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Ways to Make Extra Money for Christmas
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- Gutter cleaning- Older people that aren't very comfortable with this task involving climbing a ladder, will likely be thrilled with your service.
- 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.
- Shovel Driveways
- 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?