Cash for Christmas

Posted on 01 December 2020 by CarTakeBack

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Christmas is coming! While people are trying to stay positive and look forward to the festive season, in whatever form it comes, money is tight for many and it's hard not to feel stressed at the thought of covering those Christmas costs. Making a few pounds on the side over the next month or two will help take a little bit of the pressure off… We're here to help!

All the advice we've read on making some extra cash suggests activities that might usually be great alternative sources of income, but with current restrictions are either impossible or unbefitting of the current community spirit, which has been a silver lining of the COVID crisis…

  • Running errands and doing odd jobs for cash has turned into people doing these things out of the goodness of their hearts for people that really need their help.
  • No live art classes are happening for you to offer yourself up as nude inspiration!
  • Many shops and restaurants aren't open for you to be a mystery shopper or write a review.

Anyway, enough of what you can't do, there's far too many of those!… Here's a little list of extra earners you can do from the comfort of your own home!

Cash for Christmas

Selling your old stuff

It's an oldie but a goodie! And because people can't get out to shop, there's actually never been a better time to go through your house and see what you don't want or need. Someone else might be looking for just that item! 

Whether you're clearing out clothes, furniture, jewellery, old collections from sporting memorabilia to teddy bears, games consoles, DVD's, mobile phones… your old 'junk' could really be someone else's treasure/Christmas gift! There are many specialist selling sites now, so as well as considering your ebay or Gumtree account, be sure to do some research into other platforms you could choose to sell through such as Music Magpie or Vinted. You could pick up a few extra pounds from reaching the right audience direct.

Cashing in your car

Well funnily enough this one is our favourite! You may have decided to keep hold of your old car a little longer after the MOT extension announcement earlier this year, but whether it's finally come to the end of its days, or your travel methods have changed, there couldn't be a better time to get rid of your old wheels. Scrap prices are at a high with an average of £170 and we can collect your car safely in all areas despite any restrictions you may be under (see our latest COVID-19 response here).

An instant quote will give you a guaranteed price, and if there's any time left on your vehicle tax you'll get another pay out with that money returned too.

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Selling yourself

Not in the literal sense of course! We're referring to a skill that you might take for granted that could actually make you a little, or even a lot of money!

Maybe you are a dab hand at carving, drawing, pottery, jewellery making, baking - wrack those brains and fish out that tool - you could be making money from your hobby and selling the items you make online. Check out sites such as Etsy to sell your items.

Your skill may be something that enables you to provide a service online - helping an individual or business with writing, graphic design, music composition, photography or any other special skill you may have to offer. You could use Facebook or other social media sites to spread word of your skills but one of the official sites we've seen recommended is Fiverr where you can post adverts for your particular skills.

Earn while you shop

When cash-back schemes first started many people were sceptical, but they continue to make people money and as long as you follow some simple advice (see Money Saving Expert's guide to using cashback sites) you could potentially get back hundreds of pounds in a year and let's face it, a lot of that could be from your Christmas shopping alone! Check out Top Cash Back or Quidco and watch the money roll in!

The back of the sofa?!

It may sound small fry, but some of us have a significant amount of coins stashed around the house… whether they are carefully collected in a specific bottle/piggybank/swear jar (!) or you have little piles of coins around the house depending on where they have been fished out of pockets and handbags. It can all mount up!

Why not do a coin sweep in the house, or even get the kids to do it as a lockdown activity! You may well find it adds up to a healthy sum. Some large supermarkets have coin converters that give you shopping vouchers, or you can save it for a bank trip.

While you are searching the house keep your eyes peeled for old bank notes and foreign money that could be swapped. The Bank of England is the best place to go for advice on swapping old bank notes and if you have old foreign currency there are services such as Left Over Currency. If your holiday plans have gone on indefinite hold, you could exchange current foreign currency back to sterling to help out this Christmas - we suggest checking Money Saving Experts comparison service for the best rates. 

Sell your space

It's hardly the time to be taking on a lodger, but if you've recently got rid of your own car, or you are lucky enough to have a spare parking space, driveway or garage, whatever your situation, space sells! Even at the moment there are a lot of people still having to travel for work and there are plenty of online sites that will help you make money off your space, you can try Parklet, Your Parking Space, Just Park or Park on My Drive.

Review your finances

It's not exciting and it's not strictly generating money, but it is saving it! Whether it's getting round to cancelling memberships you're not using or reducing your subscriptions, a family can save hundreds of pounds a year from a simple review of their finances. Once you've taken a look at the individual costs you can get rid of or reduce, you may run out of steam, why not try a service such as Look After My Bills - they automatically move your bills onto the best tariffs - saving you money without you having to lift a finger!

Online surveys

Most people don't mind filling in a quick survey if they get to share their opinion and/or perhaps improve their customer experience in the future… well you can actually get paid for doing it! There are sites set up to help businesses with survey responses and by filling them out online you can earn cash or gift vouchers. Perfect for Christmas! There are so many sites that offer this opportunity but here's a few to get you started: Prolific, Swagbucks and Curious Cat App. 

Hopefully that's given you all some inspiration, you might even enjoy making some extra cash for Christmas!

Wishing all our blog readers as wonderful a festive season as will be possible in this turbulent year.

Please remember that all self-employed income should be declared to HM Revenue and Customs.

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