17 Ways to Earn Extra Cash for the Holidays
The Christmas season can stir up a multitude of feelings: joy, happiness, and for some – dread. What we name ‘the most wonderful time of the year’ is also the most expensive time of the year. If you haven’t budgeted yet for the holiday season and all the while the expected and unexpected Christmas costs eat away into your usual monthly budget leaving you in a tough financial situation.
I have good news for you! Kiplinger’s Online Editor Bob Niedt recently published a list of 17 Ways to Earn Extra Cash for the Holidays. Below are just a few examples of how you can make some extra money this holiday season.
Sell Unwanted Electronics
You can easily sell your stowed away, barely used gadgets and toys. You can cash in these unwanted electronics by selling them online no matter what condition they are in. Sell your used smart phones and apple products at Gazelle.com. GameStop will pay cash for smart phones, digital cameras, consoles, tablets and more. NextWorth.com will buy your smart phones, tablets, laptops and video games for cash. Students, don’t let those old textbooks sit on your bookshelf collecting dust, sell them on uSell and get paid via check or through PayPal. All of these sites are free!
Search for Unclaimed Property
State and Federal coffers hold billions of dollars’ worth of unclaimed property and some of it could be yours! The feds can hang on to returned tax refunds because of mailing-address issues or they can hang on to the refunds that were never claimed by taxpayers because they didn’t file a return. Moreover, the government can also hold on to bonds, government pensions, forgotten savings, etc. that were never claimed. The State government harbor uncashed dividend checks, returned utility deposits, unclaimed state-tax refunds and uncollected insurance benefits. Search a state’s unclaimed property database on www.naupa.org or go to www.missingmoney.com to search 39 state databases!
Drive Other People
Uber and Lyft are two great companies that provide opportunities for people to make money on their own time. Some drivers do this as their mains source of income, others do this for some extra cash just on the weekends. To become an Uber or Lyft driver, you must be at least 21 years old, own a car made after 2000 (2005 in some cities), and pass background and driving checks. According to Uber, an average drivers’ earning is about $19 dollars an hour. Lyft, Uber’s competitor says their drivers earn up to $35 per hour.
Check out Bob Niedt’s full list by clicking HERE. Thank you Kiplinger for sharing with us the ways we can earn some extra cash this holiday season!