10 Ways to Earn Extra Cash for the Holidays

The holidays always seem to sneak up on us. First it’s back to school, then all of a sudden Halloween hits us, then BAM! it’s the season of giving.

But sometimes the season of giving leaves us a little short of cash. Line your pockets — don’t leave them empty! Earn extra money or gifts this time of year. You’ll be happy you did.

Here’s a list of 10 ways to earn extra cash this time of year.

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  • 1. Mystery shop 2 of 11

     Stores hire companies to get people to mystery shop. You could get paid to go to a store and notice things! They'll often reimburse you for buying something, and they'll pay you for your time!


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  • 2. Pick up a retail job 3 of 11

    Many stores hire extra help around the holidays, and working weekends can be a great way to bring in some much-needed extra cash. The pay can be competitive, too!


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  • 3. Sell your craft 4 of 11

    Are you crafty? There are a TON of holiday bazaars where you can set up. Sell your wares! People want homemade things this time of year, and you can benefit. I knew someone who made a lot of money selling birdseed ornaments of different sizes.


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  • 4. Pet sit 5 of 11

    Do your friends have pets? Are they going away for any of the holidays? Offer to watch their pets! Your friends might just need you to check in on their pet, walk them, or spend the night. Either way, it can be great money for you to use toward your vacation.


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  • 5. Sell things on eBay 6 of 11

    Some things you no longer use can be sold on eBay. Check here for a list of things that sell well over there. It is a bit of a hassle, but often you can make a lot more money on eBay than elsewhere. Do you have old jazz records? Old book collections?


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  • 6. Consign old clothes 7 of 11

    Did your kids outgrow clothes that are still in good condition? There's money in your used clothing. Find a good consignment shop in your town, one you've shopped in, and see what they're willing to take. The money comes slowly, but it comes. There's an added bonus here: you have cleaner closets and you're making extra cash!


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  • 7. Pick up odd jobs 8 of 11

    The holidays are a really busy time for folks, and they're much more willing to outsource the tasks they don't like. So offer to clean a friend's house for a party, or mail their packages. Don't forget to charge what you're worth! I know plenty of people who would be happy to pay for someone to clean up before a party, then come in and clean after the party is over.


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  • 8. Shovel snow 9 of 11
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    Do you live in a place that gets wintery and blustery? For a small monetary investment (spring for the good snow shovel), and a lot of exercise, you can shovel sidewalks in your neighborhood and make a pretty penny! There's even more money if you're willing to go up on roofs of retail businesses at night and shovel so the stores don't end up with a big mess of snow in the morning.


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  • 9. Enter giveaways 10 of 11

    Are giveaways on your radar? If not, they really should be. You just enter your information, follow a few people on Twitter, and voila! You're entered to win some great prizes. The prizes are sometimes cash, but usually gift-like things, which is perfect, since you can give a gift that you didn't have to buy! Don't know where to start? Try,, and the giveaway roundups at


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  • 10. Do easy tasks on Fiverr 11 of 11
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    Have you heard of Fiverr? It's a website where people offer to do easy-for-them things for a fixed (low!) price of $5.00. Can you think of something easy to you that might be worth $5.00 to someone else? Featured Fiverrs right now are recording rap videos, turning people's pictures into bobblehead dolls, and transcribing 15 minutes of talking.


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