It Is Not Too Late To Fatten The Christmas Account

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Are you looking at the amount of money you have set aside for Christmas and wishing it was a little bit more–or perhaps a lot more? Don’t worry; it isn’t too late to fatten the Christmas account. Even if you have just a week until Christmas, you can use these ideas to fatten the Christmas account quick!

Earn money for Christmas in as little as a week with these money making tips. #christmas #holidays

4 Ways To Fatten The Christmas Account In Less Than 60 Days

1.Resell Items

You can do this with just a week or more left before Christmas. 

Use my handy yard sale checklist to go through your home from top to bottom gathering all the items you are not using and therefore could sell.

Once you have gathered your items, this article will help you sell them for top dollar.

Finally, decide how to sell your items. December isn’t a big “physical” yard sale month, so I suggest going virtual by using Facebook, Craigslist or resale apps to sell your stuff. Although I do use eBay to sell items, I wouldn’t recommend it for quick cash; you need immediate sales and those are usually best found locally.

Facebook Buy & Sell Groups

I have made upwards of one hundred dollars in under an hour using Facebook buy and sell groups. You can’t beat how simple it is to use and the size of the market you can reach.

Here is a post I wrote sharing my first experience of selling in a Facebook Buy and Sell group and tips on how to sell your own stuff through one.

Craigslist

I think the Craigslist market is shrinking now that Facebook Marketplace has become so popular, but there are still Craigslist diehards out there that are looking to buy items, so I think it is still an option for selling items quickly.

When I sold stuff on Craigslist in the past, I found that the weekend was the best time to sell and that if an item didn’t sell within a week, chances are it wasn’t going to sell. So my suggestion is to use Craigslist only if you have more than a week to sell your stuff. Put your items on Craigslist Thursday evening and keep them up until Monday evening. Then take them down and post what has not sold on Facebook. This will be a bit more work, but it should result in more sales.

Here is a list of tips for successfully selling on Craigslist

Reselling Apps Like LetGo

I have not yet jumped into the reselling app world of LetGo and others like it. However, I think they look like great options for quickly reselling items, provided they have a relatively large pool of active members in your area.

A Few More Item Specific Options

Got Gold? My friend once sold a handful of gold items she no longer wanted for enough money to buy several small Christmas presents.The trick is not to sell a gold item that you will regret parting with later and to look for a gold buying establishment in your area that has a good reputation.

Got Metal? My husband and I were renovating a home once and took out some copper piping; we knew it had resale value, so we took it to our local metal recyclers we were surprised when he gave us over $40 for two handfuls of copper pipe. Metal recyclers don’t just take copper either, contact one in your area for a list of what they accept then start searching your home, yard, shed, garage and attic.

Got Books? Many secondhand bookstores will give you cash for books. It isn’t much usually, but every bit counts and it is fast money. Often they will provide you with a higher return if you take in-store credit instead of cash so if you happen to have a bookworm on your list that doesn’t mind receiving gently used books as gifts you might want to go for that option.

Got Clothes? Toys? Sporting Goods? If you buy brand name clothing, toys and sporting goods for your family and you have some in like new shape that you are willing to part with, check google for the closest consignment store near you that would be looking for the items you have to sell and pays at drop off. You often get much less than you would selling them through another platform, but if you don’t like dealing with meeting strangers to exchange items for cash, this is a good alternative.

It Is Not Too Late To Fatten The Christmas Account

If you know how to knit, these fingerless gloves knit up fast and take up just one skein of yarn so they are inexpensive and quick to make –making them a good craft to sell.

2. Create Something To Sell

You can do this with just 30 days or more left until the big day.

If you are good at arts and crafts, this point is for you. Every year my Facebook feed fills with various creative friends selling their handmade items to raise a bit of money for Christmas.  They usually use a photo album that shows samples of their work from all angles and then start taking orders. Others opened up their home for an afternoon for a craft sale, either selling what they have on hand or displaying samples and taking orders that they will complete before Christmas.

I have done the Facebook craft sale in the past. Here is what I did to sell my handmade dishcloths a few years in a row.

It Is Not Too Late To Fatten The Christmas Account

3. Offer Your Services For A Fee

You can do this with just 30 days or more left until the big day.

What service you can provide may depend on the laws in your area. For example, in many areas, you can’t sell baking unless you have a certified commercial kitchen.

Here is a list of a few ideas to get you thinking of what sort of service you could offer but remember to check local laws first:

  • Home cleaning for the holidays
  • Decorating for the holidays
  • Babysitting while parents Christmas shop
  • Gift wrapping

It Is Not Too Late To Fatten The Christmas Account

4. Work Fast Earning Point Programs And Apps

You can do this with just 60 days or more left until the big day. Although you can see some results within a few days, but not enough to affect your Christmas fund dramatically.

