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6 Creative Ways to Make Money during Christmas

Most people break the bank after excess Christmas shopping.  Between gifts, food, decoration, the Christmas tree and lighting, little money is left over.  Instead of spending your hard earned cash during Christmas, how about changing things around and *making* some money?

We’ve come up with a few ways to make some extra money this season, and help your pockets fill out with that much needed cash!

1) Gift wrapping for the neighborhood


Are you skilled at wrapping gifts? Some people have a natural talent at gift wrapping, artfully making packages look even better wrapped than unwrapped. If that sounds like you, why not consider opening a temporary gift wrapping service from home? Buy ribbons and paper wrap and put out flyers by your area. People without the time or patience for gift wrapping will be happy to hire you for a few bucks!

2) Handmade cards & gift tag

Snow Flake tags

If you’re a gifted craftster or graphic designer, you could make beautiful cards and gift tags to sell online or in your community. It will be cheaper for people to buy from you than the over-priced Christmas cards at the store. Plus, you can personalize it based on requests, and you could set up an Etsy shop to receive orders beyond your neighborhood.

3) Sell your junk


Now is your best chance to sell everything that you don’t need. Because of the holiday rush and buying frenzy, you will be more likely to find buyers during this season. Why not make a few extra bucks from all the DVDs, outgrown clothes, knick knacks and other things you have lying around at home? Use services like eBay to make it easier on you.

4) Hang Christmas lights & decorations


If you don’t fear going up ladders to hang Christmas lights and decorations on the rooftop and walls, then offer your services to your neighbors. They may be happy to have you do the work while they stay warm at home with a cup of hot cocoa. Meanwhile, you’ll be a little richer and appreciated for your skills. You can also offer to take the lights down for them, for extra charge of course.

5) Work temporarily for a retailer


Regular employees will want to have Christmas time off. If you prefer to make money working during those days, retailers want to hire you – they need all the help they can get around the holidays. Put in an application for season help and look into working nights and weekends, especially if there’s extra pay involved. Catering companies and banquet halls could also use an extra pair of hands.

6) Write holiday articles for bloggers


Bloggers are overwhelmed during Christmas. They need content and ideas, and they need them fast! Whether you prefer to write a more general article (like this one), test out recipes or make a special Christmas craft, bloggers would be happy to pay for your quality work. Make the offer more attractive by providing great photography & Pin-worthy images with your article.

About Ronnie E.

Ronnie is the frugal Latina of the group. Hailing from the beautiful Andes Mountains in Bolivia, she lives and breathes frugality. She loves to figure out how to spend less money and takes on the challenge of finding great deals and cheaper options every day.

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  • Jessica J.

    i know we could certainly use an extra hand with #6! 🙂 Besides that, I worked at The Gap during the holiday madness many moons ago – and while it was stressful, it was worth the extra money for working during holiday shifts.

  • Robin Rue

    Those are all some awesome ideas! I never thought to wrap for other people. I like to think I am a good wrapper, so maybe next year I could make a few bucks 🙂

  • ashj3nt

    This is a great list! I’ve never thought to offer my beautiful wrapping skills to the neighborhood! I love wrapping gifts! What a great idea!

  • Fantastic ideas – I love looking at Christmas lights I have taken to driving around of an evening to look at them so thankfully for all those who take time to pop them up 🙂 x

  • GrandmaBonnie A

    Those are all wonderful ideas. I love gift wrapping myself. I had not ever thought of offering a gift wrapping service. I like your last tip a lot.

  • Those are some great tips! I have a garage full of stuff and I keep saying I need to get in there and sell some things. I would certainly make some money that way.

  • This is a great way to make a little extra money during the holiday season. Who wouldn’t benefit from that?

  • PamIW

    These are all great suggestions. If I knew someone in the neighborhood that would come to my house and wrap presents, I would definitely pay. That is a great idea!

  • Creativity indeed and does pay off – especially during this season. A lot of people are very busy to even do these at times. Very good idea in getting extra income.

  • Courtney Pies

    I know holiday shopping definitely breaks our bank every year. These are some great tips to earn some extra money!

  • Melanie Roberts

    These are GREAT ideas… Thanks for sharing, soo have to recoup some of the Christmas money I spend …

  • James Smith

    I love all these suggestions especially the sixth point. Hey Ronnie will you pay me if i wrote article for you ? 😉 Just Kidding 🙂 Wish you and all the very happy Christmas!