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If you need to make some money fast to pay for all those presents, food and days out then these 5 ridiculously easy ways to make extra money for Christmas are for you!  I know it's still weeks away (10 to be precise) but many people will already be panicking about how to afford all those presents, decorations and days out.  Here's how to earn some extra money before Christmas.


Christmas can become a time to dread when money is tight so just how can you afford a nice Christmas when you're already having trouble making ends meet?  There are ways to make Christmas debt-free and even come out the other side with money in your pocket!

Make It Easy on Yourself

Can I just say first of all that there is absolutely no point getting into debt because of Christmas.  Your kids want one thing: you.  Spend lots of time together doing things that are cheap or free and forget about all the expensive gifts, piles of food and all the rest of it.

If you're on the breadline but you still want a pile of presents round the tree for the kids take £20 to the biggest pound shop near you and get all the children's gifts you need + wrapping paper.  Some judicious buying now will set you up for a great Christmas without all the stress and expense. In which case any extra money you make from the tips below can go towards every day expenses, a bill or into savings.

See also: 15 Festive Things to Do for FREE This Christmas


How to Make Extra Money for Christmas

If you are doing OK financially but want to make some extra cash for all those Christmas treats, gifts and days out, now is the time to start.  Paying for Christmas can be very stressful, but with a little planning, you CAN afford to put presents under your tree, a feast on your table and get to see Father Christmas and a panto!

If you start making some extra money now you can sail through to New Year debt-free and without dreading the thunk of those post-Christmas bills on the door mat.  Imagine that, debt-free Christmas spending!  And it really is possible, I promise.


Here are 5 quick and easy ways to start making money for Christmas:

1. Have a Clear Out

Go through your home room by room and have a radical declutter.  As you do so have a big pre-Christmas clean and make sure your home is clutter-free, organised and calm.  Things to look at particularly are toys, autumn winter clothes, coats and boots, toiletry gift sets and perfume, and decorative items that people will want to re-gift.

Then book a table at your local table top sale, head out early the next weekend to a car boot sale (the hard standing ones usually go on all year round), or have a garage or yard sale.  If you have more time on your hands, and for more valuable items, list them on eBay, Gumtree, Craigslist in the US, Facebook Marketplace or your local Facebook selling pages.

This is a win-win situation as you get rid of unwanted items, make some space and make some money all at the same time!


2. Get Cashback on Your Spending

The run up to Christmas is the biggest shopping period of the year, which makes it the perfect time to sign up to cashback sites to get money back when you spend.  Yep, you can get cash back in your bank account just for shopping!

If you go through one of the cashback sites like Quidco or TopCashback you get cashback on the shopping you were going to do anyway.  Both of these sites have a whole host of retailers, just search for the one you want then click through to the site and shop as usual.  Then a percentage of your purchase is deposited into your account ready to be transferred back to your bank.  Such a simple way to make some money back!

You'll even get a Tesco gift card if you sign up to TopCashback through this link!

And sign up to Quidco here to get £10 in your account straight away!


3. Do Surveys in Front of the TV

If you're like the rest of us and collapse in front of the TV for an hour or so every night after the kids finally get to bed then taking surveys is an easy way to make some money.  You won't be an overnight millionaire but it's an easy and fairly quick way to make £100 or more.

The only site we recommend is YouGov because the surveys are far shorter than most other sites and pay better, plus they are fairly regular so you will get to the £50 pay out quite quickly.


4. Set Up a Side Hustle

Are you super talented at gift wrapping, decorating Christmas trees, making gift baskets or putting up outdoor decorations?  Most people dread these tasks and would be quite happy to outsource the things they lose patience with or lack talent for.  Market your services to neighbours, friends and family.  You might be pleasantly surprised at how many people would love this extra help over the holidays.

This is also a great one for teens who are looking to make some extra money.  You might not want them up ladders but they or you can rake leaves, tidy gardens for winter, clean houses ahead of Christmas parties, run errands, babysit kids or become a personal shopper.

If you have great computer or organising skills you can find plenty of extra work online too.  Many bloggers and small online businesses are crying out for someone amazing who can answer emails, organise their diary, create Pinterest pins, do some research, or set up and manage social media accounts.  Ask around locally or amongst people you know, look online on sites like Fiverr or Upwork, or in virtual assistant groups on Facebook.


5. Sell Your Bakes

If you are a talented baker this is the perfect time to sell your wares.  Everyone wants cakes, cookies and other treats at this time of year and not everyone is good at making them.  In addition, most people would prefer something homemade over pre-packaged shop bought goods, especially in our new anti-packaging era!

Post some pictures on Instagram and Facebook and ask your friends and family to spread the word about your offerings.  Whether your speciality is beautifully decorated cookies, the most delicious Christmas cake or perfect brownies, you're sure to get some orders.

More money saving and Christmas tips:

How to Get to January Without Going Broke
How to Enjoy a Fabulous Family Christmas on a Budget
30 Ways to Make Extra Cash Before Christmas
How to Save Money at the Supermarket
10 Easy Ways to Make Money Fast
10 Simple Ways to Save Money Fast

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