I have readers who have emailed me saying they earn up to $100 a month with these point reward programs and apps that I am sharing in this list below.

The trick is to find the point activities that pay for doing things you already do right now without getting paid–like searching the web or shopping. Another pointer is to find no-brainer point earning tasks that you can do in those little moments of downtime during the day, such as watching short videos. If you have the time to devote to it, try taking a survey while watching TV to boost points.

Top Earning Point Programs

I recommend these three point programs more than any other because they have several ways to earn points, offer low cash outs and deliver your earnings within a reasonable amount of time–some instantly.

Swagbucks

There are over 24 ways to earn SB points at Swagbucks.

$5 gift cards start at 500 points, and you can easily earn at least one a month by doing nothing but entering all your searches through their site. Earn a few more by doing just a few additional point earning activities that will cost you just minutes a day.

New to Swagbucks? Check out my post 10 Simple Ways To Earn Gift Cards With Swagbucks.

Go here to sign up for Swagbucks.

InstaGC

The insta in instaGC stands for instant gift card redemptions–gotta love that. That is right, no waiting for your gift card. I also like that you can cash out at just 100 points for a $1 Amazon gift card code and reaching 100 points isn’t that hard.

Here is my tutorial on instaGC: My Favorite Ways To Earn With InstaGC.

Go here to sign-up for InstaGC

Prize Rebel

Prize Rebel offers a good mix of ways to earn gift cards and delivers those gift cards to your email inbox in around 24 hours. Their cash out level is low, meaning you don’t have to wait around forever to cash out and they have a vast selection of gift cards to choose from.

Here is my tutorial on the 9 ways to earn gift cards with Prize Rebel.

Go here to sign-up for Prize Rebel

Shopping Apps

Ibotta

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 of purchase for the product you choose at the store you choose and upload it to the app. You can also earn cash back on online purchases by tapping on the store you want to shop at in the Ibotta app and then shopping through the app.

My referral code for Ibotta is qttqg and right now when you use it at sign-up you get a $10 bonus after your first complete transaction–offer can change at any time, but usually, there is some bonus for entering a referral link at sign up

FetchRewards

Fetch Rewards is an app that offers points  for scanning your grocery reciepts and you earn more points when you buy one or more products made by a brand on their list of over 150. Cashouts start at 3000 points for a $3 gift card.

Enter my referral code RE9FU and receive 1500 points when you complete one receipt. That will get you halfway to your first payout! 

ShopKick

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 sign in when you enter select stores and earn kicks just for coming in the store. You can also get kicks for purchases or for scanning items in the store while you shop. They also have a section where you can earn points for shopping online.

My referral code for Shopkick is KICK040635–use it during sign-up and you get 250 kicks when you complete your first walk-in or scan within 7 days of signing up.

So get to work and fatten that Christmas account!

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15 Websites & Apps You Can Use To Earn Gift Cards

(Links in this post are affiliate links. I will be compensated when you make a purchase by clicking those links. See my disclosure page for more information)

Is there no time left in your schedule for another job, but you would like a bit more money each month? Did you know that you can earn gift cards in little pockets of time throughout your day? Possibly from doing things that you already do without getting paid. You absolutely can! In fact, I have readers who have told me they receive close to $100 a month using these 15 websites and apps for earning gift cards.

Earn money from home in the form of gift cards using this list of websites and apps.

15 Websites & Apps You Can Use To Earn Gift Cards

The secret to earning the most through these programs is to sign up for several and then figure out which ones work best for you. If I can figure out how to earn $5 or more a month in gift cards from a company without being on the computer or a smartphone all day, I keep an active account with them. $5 might not sound like much, but if you make $5 at several companies and perhaps $10 or more at others, those small streams add up to a nice stack of gift cards each month.

15 Websites & Apps You Can Use To Earn Gift Cards

Shopping Apps

1. Ibotta

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 of purchase for the product you choose at the store you choose and upload it to the app. You can also earn cash back on online purchases by tapping on the store you want to shop at in the Ibotta app and then shopping through the app.

My referral code for Ibotta is qttqg and right now when you use it at sign-up you get a $5 bonus after your first complete transaction–offer can change at any time, but usually there is some bonus for entering a referral link at sign up

2. Shopkick

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 coming in the store. You can also get kicks for purchases or for scanning items in the store while you shop. They also have a section where you can earn points for shopping online.

My referral code for Shopkick is KICK040635–use it during sign-up and you get 250 kicks when you complete your first walk-in or scan within 7 days of signing up.

3. BerryCart

If you shop for organic, gluten-free or NON-GMO foods, then you are going to want to sign up for BerryCart. It works like a rebate program giving you money back for certain natural food purchases when you upload your receipt.

Go here to sign-up for BerryCart.

4. Fetch Rewards

Fetch Rewards is an app that  offers points when you buy one or more products made by a brand on their list of over 150. Simply scan your receipt and then fetch your reward.

