Could you use extra money for Christmas? I know I could. Here is a list of 10 ways you can earn extra money for Christmas. This list includes semi-painless ways to earn over $2500 before next year. No part-time job required! Don’t forget to use Ebates when you shop for things this year, it will save you so much in cash back.

Below I list all I did last year to earn extra money and what I made. I actually used this to save for homeschool supplies, Christmas presents, and birthday presents. Comment below to let me know if you have any tips of your own or another awesome idea for how to spend this easy money!

Ebates: $225 

Don’t forget to use Ebates when you shop for things this year, or when you are shopping year round. This is a great way to earn cash back on items you are already buying. Ebates is easy and reliable.

All you need is a PayPal account or you can opt to have them send you a check by mail! You can earn a great amount of money through Ebates referrals too.

I hate to admit but I just started using Ebates. Imagine the money I could have saved!

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Swagbucks $350

On average using different methods such as taking surveys, using the search bar, coupons and watching videos, I average about $10-$20 a month. I also go shopping through Swagbucks which generally nets me another $75-$150 a year. I usually cash out for Amazon gift cards, but there are other options.


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Mobile Shopping Apps $197

Ibotta: This app offers rebates for taking a picture of your receipts. Some rewards are higher than others, and they can vary on store and item. You can earn more by doing small tasks like watching a video about the product. The only caveat with this is you have to shop at specific stores. I would say on average I earn $1.00 or so a shopping trip, sometimes a little more. I usually go shopping about once a week. Total: $52

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Receipt Hog: This app is similar to Ibotta with the difference being you don’t have to shop at specific stores to earn. The payout can be slow, but if I am already purchasing a product why would you throw away free money! Total: $30

SavingStar: Very similar to the other two. This one does best for me. I love when they have offers like Spend $35 on Starbucks and get $5. They usually give you a few trips to get to the threshold, and that total can include coupons. You can also “boost” your total but getting credit for watching videos or other small tasks. Looking back I can see I earned $115 this year. You can pick your payout as a bank deposit, Paypal deposit, or you can start a college fund and contribute to that. Total: $115

Mobile Consumer Information Apps $359

Media Insiders: This app runs in the background of your phone collecting anonymous data on our habits with social media and shopping. Occasionally it offers a survey via email. I love media insiders because it is easy and free money! You make $5 a month (per device) plus surveys. You can install this on up to 3 devices. Total: $180 via Amazon Giftcards

Smart Panel: Runs in the background of your phone and collects data on your shopping and social media habits. All the information it collects is anonymous. $15 bonus for the first month then $5 a month after that. Total: $75 in Amazon GC or Paypal

Google Screenwise Panel: Same deal as the others run in the background of your phone and you get $2 for every week it runs! Total: $104 via Paypal

Mobile Ad Apps $180

SlideJoy: This is an app that places ads on the lock screen of your phone. You earn money regardless of whether or not you engage with the app. I average anywhere from $5-$15 per month depending on whether I am really active on my phone or not.

Email Surveys $100

All of these companies are very similar. They offer you money in the form of points or straight out cash for taking surveys through their site. I recommend you do your research on each one, but the following are the one’s I have had the best luck with.

Vindale Research, Opinion Outpost, My Points, Pinecone Research

User Testing: Approximately $1200

I have found that User Testing can be very lucrative. Each test takes me about 20 minutes. I also need the use of my laptop, tablet or cell phone, depending on the test, and a quiet space. Since I need it to be quiet I do this at night or early in the morning. I have found that signing up for multiple sites and frequently getting good reviews has earned me more tests. I have gotten about 2-3 tests a week that I qualify for the number gets higher as I take more tests and test well. The key is to pay attention to the directions. Each test rewards me between $10-$12.

User Testing, TryMyUI, Userlytics

Selling Giftcards- $150

There are two sites that I use to sell gift cards I can’t use- we had a restaurant burn down in our area that I had won a $100 gift card to- or cards I won’t use. Cardpool, Raise, and I’ve never used this particular one, but a similar site is Giftcardgranny. All of them work by selling your gift card at a discounted rate. Your $50 gift card might earn $38 dollars but if you weren’t planning on using it or couldn’t, either way I’d consider that a win!

Selling Photos- $40

Foap App: Foap is an app that lets you sell your photos online. This is great if you have a photography hobby. Foap sells any photo you chose to submit for $10 and you earn $5. I have used this app and so far have made $40. The payout method is PayPal. Similar App: Clashot

Selling Books with Bookscouter- $359

Bookscouter is an all in one for selling books. They search several sites that buy back used books and give you the best deal. I sold some books I had from college and received $359. This app made selling my old college textbooks so much easier. Now I have this app on my phone so when I go thrift shopping I can look up any interesting books I find!

Grand Total: $3160


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