Christmas is coming! While the holidays are filled with fun, festivities, and family, they can also be quite a headache for your budget. I definitely spend the most in December and the majority of it isn’t for myself. With dinner parties to host, gifts to give, and traveling to be done, it can be really difficult and even stressful to find a way to pay for everything you need for the holidays. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way you could earn a little more cash this holiday season, without signing up for a medical test or giving blood? Well, I’m glad you asked because there is!
Here are 10 ways to make extra cash:
1. Sell your old electronics
The longer you let old electronics sit around, the less valuable they become. If you have an old iPhone, tablet, or PC lying around that’s collecting dust, consider selling it. While you could try to sell it on your own, you can also use sites like Gazelle.com. You just need to give them a little info about your item and they’ll give you a quote for it. I was able to get back around $40 for an old iPod.
2. Get a seasonal position
Since it’s the holidays, people are shopping more than ever. That means stores need to beef up their teams. Many retail stores are hiring seasonal positions for the next few weeks. If you’re available to work 2-3 days a week and can handle crazy customers during the holiday rush, consider a seasonal position.
3. Become a pet sitter
Many people are traveling over the holidays and unfortunately have to leave their pets at home. The demand for a pet-sitter is at an all time high in December. If you’re good with pets, try listing your services on Craigslist. Some pet owners will ask you to watch their pets overnight, while others only need you to visit them daily for feedings and walks.
4. Shop online and get cash-back
If you’re buying holiday gifts, you might as well shop online. Why? Because you can get cash-back. Using sites such as Ebates or Mr. Rebates will get you a percentage back on your purchases. I’ve seen as high as 12% back. While you typically have to wait 3 months to see this money, it’s easy-to-do and requires little effort.
5. Used makeup lying around? Sell it
If you’re a lady, you probably have tons of barely-used makeup lying around. I know I do. Consider selling it. Sites like Glambot will pay you for your used makeup. Check out my review of Glambot here. Or you can try selling it on your own at MUABs.com. I’ve used both sites and have had pleasant experiences all around.
6. Be a mystery shopper
Getting paid to shop….sounds like a dream, doesn’t it? Believe it or not, mystery shopping does exist. It may be hard to come by and there are many scams out there so beware. However, if you come across a real mystery shopping gig, it can be really fun. And the extra cash is nice too. To start, try checking out the Mystery Shopper Association of North America.
7. Rent out your space
If you’re traveling this holiday season, your apartment or parking space may be left empty. Instead of letting it sit there, consider renting it out for a few days. Especially if you live in a big city, there are sure to be travelers looking for a place to stay or a space to park. Try AirBnb and Craigslist.
8. Find an online side hustle
If you don’t have time to go out and get a part-time position, you can try to find one online instead. Just think of a skill you have and put it to work. Popular side hustles include freelance writing, graphic design, virtual assistant gigs, and selling crafts on Etsy.
9. Surf the internet
You spend a lot of time on the internet. So why not get paid to do it? Companies, like Swagbucks, will pay you just to use their search engine, take surveys and shop so that they can learn more about consumer behavior. You benefit by getting cash.
10. Sell your gently-used clothing
One tried-and-true way to earn extra money is by selling your gently used clothing. eBay is a popular way to get rid of unwanted clothes but it can take a lot of time. If you’re looking for a easy way to sell your used clothes, try Plato’s Closet (if there’s one in your area) or ThredUp (which is an online consignment store). Stores and sites like these will pay you a percentage of the resale value. Check out my review of ThredUp here.
Have you tried any of these methods to earn extra cash? Let me know your thoughts below!