Christmas is right around the corner. It’s a time of year that usually means spending a lot of money. Not only are you gearing up to buy gifts, but you’re also likely gonna be spending money on food and travel, too.
People can end up spending hundreds to thousands of dollars during the holidays. Is your wallet feeling the pressure yet?
Rather than getting into debt (or begging to borrow money) why not get a side gig for holidays, just to bring in some extra cash. Here are five ideas to bring in some extra cash quickly and easily as we head into the holidays.
1. Turn Your Gaming Skills Into Holiday Gifts
For all you gamers that own an Android phone, you can now turn your favorite downtime activity into a serious money maker with Mistplay — the mobile game platform that pays.
Download the app and it will generate a list of free games customized to your preferences to choose from. Pick a game, play and earn reward points, or “units” as the app calls them. Exchange them for gift cards from Visa, Amazon, Target, Xbox, PlayStation, and more. The more you play, the more you earn. It’s really that simple.
Then, use those gift cards to pay for some of your holiday gifts. Just doing this one simple thing is going to take a big load off of your holiday spending.
Make money for Christmas playing games with Mistplay. It’s really that easy.
2. Get A 10$ Gift Card At Sign Up To Kick Off Your Holiday Shopping With This Side Hustle
We’re always looking for the best ways to help you make money fast without too much effort on your part and with MyPoints you can make money any time, anywhere, even while you’re sitting on the couch watching your favorite Christmas movie.
Not only will you get a whopping up to 40% cash back on all online purchases made through the app, sign up today and you’ll get a free Visa or Amazon gift card (your choice) when you do.
The app works for more than 2,000 retailers so, you’ll definitely be able to earn while shopping at your favorite stores. Your money will be sent to you as cash via PayPal or you can exchange your earnings for gift cards to a MyPoints partner retailer of your choice, including Amazon, Saks Fifth Avenue, eBay, Best Buy, Target, Walmart and more.
3. Turn Your Holiday Shopping Into A Paying Gig
One of the easiest ways to earn cash is to sign up for rewards apps that pay you to shop. Yes, you read that correctly, you can get paid to shop (something you are already doing a lot of over the holidays) and here are some of our favorites ways to cash in on this.
If you’re a big fan of free gift cards like we are, an app that you should add to your shopping routine this Christmas is Fetch Rewards. It’s the app that legit turns your grocery receipts into free money.
No coupon clipping or barcode scanning necessary: Just create an account, shop like you normally would anywhere you buy your groceries, take a picture of your receipt and leave the rest to the app. It will scan it for thousands of participating products and award you points for any it finds.
As soon as you’ve collected 3,000 points, you can start redeeming your points for gift cards to retailers like Amazon, Walmart, Target, Sephora, and Nordstrom.
Sign up today and use our code TMMLOVESYOU to get 2,000 bonus points instantly when you upload your first receipt within a week.
Are you really gonna pass up free money? Download Fetch Rewards to earn while you spend this Christmas.
Cash Direct Club
You know that amazing feeling you get when you cash in on a great deal? Yeah, we love it too. Wanna keep that feeling going for all of the holiday shopping you do through to Christmas? Join Cash Direct Club. You’ll earn cash — not points — for all your purchases.
Become a member to earn up to 15 % cash back shopping at your favorite stores through the app, and you could get access to your earnings fast cashing out with PayPal. If you don’t have a PayPal account, your money will be delivered via check by mail.
Cash Direct Club partners with hundreds of online retailers including Walmart, Macy’s, Best Buy, Sephora and Neiman Marcus.
Sign up today and you’ll get a $20 welcome bonus after you make a purchase of $20 or more. You’ll also get an additional $3 just for downloading the app, another $3 when you download the desktop browser extension, up to $10 per referral of family and friends and even more shopping bonuses the more you use Cash Direct Club.
What are you waiting for? Join Cash Direct Club to receive cash back on all your online Christmas shopping.
4. Need Money Fast? Drive People Around In Your Spare Time
Whether you’re just looking to give your wallet a little cushion in preparation for the holidays or actually need to raise some money to do your shopping and prep, driving people around for Lyft is a great way to make money fast on your own time. All you need is to be 21 and have a car.
Lyft’s application process only takes a few minutes and the approval process typically only takes a couple of days. As soon as you get the green light, you can hit the road and start driving. Set your hours yourself, earn money with every ride you give, and get paid weekly. But if you need the money fast, Lyft’s Express Pay feature lets you cash out your earnings before your weekly deposit hits — you just need to have a minimum balance of $5.50 in your account.
You could make anywhere between a few to several hundred dollars a week driving for Lyft. It really just depends on how often you drive.
5. Make Serious Bank Pre-Holidays Delivering Food Locally (Car Not Required)
If you don’t have a car, but the idea of fast cash and setting your own hours is appealing, delivering food for Postmates is another great option to up your cash flow for Christmas.
The on-demand, food delivery service allows you to decide how long and how often you work. And while many people opt to use cars to make deliveries, Postmates also allows its couriers to use bikes, scooters, motorcycles or even deliver food on foot.
According to its website, if you work for Postmates, you can make up to $22 per hour plus tips! Want to hear the best part? Unlike rideshare services, you get to keep 100% of the money you make from every delivery. You’ll get your earnings weekly via direct deposit or you can withdraw your money instantly with a balance minimum of $5 for a small fee of $0.50.
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