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I know that getting Christmas money is a concern for many of us and that a lot of people struggle to make money for Christmas shopping.

So here I am with extra money ideas to help you and your family have a joyful holiday season.

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As moms we have to toe a fine line between wanting our kids to understand that Christmas is more than about getting gifts and being able to buy nice things for them. For many of us, having extra Christmas money is not something that is a given. In fact, many of us struggle to get it together.

Below you will find 50 extra money ideas for you to utilize to make this Christmas season a good one. It is a bit of a detour from the Money Saving Mama Challenge in that I am teaching you how to become a Money Making Mama. However, I trust that you won't mind.

1. Ways to Make Quick Money: Find Lost Money

No, I don't mean go searching for money in couch cushions or laying around on the ground. Lost (or unclaimed) money is money that may have been owed to you that you, for some reason, never received. Some examples are last paychecks that you never got, renter's deposits, and refunds. To find more info on how to get Christmas money by locating your unclaimed money, visit:

Find Lost Money

2. Ways to Make Quick Money: Get Paid to Take Surveys

You can be paid to take paid market research studies and surveys. For more info check out this page:

Get Paid to Take Surveys

3. Ways to Make Quick Money: Join a Focus group

You can also be paid to participate in focus groups, which are similar to surveys except you are typically in a group of people and the feedback is more in-depth. For more info on how you can earn Christmas money through focus groups, check out this page:

Focus Groups for Cash

4. Ways to Make Quick Money: Sign Up for Paid Research Studies

Participation in paid clinical studies is another option for you. If the idea of being a human guinea pig for science is something you are interested in, this may be a good fit for you. And it's a good way to make a couple thousand dollars (if you qualify for the in-patient ones). For more info visit:

Paid Medical Research Studies

5. Ways to Make Quick Money: Donate Your Plasma

Another way to make some extra Christmas money is to donate your plasma. This two hour process can yield you $50 /week easily. And most places allow you to donate a few times a week. For more info on donating plasma for cash, visit:

Donate Plasma

6. Ways to Make Quick Money: Get Paid to Drive Your Car

Have you ever seen cars that are like a huge advertisement on wheels? It's a chance that the person driving is not the owner/employee of the company. They are simply paid to "wrap" an advertisement around their car and drive around. Alternatively, some people are given cars to drive around. Either way, you get paid to drive. Pretty cool. For more info check out:

Get Paid to Drive Your Car

7. Ways to Make Quick Money: Test Drive for Gift Cards

Have you ever received an offer in the mail from an auto dealership claiming that you will be rewarded for coming down and doing a test drive? Sound too good to be true? Guess what, they're not! A lot of car manufacturers offer such things as gift cards and novelty items to entice people to test drive (and hopefully buy) their cars. For more info on how you can do this, check out:

Do Test Drive Offers for Gift cards

8. Ways to Make Quick Money: Get Paid to Cut Your Hair

If you have long, thick, untreated hair, you can actually get paid to donate it. For more info on how this works visit:

Get Paid to Cut Your Hair

9. Get Paid to Recycle

If you are a Green Mama, did you know that you can actually earn money by recycling things like tin cans, ink toner cartridges, scrap metal, and cell phones? To learn how you can make money by recycling, visit:

Get Paid to Recycle

10. Ways to Make Quick Money: Do Paid Online Surveys

If you spend a lot of time online, why not get paid for it? There are several websites that allow you to get paid for completing online survey and offers. Some websites even pay you for such actions as playing online games, watching videos, and using their search engine. For more info on how you can earn Christmas money by doing online surveys, visit:

Online Surveys for Cash and Prizes

11. Ways to Make Quick Money: Use CashCrate

One of my favorite websites for doing online Surveys is CashCrate. What I love about this is that you are truly rewarded with commissions for referring people. So you can generate a nice monthly payment from it. For more info on how to make Christmas money using CashCrate, visit:

Making Money with CashCrate

12. Make Money With Your Camera

Do you like taking pictures? Have any photo editing skills? If so, you could be making money! You could even earn royalties for your pictures. That's residual income! For more info on how you can make money with your digital camera, visit:

Make Money with Your Digital Camera

13. Ways to Make Quick Money: Become a Freelance Writer

If you are good at and enjoy writing, you can get paid to do it! Magazines, newspapers, websites, and plenty of other sources are looking for talented writers. It could be you! For more info on how to become a freelance writer, visit:

Become a Freelance Writer

14. Use Your Freelance Skills

If you have other marketable skills such as web design, SEO, public relations, or graphic design, there are definitely companies out there willing to hire you.

