When it comes to purchasing Christmas presents, it’s always helpful to come up with some extra cash. Most people break the bank each year trying to keep everyone on their list happy, but there is a better way to proceed with raising money for Christmas.
To help you fund Christmas 2014, think about allocating some time to one or more of the following activities, and you should be able to come up with the Christmas cash you need in no time!
Don’t Give Presents – Give Personalized Letters
Instead of paying for expensive gifts, consider sending out something that will connect with your friends and family on a deeper, more emotional level. Grab some festive Christmas stationary and prepare to pour your heart out.
Type up a nice letter, or if you’ve got nice handwriting, add an extra special touch and use a Calligraphy pen to hand write each letter, which’ll really add to the emotional appeal. Handmade cards are much more powerful than the over-priced, mass-produced Christmas cards that we’re all used to receiving.
Plus, craft stores are loaded with adorable embellishments and decorations that you can use to enhance your masterpieces, so you can get as crazy, unique or creative as you’d like. You could even come up with your designs to sell on Etsy, or at a local craft show, and start earning some money for Christmas presents along the way!
Become a Reseller
One of the quickest ways to make a fast buck during the Holidays is to hop on the Black Friday or Cyber Monday train and resell the items that you can score at deep discounts after the fact.
You might not need that 60 inch plasma tv, but if you’ve got room on the credit card and you’re sure someone else will be willing to pay you a couple hundred extra bucks for it next week, then feel free to indulge.
The problem with this strategy is that it takes money (or credit) to make money, and whatever you purchase could end up sitting around for a while, or never getting resold at all. Fortunately, if you’re smart, and careful, you can pick up some items with great return policies, or no lack of demand, and raise a couple hundred to several thousand dollars in the process.
Don’t forget to keep a careful eye on eBay and Craigslist as well, since amazing buys are likely to pop up while others are raising Christmas money for their own needs.
Write About Christmas
Have a way with words? Why not write a few articles on Holiday topics that you can sell to Bloggers, websites, or even traditional media outlets. Have you got some hot tips on finding the best Holiday bargains, are you hip to the best gifts for tech-lovers, or do you know a great recipe for Christmas dinner?
Don’t be afraid to stick your neck out and spend some time crafting the perfect Christmas writing piece, as these become hot commodities during the Holidays. Check out sites like Odesk and Elance for ghost-writing opportunities, and you could find yourself flush with Christmas cash in no time!
Gift Wrapping Service
Maybe words aren’t your thing, but you’ve got the most dexterous hands in town – if that’s the case, why not offer your services to friends, coworkers and neighbors by turning out some beautifully wrapped presents?
It’s not that hard, though it can be time-consuming, so this tip isn’t great for those with busy schedules, but the good news is that it doesn’t cost much to get all the supplies you need either. Stop by the 99-cent store or watch for bargains during Black Friday and load up on all the wrapping paper, bows, ribbons and other materials you need, then dress up some empty boxes and start advertising your capabilities.
If you enjoy dressing up pretty packages, and you’ve got the eye for making presents look perfect, you’re sure to find some job offers in no time!
Consider Holiday Loans
When all else fails, don’t be afraid to consult with a local lender for holiday loan, as these have become more and more common during the years following the recent economic crisis.
If you’re not willing to compromise by giving out sub-par gifts this year, consider taking out a short-term Christmas loan, and you’ll have all the cash you need to pack that tree with presents and place a smile on everyone’s face.
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