The holidays never really sneak up but sometimes it feels that way on your bank account. Finding extra cash is possible for your gift giving. Here are a few ways to add money to your holiday budget. Start today and you can have a decent amount saved for all of the deals you will find for loved ones!
If you have any specialty skills like writing, graphic design, or administrative skills, you can freelance to earn extra cash. Visit the various freelance job sites and bid on jobs. If you have a blog or website to market your services (for free). I have seen many people earn a great living alone through freelance work!
Sell Your Used Items
I have ben an Ebay buying fool lately! There are so many great deals to be had on gently used, or even new in box items.
Grab a laundry basket and walk around your home gathering the used electronics, books, video games and DVDs. Next, get online to any one of a number of sites and start selling your items. For example, Amazon has a book buyback program that pays for shipping and gives you credit with Amazon. You can then use that money to purchase holiday gifts.
Cooking and Baking
Etsy is a great place to sell unique, budget friendly gifts. Bake cookies. Bottle your specialty barbecue sauce. Or make candy and sell it. The holidays always have lots of craft shows – sign up to have a booth and sell your goods. One weekend in the kitchen can earn you a nice chunk of money!
Do Odd Jobs
Everyone has a need for someone to do those little odd jobs that they can never get around to. Let your friends and family know that you're for hire!
Offer Childcare Services
Parents need childcare services any time of the year. The weeks leading up to Christmas seems to be when evening childcare is needed the most. Parents need to get those last-minute gifts and the kids can't go along (for obvious reason). Offer evening and Saturday hours for parents to have time to get the last-minute shopping done. Sign me up!
As the holidays get closer and you start considering your holiday budget, remember that you can add to it. A little planning and attention to your unique skill set can turn this holiday budget into your dream budget.
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