5 Ways to Make Money Christmas Shopping
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I hate going Christmas shopping. Heck, I hate shopping altogether, but I’ve accepted that it’s a part of life. It’s just something about fighting the masses and digging through the junk to find something of value that gets to me.
However, I like to find ways to turn things on their head so I can find value. With that in mind, I like to find ways to make money Christmas shopping. That’s right – making money Christmas shopping. Some of these ways might require a little more time than others, but if you do it right you can potentially come out of the Christmas season ahead as opposed to regretting the amount you spent.
Before I cover some of the ways to make money Christmas shopping I will mention that the wisest way to handle expenses like this is to plan for them. We budget for our Christmas expenses throughout the year so we have the money on hand when we need it as opposed to scrambling at the last minute.
I’ve not done personal shopping before, but have several family members who have done so. It can be a nice little money maker, especially if you’re efficient with your shopping time. You can charge either per hour or by the gig, though I’d tend to go with the per gig option as it could allow you to make more money in the long run.
This can be a nice little way to make money Christmas shopping because I know there are plenty of people like me who hate shopping. There are a variety of ways to get gigs doing this but have found that word of mouth tends to work best.
Use Credit Cards to Make Money Christmas Shopping
I know it seems counterintuitive, but if you work it right you can use your credit card to make some money during the Holiday season. We usually have a rewards credit card we’re churning at this point in the year so it makes sense to use our normal holiday spending to get cash back or fund a free trip.
If you’re a Chase Freedom holder, they have a special this quarter where all your Amazon purchases get you 5% cash back. There are other options to consider, it just depends on your situation. If you’re looking for other options along the lines of using a credit card to get some free travel or cash back you can get the Chase Sapphire Preferred which has a limited time only 50,000 Ultimate Rewards Points after meeting the minimum spend – not to mention a variety of other cards. You can find some of those rewards cards here.
If you’ve not done mystery shopping before the basic gist is retailers pay money for you to go to a store undercover and report back on your experience. The payout varies from just paying for the specific service to a significant amount so it’s pretty variable. However, with the season approaching it can be a nice way to make extra money before Christmas. If you can combine it with where you were going to go anyway then even better as you can kill two birds with one stone.
The nice thing about this option is that if you find that you enjoy it then it can be a nice way to make a little extra money throughout the year. The key to this though is being discerning so as to not waste time on jobs you may not get much back from.
Have you ever noticed that some stores give out receipts that are a mile long? I hate those and they’re just a waste of paper in nearly all cases. However, buried at the bottom of many of those receipts is a survey they want you to take. In many of those cases they’ll put you in some sort of drawing to win cash or a gift card.
Another option for surveys is taking them online. You won’t get rich quick on them, but it can be a nice way to make a little extra money during the holidays. Survey sites, such as Opinion Outpost, ProOpinion, Swagbucks, Harris Poll, Survery Junkie, RewardTV, Ebates, Opinion Outpost Canada, Mobile Xpression, Harris Poll Canada, Pinecone Research Canada and Nielsen Homescan Canada allow you to get $5 cash back just by signing up. You earn more through either taking surveys or shopping through their online portals.
Selling Items on Ebay
We’ve sold a handful of items on Ebay in the past and made a little money doing so. If you have the time and can spot some deals you can make money Christmas shopping by snapping up the deal and selling the item on Ebay to make a profit. Just remember you do risk not being able to sell such items.
The key to remember in this is some stores will limit the number items you can purchase. I’ve heard this about Target and we saw it when we were at Disneyland last year. They were limiting sale of a certain Frozen doll, to five per person as they didn’t want people to buy them out and sell them for a profit. That aside, if you’re willing to put in the time and effort it you can make money Christmas shopping with this method.
What are some other ways you can think of to make money Christmas shopping? Do you set a Christmas shopping budget? Would you ever pay someone to shop for you?