Last updated on December 27th, 2019
“Help! I need money for Christmas!”
I can’t believe the holidays are almost here again. Target and Home Depot already have Christmas trees and lights strung all over the place, and before you know it stores will be full of shoppers fighting to find the best deals.
I don’t know about you, but in my family we have a habit of going overboard on the holidays. And if you haven’t been putting money aside throughout the year, your Christmas budget may be smaller than you’d like.
But don’t worry. There is still time to earn some extra cash for the holidays. Here are our top 11 ideas for people who need money for Christmas.
Deliver With DoorDash
Create a free account with DoorDash and you can earn money by picking up and delivering food in your neighborhood. All you need is a smartphone and a way to get around (car, scooter, or bike).
You get to set your own hours and make deliveries whenever you have some free time. DoorDash is available in over 4,000 cities in the U.S. and there are a lot of hungry people out there willing to pay you to bring their meals to them.
Postmates is another site that pays you to deliver food to customers, but their service area is limited compared to DoorDash.
Walk Dogs With Rover
Do you like pets? Did you know you can get paid to take local dogs for walks or check in on them during the day when their owners are out?
If you’re not sure where to start just create a free account on Rover.com so you can connect with dog owners in your area.
Dog walkers typically earn about $20-$30 for a thirty minute walk which makes this a great option for people who need money for Christmas.
Earn Money Online At Swagbucks
Swagbucks is one of my favorite ways to make extra money. It’s completely free to join and you can earn points for doing things you’re already doing, like searching the web, watching videos, and taking short surveys.
Then cash in your points for rewards such as Paypal cash or gift cards to Amazon, Target, or dozens of other stores. Plus, when you sign up with this link you’ll get a $5 signup bonus!
Hang Christmas Lights
Last Christmas season, someone hung up a bunch of signs around my neighborhood that said “I need money for Christmas presents for my kids, will hang your lights outside for you!”
I love this idea. There are plenty of homeowners who are elderly or too busy to hang their holiday decorations. They’ll gladly pay someone like you to hang everything up for them. And make sure you keep their contact info so you can get paid to hang their lights every year!
When my kids were younger, my wife and I had a babysitter to watch the kids when we needed a date night and we paid her $12 an hour. That’s about mid-range compared to what other couples we know pay. Some of our friends pay up to $15 an hour for their babysitters, while others pay a high school girl only $8.
Getting paid $50 to $60 a night to sit around playing board games with some kids is a pretty good deal. If you can line up steady work you won’t need money for Christmas anymore because you’ll have more than enough cash in your wallet.
We used a site called SitterCity to find our babysitter and she was awesome. You can create a free account for yourself to advertise your babysitting services and connect with parents in your area.
Drive With Uber Or Lyft
One of the most popular side gigs used by people who need money for Christmas is driving for ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft. If you have some free time on your hands and don’t mind driving people around in your car you can easily make some extra cash to pay for Christmas gifts.
Do Odd Jobs At TaskRabbit
TaskRabbit is a neat app that connects you with people in your area who need help with random jobs. You can get paid for tasks like moving heavy objects, putting together furniture, planting vegetables, cleaning an apartment, and just about anything else you can imagine.
Retailers hire mystery shoppers to come to their stores and then share their experiences so the store can get better. When you sign up to be a mystery shopper at a site like Bestmark, you get “jobs” that actually pay you to go shopping.
You’ll visit the store and make a purchase and then when you get home you’ll take a quick survey about your experience in the store. You won’t make a lot of money but you can earn some extra spending cash, and you often get to keep the item you purchased for free.
Rent Your Extra Space Through Airbnb
If you live somewhere that is even remotely desirable and you have a spare room in your house you should consider renting it out through Airbnb. How much you earn depends on where you live, the size of the space you’re offering, etc.
Use Airbnb’s built-in estimator to get an idea of what price you can charge guests.
Sell Stuff From Around The House
It’s a bit of work but it will be worth it once you convert all that useless “stuff” into cold, hard cash.
Get A Part-Time Job
If all else fails and you still need money for Christmas, consider getting a part-time job. The holiday season is prime time for retailers and with business booming they need extra people to help keep the shelves stocked and customers happy.
When my kids were first born, I worked part-time at Toys’R’Us for several years during the holiday season. I spent most of the time opening boxes, stocking shelves with new toys, and helping customers load giant packages into their cars.
It was a pretty good job. I got paid a decent hourly wage, made some extra money in tips from happy customers, and also got an employee discount on any purchases I made.
So there you have it. The holidays may be just around the corner but you still have time to pad your budget to have the best Christmas ever.
We’ve given you our top 11 ideas for people who need money for Christmas. You just have to pick the one best for you.
Mike Collins has been working in the financial industry since 2002 and is a self-proclaimed money nerd. He’s written for numerous personal finance websites and been featured on sites such as MarketWatch, Fortune, and Business Insider. Mike created Wealthy Turtle to give readers the tools and knowledge to manage their money like a rock star.