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How To Make Extra Money Before Christmas
Christmas is one of my favorite holidays and I’m all about making extra money before the season!
I know what you’re thinking: “What the heck, why are we talking about making money for Christmas? It’s only August and students aren’t even back to school yet!”
With the fall and winter holidays being our biggest money suckers, it’s time to start earning extra money so that you can avoid a holiday debt hangover.
Based on this report, Americans spend on average close to $1,000 per year for Christmas. This doesn’t even include Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Boxing Day (for Canada), New Years, decoration, donations, food and drinks!
To save $1,000 by Christmas, I recommend reading this post and using my free downloadable printables for your savings plan.
💡PRO TIP: It’s also important to start your Christmas shopping early so that you can score better deals and save money. Read this post for the not so common ways to save money for Christmas!
But today, we are going to go through the ways you can make extra money for Christmas. We are going to make sure you earn more than enough to put towards your Christmas savings plan! 🙂
Alright, let’s make this a debt-free Christmas by filling up those wallets of yours! Here’s how you can make extra money for Christmas this year.
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1. Rent out your extra space with Airbnb.
Renting out extra space is one of my favorite ways to make extra money. If you live in the city’s core or a touristy area, you can become an Airbnb host and easily earn $100 per day.
During the holidays, people are always making travel plans so there’s always demand for space. With that said, take advantage of this opportunity to make extra money for the holiday season.
2. Get paid to shop.
It’s not surprising to see that many people spend on gifts, decoration, food, and drinks from October to January. With Christmas approaching in four months, it’s a clever idea to start your shopping now to avoid overspending. By shopping early, you can score better deals at the store.
On top of starting early, I also highly recommend signing up for Ebates (100% free to use) because you can earn up to 40% cash back on the purchases you make online. Ebates is affiliated with over 2,500 of your favorite shops, so the BEST time to earn extra money from shopping is during the Black Friday week up until Christmas and New Years.
In fact, you can always use Ebates all year round to earn up to 40% cash back. Black Friday and Christmas are just the best times to take advantage of this FREE cash back program!
I absolutely LOVE this free program and I highly encourage you to join! It’s 100% free so you have nothing to lose, but everything to gain!
You can even get started with a FREE $10 bonus by signing up through this link. Canada, click here for your $5 bonus with the Canadian website.
Related post: You can click here for my review and full tutorial on how to use Ebates along with a secret way to accumulate more cash to your account!
3. Make extra money with Uber Eats.
If you have a bike, scooter or car, you can take a stroll for a few hours in the morning, night, or just weekends — it’s up to you.
Be your own boss and earn fast cash during your spare time by delivering food for Uber. This is a perfect side hustle to have during the busy holiday season!
4. Earn free money online by taking surveys.
Here are some quick wins where you can earn free money and gift cards during the holiday just by sharing your opinion. Yes, these paid survey sites are 100% FREE to sign up for and use!
💡PRO TIP: I highly recommend signing up for as many survey sites as possible to increase your earning opportunities.
Create a separate email account with Google just for these survey sign-ups. It will organize your life and help you make extra money without feeling overwhelmed!
The list below are my top 3 picks:
1. Swagbucks (one of the most popular survey websites in the world. Swagbucks has paid out their members $281,868,410 to date! Grab your $5 bonus just for signing up through this link.)
2. Survey Junkie (a very popular survey site that is easy to use and pays very quickly. Start making extra money and earning free gift cards by signing up here. Canada, click here for the Canadian link.)
3. American Consumer Opinion (This survey site has over 6 million members worldwide. Click here to sign up in less than 5 seconds.)
Related post: To increase your earnings potential with survey sites, read my post, The Best Survey Sites That Actually Pay (Earn Up To $50 Per Survey Here).
5. Make money from affiliate marketing.
Affiliate marketing is a great way to make extra money online. If you haven’t tried this, I highly recommend it!
First of all, what is affiliate marketing?
If you don’t know, affiliate marketing is earning an income by recommending or promoting a product or service. Of course, you have to be genuine and promote products that will add value to your readers and followers.
If you have a blog, you can start making money with affiliate marketing. If you don’t have a blog yet, you can start one through my free step-by-step tutorial here.
A very well known blogger, Michelle, from Making Sense of Cents, consistently earns over $50,000 every month from affiliate marketing alone (yes, every MONTH!).
I recently signed up for Michelle’s eCourse, Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. Since taking her course and implementing her fail-proof affiliate marketing strategies on my blog, I was able to earn over $400 to $500 every month from affiliate marketing!
