Like it or not, Christmas is coming in all its tinsel-clad, fairly-lit, carol-singing glory. With just weeks to go until the big day, the festive spirit is everywhere—but as jolly as it is, we know that Christmas isn’t for everyone (the expense, in particular).
If you’re reading this and nodding your head, never fear – because we’re here to offer you a festive lifeline. Rather than clearing out your bank account this Christmas, there are a host of creative ways to make money during the festive season—and we’re going to tell you about the best ones.
According to The Bank of England, the average UK household spends over £3,300 on the leadup to Christmas. But not you.
To help you reduce the cost of Christmas this year and take away the festive financial pinch, here are four creative ways to make money this holiday season.
1. Become a consumer critic
Did you know that one of the most creative ways to make money at your convenience is reviewing stuff online?
There are a selection of websites that will pay you for your opinions, often verbally (no writing required!)—over the phone or in person.
Did you know? Here at Angelfish Opinions, you can make money by signing up for focus groups or market research studies. We pay in cash and gift cards, so either way you’ll be in for a festive WinFall.
2. Take part in an identity parade
When we say identity parade, we do mean those police lineups designed to catch criminals. If you’re not particularly enamoured with the Christmas period, taking part in an identify parade is about as anti-festive as it gets. What’s more, it makes for an interesting story, and, it pays a little, too.
The police still use video parades to catch baddies, and they typically pay around £10 to £20. Simply sign up or register your interest with your local constabulary, stand in line, and make a little extra cash.
3. Be a mystery shopper
Next on our list of creative ways to make money list: take part in a little mystery shopping.
While mystery shopping won’t make your rich beyond your wildest dreams, it’s an excellent way of generating some extra cash at Christmas. Plus, you can shop without the burden of parting with endless piles of money. Oh, and occassionally, you get to keep the items you’ve shopped for, so you can give them as gifts. A real win-win.
This guide on how to become a mystery shopper will tell you everything you need to know to get started.
4. Sell your unwanted items
You know what they say: one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. We’re not saying that your unwanted items are trash as such, but at Christmas, there will be droves of shoppers looking for a bargain.
In our hyper-connected digital age, there are more platforms, apps, and touchpoints than ever for selling your stuff either on the go or from the comfort of your own home—so do it!
If you’re gadget-mad or a techy type especially, selling your old electronics will give you the capital you need to invest in the latest innovations, inventions, and gizmos on the market. Happy Christmas to you.
We hope these four creative ways to make money have inspired you to get out there and save your wallet some serious damage over the festive season. You may not love this time of year, but wherever you are or whatever you do, we hope you have a warm, happy time this Christmas.
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