Everyone’s looking for a little change to pad their pockets this time of year. Whether you’re looking for extra money to buy that great Christmas gift for your family member, or you’re trying to whip up a fabulous Thanksgiving meal, a little extra money can’t hurt. But, how do you go about finding spare change to make this holiday season a little less tight? Don’t worry, no matter how much or how little time you have, there’s plenty of ways to make things work.
Clean Out Your Closet
Chances are, you’re probably going to either buy more clothes during all the sales, or you’re going to get some clothes as a gift from someone. Make some room in your closet and some extra cash by going through your closet and getting rid of clothes that are wearing out, that you don’t actually like or wear, or that don’t fit anymore, and sell them! You can get rid of them online through Ebay or even Amazon, or go to a local consignment store and sell them there. You’re bound to make a couple bucks this way.
Get Rid of Clutter
Just like your closet, your house could probably do with a little Holiday cleaning. Sweep through and take out items that you don’t want or need. What about that overstuffed chair that nobody ever sits in? That coffee table that’s just a clutter station? That second…or third…or fourth can opener in the back of your drawer? Pull all that out and sell it. Like your clothes, you can sell things on Ebay or Amazon or take them to a consignment store. If you have enough to sell, you could even host a garage sale.
Do Some Yard Work
Leaves are dropping off trees, summer furniture needs to be cleaned and put away, walks need to be swept, dormant gardens need to be weeded and mulched. Call up your friends or even your parents and see if they’re willing to pay you a couple bucks to take care of their garden for them! Or, scroll through Craigslist and see who needs help, and sign up for a job. This is an excellent way to make some cash this season.
Get a Seasonal Job
Retail companies everywhere are looking for seasonal help with their sales. If you’re good with people and don’t mind crowds, try applying for seasonal, part-time work at your mall, grocery store, or local retailer. The hours might be a little crazy, but this is one of the most effective ways to make a whole bunch of extra cash quickly. The best part? Stores usually give you a discount on their stock, meaning cheaper dinners, or cheaper Christmas gifts. It’s a win-win.
Deck the Halls
Some people don’t have the time or the desire to spend the effort on decorating their home for the holidays. Take advantage of this and hire yourself out to decorate people’s homes for them! Ask your friends and family if they’d like help, or check around online to see if there’s people in your area who are willing to pay you to get their home in holiday-worthy, tip-top shape. It’s a great weekend gig that can be kind of fun, if you let it.
Wrap Some Gifts
Just like decorating houses, some people don’t have the time, or would rather not bother to prettily wrap all the gifts they bought. If you’re great with wrapping paper, scissors, and ribbon, try and see if your friends and family need a helping hand. You can even do it while watching your favorite movies, so it’s probably the easiest way to make extra money ever.
Literally, go shopping. I’m not joking. This comes down to a time thing again. Some people literally don’t have the time, or they hate doing shopping themselves. Get a list from them and head to the nearest grocery or retail store, and get paid to do holiday shopping for other people! If you don’t have any friends or family who’ll bite, try looking around online. There’s usually at least one or two people in your area looking for a little help.
Thousands of people travel to visit their relatives over the holidays. If you’re a home-body and you love animals, then offer to pet-sit some furry pals over Thanksgiving and Christmas. You can make several hundred dollars a day doing this, which really contributes to the extra costs surrounding the season.