Has the festive season left you feeling financially drained? You’re not alone. Many people spend the winter months buying expensive gifts, decorations, and food all for the purpose of celebrating a single day, just to realise that they’ve left themselves with little in their bank accounts when the holidays are finally over.
While we all enjoy the buzz and excitement of Christmastime, it’s worth noting that a lot of us suffer to get back on track financially when the New Year rolls around. With that in mind, I’ve put together a few ideas of creative ways you can make your money back after the 25th has passed, so that you can feel confident and cashed-up for 2018.
1. Sell the Gifts You Don’t Want
This might seem a little heartless, but if you ended up with a present that you don’t want or need from someone in your social circle, and you’d rather have the cash, then you could benefit from a quick trip to eBay. The key here is to make sure that you don’t sell anything that your friend is going to notice missing the next time they visit your home! Ultimately, it’s better to sell things from distant relatives and secret Santa’s, and simply talk to your friend or ask for a receipt when dealing with people you see on a regular basis. You don’t want your frugal nature to ruin your friendship.
2. Cash in on the Gift Cards
People love giving gift cards at Christmas when they’re not sure what else they can get their chosen recipient. If you got some cards for a shop you’re unlikely to visit, the good news is that you can sell your presents online for close to their original value. That means that you end up with more actual cash in your wallet, and no-one’s feelings get hurt.
3. Become a Freelancer
Most of the experts in the freelance world take a little time off around the festive period to spend time with their loved ones, which means that you could benefit from picking up the slack in the New Year. If you have skills to offer as a virtual assistant, blogger or graphic designer, try heading online to see if there are any jobs going.
4. Get Rid of Excess Clutter
If you didn’t have chance to clear out your attic before Christmas, then the New Year could be the perfect time for you to get rid of some extra clutter – particularly now that you need to find some room for any new gifts. Go through your closets, your attic, and anywhere else you might be hoarding your old collectables, and start selling on eBay. You can even try checking out some of the local selling groups on Facebook and Twitter.
5. Pick Up Some Odd Jobs
For a lot of people, the holiday season is an opportunity to be as lazy and laid-back as possible. If you want to make some extra money, then you can take advantage of that attitude by offering to help out in as many different ways as possible. For instance, think about offering to shovel snow for your neighbours in exchange for a bit of extra cash, or take the dogs for a walk when they’d rather be curled up in front of the fire. You could even offer to run a bit of a pick-up service for people who want to go out drinking around New Year.
6. Test Some Websites
In today’s competitive marketplace, brands are always looking for new ways to get ahead with improved and upgraded website experiences. With that in mind, they’re often willing to spend money paying for people to test their new websites for them. Head online to find out if there are any jobs going, or offer your services on social media job boards.
7. Enter to Win Some Prize Giveaways
Finally, while this might not count as actually earning more money after Christmas if your plan for boxing day is to sit on the couch and watch old movies, then why not improve your chances of getting some extra cash and gifts back into your pocket at the same time? There are plenty of giveaways and competitions running around the festive period, and most won’t ask for much effort from you if you want to enter. All you need to do is hand over a couple of details like your name and email address.