10 tips to earn extra money for Christmas this year – Komando

Is there anything better than the holidays? Food, family, and gifts. What more could you want? Tap or click here for creative ways to include your pet in this year’s holiday cards.

As with anything in life, these things all come at a cost. That’s why we’re here to share ways to make this holiday season one your family and friends will never forget.

Can you earn more money for Christmas this year? Absolutely. Here’s how. This tip is brought to you by our sponsor, LinkedIn.

1. Sell stuff you don’t use

Old smartphones, appliances and other electronics are likely sitting in your home. Why not capitalize by selling them online? Toys, games, books, and clothing can all be turned sold, in some cases for a handsome fee.

Decluttr is one app we love for selling old junk online, but you can use anything from Facebook Marketplace to Craigslist. Tap or click here for apps and sites better than Craigslist.

2. Find odd jobs

Craigslist is a veritable treasure trove of fast, easy work. You can find recurring gigs, like on any other site specializing in side gigs and temporary hustles.

If you’ve got skills, you may as well put them to use, especially if you need more cash for the holidays. Straightforward jobs like landscaping coexist alongside more advanced gigs like data entry and child care. Scope it out and see what you can land.

3. Drive part-time for Uber or Lyft

This one is truly a millennial move. Share your ride with others, and you’ll be able to earn a decent amount of holiday money on the side.

The same goes for food and grocery delivery. A courier’s schedule is flexible, so you can flip on the app whenever you have spare time. Why not? It’s easy, and you only need a smartphone, car and bank account.

4. Charge scooters

Those living in a big city can earn a passive income by finding abandoned Bird scooters and charging them at home or using authorized public equipment.

Signing up is often as simple as filling out a quick form on the company’s site. Bird and Lime are two significant players in this industry, but other brands may offer similar compensation.

5. Use cashback and coupon apps

Services like Honey and Ibotta won’t put more money in your pocket, but they can help you save when shopping for necessities in-store and online.

Any membership that saves you money on the things you need should be utilized to the fullest extent. Your local grocery store likely offers a bonus club and digital coupons. Inquire within and start saving today.

6. Take surveys online

Consumer surveys usually offer nominal rewards with each successful submission. Sometimes, the gift will be cash. Other times, you might get something like an Amazon gift card.

Mystery shopping, product testing, and medical research groups fall under this category. These activities take little time and the extra money will start to stack up.

7. Shop at the correct times

Sometimes, you might be able to save on Christmas gifts simply by buying them when prices are lowest. Big sales and promotions come and go, so make your move when you can.

Black Friday is obvious, but waiting longer may be best in some cases. Do some research and remember when you see a price dip. Then, plan the following year’s shopping accordingly.

8. Walk dogs

If your region’s seasonal climate allows for it, dog-walking is one fun and relaxing way to earn on the side. Pet-sitting works, too. Care.com and Wag! are reputable and usually full of pet owners in need in urban or suburban areas. If you love animals, this is one of the best ways to earn money for the holidays.

9. Save year-round for the holidays

Saving a little at a time is a much more reasonable goal than earning a huge chunk of cash at the end of the year. 

Use things like envelope systems, saving goals, and financial apps to track how much you can stash each week. You’ll be able to save plenty if you begin in January. Drops in the bucket can add up over time.

10. Sell some blood

And, when you’ve genuinely run out of viable options, there’s always one final option: selling your blood. Anything for the family, right?

We kid, but selling plasma is one of the fastest ways to grab extra holiday cash with zero effort. Plus, you’ll be helping somebody on the other side. How’s that for some feel-good Christmas cheer?

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