5 Tips to get Money for Christmas
Christmas is fast approaching and for many, it’s not an easy time of year. Finances are strapped, expectations are high and for some, a drastic change in circumstances means Christmas might not be all you’d hoped for.
Here are some things you can start doing to have more money for Christmas. Disclosure, this post may include affiliate links for products and services we use.
1. Cash in Points and get Discounts
Check all your online surveys such as Swagbucks and Prize Rebel etc to see if you have money sitting in them you can cash out. We have a full list of online survey sites here, you might have signed up to some and forgotten. Or you could sign up now to stash cash for Christmas next year.
VIP programs, loyalty cards and reward points can all be checked and cashed in this time of year to use for gifts, food, travel and anything else you need.
Also use discounts such as 40% off your first box with EveryPlate plus 20% off your next two and $50 off your first HelloFresh box. Or $90 off HelloFresh with $40 off your first box, $30 off your second and $10 off each of your third and fourth. Marley Spoon offers $100 off, split across your first 4 boxes as $40, $30, $20 then $10.
2. Sell Off Anything
Don’t use it? Sell it! This time of year is brilliant for selling items. I’ve found Facebook Marketplace and niche Facebook groups to be the best for selling, followed by Gumtree then eBay.
I used to do this as a side hustle and made over $10,000 a month doing it. Take nice photos, ensure your items are clean, list accurately and you never know what might sell.
3. Rent Your Place
Whether it is a room in your house right now, the garage or renting the space if you are away over Christmas, renting your space is great. I’ve made $1,300 in 5 days once over Christmas, $600 another week and $70+ for a night here and there, depending on where I lived. I’ve also rented out my driveaway and garage for $50 a week each.
Read my guide for making money with Airbnb to get started. Airbnb is free to sign up and so easy to use. As a host and guest, I’ve found it to be easy to use, customer service was helpful when I needed them and I loved the extra cash.
4. Plan. Plan. Plan!
Write out everyone you need to give gifts to then brainstorm gifts you could make. I have a Pinterest board I pin thrifty gift ideas to which might help, alternatively, I have a bunch of articles on here for gifts you can make, with more coming.
Once you know who you are buying for, what they would like and whether you are making or buying a present, you can create a plan, look out for things on sale and get resourceful.
As for the day itself, do you know where are you for Christmas? Do you need to cater or do you have to take into account travel arrangements? How much can you afford and what do you want to eat? Plan as much as you can ahead of time, work out a budget and stick to it.
5. Make More Money
Look at everything you can do to make extra money. Christmas is great for seasonal opportunities such as selling at markets, putting up Christmas decorations for other people, domestic duties like cleaning, babysitting, gardening, house or pet sitting all increase as do sales on eBay. What can you do to make extra money at Christmas?
If you get creative, review your expenses and do some extra things in the coming weeks you could easily get an extra $1,000 or more.
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What do you do to make extra money at Christmas?