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Give Your Budget a Boost This Holiday!

The holiday season evokes thoughts of joy and celebration. Decorating your home for the holidays. Showering your loved ones with brightly wrapped presents. However, the holidays can also bring upon stress. The added financial impact of paying for the gifts and additional activities of the holiday season can take a toll on you…and your budget!

What can you do? Sure, most of us have credit cards. It’s an option. But if you have a little extra time and energy on your hands, there are other ways to earn some extra cash to help cushion the budget this holiday season.

Pick up a retail job. Retail stores traditionally hire additional staff to help with influx of holiday shoppers. These types of job may require some training, so the sooner you apply, the better.

Sell things you aren’t using. From Craigslist to Facebook swap and sell groups to second hand stores to the Classified ads in the newspaper, there are many outlets you can use. Now could be the perfect time to go through your wardrobe and sell clothing you’re not wearing. Or, de-stash your kids’ playroom before Santa delivers more toys.

Make and sell crafts. Are you crafty? Personalized and hand-made gifts are popular, especially around the holidays. From Etsy sites to craft fairs, there are several ways to market your goods.

Babysit. The holidays can be a hectic time of year. Time is at a premium, and often everything can’t be accomplished with kids in tow. Babysitting one or two kids, or even a small group, can be profitable and provide a necessary service to your friends and neighbors. You could even make it a special event and host a parents’ night out!

Offer holiday deep cleaning. Cleaning the house before or after a family gathering or holiday party is usually a dreaded task. While you may not be in the market to offer this service year-round, a one-time holiday deep cleaning is an appealing option for those hosting friends and loved ones this holiday.

Work overtime. This may or may not be an option depending on your employer, but if it is, it can be a way to catch up on end-of-year projects and earn some overtime pay in the process.

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