If you’re serious about making money from affiliate marketing, I highly recommend signing up for her course!
Michelle also says you don’t need explosive traffic nor a ton of posts to start making money with affiliate marketing. Even if you’re a new blogger with ONE EPIC BLOG POST, you are ready to start making money online before Christmas!
Her course includes a module where she teaches you how she made over $300,000 alone from one single blog post! Not to mention, her course is risk-free because she offers a 30-DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE so it’s definitely worth the shot!
6. Start a blog.
On top of affiliate marketing (earning over $400-$500 per month), I’ve also been passively earning over $100 dollars per month from display ads with Google Adsense on my blog. I expect this to increase by 5x since I was qualified to switch from Google Adsense to Mediavine this month (July 2018).
Update: With a little bit of patience and persistence, I was able to make $2,798 from my blog in August 2018. I increased that amount to $4,509 in September 2018! Starting this blog was one of the best investments I made this year!
I initially signed up to start a blog because I wanted to make extra money on top of my full-time job. My hope is to earn extra money so that I can improve my lifestyle while at the same time, being able to save a larger portion of my pay from my 9-5 for early retirement.
Your story may be different from mine.
Perhaps you want to earn extra money so that you could get out of debt, stop living paycheck to paycheck, or have a little extra to spend for Christmas. Whatever your unique story is, I want you to know that it is possible to make extra money by starting a blog today.
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7. Drive for Lyft and get a $300 bonus.
Make money fast through share ride companies like Uber or Lyft. In fact, there’s a promotion where new Lyft drivers can earn a $300 sign-up bonus after completing 100 rides within 30 days.
How much extra money you make depends on how many hours you drive, your car insurance, the cost of gas in your city, and how far you go. Make sure to sit down and analyze those factors to see whether you will benefit from this side hustle.
One of my tenants is a part-time Uber driver and he tells me that he enjoys making extra money from this side hustle on top of his school work and a 9-5 job. He also says he enjoys meeting new people and treats it as a networking opportunity.
8. Rent out your car on Turo.
In addition to renting out your extra space on Airbnb (like what I mentioned above), you can also rent out your car on Turo to make extra money. When combined, you can definitely earn more than $100 a day. In fact, depending on the make of your car, you could even make $100 a day alone on Turo. Read how this man gets paid for driving his Telsa by renting it for about $100 a day.
Want to learn more and make extra money fast? Here are some quick facts about Turo on their website:
– Available in more than 4,500 cities
– Pick up at over 300 airports
– Over 800 car makes and models
– An average owner earns $720 per month
– An owner with three cars earns an average of $3,000+ per month
– Turo gives you a $1 million in liability insurance and they cover for physical damage to the car
9. Make money fast by flipping furniture.
I always mention this and I’ll mention it again.
I absolutely LOVE getting creative when it comes to home decor and furniture!
Did you know that you can make an extra $100 to $500 just from a piece of furniture that nobody wants? All you have to do is unleash your creativity by adding value to the piece.
I’ve earned on average $100 to $150 on smaller pieces such as nightstands and coffee tables. Yes, you can finish these small pieces in less than a day.
If you flip larger pieces such as chest drawers and dining tables, you can sell faster and at higher prices too!
See one of my past projects below.
💡❄️ PRO TIP: For the holiday season, you can add a bit of Christmas flare to your furniture pieces by using colors like gold, red or pastel green. Even when you are staging for your pictures, you can add Christmas decorations to make it feel more like a holiday piece when you’re selling it during the season. For example, something like this I found I Pinterest. 🙂
10. Flip almost anything for a profit.
Speaking of flipping furniture, you can also flip other things (big or small) for extra money before Christmas.
Do you have an eye for treasure? Are you interested in searching for arbitrage opportunities to make extra money?
If so, you can shop at thrift shops, online, garage sales or even retail stores at their clearance racks to buy low and sell high. This is such a creative side hustle to make extra money before Christmas!
In fact, Melissa and Rob from Flea Market Flippers can help you make extra money and reach your fullest potential! They went from earning $43,000 per year to over $100,000 per year and they can help you get started.
11. Get paid to exercise.
I know this sounds too good to be true, but it’s not! You can seriously get paid to lose weight!!
Many people will wait until the New Year to start their fitness routine and end up failing. Why do that when you can start motivating yourself to get in shape beforehand?
With HealthyWage, you place a bet on how much weight you’re going to lose. As long as you set realistic goals and lose the amount of weight that you say you would, you will win and make money! More money equals more savings towards your Christmas fund!
