-sitting for people that want to get out for a few hours to complete their holiday shopping. You can offer the service when it is convenient for you and make a little extra spending money.
  3. Start a holiday lights service- We all know someone who doesn't necessarily enjoy hanging the lights on the house (or maybe you are that someone :)) Create a flyer announcing your service, hand them in and around your neighborhood. This type of seasonal service doesn't tie you down to a second job and gives you some extra cash in your wallet!
  4. Craft fairs- Do you enjoy making certain products (scarves, jewelry, hair accessories, etc.) or crafting items from wood? For a small fee (in my area $15-$25) you may set up a booth at a local craft fair during the holiday season to sell your handmade goods.
  5. Clean homes- Not interested in cleaning homes full-time, offer a service to individuals looking for a one-time clean to get the house in shape for company during the holiday season.
  6. Gutter cleaning- Older people that aren't very comfortable with this task involving climbing a ladder, will likely be thrilled with your service.
  7. Cut and sell firewood- I am certainly not promoting cutting down trees for the sake of selling them for firewood. However, if you have access to fallen trees, cut them up into small pieces and sell the firewood by the bundle.

Children Can Earn Extra Money, Too!

With a little supervision, even young children can complete these jobs to help them buy their family gifts for the holiday.

  1. Shovel Driveways
  2. Pet-sitting
  3. Wrap gifts

In addition to these easy money-making ideas, we generally have a low-scale Christmas so our costs aren’t too high. We usually get the kids an item they really want, something to wear and something to read. I am hoping to make some gifts this year too!

What are some easy ways that you are bringing in extra money for the holidays?

How Do You Pay For Your Gifts?

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    • loyalsudz profile image

      loyalsudz 4 years ago from East Coast

      Great ideas!

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      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      Thank you! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well shoot, I wanted to be your first comment! Just missed! Good first hub with some great suggestions. Practical ideas like these are what is needed as families learn to do without so much stuff in their lives.

      bill

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      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      Thank you for being so supportive of a newbie!!! :)

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Great ideas offered here! Welcome to HP's. It's a great place to write. You'll find 99% of the people to be supportive here. Looking forward to seeing more of your writing!

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      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      Thank you, I am already amazed by the supportive people here. Wish I would have known about hubpages sooner! :)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      found you from BillyBuc...I like the hub and what a great idea to find money for gifts. Keep it up and keep writing.

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      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      Thank you!! :)

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      Lovely and thoughtfully frugal Christmas savings ideas, that can and will help many struggling this year to live up to the high demands of the holiday.

      I grew up poor so I know how it could be, I never really got to celebrate the holiday with gifts and all so yeah I fully comprehend what your putting down here, and for many families that are feeling the pressure on their wallets today.

      Welcome to hubpages and that cool dude Billybuc shared your hub on Facebook, for us to spread the love for you, keep these hubs coming and we will try our best to get to them as well. Good Luck Stephanieb27.

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      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      Thank you for the support!! :)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Stephanie and welcome!

      Really enjoyed this article on making Christmas more doable on low incomes. Some great suggestions I will be keeping in mind! Thanks to billbuc for blogging and sharing this or I may have missed you! :-)

      Voted up, useful and interesting! Best of luck on hubpages!

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      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      Thank you!!! :)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Stephanie, we used to save our coins every year for purchasing gifts at Christmas. They do accumulate and we were surprised at how much you can save. I think the plastic card has taken the ability to collect change these days. However, a penny saved is a penny earned.. no mater what and those rewards points prove it. Great suggestions here!

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      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      @teaches12345, I agree! Most of our change comes from my husband spending his cash during the week. :)

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      Donna Kay Bryan 4 years ago

      Great tips! I have been in the decluttering process for several weeks. I'm actually finally getting rid of things I wore in high school (yes, they still fit), and I'm almost 50 now! I also cashed in the coins that I kept getting at the McDonald's drive-thru, which put $74 into my bank account. It's definitely nice to "find" money!

      Voted up for useful!

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      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      Donna, yay for the clothes still fitting and yay for decluttering!!! :) The decluttering is taking me a few weeks too! I look forward to reading your hubs!

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      I'm using all of your ideas plus I had a huge yard sale of things I didn't think would be that easy to sell on Ebay. Made $130. At this time of year thought, it only works if you live in an area where the weather is still warm. I am also selling books on Ebay. Good article with some good tips.

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      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      Yay, that's awesome! I actually picked up a book from the library the other day about selling on Ebay. Good luck with your Ebay sales!! :)

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      glassvisage 4 years ago from Northern California

      Very good! I believe in low-scale Christmases... It always drives me crazy when I see kids with piles of gifts, most of which they won't even play with.

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      Boo McCourt 4 years ago from Washington MI

      Some good ideas, I never thought of the reward from credit cards. Good ideas.

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      KB 4 years ago

      I like to sell things I have that I no longer like or need. I make the most by selling my used books. I sell used books to www.bookjingle.com. They buy a lot of different types of books, textbooks, fiction and nonfiction and offer great prices. They also give you a shipping label you can use to ship your books for free. A great way to make a little extra money!

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      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      glassvisage, I agree!

      crazybeanrider, thank you!

      KB, thanks for the idea!

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      Brenda Trott, M.Ed 4 years ago from Houston, TX

      Great, original list! Merry Christmas to you and yours:)

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      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      Thanks, Merry Christmas to you frugalfamily!! :)

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      LaDena Campbell 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      These are some great ideas! I also do surveys for money...I have tried the two you mention...the one I like gives me about 5 surveys a day and pay about 50 cents to around $3 for each survey you qualify for...I can't think of the name right now...I'll post out when I find it again....and welcome to HubPages! Glad you're here!

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      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      justateacher, thank you! Please share the survey site when you think of it. :)

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      Melissa Propp 4 years ago from Minnesota

      You can do "secret shopping" to make small amounts of money and also get some "free" food. There are lots of sites on-line that you can sign up for your local area. Usually all the major restaurant chains do secret shops. I live in the suburbs, but I used to go to about 5 different Burger Kings to do their secret shops. They usually pay $5-10 a piece (plus free food), but once you start doing them, they get easy and you can do a variety of different types of "shops". I also like to do the the survey companies where you come into their office and do either a taste test or a consumer panel. Those pay any where from $30 to $150, depending on how much time they are asking. There is one company here in MN called FPI Testers and you can sign your kids up also. I got to take my 11 year old son with me and we both tasted some type of pizza. We each got paid $35 for 30 minutes AND my son thought it was really fun. Only drawback is that you can only participate once every 2 months. Anyway, you have some great ideas, enjoyed your hub!

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      LaDena Campbell 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      The survey site I mentioned is ClixWorks Research - http://www.clixsenseresearch.com - in three days I have made about $15! I know it's not much, but it's a little bit - and every little bit helps! Even if you don't qualify for a survey you still get paid ten cents!

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      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      justateacher, thanks for sharing!!!!

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