15. Ways to Make Quick Money: Sell on eBay

Have a collection of things that you would like to sell? You should consider opening an online store through eBay. To learn how to do this and how it can help you earn extra money, visit:

Sell on eBay

16. Sell on Craigslist

Another option for selling thins you no longer need is Craigslist. This is a great option for finding local buyers (and save on shipping). To find out more about selling on Craigslist, visit:

Sell on Craigslist

17. Ways to Make Quick Money: Sell on Amazon

Have a ton of books just taking up space in your house? Want to make room on your bookshelves for newer acquisitions? Try selling your books on Amazon. To find out more on how to do this, visit:

Selling on Amazon's FBA

18. Ways to Make Quick Money: Sell on Etsy

If you have crafts or other homemade items that you make, try selling them online! One great website for doing this is Etsy. You can even take orders for customized items. For more info, visit:

Sell on Etsy

19. Ways to Make Quick Money: Hang Christmas Lights for Others

Christmas time traditions such as hanging the lights, putting up the Christmas tree, and decorating everything may be the most fun thing in the world for some people. For others it could be time-consuming and unenjoyable. If you have a knack for speedy light-hanging, are aesthetically gifted when it comes to decorating, and if you enjoy assembling and or decorating Christmas trees. Offer your services to people who may not.

20. Ways to Make Quick Money: Babysitting

Offer up your childcare services for friends, neighbors, and people in your area. Whether you want to do it regularly or offer up date night slots is up to you. You could even have themed nights for the kids. Charge $25 for the night. Set up activities for the kids and a nice meal. Maybe a movie before bedtime. The kids will appreciate the fun and the parents will appreciate the free time, especially around the holidays.

21. Dog-walking/Pet-Sitting

If you love animals and walking, this is the perfect holiday gig for you. Offer to walk your neighbors’ dogs. After all, not everyone enjoys the cold weather, but the dogs still have to get their exercise somehow, right? You can also offer to take care of people’s pets while they are out of town.

22. Ways to Make Quick Money: Temporary Seasonal Jobs

There are several temporary seasonal jobs that you could pursue. Not only do most retailers hire people for holiday seasons (because those are always the busiest times of the year), but many of them offer Christmas-specific jobs such as gift wrapping, setting up Christmas Tree displays, and even playing characters at the “Meet Santa” events.

23. Ways to Make Quick Money: Run errands

Offer your services for things that no one really enjoys doing, such as grocery shopping, driving kids to and from school, etc.

24. Ways to Make Quick Money: Join the Assembly

Many stores need help with assembling toys and other products for display during the holiday season. If you are handy with basic tools, this could be the perfect opportunity for you to make Christmas money.

25. Ways to Make Quick Money: Tutor

Offer to tutor students in whatever subjects you feel comfortable. Charge the parents hourly for your services

26. Ways to Make Quick Money: Mystery Shopping

Yes, mystery shopping is a real thing. And it is a legit way of earning Christmas money. The wide variety of jobs should also ensure that you are never bored. You are typically asked to visit different establishments, perform certain duties (such as interacting with employees or making a transaction, and then reporting back about your experience. You are then compensated and/or reimbursed for your time. Most jobs range from $12-$25 per job but it varies widely.

More info on Mystery Shopping

27. Ways to Make Quick Money: Temp Agency

If you are needing to make extra Christmas money but don’t want to be tied down to a job long-term, consider applying to a temp agency. That way you can decide if you want to take the positions that are offered to you.

28. Ways to Make Quick Money: Catering

If you have awesome cooking skills, offer to cater small parties/events or even to prepare home cooked meals (such as casseroles) that people can buy, take home, and just pop in the oven.

29. Driving Services

If you don’t mind acting as chauffeur (something that most moms are probably used to), you can offer your driving services to people. This could range from shuttling kids to and from school/activities to driving elderly people to and from the grocery store/doctor’s appointments and other places they need to get to on a regular basis.

30. Ways to Make Quick Money: Write and Monetize a Blog

If you enjoy writing or consider yourself an expert about something, you should consider writing a blog. You can then monetize it through AdSense, affiliate marketing and a variety of other things to bring in some income. It will likely be very little income in the beginning, but the potential for much more is definitely there.

One way to Monetize Your Blog

31. Ways to Make Quick Money: Have a Yard Sale

This is pretty straightforward. Gather together all of the things your family no longer uses and sell them.

