As any mum knows, Christmas is a costly time of the year. Whether you’re in charge of the presents, the food, the decorations, the outings, or all of the above, there is always going to be a lot more to pay out for in December and the lead up to Christmas than in any other month, and that can be stressful. It can detract from the fun and magic of Christmas.
One way to deal with this is to have a homemade Christmas, making gifts yourself and spending out very little. Another way is to have a minimalist Christmas, again, spending only a small amount of money, or nothing at all.
However, if you want to have a big Christmas and you are going to need to spend out, there are many different ways you can make that extra money without getting into debt and using your credit cards too much. Read on to find out more.
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Buying Christmas presents, food, even decorations, online is convenient and much more enjoyable than going out into the cold and wet weather and traipsing up and down the high street. You can find just what you want and often save money doing it.
If you’ve been doing this, other people will have too. In fact, online buying at Christmas increases by a large amount, and this year around £74bn will be spent online. You can profit from this need to buy online by taking on delivery work. Different shops in your area, as well as larger online stores and courier companies, need extra workers at this time of year to keep up with demand, so you could take on some extra shifts at times that suit you and bring in some useful Christmas money to either use this year or put away for next year.
Sell Your Things
The lead up to Christmas is the ideal time to have a good clear out at home. You’re going to be receiving new things, and you’ll want to have space for them. This is more true of the children’s rooms than anywhere else, but it’s a job that you can carry out everywhere, clearing space and decluttering.
Anything that is no longer needed, is too small, isn’t played with anymore, and so on can be sold assuming it’s in reasonable condition. Take good photos and list the toys and games and books and clothes and so on, on local selling sites (Facebook groups are a good way to do this). Make sure you mention any faults or defects in the ad so that the buyers are aware of what they’re paying for, just to be on the safe side.
Not only is Christmas an expensive time, but it’s a busy time too and there always seems to be something else to do. If you’re not already too busy (and if so, don’t try to add to your long to-do list with this idea), you can help other people who are, and charge for your services.
Set up a little side hustle wherein you carry out errands for those who need help. It might be posting parcels at the Post Office, it might be delivering gifts to neighbours, it could be cleaning a car or babysitting or wrapping gifts.
People will often be glad to outsource these chores and as long as you are organised and charge the right amount of money, you can certainly benefit as well as them. This could even be a career that you take further and continue into the new year and beyond.