According to HealthyWage, studies found that financial incentives enhance your weight loss success, making dieters more likely to lose weight.
12. Trade-in or sell your electronics, books, and DVDs.
With Amazon’s Trade-In Program, you can sell your used items for an Amazon gift card. What an awesome way to score a gift card for yourself or as a gift to someone!
Click here to trade in your old stuff for an Amazon gift card.
Alternatively, you can sell your old electronics through Gazelle and get cash back. If your old Apple or Android devices are collecting dust, then this is the perfect opportunity for you to turn them into cash for Christmas shopping!
They are easy, hassle-free, and quick! To date, Gazelle has paid out over $200 million to their customers and they have a 9.5/10 score on ResellerRatings! Oh yeah, before I forget… you also receive $10 for every friend you refer. Another perfect opportunity for you to make extra money for Christmas! 🙂
Who knows, you might have hundreds or thousands of dollars worth of old electronics that you’re not aware of. 😉
13. Sell your used clothing.
This is one of my favorite ways to earn extra cash, especially when Christmas is near. I usually take a look at my wardrobe to see what I haven’t touched for at least a year. I would then take a picture and put those items online for sale. You can also look into selling handbags, accessories, scarves, and gloves. For example, I received a pair of Coach gloves as a gift and only wore them a couple of times. Since they were in brand-new condition with the original box, I was able to sell them for $50. That was an easy $50 towards my Christmas fund!
Here are a few platforms I recommend using:
14. Get paid to walk dogs via Rover.
If you enjoy playing with dogs, pet sitting makes the perfect side hustle for those who want to make extra money for the holiday.
Whether you’re a college student, stay-at-home parent or earning a full-time income from your 9-5, you can create your own working schedule and earn fast cash with Rover.
How much you make will depend on how many hours you want to put in. According to this CNBC article, a woman from NYC grossed over $100,000 in one year, but after working less, she still earned over $60,000.
Excited about pet sitting, dog walking, or doggy daycare to make extra money?
15. Make extra money online.
You can make extra money by doing the things you normally do online. This includes surfing the web, sharing your opinion, watching videos, playing games, and Christmas shopping! These programs are all free to join and you can make $100 to $500 per month which makes a great way to build your Christmas fund.
I personally use all of these programs and I highly recommend you to join them!
Ebates – you can earn up to 40% cash back on your online purchases at your favorite stores. There are over 2,500 stores including Macy’s, Target, Walmart, TJ Maxx, and so much more! Click here to check them out and grab your $10 bonus. Canada, click here for your $5 bonus.
Swagbucks – earn FREE cash or gift cards by surfing the web, doing surveys, and watching videos. Members have been paid out over $200,000,000 to date! Get your $5 bonus here just for signing up.
American Consumer Opinion – This survey site has over 6,000,000 members worldwide and they pay you for giving your opinion online. Signing up is free and takes less than 5 seconds! Click here to sign up.
Inbox Dollars – Get paid to complete surveys, shop, and participate in other online activities. Click here to receive $5 bonus just for joining. Canada, click here to grab your $5 bonus from DailyRewards.
16. Look for one-time gigs for fast cash.
Since it’s still August as I’m writing this, you can offer your skills and services for extra cash before Christmas. A lot of these side gigs are typically one time and the best part is you get paid immediately once you complete the job.
You can often find these one-time gigs on Craigslist or Kijiji (Canada):
– mow the lawn
– rake the leaves
– shovel snow
– painting services
– assemble IKEA furniture (no kidding, I’ve seen this!)
– house cleaning
There are so much more and the opportunities are endless! You just need to make the effort to hunt for them! These are all easy one-time side hustles that can help you extra money for your Christmas spending!
17. Work for your favorite retail store to make extra money for Christmas.
With holiday seasons approaching, you might want to find a part-time or seasonal job to earn some extra money for Christmas.
Companies start hiring in the summer because they know that their busiest months are approaching and they need your help to serve their customers. According to this article, major retailers are already hiring seasonal workers. This is what I pulled from the article:
“We are hiring seasonal associates earlier than ever to ensure our teams are fully staffed, trained and ready to support peak shopping seasons,” Ryan Festerling, executive vice president of human resources at Kohl’s, said in a statement.
A major benefit of working part-time, other than making extra money, are the perks you receive as an employee. For example, you can do some Christmas shopping with your employee discount hence saving you some money!
With that said, it’s definitely worth applying if you want to earn some extra money for the holiday season!
Over to you — are you ready to make extra money for the Christmas holiday? What side hustles do you plan to take on?
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