2020 has certainly been a year and a half, hasn’t it? As Christmas looms we are all feeling the pinch this year as the lockdown and tier systems are still in place in various parts of the UK. Extra money would be helpful, wouldn’t it! Even if you decide to spend the extra money donating a gift to someone in need, what a lovely thing to be able to do. So here is how to make extra money for Christmas.

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It doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom though, as there are some great ways that you have a great Christmas without breaking the bank and make some extra money while you’re doing it. Before doing that though you should sort your finances out so that you are not paying for anything you don’t need as money can be saved there too. Here are some of my top tips for doing so below: 

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Buy over Black Friday 

As we all know Black Friday is when brands of every variety decide to drop their biggest deals to make the most out of the various holidays happening over December.

From tech items and toys to phones and furniture, there is a bargain to be grabbed for everyone if you get in there fast. I recommend that you buy as early as you can, especially for items such as phones and tech, as often the stock moves pretty fast. You don’t want to be disappointed.

On top of the savings that you can make just from the sales, you can add further pounds to your pocket by using cash back websites. I was a little behind the time with these but since the pandemic started I have become a total advocate.

All you need to do is sign up to a cashback site, click the link to the website that you wish to make your purchase from and then proceed as normal. The cashback will automatically be added to your account for you to use as you see fit. Get in! 

Try TopCashback or Quidco to get started. Some workplaces also have their own cashback schemes so make sure you take advantage of this if you can.

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Check your drawers 

The one thing about Christmas is that it means you end up with surplus stuff in your homes and you may be tempted to take it to the skip or second-hand store, but stop! There are plenty of places where for very little effort you can prevent your items from ending up in a landfill and make some extra pounds.

giffgaff is running a campaign all-around mobile phones, asking people to check their drawers for old devices that we no longer use so that they can get recycled and given a second life as a refurbished phone. What is great is your being sustainable, decluttering and making some money on the side. Great! 

It doesn’t just end with tech as sites such as vinted and thred up allow you to sell your second-hand clothes for your chosen asking price so they get to go to someone who will really love them great if you have children who just keep growing (annoying how they do that, isn’t it?) 

For larger items, sites such as preloved and Facebook marketplace can allow you to sell items to local people who will then come and pick them up. Money for unwanted items and not having to leave the house? I’m in 

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Trade-in, to trade up 

Finally, a great way to make some extra money, declutter and get the items that you are trade-in and exchanges, such as Amazon’s trade-in program. You can trade in old items such as games consoles in return for Amazon credit which can be put towards items you wish to buy from them.

Great! Big electrical sites do this as well such as appliances online etc. A great way to ease the pain of buying a more expensive item this Christmas

So what about you? Do you have any great money-saving or Christmas tips? If so let us know below or continue the conversation on our social channels.

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