Enter my referral code RE9U and receive 1500 points when you complete one receipt.

15 Websites & Apps You Can Use To Earn Gift Cards

Cash Back Companies

5. Top CashBack

Top Cashback offers higher cash back rates than most rebate companies. There is no minimum payment threshold with Top Cashback. Plus you can get an extra 2.5% when you choose an Amazon gift card code for your form of payment. Their list contains over 3,200 online stores.

Go here to sign up for Top CashBack

15 Websites & Apps You Can Use To Earn Gift Cards

Programs With Multiple Ways To Earn: Some You Are Already Doing For Free!

6. Swagbucks

Swagbucks pays you random points to search through their site. The best way to earn Swagbucks is to download their toolbar or make the site your home page so that you remember to enter all your searches through them.

$5 gift cards start at 450 points for an Amazon card and you can easily earn at least one a month by doing nothing but entering all your searches through their site. Earn a few more by doing just a few additional point earning activities that will cost you just minutes a day.

New to Swagbucks? Check out my post 10 Simple Ways To Earn Gift Cards With Swagbucks.

Go here to sign-up for Swagbucks.

7. MyPoints

Get points by shopping online through Mypoints. You don’t have to shop though; you can also earn points by clicking the emails they send you, answering survey’s, printing coupons, downloading their search bar and much more.

How much you earn depends on how many things you do. $10 gift cards to various restaurants and stores start at 1600 points.

Here is the tutorial I wrote on the 7 different ways to earn with MyPoints.

Go here to sign-up for MyPoints

8. InstaGC

The insta in instaGC stands for instant gift card redemptions–gotta love that. That is right, no waiting for your gift card. I also like that you can cash out at just 100 points for a $1 Amazon gift card code and reaching 100 points isn’t that hard.

Here is my tutorial on instaGC: My Favorite Ways To Earn With InstaGC.

Go here to sign-up for InstaGC

9. iRazoo

iRazoo offers a few simple ways to earn such as watching videos or searching the web through their search bar. They also have a large survey selection and a section where you can earn points for playing games. If you don’t like lengthy surveys I suggest sticking to playing their videos in the background as you do other things. Doing this regularly should lead to you earning a $5 gift card each month. Not much, but it certainly is a simple way to earn a gift card.

Get 500 points at sign up when you use my referral code, EAZKPH . That is a pretty nice sign-up bonus! (works out to $1.25 with current 3000 points for a $5 gift card value)

15 Websites & Apps You Can Use To Earn Gift Cards

Survey Companies

10. Mintvine

MintVine offers several other ways to earn points besides surveys, but surveys are where the biggest point payoffs are. Each day you can earn 5 points simply by taking a few seconds to participate in their daily poll. Cash outs begin at $10, and there are a variety of different gift card options. You can also request a deposit into your PayPal account.

In MintVine’s survey area, 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 Mintvine

11. Paidviewpoint

If you really don’t have a lot of time to dedicate to surveys, but you don’t mind answering a few questions in exchange for a gift card now and again, PaidViewpoint is for you. In general, their surveys take less than 5 minutes to fill out, and you get paid for every one. The longest survey I have been a part of was probably right around the 15-minute mark, and I did earn more for it than the short ones.

The cash out threshold for PaidViewpoint is $15, and you can currently get it in the form of a PayPal deposit, Amazon gift card code or a Walmart gift card.

Go here to sign-up for Paidview Point

12. Prize Rebel

Prize Rebel offers a good mix of ways to earn gift cards and delivers those gift cards to your email inbox in around 24 hours. Their cash out level is low, meaning you don’t have to wait around forever to cash out and they have a huge selection of gift cards to choose from.

Here is my tutorial on the 9 ways to earn gift cards with Prize Rebel.

Go here to sign-up for Prize Rebel

13. Survey Junkie

I am just getting started with testing out Survey Junkie. So far I like what I see. They offer numerous e-code gift card options with cash outs starting at 1,000 points.

Go here to sign up for Survey Junkie

15 Websites & Apps You Can Use To Earn Gift Cards

Brand Loyalty Programs

14. Kellogg’s Rewards

Kellogg’s Family Rewards is a brand loyalty program that gives you points when you purchase Kellogg’s products and upload the receipt to the website. You can also register your store loyalty cards and then your points will be automatically added for you. I get most of my points from free codes found over at Money Saving Mom.

15 Websites & Apps You Can Use To Earn Gift Cards

Mystery Shopping Apps

15. Mobee

I signed up for Mobee, but I have not yet been able to get into a mission to try it out–small town problems. However, the reviews for the app are pretty decent and from what I can tell they offer various gift card options including a $5 Starbucks card for 500 points.

Use my referral code PN1F at sign-up to receive bonus points when you complete your first mission.

Know of another place to earn gift cards? Share it in the comments so I can check it out!

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