Although holidays are the most wonderful time of the year as loved ones get together, they are also stressful as they usually come with financial burdens. Besides gifts, our household costs also tend to increase as we get to host holiday parties and gatherings. Fortunately, there are ways to offset those costs and earn some extra money along the way.
1. Save Money This Holiday Season With These Tips
Living in Columbus Ohio has its perks such as affordable living costs, but your Columbia Gas
bill is bound to get higher due to extra cooking and Christmas lighting. Fortunately, there are many ways to keep your Christmas costs down and ease the burden on AEP Ohio’s network.
Practice energy conservation
Simple habits such as turning the oven off 10 minutes earlier and letting the heat finish the job can make a big difference on your energy bill. Turning off the lights whenever you leave the room and wearing an extra layer of clothes as opposed to turning up the thermostat are all valuable efforts whose effects will be seen on your natural gas and overall utility bill.
Adopt a DIY mindset
Crafted and personalized gifts can often feel even more valuable than costly ones because it’s the thought that counts. It can be as simple as making an album for your parents or baking your friend’s favorite Christmas cookies and putting them in a decorated Mason jar. You can create a personalized diffuser with just a few drops of essential oils your loved one adores in a small ceramic vase with reed diffusers, or you can simply get some Epsom salt and infuse it with a few drops of essential oils to gift someone a relaxing bath experience. You can even make a DIY body scrub that is entirely natural from coconut oil, sugar or coffee and fresh lemon zest. Instead of buying a professional chef’s cookbook, you can make your family’s favorite recipes the star of the show by making a box of recipes with stickers. It’s all about adding creativity and soul to the gift.
2. How To Make Some Extra Money During The Holidays
There are always ways to make some extra money. During Christmas time, it gets even easier as there are a ton of things you can do, beginning with driving for Uber or Lyft or delivering groceries.
Take paid online surveys
You can easily earn $20-$50 a month by answering surveys online. Some will pay you in cash, others via PayPal or through gift certificates or reward points so make sure you find the one that suits your needs best.
Capitalize on the crazy holiday rush
You can get a causal retail job as these aren’t only for students. Moreover, you could also work on weekends or evenings as there will be job openings. You might even qualify for an employee discount and even lower your gift spending.
Even writing can be a great way to earn some extra cash. You could teach English or become a virtual assistant- the sky is the limit. These days, there’s pretty much anything that online freelancers can do.
Sell the things you don’t need
Try selling everything that you no longer use or that no longer brings you joy, from kid’s toys to any used goods that still have some life in them. As the saying goes, ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’.
Consider selling your crafts
Is there anything you are good at making, such as a wreath or writing a poem? During the holiday season, people love to decorate their homes and buy gifts so anything that serves that purpose can be sold to them. If you need some inspiration, just look at Etsy’s offerings or visit your local artisan markets.
It wouldn’t be wrong to say that holidays are the most expensive time for the year. Fortunately, you can also earn some extra cash and allow yourself to fully enjoy the holiday season which is the most wonderful time of the year. The only rule for making some extra cash is to think outside the box but one can argue that it is also a valid rule in life. When there’s a will, there’s always a way. This year is particularly challenging so earning a little extra money can make a big difference.