Here Are The Best Ways To Make Quick And Easy Money Before Christmas

Ah yes, that most wonderful time of year is once again here, so it is time to break out the eggnog, festive attire, and credit card so that you can rack up massive amounts of debt, right?

If you know me, you know that I LOVE Christmas (like, I listen to Christmas music/watch Rudolph/buy gifts year round), so I cannot help but feel giddy when Christmas commercials begin airing on November 1st! While this happy time of year brings great joy, it can also bring great anxiety, as gifts, turkeys, and higher electric bills cost lots of money. 

Before you go opening new charge accounts around town, we recommend checking out our list of the best ways to make extra money for Christmas:

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Become a personal shopper 

Mystery shopping has a negative connotation, but becoming a personal shopper with an accredited company like Instacart? 100% legit! Whether you are wanting to pick up a few hours here and there during the holidays or are looking for something a bit more consistent, there is money to be made as a grocery shopper/deliverer. 

Rent your guest room on Airbnb

You can read A LOT more about the Airbnb opportunity here, so I will just recap by saying that you can rent your extra room or guest house as little or as often as you want, and come out ahead each time.

Open a tiny boutique. 

As you may remember, I recently partnered with Kollectin and was super impressed by their incredible selection of bling and by their business opportunity! How does it work? In their own words, "you get to pick and choose the jewelry you love, and manage everything with a couple of swipes of your phone: keep for yourself, sell, or send back and get something new. It's that simple." (In addition to the business opportunity, Kollectin also has a lot of beautiful jewelry for sale, which makes for that perfect Christmas gift!) To get instant access to the app, use promo code Annie491!

Cash-back apps

If you have been around for awhile, you know that I LOVE me some Ebates... and what's not to love? To use a cash-back app like Ebates, simply go to their site/app, find the online store you're planning to shop at, click the link, and shop. That is literally it! The cash back varies depending on where you shop (it will tell you the cash back percentage on the store's home page), but it is a simple way to earn some extra money here and there.

Take surveys 

Are survey sites legit? Depending on the site? Yes. Can you get rich off of taking surveys? I wish... BUT if you are consistent, you can easily earn cash and/or gift cards, perfect for buying Christmas gifts! (Not sure which survey sites/apps are the best? We recommend Survey Junkie, My Points, and Swagbucks.)

Do quick, odd jobs around town 

Want to make $10+ in less than an hour? Do a few quick audits for Gigwalk! How does it work? In their own words, "Gigwalk is a mobile app for Android and iOS that allows you to find quick jobs (“Gigs”) in your area. A Gig is represented by a pin on the map in our mobile application and can take anywhere from 5 minutes to a few hours to complete and pay anywhere from $3 to $100. Clients see the work Gigwalkers submit through the app on our back-end Gigwalk platform.)" I have completed several gigs since beginning my Gigwalk venture and cannot recommend it enough... you can read a lot more about my experience here.

Flip on Craigslist 

Not to brag or anything, but... I have pretty much perfected the art of the Craigslist flip! Just how does one do it? You can start by emptying out your closet and/or the kids' toy box, OR you can do what I do, which is buy larger toys on sale at Goodwill, clean them up, and then sell them on Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist for a profit. Easy peasy, right? To give you an example, last year I bought a Fisher Price playhouse for $2, buffed out all the scuff marks, and sold it on Facebook Marketplace a few days later for $15!

Flip on eBay

While the money may not come as quick as Craigslist, there is still cash to be made on eBay! For those of you who are unfamiliar with flipping something on eBay and what all that entails, it is essentially just finding/buying items like clothes, antiques, electronics, etc., and then re-selling them for a profit. (Side note: I have several friends/family members who sell full time on eBay, so it's great for both chump change and a full-time income.)

Turn your passion into profit 

Do you knit beautiful scarves? Sell them. Bake incredible cookies? Sell them. Create gorgeous jewelry? Do you see where I'm going with this?! My mother-in-law is one of the busiest people I know and -- in addition to working full time -- farms, bakes delicious breads, pours and sella her own candles, and more. If this is something that may interest you, start by marketing your product to friends on Facebook and then expand to groups, farmers markets, and/or artisan fairs.

