5 Ways to Earn Extra Cash for Holiday Shopping

Written By Jeff Hindenach
Last updated January 27, 2021

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October 23, 2016

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The holidays can be expensive, especially if you have a lot of presents to buy. Instead of going into debt for another year, why not try to make some extra cash for the holidays. It doesn’t matter if you just need a little help or a lot, there are countless ways to make a little extra during the season, even if you are working full time. Here are some of the best ways to make a little extra holiday shopping cash:

Retails stores get really busy around the holidays, so they are always looking for extra help during the season. Just walk through your local mall and you’ll come face-to-face with endless “Help Wanted” signs. Even if you have a 9-5 job, many retail stores are willing to work around your schedule, especially since most people will be shopping at night and on the weekends. As a bonus, if you find a place that you really enjoy working at, you could be invited back for next year’s holiday season.

Do you have an old drawer full of mobile phones and iPods? Sell them for some extra money. Companies like uSell will take your old phone or electronics and give you money in exchange. They will ask you a few questions via their website about your device and then quote you a price. They will send a box with free shipping for you to send the device to them, and then you can either get a check sent back or have money directly deposited into your bank account. Check out what devices uSell will give you cash for here.

Ask your boss if you can put in some extra time to earn some extra cash for the holidays. The holiday season tends to be busy for most companies, since it is not only a huge shopping season, but also the end of the year, which means many companies are trying to hit their numbers for the year. And volunteering for extra work will not only give you some extra cash, but also extra bonus points with your boss.

An easy way to earn some extra cash is to open a little side business during the holidays. If you are good with kids, open a weekend daycare for parents who want to do their holiday shopping. If you are good at baking, offer to make Christmas cookies or holiday-themed goodies for businesses or even friends. If you have a gift for crafts, you can make holiday cards or ornaments and sell them to friends, at craft shows or on Etsy. Putting hobbies or extra skills to work is a great way to scare up some extra cash.

Have old clothes or household items you don’t use any more? Trade them in for holiday presents. If it’s not too cold out, hold a garage sale. It could be a great place for neighbors to find presents of their own. Or you can go to a consignment store. Sell your old junk and use the credit you get to buy new gifts for your friends and family.

About the Author

Jeff Hindenach

Jeff Hindenach is the co-founder of Simple. Thrifty. Living. He graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism. He has a long history of financial journalism, with a background writing for newspapers such as the San Jose Mercury News and San Francisco Examiner, as well as writing on personal finance for The Huffington Post, New York Times, Business Insider, CNBC, Newsday and The Street. He believes in giving readers the tools they need to get out of debt.

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