Easy Ways to Make Extra Holiday Cash
The holidays are an expensive time of year for almost everyone. If you haven’t budgeted, chances are you're likely to add on to your credit card debt or dip into money set aside for monthly expenses. Don't worry! There’s still time to make some extra cash or cut back on unnecessary purchases.
Sell Unwanted Items
Planning to upgrade your phone, laptop, game consoles or other items? Think about selling the ones you don’t use. If they're sitting in a drawer or in your closet, sell them. You can go to Gazelle.com, GameStop.com, NextWorth.com, and uSell. Gently worn clothing and used furniture can be sold. List the items for sale on Craigslist or find a consignment store in your area with good foot traffic.
Search For Unclaimed Property
There is an abundance of unclaimed property from the IRS, state, insurance refunds, utility deposits, and more. Go to www.naupa.org or www.missingmoney.com to see if there is money waiting for you to claim it!
Redeem Rewards Points
Now is a great time to redeem points on your credit cards. Redeem them for cash or get retailer-specific gift cards to give as gifts!
Become a Tutor
Do you have a special skill that you can use to help others? Math, science, and writing tutors are always needed. Are you a musician or an artist? Why not share your passion with others? You can advertise your services on social media, at schools, on campus, and on community billboards. Also check out websites like Wyzant or Tutor.com.
Dog Walking or Pet Sitting
If you’re an animal lover, this is a great way to earn extra money and get some exercise. Busy professionals don’t always have time to walk their dogs and may be leaving town for the holidays. You can advertise your services at veterinarians’ offices, Craigslist, or on social media.
It you love kids, this is a perfect time of year to help out busy parents. Again, you can advertise your services on community bulletin boards, social media, or online at Care.com or Sittercity.
If you know a lot about your city, you could profit by giving guided tours. Out-of-towners love to explore places the locals love instead of just the busy touristy places. You’ll be able to tell a unique story about your city's art, museums, and restaurants. A great place to advertise your services is Vayable.
Sell Your Creations
If you make arts, crafts, knit, crochet, paint, etc., then this is a great time of year to sell your creations at local craft shows. People are always looking for unique and homemade gifts. You can also sell your items on Etsy or Zazzle.
I hope one or some of these ideas help you make extra Holiday cash. Now is also a great time to plan ahead for next year. You can do this by setting up an automatic holiday savings account. This is a really easy strategy and will get you in the habit of having a certain percentage taken out automatically for savings.