Babysit 

Whether you nanny during the day or pick up jobs in the evening, there is always a need for trusted caregivers! Not sure where to find your next job? Offer your services to friends or utilize sites like Care.com

Paper route

I know, I know... the words paper route bring up images of teenage boys on bikes, but do you know what? Paper routes are a quick and simple way to bring in an upwards of $1K per month! Picture it: A quiet car, your favorite coffee, virtually no traffic... total dream job, right?!

Earn gift cards with Job Spotter

Have you heard of Job Spotter? It's an app that let's you snap pictures of help wanted signs around town, upload them, and then rack up points to put toward Amazon cards and more.

Cut the cord

This one is more about saving money than it is making money, but have you thought of getting rid of your expensive cable and switching to just over-the-air? We haven’t had cable in nearly 5 years now (and before that got it for free, thanks to my husband’s job) and are amazed by just how much we save by relying solely on over-the-air! Not only is the picture crystal clear, we still get 50+ channels (ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, a bunch of oldies/game show/movie channels) and save an upwards of $150/month by not having pricy cable on demand! (My other favorite cable-less hack? We recently downloaded the FREE Pluto TV app on our Roku and get a ton of free news channels, a 24/7 Mystery Science Theater 3000 channel, and even a home channel that airs old HGTV shows from the late 2000’s, early 2010’s.)

Transport food (or people)

This is a super easy and popular way to make money that deserves mentioning: food delivery! Uber Eats and DoorDash are HUGE in the city (especially for us lazy folk who sometimes do not feel like cooking or driving anywhere for food) and give you the flexibility to work as little or as often as you like!

Seasonal Retail

Last but certainly not least is what is quite possibly the most obvious: seasonal retail. If you have someone to watch the kids and are able to commit 20+ hours a week through the new year, you can make some serious cash! To find out who is hiring, check out your local Target, World Market, Walmart, or any other of your favorite stores.

I hope these tips make your holiday season a little merrier, brighter, and greener! Do you have any tips for making extra Christmas money? Please share them in the comments!

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Side Hustle Mom Around the Web!

Please excuse the deafening silence around here, folks! 

Last weekend, we traveled out-of-state to attend my cousin's gorgeous wedding, and returned home to smoky skies (from the CA wildfires) and death by allergies. 

I have a few cool articles coming atcha next week, but wanted to pop in to say hi and share a few cool SHM links! 

Last week, I shared my tips for 7 Easy Side Hustles For Stay-At-Home Moms over on Mile High Mamas! We discuss everything from paper deliveries (don't knock it, folks; it's a quiet car, hot coffee, and YOUR choice of music!) to Gigwalk to teaching online, so check it out! 

I'm quoted over on Flexjobs' (AKA the "leading job search site specializing in the best remote, part-time, freelance, and flexible jobs available") list of The Best and Worst Things About Working from Home! AHHHH!!! 

Finally, I am humbled to have been included in a round up for The Fox Den's What Does A Healthy Marriage Look Like? Twenty-One Wives Share. Granted, Brandon and I have only been married for 5 years and our marriage is by no means perfect, but I was thankful to have the opportunity to talk about how we are beating the 50% divorce rate! 

That does it for now! Brandon is out playing baseball with our boys, so I am going to try to hustle a bit more before they get home :) 

How To Make $22 An Hour Working From Home With VIPKid

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Remember all of the studying you did in college to earn your degree? You busted your butt, pulled all-nighters, and fought hard to perfect your keg stand -- err, I mean GPA -- just so you could walk across that stage and dive head first into your future career!

Shortly before I finished college, I found out that my husband and I were pregnant with our oldest, so I knew right then that I was going to put my career on hold in order to stay home with him. Obviously, I am not the only mom to have done this, and -- thanks to the internet -- quickly found that I could have the best of both worlds in terms of both family and work.

And now, thanks to companies like VIPKid, you can too!

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What is VIPKid? VIPKid is an award-winning company whose mission is to "provide the international elementary school experience to Chinese children—all from the comfort of their homes. VIPKID provides one-on-one, fully immersive lessons in its online classroom. VIPKID’s curriculum is proprietary and aligned to the U.S. Common Core State Standards."

Do you have to have a degree in education to teach? No (though you do need at least a Bachelor's in any field).

Do you have to be able to speak more than language? Nope. 

What about lesson plans and grading?

Already taken care of!

This is totally a dream job, right?!

You worked HARD to get that degree, so why not put it to good use by teaching English via your own home? Earn $14 to $22 an hour AND make your own hours teaching English to one of 200,000 students from 300 cities! 

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