How to make extra money for Christmas

If you’re a bit cash strapped and would like some extra coppers in your coin purse then check out how you can make, or even rake back some extra money in the run up to Christmas.

Make money for Christmas

Take advantage of loyalty cards
If you have a loyalty card chock-a-block full with points put it to use! Make sure you take advantage of those points and use them wisely. Log into all of your online accounts for your loyalty cards and check exactly how many points are in each account and what that actually equates to. Now check for any festive or seasonal deals – for instance Tesco are currently running Clubcard Boost which doubles points across various departments (check out my guide to Clubcard Boost).
These are normally the kinds of sites I avoid but I’ve had decent success with iPoll. Basically their website is a typical survey site and you can make small amounts of money through it. However they have an app which gives you far more opportunities to earn. They set you ‘missions’ to complete which can range from recording your thoughts on a set topic or buying a specific item and getting far greater the amount of money in return. I actually learnt about iPoll through another survey site a few months back and since then I’ve made a nice little bit of cash for not very much effort at all. Oh and I’m loving this in depth review over on Aldi to Harrods.
Sell your unwanted crap on eBay, it’s amazing what people will buy. Now’s the time that people are searching for festive items an using seasonal search terms so take full advantage of that fact. Last year I put together a whole post about scoring Christmas eBay sales and it’s still true today. Play up the fact you’re selling at Christmas – don’t just call a dress a ‘black dress’ throw in the words ‘Christmas’ ‘party’ or ‘festive’ and you’re hitting a whole other section of the audience.
Oh and if the faff of sitting down and uploading to eBay through your computer puts you off then use the app on your phone! I absolutely love it for the sheer convenience of taking the photo there and then and popping in a description to go with it in just a few minutes.
If you’re not using a cash back site of some kind I could happily ding you on the head. Use one petal, use one! How does it work? Basically instead of purchasing directly through the company website, click through from the cashback website and you are paid for doing so.
Have a play around with a few and check out the communities surrounding them as they are quick to point out great deals. We’ve had a lot of money back when buying things such as insurance or when checking in via our mobiles at various stores.
My favourites are Quidco and TopCashBack.
Digital Decluttering
If you’re like us here at Thrifty Towers who now access most of our music and films via the internet or cloud etc. then you might be thinking about getting rid of some your CDs and DVDs. There are numerous ways to do this from selling on eBay or Amazon, taking them to a second hand/cash exchange shop on the high street or any number of online CD buyers.
I’ve tried a few different websites for this type of service with varying degrees of success – I have never made a huge amount of money from these websites however I hadn’t used the CDs in over a decade so gaining 50p back wasn’t a problem.
The websites I’ve tried:
– Music Magpie
– Discogs – I’ve had the most success on here as it is selling within a community rather than to a company.
– We Buy DVDs
– CDs Wanted
Now not all of these will have the money ready in time for Christmas (the waiting periods can be up to 90 days for first payment with some of these schemes), however they’ll certainly help out in the early months of 2014.
Do of course feel free to leave your suggestions below.
This is the 5th post in 12 Thrifty Days of Christmas

P.S. Sorry for the delay in the continuation of this series. Sadly we had a death in the family which took us away from home. Thank you for your understanding.

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  1. Great suggestions, thanks!

  2. Great suggestions! I think anyone can agree that we all need some extra cash around the holiday time.. this post can definitely help!

  3. I made about £40 selling old books through a site like music magpie. Since I got a kindle some of my old paperbacks went redundant. Declutter and earnt some cash. Score!! I think the site was called We Buy Books??

  4. So Sorry for your loss :(

  5. Really sorry to hear of your loss.

    In the recent past I have got a £40 amazon voucher for doing an online focus group, £25 amazon and £5 paypal vouchers using Global Test Market. Definitely worth it if you have 15 mins to spare here and there.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for the ideas!

    Very sorry for your loss, all the best.

  7. I’m in the process of eBay all the crap I have and don’t use, such a tedious proces but so worth it when the money slowly rolls in!

  8. Thanks for the suggestions I have joined up with Ipoll so hopefully it will start bringing in some pennies :)

  9. Sorry too for your loss: and thank you for, despite that, being committed to helping us all save and thrift at Christmas!

  10. Mystery shopping is often a good way to make extra cash and to get free items or meals. I used to get Pret lunches about 2-3 times a week with the company I did it for and often the mister and I would get dinners.

  11. I’m sorry to hear your sad news.

    This is a great post – I always forget to put money aside during the year then am left wondering how to afford everything (next year I WILL be better!). I already do most of these things (except Mystery Shopping – have signed up with several sites and they never seem to contact me! :-( Which is mad, because I am basically a pro at shopping and eating out!), but something I’ve found recently which is much easier than eBay if you’ve got a lot to sell and are lazy is joining a local buying and selling group in your area. You just need to post a pic and a price, and often your items are gone that evening! I’ve made over £150 in the last few weeks clearing out my garage prior to moving, and there’s still a ton more stuff to shift!

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