I walked in to Costco the other day and BAM… Christmas trees, wreaths, bows, garlands, lights… All right there when we walked in. Which is a painful reminder that, holy cow, Christmas is almost here (despite the fact that it’s not even Halloween yet)!
Which of course brought up the question do I have my Christmas money yet?!
Long and short is yes, I do. Thanks to a few easy places to earn a few extra bucks that will add up way before the holidays.
1. Swagbucks. I can’t stress this one enough. It’s super easy and you can earn points for watching videos or interacting with links or taking surveys. If you get 100 points a day (totally doable to double that in a day) between now and Christmas, you will have more than $60 that you can redeem at Amazon (they have a deal where you can get a $25 gift card for $22, or 2300 points), Walmart, Target, Paypal, and Starbucks!
If you have tried Swagbucks but hate how long it takes to earn, check out this super in-depth post about how I make the most of my time on Swagbucks.
I also have a code that will get you 100 free Swagbucks (or SB) for just signing up. To enter registration codes, click the text that reads “I have a sign up code” as you’re initially signing up and type in “cowcountry15” and you’ll get 100 SB for free!
2. Ebates. Ok, so it’s not really making money. But if you’re already going to buy things on Amazon, wouldn’t you rather make 3% back on the toys or clothes you were going to get? I know I would! If you buy anything online, chances are Ebates has a cash-back opportunity for that store. Sephora, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Overstock, and so many others have cash back deals with Ebates.
3. Have a yard sale. I know it’s a pain. But not only will you make a little extra cash, but you’ll get rid of all of your clutter!
4. Craigslist. If you can’t sell your stuff at a yard sale, try your hand at Craigslist. Post pictures of the item, and post it along with your email. Never use your phone number on your listing, or your address. Cash only. And always meet in a public place, and bring a friend along when you do the transaction. Craigslist is usually safe, but better to be safe than sorry with all the weirdos out there!
5. eBay. I really love eBay, both for buying AND selling. I got my husband AND sonS (plural) brand new football jerseys that had some “defect” (that we still can’t find after 2 years, by the way) for $19 and $11. Can’t beat that! Selling is super easy there, too. You can even do it right from your phone. Take pictures, write a description, ask price, set shipping price, and you’re done! Once it’s sold, you get your shipping payment and print your label, and viola! Super easy. You’d be shocked what people will buy off of eBay, so list everything from used clothes to diamond jewelry.
6. Bloggers: Sverve and Izea The more followers you have on all different social media platforms, the more offers you’ll get. Yes, it’s usually $.10 a tweet, but you can get some awesome offers where you’ll get $1 per person who signs up for the offer. Make sure you fill out all of the information about yourself and your blog to get the most deals you can!
7. Amazon. I don’t know if I’ve conveyed this well enough: I love Amazon. I did almost all of my Christmas shopping online last year and discovered Prime on December 22. Yes, bad mommy moment not shopping for gifts before 2 days before Christmas! But I started a free trial for Prime on December 22 and I got my package(s) on the 24th, in enough time to wrap them and everything. They even deliver on Sundays! Love it! Any who, if you’re in a pinch and need a gift in 2 days, Prime is awesome. There’s a lot of other fantastic things that come with Prime, but I don’t want you to think that this is a commercial for Prime (because it’s not!), I just love Amazon!
Here’s my ultimate way to shop using Prime on Amazon to get the most rebates and deals.
- Use your Amazon gift card that you got from Swagbucks
- I go to my Ebates account, click on Amazon and go to the site from there (always start on Ebates!)
- Find what you want and one at a time place your order. Even if you make 800 orders, do it ONE. at. a. time.
- With each item (as long as you can wait for the shipping length of usually around a week), change it from the free 2 day shipping to the free no-rush shipping with a $1 credit for digital movies, music and books.
- Repeat that process for each item.
I’ve gotten so much stuff from Amazon last month, that I recently got both of the Avengers movies (yes, I’m a nerd) without having to pay for it out of pocket… and I still have $15 left with another $20 coming up this week. Pretty cool, if I do say so myself! I’m sad I didn’t think of that sooner, honestly!
8. Amazon Trade-In. If you’re getting a new Xbox or a new phone or camera for Christmas, you don’t really need your old model, right? Why not make some money off of it? I used to use the trade-in program for my old textbooks from college. Amazon paid so much more for them than the stupid University store did. And they paid for the shipping label and everything. All you had to do was put it in a box and take it to the post office.
Now Amazon’s trade-in covers almost everything from old cell phones to DVDs, CDs, old books, and plenty of other stuff. And if they don’t like whatever it is you sent them, they’ll send it back for free, too. So basically you have nothing to lose here with trading to Amazon.
Have you started saving for Christmas? What have you done to bring in some extra cash?