If you are scrambling to come up with extra money during the holiday season, I have a few ideas for you.
Or if you are reading this after the holiday season and feel the pinch of the extra expense, these ideas will help too.
But for next year, instead of scrambling for a way to come up with more money, fit the holiday season into the budget with these tips.
Yep, it’s time to sell your stuff. Really take a look at everything from gadgets, clothing, toys, furniture and see what you aren’t using. Then, list it online and get some instant cash for it.
Facebook marketplace is a popular way to sell stuff without having a yard sale. But, of course, a yard sale is a traditional route to go for tips to sell your stuff. Read this.
Everyone loves using Rakuten ( formerly Ebates) to get cashback when shopping online, but you can make some instant cash if you use the referral program. Use your social media channels to share the referral link.
You can sign up with my referral here and get $30 free to shop.
BJ’s Membership Referral
As you can see, I love referrals, and if you are a BJ’s member, you can refer friends and get a $35 BJs bucks card. That could be a couple of gifts right there. However, this is one of my favorites because the person signing up with your referral gets a $35 BJs bucks card, and you do too.
Wondering if BJs is even worth shopping at? It checks out our must-haves here.
Amazon Trade In Program
Amazon’s trade-in program covers almost everything from old phones to DVDs, gaming systems, and more. And if for some reason, they don’t like what you sent them, you’ll get it back and shipped for free.
Go on a Spending Freeze
You won’t be making extra cash; you’ll be saving, which will give you a little room in your budget. So the best thing you can do during the holidays is to budget your money. Try this free Family Budget planner here. It’s a Google Doc, so you can type in whatever items fit your family.
No need to print and fill out.
I know my handwriting is terrible, and I don’t have time to write it all out. But, we went on a spending freeze for six months, and it helped so much.
Drive for Uber or Instacart Grub Hub
Signing up for one of these programs is pretty quick and easy. The best part is making your own schedule and working as little or as much as possible. And if you don’t want to continue after the holidays, no problem.
Offer to Pet Sit
I know not as many people are traveling now, BUT plenty of people still want to get away just closer to home. So use your social media channels to your advantage and offer to pet/house sit.
Out here in the country, it’s nice to know we have someone to help us out with the animals. It may not be a ton of money, but it’s something, and if you love animals, it’s a win-win.
Become an extreme couponer. Yep. It will save you money, and you may start learning how to hunt deals so well, you’ll find gifts for FREE for others. Saving money is my favorite thing to do.
Here are some quick free resources for learning how to coupon.
Are you already a seasoned couponer? Then, offer to shop for your friends and charge them a flat rate.
I love using Thredup. You could even gift someone a Goodybox! But this is a great site where you can sell your clothes and buy used clothes for less.
The site also has a referral program where you earn $10 for every friend who signs up and purchases with your link. That $10 could be a FREE shirt, purse, shoes, etc.
They have a nice selection of clearance items as well. Suppose you refer two friends you just earned $20 to shop. If you have teenage girls, this would be a fun gift idea for them.
Check out my reviews on the Goody boxes here.
More Gift Guides:
- 10 Frugal Gift Ideas for Kids Who Have Everything
- 5 Unique Gift Ideas for Dads
- 5 Caring Gift Ideas for Teachers This Year
- Gifts to Give your Furry Friend for Christmas
- 20 of the Best Home Gift Ideas
I hope this helps inspire you to bring in extra cash or save cash in other ways.