Four Ideas To Come Up With Some Extra Cash for the Holidays

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It may indeed be the most wonderful time of the year, but the holidays can quickly devolve into the most expensive time of the year as well when it’s time to start shopping for Christmas. Don’t let a tight budget at Christmastime squelch your generosity or turn you into a Scrooge. Consider these four ways to come up with a little extra holiday cash:

1. Sell Some Items You No Longer Want

Many of us have treasures sitting around the house that we neither want nor need. Around the holidays, you might be able to sell some of these items to get a little extra cash. Old jewelry and watches can, at times, be somewhat easy to sell, though you do want to make sure that you get a fair price for any jewelry you choose to sell. It’s also possible to sell items you have around the house that you may not use any longer on Craigslist or Ebay. So not only can you get a little money out of it, but you can also declutter as well. 🙂

2. Ghost Write

People everywhere are needing unique web content for their businesses. During the holidays, take on a little extra work and help others grow their online businesses. You can do this by signing up with one of the many web content companies online. These services provide content for a wide variety of client needs, and during the holidays there is always a lot of writing to be done.

3. Tutor Local Students

As the semester draws to a close, plenty of students are seeking to improve their grades. If you have a gift for instructing children or a talent in a particular academic field, do some tutoring to help pay those holiday bills. You might find a semi-permanent situation if a family wishes to help their children prepare for future academic success. Don’t limit your audience. Consider helping adults who need to learn basic computer skills or tutoring college and graduate students in areas where you have special insight or experience.

4. Pick up a Holiday Job

During the last few weeks of the year, many retailers and other businesses add extra staff to accommodate what is, especially for retail stores, the busiest few weeks of the year. Start by inquiring at your favorite stores as to whether or not they are hiring seasonal help. Pick the opportunity with the best pay or employee discount options. If you tend to buy a lot of product from a particular store for the holidays anyways, working there part time for a few weeks may provide such a significant discount on what you’d be buying anyways that it makes up for the lower pay rate that can come with many seasonal jobs.

Don’t stress about all the extra expense the holidays bring your way. Instead, look for opportunities to bring in a little extra cash this Christmas and carry it over to the New Year if you’re in a pinch. Getting rid of things you no longer want and need can help you earn the money to buy presents or get yourself something special. Writing web copy will provide you with a creative outlet as well as some extra money in your pocket. For an opportunity to earn money and do good, share your personal knowledge and teaching skills while tutoring. If it’s just a little too late for you to earn some extra money for this holiday season, put some of these methods to work and save what you make for next year so that you can have the kind of holiday shopping experience you want next time Christmas rolls around.


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John is the founder of Frugal Rules, a dad, husband and veteran of the financial services industry whose writing has been featured in Forbes, CNBC, Yahoo Finance and more.

Passionate about helping people learn from his mistakes, John shares financial tools and tips to help you enjoy the freedom that comes from living frugally. One of his favorite tools is Personal Capital , which he used to plan for retirement and keep track of his finances in less than 15 minutes each month.

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  • I’ve worked in retail during the holidays – long hours, many rude customers…it isn’t fun. The plus though is that the time goes by quickly because of how busy you are. And, now that I’ve done it, I appreciate what those workers do more than ever.

    • John says:

      I have as well Jon and will hopefully never go back to it. 🙂 I totally agree though that it makes me appreciate what many of them are going through in dealing with rude customers.

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