With Christmas just around the corner, money worries can start to become somewhat daunting....gifts to buy, cupboards to fill, halls to deck with bows of holly and so on.
I think its fair to say that the majority of us could do with a bit of extra cash around this time of year, so with that in mind I thought I'd share with you some of the ways I like to drum up some extra spending money when Santa is coming to town!
At this time of year, people are always on the lookout for Christmas gift ideas and you may just be storing something away that someone would be willing to pay a pretty penny for.
A few years ago, I listed a very old Playstation console with a few games on eBay....at any other time of year I'd have been lucky to get £10 for it, but with Christmas coming....a bidding war soon started and before I knew it I'd pocketed an easy £70 for my unwanted old console.
Timing is everything with online selling, be sure your listing ends at a suitable time....not in the middle of Eastenders or early in the morning when nobody is about!
Sites like Gumtree and local Facebook selling groups are also worth checking out, as people are looking to buy but you don't need to worry about paying the listing fees.
Getting Rid Of Old Jewellery
It's surprising what you find laying around sometimes, an old unwanted gift from an ex or a piece of jewellery you simply don't like anymore can earn you a fair amount in a decent pawnbrokers.
I recently pawned an old ring with H & T pawnbrokers which has helped to fund Tyne's Christmas gifts this year without me needing to dip into my savings.
Turning A Hobby Into A Business
Most people have a skill that could potentially be profitable if you think about it enough.
I've done many things in the past including selling online tarot readings and personalised Christmas crafts, so have a think about your skills....are you a good amateur photographer? Handy with a paintbrush? Keen to do a bit of extra ironing in the evening?
You never who might be willing to pay you for services you can offer from the comfort of your own home.
Sell For The Season
There are many companies around that allow you to earn commission by selling on their behalf, and the Christmas season can be the perfect time to start.
Consider reputable companies such as Avon, Bettaware, Ann Summers, and Usborne Books....they won't take up too much of your time and can be a great way of mingling with people too.
Have A Clear Out
And finally, there will always be a bit of spare cash laying around your home if you just set out to find it....in the form of unwanted old clothes, old cds and books, etc.
Have a good clear out, and make use of websites that buy unwanted DVDs and CDs or local stores that pay per bag for unwanted clothes.
It may only be a few pounds here and there, but it all adds up.
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