3 Ways to Find Extra Cash for Christmas

It’s still summer, but not too early to start planning for Christmas. If you’re ready to make this year a debt-free Christmas, I’ve got three very useful ways to find the extra cash you’ll need to do that.

Time is of the essence because Christmas will be here before we know it!


Rather than choose one of the following options, I suggest you consider doing all three. Don’t let that intimidate you. And don’t worry about having to start up a side business or make any kind of upfront investment, either. The options that follow are all free and require nothing but your spare time to begin racking up extra cash.


Swagbucks is an online rewards program that gives users points (“Swag Bucks,” or SBs) for various tasks—100 points = $1.00. Points can be traded in for eGift cards for more than 1,500 popular merchants like Amazon, Target, Starbucks and Walmart. Don’t want gift cards? Redeem your points for cold, hard cash via PayPal.

Swagbucks rewards members for the everyday things they already do online like shopping, answering surveys and polls, watching entertaining videos, discovering videos, searching the web and even playing games. 

Members can earn SBs using the mobile app and from their computers. 

To get started, create your free Swagbucks account. Once verified (you’ll get a verification email message) you’ll get your first 5 SBs. Then take a quick survey or watch a 5-minute video. The opportunities to earn SBs will be endless. Do as little or as much as you want. 

Swagbucks is super easy to use and you’ll be amazed how quickly you can earn SBs. We have EC readers who earn hundreds of dollars every year that they earmark for Christmas shopping!

You can choose to speed up your earnings by searching for online tutorials and following Swagbucks’ Facebook Page.


Ebates is a free rebate site that you’ve read about here and here. I hope you are already earning cash-back rebates when you shop online at any number of popular retailers like Amazon, Old Navy, Chico’s, JCPenney, Lowes, Groupon. If not, click here to open your free account. It’s super easy and quite amazing how much you can earn on purchases you would have made anyway.

Here’s the way you can turbo charge your Ebates account to give you even more extra cash this Christmas. Refer friends and relatives to open their free Ebates account. Ebates will pay you whopping $25 for every new member you refer who then shops and makes a purchase at one of its partner merchants sites. And there is no limit to how many referral fees you can earn. When you opened your Ebates account, you got your own unique referral link, which you can use at will—even on social media.

Because Ebates sends checks out once each quarter, you need to get going now to make sure you have the cash in hand for Christmas.


If you feel fairly comfortable navigating websites, testing websites and giving your honest feedback may be your ideal side hustle. UserTesting is a company that tests websites to give feedback to site developers. They need people like you who are not familiar with those websites, to test them and give valuable feedback from the typical user’s standpoint. 

To get started, watch this video, by Bob Lovitch from SeedTime, and then this video from the UserTesting site. Both will walk you through the steps to get started and to qualify as a tester so you can start earning cash—up to $30 an hour. Testers can easily complete three tests ($10 each) per hour—when they want and in their spare time.

Once you sign up to be a website user tester, you’ll take a qualifying test. Once you submit your test results, it takes 2 to 3 days to hear back. It is not unusual to not pass the test on the first try. Just know that, don’t get discouraged and plan to try again. Once you get the hang of how to give excellent test responses, you’ll be on your way.

There you go, three ways to find extra cash for Christmas. Get started today!

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5 replies
  1. Luisa
    Luisa says:

    Thanks for these ideas, Mary. I’ve dabbled in Swagbucks in the past, thought about Ebates, and will take my firs shot at the web site thing!

    • Mary Hunt
      Mary Hunt says:

      Let us know how website testing turns out for you, Luisa. Swagbucks has really done a lot to make earning SBs so much easier, too. I’m loving EBates as well.

      • Elicia P
        Elicia P says:

        lol, it sure has especially when you throw your referral link out and then get paid from all those that have used your link to sign up. Makes it easy that you do not have to do a thing a lot of times!

  2. Corinne
    Corinne says:

    I have been using Ebates for a couple of years, and I just signed up for Swagbucks. I’m wondering if you can combine both when shopping.
    Thanks for all your info!

    • Elicia P
      Elicia P says:

      You can not use them together. I will go to both to see who gives the best cash back. Then shop which one does. SB is finicky though and I tend to use Ebates or Top Cash Back more.


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