32. Ways to Make Quick Money: Put Your Talents to Use

If you have a marketable skill such as sewing, crafting, cooking, or a variety of other things, put them to use for other people. Offer to bake cakes for other people’s special occasions. Offer customized baby outfits or personalized items. Just sit and write down every talent that you have and try to see if there is any way that you can market it and make some easy money. Other marketable skills include photography, scrapbooking, and party planning.

33. Ways to Make Quick Money: Get a Cleaning Gig

Are you particularly good at housecleaning? If so, you might want to consider offering your cleaning services to others. This could be a one-time service (such as for parties or when someone is trying to get a house ready for selling), a weekly service, or a monthly service.

34. Put Your Musical Skills to Work

Christmas is a great time to capitalize on any musical skills that you might have. Go caroling for tips. Put together a band that does covers of Christmas songs or simply a group of friends who you can have fun with singing holiday classics for profit.

35. Ways to Make Quick Money: Teach Your Skills to Others

If you have skills that are desirable, such as cooking, sewing, baking, or even couponing, offer to teach them to others for a reasonable fee. If you have a talent such as singing or playing a musical instrument, offer to teach others in groups or individual classes.

36. Ways to Make Quick Money: Return Recently Purchased Items

If you have recently purchased something that you don't really need and that you have not used, you could always return it. If you have a receipt, you will get your money back. If not, most stores will give you back credit so that you can use the money to buy something else at their store.

37. Ways to Make Quick Money: Rent Your Truck or Van to Movers

If you own a van or truck, offer to rent it out to people who are moving and in need of a moving vehicle.

38. Rent a Room in Your Home for Vacationers

If you feel comfortable sharing your home with strangers, consider renting out a section of your house to people who are vacationing in your area.

39. Ways to Make Quick Money: Do Odd Jobs

Offer to do odd jobs for others. Such as cleaning out their attic/basement or organizing their home office.

40. Ways to Make Quick Money: Drop Services You Don't Need

Think about your monthly expenses. Are there any bills that you could get rid of – if only temporarily. Can you survive for a few months without Netflix? Can you go without premium cable channels for a little while? If so, drop those services and put the money you save each month towards Christmas shopping.

41. Ways to Make Quick Money: Put Hubby to Work Shoveling Driveways

Offer your husband’s (or yours – equal opportunity, right?) snow shoveling skills to your neighbors. If you have older kids, you can even put them to work so that they will have money to buy gifts as well.

42. Have a Bake Sale

Does everyone always rave over your homemade brownies? Do you frequently receive requests to bake a cake or pie for family/school functions? If so, you should put your baking skills to use. Whip up a couple of batches of your most scrumptious goodies and sell them to friends, family, neighbors, other moms, and whoever else would be interested.

43. Ways to Make Quick Money: Join a Direct Sales Company

You always have the option of starting up a home-based business with an established network marketing company. This would require you to have some money to spend up front, but the potential for profit is immense.

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44. Ways to Make Quick Money: Sell Your Gold

Several jewelry stores and pawn shops will buy your old, unwanted jewelry and compensate you for it. Mind you, this is not the best option if you are looking to make a lot of money or if you have jewelry that is of sentimental value. However, if you have jewelry that is just taking up space or is broken, this is a great way to get rid of it and get a little money to put towards your Christmas purchases.

45. Become an Event Specialist

Many trade conventions and special events hire people on a part-time basis to help them out. Duties could include promoting the event or company, handing out samples, demonstrating the products or services, acting as the mascot, and more.

46. Ways to Make Quick Money: Sell Your Eggs

This is a bit more invasive but worth looking into you if you feel it is the right thing for your family. Donors are typically paid $4,000 but it’s not unheard of to be paid more.

47. Ways to Make Quick Money: Customer Service from Home

More and more companies are hiring people who perform their duties virtually or at home. Some examples are answering sales calls and providing customer service.

48. Paid Reviews

Similar to getting paid to take surveys, this allows you to use products and then submit a review on them. This is usually available to bloggers who have built a following.

49. Ways to Make Quick Money: Get a Regular Part-Time Job

Another option would be to get a regular part-time job. This is a pretty straightforward way to make extra Christmas money.

50. Ways to Make Quick Money: Avoid Payday Loans

The idea of getting a small loan to buy Christmas gifts for your family can be a tempting one. RESIST! Not only will you have to pay them back for the loan – you will to have pay them back the loan PLUS interest. You may have solved your problems for Christmas, just to create a problem for the New Year.

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