This is the final post in the How To Plan A Christmas To Remember On A Super Tight Budget series and it is perhaps the most important because this post will set you up to enjoy a Christmas To Remember without the super tight budget for years to come.
If you follow the steps in this post you should create a nice steady stream of income that–added up over the course of the year–will give you enough to fund Christmas for your family.
Honestly a lot of these streams below are very small, more like a drop here and there, but even little drops can add up. Think of the power of a rain storm. It is made up of tiny rain drops, but together they create something that soaks the land.
6 Ways To Earn Money For Christmas All Year Long
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If you have been following the series you will recognize many of these streams of income as I mentioned them in the Where To Earn Gifts Cards Fast For Christmas Cash post, the Where to Resell Your Items Online For Quick Christmas Cash, and the How To Use Your Talents & Passions To Generate Christmas cash.
This time I want you to take that information and turn it into sources of income that can produce money all year long instead of just at Christmas time.
1. Make Money When You Shop
If you have a smartphone you can use the following apps to earn cash back and more on your purchases, and not just at the grocery store. These apps work at restaurants, gas stations, pet stores, craft stores and more. If you make a habit of using these apps every time you shop you should have a nice sum to cash in for Paypal cash or gift certificates for your Christmas shopping.
The Ibotta app gives you rebates when you complete various tasks for a product in the app and then take a picture of the receipt for the product you chose at the store you chose and upload it to the app. Here is my step by step guide on how to use Ibotta.
Fetch Reward offers points when you buy one or more products made by a brand on their list of over 150. Simply scan your receipt and the fetch your reward. Enter my referral code RE9U and receiver 1500 points when you complete one receipt.
Shopkick is the app that pays you to browse. You don’t have to purchase anything to earn gift cards through the Shopkick app. You simply sign in when you enter select stores and earn kicks just for entering in the store and/or by scanning select products while you shop.
See my tutorial (a Step by Step Guide To Shopkick) for more details.
I have personally tried out each of the survey companies on this list
2. Answer Surveys
PrizeRebel offers 9 ways to earn points, but it is primarily a survey company. With cash outs beginning at just 300 points for a $3 Amazon gift card code it doesn’t take long to earn enough to cash out. There is also a Paypal option starting at $5. Here is my guide for using PrizeRebel.
In Branded Surveys, you will find a box beside each survey that tells you how long each survey should take. I have tested this feature out and found it to be accurate. You are also often given a few points for filling out the qualifying questions for a survey you didn’t get into. Go here to sign up for Branded Surveys.
3. Watch Videos
What I love about InstaGC is the instant gift card cash outs starting at just $1 for a Amazon gift card code. They have a large selection of videos you can watch for points. Here is my guide for using InstaGC
Swagbucks has several apps in which you can watch videos and earn SB points for doing so. You can then cash in those SB points for gift cards including ones for PayPal. There are 20+ other ways to earn points through Swagbucks making it a great company to generate a small stream of Christmas cash from. Here is one of my many guides on how to use Swagbucks.
My reselling tips page can help you resell your items for top dollar
4. Resell Your Stuff
Perhaps this is the year where you want to declutter your home from top to bottom–if so creating a stream of income for Christmas cash is pretty simple. Find a reselling platform you like and start selling items.
If you prefer, you can host a huge yard sale. If you chose the yard sale option, here is a free downloadable sheet that will help you gather as many items as possible for the sale and here is a post I wrote that will help you host your most successful yard sale to date.
5. Sell A Craft Or Product
Are you talented at writing? Create an eBook and sell it on Kindle. Are you talented at knitting, create a product and sell it on Etsy.
Do your research, but don’t stay caught in research mode forever. Get out there! Create and sell your work.
6. Offer Your Services
Mow lawns, babysit children, clean homes, walk dogs–these are all example of services you could offer. Stick to what you are talented at and have a passion for. You don’t want to offer to walk dogs if you fear them and really don’t like long walks outdoors.
Also study up on the laws in your area. Selling your services often requires a permit and requiring one means following a set of guidelines.
Pursuing one or several of these streams of income should create a small steady stream of income month after month that can fund your Christmas account year after year. Who knows, these streams of income might even add up to something much greater than that–generating greater financial security for your family.
This post is part of the How To Plan A Christmas To Remember On A Super Tight Budget Series.
How To Plan A Christmas To Remember On A Super Tight Budget: The Series
Week Fourteen: 6 Ways To Earn Money For Christmas All Year Long (you are here)