How to Earn Extra Cash Before Christmas

I am ALL about the side hustle. Making that extra cash before the holiday season is fantastic! But how do you do it without getting second job? My three favorite ways are rebate apps, selling online, and surveys.

If you are very intentional about shopping and using these apps, you could make some big $$$! Watch for Black Friday deals on the rebate apps. Some will run out quickly!

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Ibotta is the first rebate app that I started using back in 2013. My lifetime earning from the app are $172.49 as of October 2018. I don’t use it as much as I used to back in my couponing days but there are still excellent deals to be had (with or without coupons)! They regularly do rebates on online shopping, so install the app before Black Friday to take advantage of the rebates! Use click here to download the app and use my referral code I63gwq and get a $10 sign up bonus!

Checkout 51

Checkout 51 is one of the earlier rebate apps much like Ibotta was. It is an app that you can select products from the list, purchase the product at the store, and upload the receipt. Once the app confirms the items were actually purchased, you will receive credit to your account. They regularly have bonuses (though not as much as Ibotta) so be on the look out to earn up to double the rebates! Click here to download the app and get a $5 bonus once you redeem your first rebate!


Shopkick is such an easy app to use. It is a cash back app that you download to your phone. All you have to do to earn “kicks” is have the app open and your Bluetooth on whenever you walk into a store. You can get kicks by scanning specific items and uploading receipts. So very easy! On a trip to Target, I normally get half of the amount I need to receive a gift card. They almost always have bonuses when you complete online shopping through the app. Perfect for Black Friday and Christmas shopping! Click here to use my referral link to download the app and get 250 free kicks (free kicks received once you do your first walk-in or scan within 7 days of download).

Selling Online


Poshmark is a great platform to buy and sell clothes. You can often times find users selling exactly what you’ve been looking for. I recently found a grey sweater that I had been scouring stores for on Poshmark! It is also very easy to sell through the app. You just add a listing and snap photos of your item and add a short description. Easy peasy. If you want a free $5, use my referral code AMBROWNLOW and download the app to your device. Once you download the app, make sure to use my referral code to get the $5!


eBay is my original side hustle. I worked in resale clothing for several years so I know what makes a quality piece and how to price it. You can check out my eBay store here to find designer steals for less! If you want to start selling on eBay, review their policies, gather the things around your house that you want to sell, and start listing. Remember that quality pictures sell an item much better than quick shots.

Facebook Marketplace

Facebook is a more immediate type of selling platform. You list an item and people in your area can search for it. We once sold my old college TV for $20 within an hour of listing it. While you do have to put in the effort to meet the buyer, you don’t have to wait on the profits clearing your account (like eBay) or the buyer accepting the item in an app (like Poshmark).



Toluna is a survey site that operates much like a social media platform. I enjoy taking surveys from this site because they often have surveys over fun or unusual topics. Your survey points can be redeemed for gift cards. A favorite of mine is the gift card because it translates to more money at your favorite eat out spot. They have a very user friendly app as well so you can do surveys while you wait in line on Black Friday 🙂 . Get started using my referral link here and start earning!

Survey Savvy

I have been taking surveys on Survey Savvy for several years now. They have some of the highest paying surveys out there. Whenever I log in, I regularly see survey opportunities in the $4-$5 range. You can redeem your earnings via check. From my experience, they send the check rather quickly. I recently completed a survey over three days and it paid $75! If that doesn’t make you want to sign up, I don’t know what will! Use my referral link here to get started.


Swagbucks is a fun way to earn cash! You take surveys, watch videos, and shop on their website and THEY PAY YOU! Gift cards are pretty easy to earn if you make an effort (10 minutes a day). Sign up here!


I hope these ideas on how to make a little extra cash before Christmas inspire you to get going and maybe even start a side hustle!

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