It's November 2nd. The holidays are quickly approaching, and the cost of travel, gifts, food, etc. seem to be looming like a dark cloud. It's common to feel overwhelmed with the expenses of the holiday season, in addition to our normal cost of living. If you're like most people, you might be searching for a way to make a little extra cash before the Thanksgiving and Christmas craziness hits. Today, I'm sharing 5 money making tips that you can do right now to bring in some extra money.
1. Sell old clothes/items online
Go through your closet (your kids' closets, your husband's closet, etc.) and gather some items that you haven't worn in a while, your kids have outgrown, clothing items you haven't just loved the last few times you've worn them. Make sure these pieces are still in good shape, free of stains, snags, or holes, and list them online on Facebook resale groups or Poshmark. Some resale shops will even pay you for some of your old clothes (check out Once Upon a Child for kids' clothing!). You can list furniture, toys, decor, appliances, etc. on Facebook Marketplace or sites like Offerup. You'll be surprised how much you can make in a short time!
2. Make and sell crafts
Hop on Pinterest and find some small crafts you can make and sell at your local farmer's market or from social media. Think unique ornaments, flower arrangements, hand-painted signs...the options are endless! A creative person can bring in quite a bit of cash from craft making and selling.
3. Babysitting or pet-sitting
During the holidays, parties and banquets are in abundance. Contact the parents in your local church and offer to watch their kids for Christmas parties or even shopping sprees for a little bit of cash. Good with animals? Check in with those leaving to go out of town for family events and see if you can watch their animals for a small fee.
4. Cashback offers
There are tons of apps that offer cash back when you scan your receipts (from anywhere). I personally use Fetch Rewards to scan my receipts after every purchase and earn points toward a variety of gift cards. The points add up quickly, and you can redeem them for gift cards or, from some apps, even cash.
5. Seasonal Job
You might also consider getting a part-time seasonal job around the holidays for some extra money. Sign up for Doordash or a grocery delivery service for a temporary position. Check out remote temporary positions that you can do in your spare time.
Thanksgiving and Christmas expenses can be expensive, but with a little work, you can have a little cash in hand to just relax and enjoy this beautiful season!