The holidays can be a real budget buster and that can put a serious damper on the excitement of the holiday season. The good news is, you don’t have to resort to credit cards to pay for the things on your holiday shopping list.
We have some quick and easy ways that you can earn money for Christmas without taking much time away from your family. We’ve tested each of these money making tips and they are all legitimate way to earn some extra cash.
For more ways you can earn money for Christmas, see the full series here.
Resale all your Extra Stuff
One of my biggest complaints about Christmas is all the extra clutter that we end up brining into the house. I love gift giving and you absolutely can’t give it up, but decluttering before the holiday definitely makes a major difference in how overwhelmed I get once the holiday is over. The nice thing is, you can relive some of your clutter-induced stress and earn some extra money for holiday gifts at the same time!
I’ve had great luck earning extra cash by reselling things we no longer need or want. Here’s how I do it:
- Make sure you clean your items well. No one wants to buy something that looks dirty or grungy. Take a wet cloth to items with a hard surface and wash clothing items carefully. Be sure and get into any grooves that your item may have because grime and dirt tends to make items look older and you won’t get as much money for them.
- Take great photos of your item. If you are selling your items online (and in the middle of the winter chances are you aren’t going to be excited about doing a garage sale). Use natural light, either by going outside or placing your item near a window) to get nice, bright photos. Place your item on a clean background to draw more attention to it and highlight it’s best features. I like placing smaller items on a white piece of foam board near a window.
- Price your item realistically. If you price something too high, chances are it won’t sell. I find that it’s a much better use of my time to price things competitively so that I can sell it quickly and not spend any more time than I need to trying to move it.
Where to Sell your Stuff
Once you have your stuff sorted out and ready to sell, you need somewhere to sell it. Here are a few of my favorites:
Craigslist – Craigslist has admittedly gone downhill in the last few years but it’s still useful. I use a different email address whenever I do anything on Craigslist so I can avoid the spam, just remember to check whatever email address you use. A good rule of thumb for anything, if something seems too good to be true it probably is. Use some common sense when selling on Craigslist and never accept a money order or work with a buyer who is out of your local area.
Facebook – There are all kinds of Facebook selling groups that are popping up. Search for one in your local area by typing a few keywords in the search box at the top of the screen. Try “yourtown sale” or “yourtown garage sale”. You’ll have to join any of the groups you want to post in and each will have different rules so be sure and get a feel for the group before you post anything. If you are selling one or two things, I’ve had good luck just posting it on my own Facebook page and offering it up to my local friends.
Online Classifieds – Check your local newspaper to see if they have an online classified section on their website. We have a great online classified section on our local newspaper’s website and I’ve had great luck reselling items with a quick turn around on there.
Amazon Trade In – If you have any books, electronics, video games, movies, or music CDs that you want to get rid of, Amazon often offers you a fairly competitive trade-in price. They’ll pay for shipping and once they receive your item they’ll turn around and give you an Amazon gift card. I do most of my holiday shopping on Amazon because of all the deals they offer so that’s just like having cash to me.
Ebay – Ebay is everyone’s go-to spot for reselling extra stuff. Ebay takes a cut of anything you sell so larger ticket items may be better listed elsewhere but you can get your items in front of a broader audience than you can with more local options. This is especially important if you have something that is more unusual or harder to find because you’ll earn a better profit by getting it in front of the right buyer.
What are your tips for reselling items for cash?