The end of the year brings many beautiful things: time with family and friends, fun evenings, positive goals for the new year and perhaps even moments of rest. The end of the year also comes with a higher price. Studies show that Americans spend more in December than any other month of the year. The cost of food, decoration, travel, gifts and more are added together.
While the first step in your holiday spending plan should include a budget, adding a small cushion can help alleviate the stress and make sure you are not yet questioned by your budget in January. Whether you need a little extra money to pay for your winter bills or you want to get ahead of the tax season, we offer you great opportunities to get the extra funds you need During the holiday season.
Find a seasonal position
When expenses increase, the demand for staff to help increases. This is why many large retailers will hire for a small window leading to the holidays and slightly afterwards. Even if you have a regular full-time role, a few hours here and there for a month or two can really make a big difference in your budget. If your schedule is a little tight, there is also work at home. With the influx of sales also comes the need for additional representatives of customer service. Read this article to learn more about the customer service jobs you can do at home during the holiday season.
Cash Rebate Programs
Although savings on coupons and promotional codes are enjoyable, they are not always available or applicable to all items of your purchase. But what would happen if you could get real money on your purchases already planned? This is where sites like Ebates are really useful. The stores pay Ebates a commission for sending customers to their sites, then Ebates shares the Commission with their customers in the form of a cash rebate. The best part? You have probably already made your holiday shopping on these sites. Get money from popular stores like Macy’s, Walmart, Overstock, Sephora and more. Don’t let the savings stop there-you can also use Ebates on travel websites like Expedia and Hertz so you can earn money on your vacation trip. Visit the Ebates website for more information.
This time of year brings a lot of travel, and although many people would like to bring their furry family members with them, sometimes this is simply not possible. If you are an animal lover, this is a great opportunity! Pet offer sit for friends during their absence or even just a walk if they are gone for several hours. If you have no friends with pets, sign up for animal care services like Rover. You can set your pet sitting rate overnight or by walking rate.
Optimize your car for profit
Cars can cost a ton-with repairs, maintenance, insurance and registration, costs are added (and can be particularly painful if any of these costs occur during the holidays). The good news is that there are options available to help you make money with your car!
You’re probably familiar with carpooling companies like Tuber and Lyft. While this is two great ways to earn money with a flexible schedule, it means sacrificing your free time to earn money. If you are on a tight schedule, check out a new start-up called Getaround. This new service is very similar to Airborne, except that you rent your car for certain periods (from a few hours to a few days). Check to see if it’s available in your area.
Since December is the most important month for spending, this is also the most important month for sale! Collect things you no longer use or want and unload them. You can use typical sites like Craigslist or Ebay, but if you are looking to sell more niche items, choose from the list below:
Clothing: Plato’s Closet, Poshmark, ThredUP
Electronics: Gazelle, Nextworth, Best Buy Trade-In
Books: Powell, book Scouter, BookFinder
DVD/CD: Decluttr, Ziffit, FYE Trade-In
Rent your House
If you are traveling and on vacation, why not make extra money from your empty home? Rent your space to others who need it through sites like AIRBORNE. You can set your own price and enjoy the high demand time windows that can save you a lot of money! If you plan to stay during the holiday season, consider organizing a AIRBORNE experience, where you can be paid to organize unique experiences that attract tourists. These include things like yoga, live music, fishing and more! This is a great way to meet new people and use a skill that you already have.