5 Realistic Ways to Make Extra Money for Christmas
It’s nearly that time of year again &, with Christmas fast approaching, I know it is a worrying time for many of us when it comes to being able to afford it. The cost of Christmas seems to increase each year & so I have been exploring different ways to give my bank balance a much-needed cash injection… Here are my top 5 ways to make extra money for Christmas, all of which are totally legitimate & simple to do.
1. Mystery Shopping
Yes, mystery shoppers are a real thing & yes, it does mean you get paid to shop! I’ve been a mystery shopper for years, visiting places from department stores to coffee shops. Not only do you get paid a fee to complete the shop, but you also get reimbursed for purchases. My favourite sites to sign up to are Market Force, Grassroots & Red WigWam. Payments are normally paid directly into your bank account 2-4 weeks later.
This is by far one of the easiest ways to earn some extra money. Complete surveys from the comfort of your sofa whilst watching TV! There are tons of survey sites out there to sign up to. All they require is for you to provide some details about yourself. They then match you to relevant market research surveys depending on the required demographics. My favourite sites are Prolific Academic & Global Test Market. Survey sites generally have a low payment threshold & so you will see the money before Christmas if you complete them regularly.
3. Short-Term Loan
If you don’t have time to put the extra effort into making some extra money, then a short-term loan may be the way to go. Taking out a cash loan is quick & easy & can leave you with a decent lump sum in your pocket in minimal time. However, please bear in mind that these sorts of loans have very high-interest rates, so it is vital that you understand the financial commitment you are making. If you know you are 100% able to meet each repayment on time, then something like this could help you out.
Cashback is a great way to make some money back everytime you make a purchase. My favourite sites for doing this are Quidco & TopCashback. With the toolbar installed, every time I go on a website that gives cash back, this is highlighted to me & I can then proceed to buy the item via the cashback website. Over the last few months, I’ve made over £50 from buying items online such as car breakdown cover & a pizza delivery!
5. Selling Sites
One of the most straightforward ways of making some extra cash is to sell your unused items. Not only will you make some money, but it will also give you some space back! I use eBay regularly & have the most success when I take plenty of clear photographs of items against a plain background. Writing in-depth descriptions is also a big bonus. Facebook Marketplace is also a great way to sell if you don’t want to have to worry about post & packaging as people will come to you to collect items. I have even been paid to drop items off before now so well worth giving it a go.
What are your top ways to make extra money for Christmas?
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