Did the holidays sneak up on you? Have you found yourself three weeks out with no money for Christmas?
Don’t worry, there is still time to make extra cash before Christmas. How?
We can’t make any guarantees and you’ll need to act fast, but you can definitely get out and hustle yourself up some cash for the holidays. Don’t resort to credit cards and loans as a solution. Check out our list of last minute ways to make cash fast.
Short on cash but not on time? Focus Groups are a great way to earn cash at any time during the year. For a little of your time and your honest feedback, a focus group can be the answer to your money woes.
The average pay can range from $60-$140, but you can earn more than that with the right group. Our very own Chonce earned $500 for participating in a focus group for a few hours. You can even receive payment the same day you participate, so sign up today. Check out Focus Group and Respondent to get started and apply for opportunities.
Sell Gigs on Fiverr
Have a special skill or talent? Do you draw or know calligraphy? Are you a writer or graphic designer? Pick up a few gigs on Fiverr and earn money fast.
You set your own rates and can request payment once your task is complete.
Drive for Uber or Lyft
With the holidays upon us, people will be out and about more than usual. Whether its a ride to an airport or a holiday party, your services are need. Both ride share services allow you to be paid weekly, and you can accelerate payments. This helps you get your cash fast.
Lyft has also made improvements to its tipping procedures, so you can earn even more money. As long as your at least 21 years of age and licensed for at least one year, you could get started today. Uber often offers sign-on bonuses for new drivers.
This means if you sign up and complete a certain number of trips within your first few weeks/months, you not only get paid for those trips but you also get a bonus (the bonus amount varies by city). Learn more and get started here.
Sell Old Items and Toys Online
Raid your closet for buried treasure. Whether its clothes or shoes, it may have value. I once searched the internet far and wide for a pair of boots that were no longer in stores. Poshmark was the answer to my prayers.
Are you a parent? Then you more than likely have toys that your kids no longer play with collecting dust in your home. Turn those toys into cash by selling them on eBay or Amazon. Buyers will be motivated to buy as soon as possible thanks to the holiday. Ship their items quickly and collect your cash.
Remember those holiday party I mentioned above? Well that’s one of the great reasons people need babysitters this season. Parents want to take part in holiday festivities too, and will pay good money for the night out.
Offer babysitting services and use your network to spread the word. You will get paid the same day, so you can add it to your holiday haul.
Dog-walk or Pet Sit
Much like kids, fur babies also need attention. Become a dog walker or pet sit. Dog walking allows you to get in a little exercise while earning money. Whether it’s just for a night out or travelling for the holidays, you can give pet owners peace of mind in exchange for some cash.
Rover connects you with thousands of pet owners in need of your services. Users can earn up to $1000 per month. Sign up and get started with your cash.
Sell your Plasma
Blood and plasma donations not only benefits those in need, but can benefit you as well. There is always a need for these donations and plasma centers pay the same day in cash.
The FDA allows up to two donations per week, although the American Red Cross recommends once every 28 days.
Be a Task Rabbit
Pick up a quick gig on Task Rabbit. Are you handy around the house? Do you have time to run errands? For a few hours or less, you could help move furniture, mount a TV, or run someone’s errands for cash.
The project rates are available, so you can decide which ones are worth your time.
No money for Christmas doesn’t mean that you just stop shopping all together. By simply making your regular household purchases, you can earn cash. If you haven’t already, download the Ibotta app and start earning money today. You can earn cash back for items purchased in store and online, and cash out via Paypal or Venmo once you’ve earned $20 or more.
Shopkick used to be my default app to earn gift cards, but they are now offering cash too. The great thing about Shopkick is that you don’t always need to make purchases to earn kicks.
Once you’ve downloaded the app, you can earn kicks by just walking into your favorite stores. You can also do the “scans” and earn kicks by just scanning items for the list available. When you reach you kick limit, you can cash out via Paypal.
Rent your Space or Car
Do you have an extra room in your home? Perhaps you plan to go away for the weekend. Turn that space into cash by renting out your room on Airbnb. You can even rent out your car using the Getaround App. You can set your own rates and collect you money.
Turo is another site you can use to rent out your car.
Become a Delivery Driver
This has been a go to for many who need to earn extra cash. Whether it’s Pizza Hut or Domino’s or UberEats and Postmates, the need for delivery drivers are on the rise. You can even shop for other via Instacart. With Instacart, you get to set your own schedule a week in advance so you get guaranteed work and pay.
Delivery drivers get paid weekly and set their own schedule, making it convenient for you as well.
Serve at Events
The holidays are a busy time of year for conference centers and hotels. Businesses are still holding conferences, and companies are hosting holiday parties for their employees. Offer your expert hospitality skills and you can earn cash the same day as the event. I once earned $150 for just 5 hours of work for a college fundraiser.
If you missed the opportunity to start saving for Christmas in advance, all hope is not lost. There is still ample time to earn the extra cash you need. Check out some of these links below for additional ideas and recommendations. Then, get creative and start today.
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