Tis the season to be jolly…..and if you’re like a lot of Americans, rack up some holiday credit card debt.
A November 17, 2017 report by CNBC mentions that almost half of people who charged Christmas to their credit cards last year still haven’t paid it off yet, almost a year later. Yikes!
This year, Americans are projected to plunk down an average of about $660 for gifts.
If the idea of starting the new year with more debt makes you cringe, you aren’t alone. We love Christmas, but we’re not digging the debt.
The good news is that you don’t necessarily need to cut back on Christmas…you just need to create some extra cash flow. How awesome would that be?!
Luckily, in the age of the Internet, making money – and spending it! – has never been easier. Santa’s got a list, and so do we, although we’re kind of biased and we think our list might be a little bit better than St. Nick’s.
Our list is a list of ways you can generate some quick Christmas cash this holiday season.
No, we aren’t going to tell you to stop eating avocado toast or chuck your iPhone. We’re going to give you a list of ways you can easily make some moolah.
Ready? Here we go!
1. Have a (Virtual) Yard Sale.
Let’s be honest. We’ve all got a ton of stuff lying around that we aren’t using, so be it toys, DVDs, books, household appliances, or whatever miscellaneous odds and ends you have stashed in drawers, in the back of your closets, and camped out in the garage. You can de-clutter your home and make some extra cash by having a yard sale.
If a yard sale isn’t your thing, you can quickly and easily slang your stuff on eBay, Amazon, Facebook Marketplace, or apps like OfferUp.
You’d be surprised how much you can earn on things that were just lying around collecting dust!
2. Clean Out Your Closet!
Are you really going to wear that kind of awful Christmas sweater Aunt Karen gave you last year? Or those jeans you swore you’d get back in for the last two years that still don’t fit? Or those heels that you bought because they were cute, but can’t wear more than an hour? Probs not.
So why not gather up all your gently-used items and head to a Plato’s Closet or similar store? They pay cold, hard cash for your gently used clothing, shoes, and accessories.
A general rule of thumb is if you haven’t used it or worn it in a year, set it aside for someone who will.
Don’t forget to clean out mini-me’s closet, too. You can head to Once Upon a Child and sell kids gear for some extra dough.
3. Get Paid to Buy Groceries. (Even Beer Counts!)
Yes, this is a real thing. Apps like Ibotta give you cash back on tons of brands at tons of stores – you can even get cash back for things you purchase on Amazon. As a bonus, you’ll get $10 just for signing up and redeeming your first offer. They can also pay out via PayPal, so you can cash out quick. Sign up here; it only takes a minute!
4. Drive for Uber/Lyft.
If you’ve got a few spare hours and a car, you can make some extra money driving for Uber or Lyft . The holiday time is likely a prime time to pick up passengers, with all the holiday travel, events, and parties – and the subsequent need for designated drivers. Word on the street is that some companies even have some generous sign on bonuses available. Here’s a $10 credit to sign up with Lyft!
5. Earn Cash Back on Everyday Stuff.
There’s a nifty little app called Dosh that automatically gives you cash back for purchases at over 100,000 hotels, restaurants, and online stores; places you probably actually frequent quite often, like Chuck E. Cheese’s, Target, Nike and more.
The app links to your credit or debit card, watches your purchases, and gives you cash back as you spend. Absolute magic. I earned almost $10 in less than five minutes just by linking my cards.
If you’re traveling, you can bolster your account with a $25 bonus for booking your hotel via the app.
You can cash out via PayPal or to your bank account. Why not get paid for stuff you’re already doing?!
6.Use Your Facebook Stalking Skills For Something Productive.
Just kidding, we know you aren’t a Facebook stalker. But seriously, now you can put your web sleuthing skills to good use to earn some extra money.
There’s an online company that does research for customers; it’s called Wonder. Some of Wonder’s big clients are HP, Johnson & Johnson, and other big-name brands you’ve likely heard of.
So check this out: Wonder is actively hiring web researchers. Wonder advertises that its top researchers earn about $15 to $25 an hour.
You’ll set your own schedule and work as little or as much as you want, from the comfort of your own home. If you’ve got some spare time and an Internet connection, and like doing research, it’s an easy breezy way to earn some extra bucks.
You can apply here.
7. Put the Pen to the Paper…Err, Web Page.
Fancy yourself a writer? If you can write a quality blog post, there are sites that pay over $100 per post. Yes, you read that right — $100 or more per post. You can check the list out here.
If you’ve got a niche – baking, gaming, tech, weddings, fitness, health, nutrition, whatever — you can hit up problogger.com for job listings.
8. Donate Plasma. (And Save Lives!)
Yes, we said it. In all honesty, plasma donation is a gift that gives back – you’ll earn some extra cash (it can even be in the hundreds), and you’ll also be saving lives. How’s that for the holiday spirit during the season of giving?
Google plasma centers near you to learn more.
9. Share Your Opinions.
You probably do this for free on social media all the time anyway. Why not get paid for it?!
While there are several sites that seem kind of scammy, there are also some legit moneymaking opportunities out there if you know where to go.
Our favorites picks are: Survey Junkie, which pays you via PayPal; Pinecone Research, also pays via PayPal; and Inbox Dollars, where you can earn money for taking surveys, watching TV, or buying things online. You’ll get $5 just for signing up. How easy is that?! Additional Survey Option: Survey Voices
10. Shop Til You Drop.
The Internet has 110% changed the way we shop. Amazon Prime spoiled us with its readily available inventory and two day shipping, and because the Internet is the home of the latest, greatest, and fastest innovations, InstaCart was born.
InstaCart basically lets people shop their local grocery stores, like Publix, online, and have their groceries delivered – and you can sign up to be a shopper and/or deliver groceries.
You can work as much or as little as you want. Apply here.
11. Start a Home-Based Business.
If you’ve read about Millionaire Mom Society, you’ll know that we’re in existence to empower entrepreneurs with tools and resources to start, grow, and scale up their businesses, control their schedules, and control their income– specifically, people who want to work from home, online. We’ve got several options available for people who are seriously interested in working from home or just making some extra cash. There are marketing opportunities, trading opportunities, and even Bitcoin opportunities – you can check it all out here. There’s no experience necessary, and you can change your life with just a few clicks. Change is seriously only a click away!
Sharing is Caring!
Like we said, Santa’s got his list and he’s checking it twice – but you should probably revisit ours more than that. While other people are packing on the dreaded holiday pounds and shrinking their wallets this holiday season, you can be fattening up your wallet thanks to our income-generating secrets. How’s that for a secret Santa?!
Drop a comment below and let us know what method you’ll be trying out first – and how you’ll be spending your cash!
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