As the end of the year approaches and we are stepping into holiday season, there can be a lot of extra expenses. It’s important to budget wisely for the holiday season. It can also be fun to find creative ways to earn extra money to help with those added expenses or to just bring in some extra income. Here are nine ways I have earned extra money for my holiday budget.
1. Drive for UberEATS
For me personally, I was hesitant to drive for Uber. I wasn’t sure how I felt about driving strangers around and the wear-and-tear on my vehicle. The thought of driving for Uber has intrigued me for years and I have found myself in an Uber vehicle as I’ve traveled around the world, often asking drivers about their experience.
It wasn’t until UberEATS came to Portland that I finally found a perfect middle ground: I could deliver food to people and earn extra money without the worries or concerns I had with driving others. It has been a great experience and an easy way to earn extra money.
2. Use coupons when you shop.
It takes a little extra planning when you incorporate coupons, but it’s worth it. Coupons are like free money. Over time, it’s easy to take off extra charges and put a more money back in your pocket. There are a lot of ways to find coupons – from the newspaper, directly from the company and coupon sites. One of my favorite places to get manufacturer coupons is from Coupons.com. It’s easy to go through the site, select the coupons you’d like and print from home.
3. Scan your receipts to get cash back.
Did you know you can earn cash back on some of the everyday items you purchase just from scanning your receipts? Once I started using Ibotta, I realized how easy it was to get money back on purchases I was already making. Ibotta is easy to use and makes scanning receipts effortless. If you want to know more about how Ibotta works, check out my tutorial on Ibotta.
I also discovered something really cool: you can stack coupons with Ibotta and Checkout51 (another cash back program). Saving dollars add up quickly when you use cash back programs, such as Ibotta or Checkout51, puts more money back in your pocket.
4. Use Ebates for online purchases.
Ebates offers you cash rebates for your online purchases. Not only does Ebates give you cash, but they also search the best coupons to save you the most money on your purchase. To make it even easier, Ebates has a Cash Back Button you can add to your browser that will help you find cash back when you shop. Ebates pays you through PayPal, which means all the cash rebates comes straight back to you with no hidden fees or check-printing charges.
You will definitely want to download Ebates before Black Friday and Cyber Monday for the best deals!
5. Earn money walking.
Did you know you can earn money walking? Achievement gives you points for making healthy choices, answering tailored surveys and staying active. There are 30+ health apps that link with Achievement and allows you to earn the most possible points out of your healthy choices.
You earn $10 CASH for every 10,000 points. Keep an eye out for ways to earn extra compensation with various health studies, such as the one about sleep habits. Get paid for being healthy now!
6. Complete surveys from home.
Surveys are an easy way to earn some extra money. There are lots of companies willing to compensate people for filling out surveys and giving them feedback and consumer insights. Personally, I use SurveySavvy to fill out online surveys – often in my pajamas – and earn money for my opinions. Sign up for SurveySavvy!
Another great place to fill out surveys is through Swagbucks. Earn points with surveys and polls you fill out on Swagbucks, then cash out for gift cards at your favorite retailers or get cash back through PayPal. Click here to checkout Swagbucks!
7. Use Paribus to get refunds from companies.
Paribus is completely free and easy to use. Once you set it up, you can literally forget about it. Paribus works in the background, monitoring your email for receipts from stores. When Paribus detects a drop in price for an item or product you recently purchased, Paribus files a claim with the company and requests a refund for you. I love seeing emails from Paribus notifying me of a price adjustment and refund! Sign up for Paribus.
8. Sell items through Declutter.
Do you have old electronics, books, CDs and DVDs sitting around? Decluttr is one of the easiest re-sell apps I’ve ever used. Use the Decluttr app on your phone to scan the barcode of items you want to sell, once you’ve scanned in all the items you want to sell, complete your order by printing off a shipping label, and get paid the day after your items are received. It’s that simple. Scan it, sell it, send it with Decluttr.
9. Make money losing weight.
How would you like to earn money by losing weight? HealthyWage is a wellness company that uses financial incentives to help you lose weight and get in shape.
According to a recent Mayo Clinic study on weight loss, participants who received cash incentives were more likely to stick with the weight-loss program and lost more weight than participants who received no incentives. Find your incentive when you bet on your weight loss with a HealthyWager from HealthyWage.