During the holiday shopping season, many of us find ourselves spending more than we expected. As a result, it’s common to look for ways to offset some of that spending by earning a little extra money at this time of year.
While you could get a seasonal job to work on top of your day job, or you could jump through hoops associated with getting a rebate, there are some easier ways to make extra money this holiday season.
Here are 5 easy ways to make extra money before Christmas:
1. Donate Plasma
My brother-in-law goes down to the blood bank and donates plasma twice a week. Depending on where you live, you can receive between $25 and $50 for each donation. You can go twice in a seven day period, as long as there are two days between each donation. This doesn’t take very long, and it can be a quick way to make a few dollars.
If you start now, you can get in about six donations between now and Christmas. That would equate to a total between $150 and $300, depending on what the local rate is. Not to mention the fact that you’ll be giving your karma a boost with the good deed!
2. Sell Some of Your Old Stuff
Go through your attic or basement and look for stuff you aren’t using anymore. We found some old Hallmark holiday ornaments we no longer care for, as well as a number of other items that we never use. You can sell your things on eBay, or you can sell it through the classifieds (local online classifieds work best). Or, if the weather isn’t too bad, you could even hold a yard sale. What you end up with depends on what you sell, but a neighbor recently brought in $350 by selling her unwanted items.
You can also consider selling some of your old jewelry. Just be careful of where you go to sell gold or silver, as you want the best possible price.
If you have a few minutes, you can perform relatively simple work for $5 a pop on the website Fiverr. The tasks aren’t too difficult, and it can be a good way to get a little extra cash. It’s not a ton, but it can start to add up if you get enough jobs. Just make sure that you don’t start spending too much of your precious time on these little tasks.
4. Yahoo! Voices
Do you write? While you can make money as a professional blogger, or off your own web site, it takes time to establish yourself and actually start making money. If you’re looking for some quick cash, consider Yahoo! Voices.
After signing up, you can submit your writing. If you submit for immediate payment, you can get between $5 and $25 (or more!) for your posts, depending on the timeliness and quality of your work. Plus, you receive extra payments based on pageviews — so, you could keep getting paid even after you stop writing articles.
5. Mystery Shopping
If you are careful, you can combine your love of shopping with your desire to earn money. My mom and my sister have both had success as mystery shoppers. If you make sure you’re working with a reputable company, and there is work in your area, this can be a good way to earn a couple hundred bucks before Christmas.
Do you have any other easy ways of earning extra money before Christmas?