Christmas is right around the corner, which means now is the time to start preparing for the holiday season.
Getting ready ahead of time can save you a ton of time, money, and stress!
Below are both money-saving tips as well as ways to make extra money.
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1. Get cash back with Ibotta
Ibotta is a free app that gives you cash back for making purchases on things like groceries, clothes, toiletries, and much more.
It’s silly not to use Ibotta if you’re a regular grocery shopper and also have to buy things like clothes, toiletries, and pretty much anything else you’d find at a store like Walmart or Amazon.
If you sign up now, you can get $10 in your account by using my link here.
If you’re downloading Ibotta on your phone, the app will ask if you have a referral code. Use my referral code: lwyxxrb and you’ll get $10 for signing up.
Ibotta users have made over $424,000,000 in cash back so far.
2. Walmart Grocery Pickup
My new favorite app is Walmart Grocery Pickup for 2 major reasons: 1) It’s a huge time-saver 2) Convenient, easy pickup. You don’t even get out of your car to get your groceries.
How to get started easily:
- Click here and get $10 off your first Walmart Grocery Pickup.
- Order groceries online.
- Schedule your pickup.
- No fees, no tips accepted, no subscription model. It is free to use Walmart Grocery Pickup.
If you’re new to Walmart Grocery Pickup, you get $10 off your first purchase here. That means you can get $50 worth of groceries for only $40.
I needed 1 substitution because they didn’t have the item I ordered, so they gave me an even better item for the same price as the original item I ordered. You also save money on groceries because you don’t even get the chance to impulse spend since you’re not in the store.
Bonus: Are you bad at picking fresh produce? Their grocery experts know exactly which to pick from for maximum freshness. If you aren’t satisfied with the freshness, you can get a refund.
Even better, once you fall in love with Walmart Grocery Pickup (which you will), you can start referring friends and family. Just get 5 friends to try out Walmart Grocery Pickup and you’ll get $50 toward groceries.
Billshark is a MUST for anyone who has a cell phone, cable, internet, or insurance bill and wants to lower their bill.
And trust me, it works because I’ve used it myself on 3 different bills and I’ve saved $290.
Here’s how Billshark works:
- Send copies of your bills to Billshark. (I did this by uploading an online PDF of each bill).
- Billshark negotiates all of the bills you send in.
- You get notified if Billshark was successful. If they are, they take 40% of the savings. Ex. Billshark saved me $290 over the course of 6 months, so I pay them $116. I can do this in a monthly payment plan or all at once.
It’s definitely worth the savings and it was such an easy process.
4. Move your money into a high-yield savings account
Are you still using a bank that is offering a 0.03% savings rate? Yep, that’s what my previous bank offers for savings rates, but CIT Bank is different.
CIT Bank currently offers a high-interest earning of up to 1.70%.
Applying only takes a few minutes. You can start saving with CIT Bank here.
If you have an emergency fund, why let it sit in a bank account offering 0.03%? My emergency fund is sitting in a high yield savings account and making me money every month.
If you’re not sure what your bank accounts savings rate is, contact your bank and ask. It’s worth it.
5. Sell on Amazon
Starting an FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon) on Amazon is the perfect platform for building a business you can manage from home.
My friend Jessica, of The Selling Family, has perfected the art of selling on Amazon and has made well over six figures profit by working just 20 hours a week.
Jessica from has a FREE 7-day course that tells you everything you need to know to get started selling on Amazon. She shares the way she buys inventory, how to choose the perfect items to sell that will make you money, and so much more.
6. Teaching English online
Teaching English online is a great way to make income at home, while on your own schedule.
You’re also helping people learn English, which gives them the ability to talk to over 1.5 billion people around the world.
That’s pretty amazing when you think about it! VIPKID pays up to $25 per hour, and the entire curriculum is provided for you.
Filling out surveys to make money is an easy way to make money by simply providing your opinion to questions.
I genuinely enjoy surveys because I love sharing my opinion on things. I’ve always been into taking quizzes and surveys, so naturally, I love this method of making some extra cash.
Here are a few of my favorite surveys:
- Swagbucks ($5 bonus for signing up)
- Opinion Outpost
- Survey Junkie
- MyPoints ($5 bonus after 5 surveys)
- Springboard America
Ebates is awesome for anyone who regularly shops online.
Even if you only online shop 1x a month, you’ll still get cash back on your online purchases. All you have to do is find the store you shop at online on Ebates and then start shopping.
Create an Ebates account here. Make an online purchase of $25 and get $10 as a welcome bonus! So easy.
Ebates even has a free browser extension that automatically applies the best coupons to your purchases and activates cash back. There are so many times I forget to use Ebates when I’m online shopping – so the Ebates button reminds me every time I go online shopping. It’s a must.
A bookkeeper’s job is to keep records of financial transactions of a business.
If you’re eager to learn more about becoming a bookkeeper, check out this free training that will show you the quickest and easiest way to start and run a successful virtual bookkeeping business.
10. Teaching English with EF Education
EF Education is an online platform where Chinese students connect with online English teachers.
As an online English teacher, you can make up to $20/hour plus bonuses. Perks include working remotely, setting your own schedule, and working at a job where employees feel happy and fulfilled with their work.
11. Facebook Ad Manager
Did you know you can become a Facebook Ads Manager for businesses and make an extra $1,000 to $2,000 a month?
You can even learn how to become a Facebook Ads Manager in less than 28 days with the Facebook Side Hustle Course.
This course works, and it even gives you access to a private group that is full of testimonials. Students are making between $1,000-$10,000 per month.
13. Create products to sell
Digital products are a great way to share your knowledge and experience.
And they are even more amazing because people can download and access them immediately.
Digital products can range from ebooks, courses, printables, and more.
With Six Figure Blogger, you’ll learn how to create high converting sales pages, email trust funnels, digital products, and so much more.
Digit is a fun money-saving app that helps you save money for a particular goal.
Say you want to save up for a vacation, Digit will analyze your spending and automatically move money from your checking account to Digit when you can afford it.
Digit knows exactly how much to save, and allows unlimited withdrawals so you can access savings at any time, and even has a 1% savings bonus.
15. Rent a room or apartment out on Airbnb
If you often travel and have a vacant house, I recommend putting your apartment or house on Airbnb.
Always make sure to check your apartments rules and guidelines regarding renting a room out. My apartment complex doesn’t allow people to rent out their house or rooms.
16. Start freelance writing
Freelance writing involves getting paid for writing gigs on various websites.
You usually set your own rates, which increase as you grow your writing skills and experience writing for popular websites.
Having a blog also helps with freelance writing gigs.
Without my blog, I never would have been able to freelance for the personal finance company I also work for.
17. Customer Service Representative
Customer service representatives are the go-between for customers and companies and may process orders, field complaints, or more.
What you do as a customer service representative will depend on the company you work for.
At FlexJobs, there are hundreds of new jobs being posted for customer service representatives.
These jobs are almost always entry-level, which means you don’t need any experience to get started.
Transform your passion for words and reading by becoming a professional proofreader, and help people like me who are terrible at proofreading.
I hire a proofreader for special projects which has been a must in my business. Proofreaders are a must for books, magazines, websites, and tons of other projects, so they’re always in demand.
Proofreaders can earn between $17-$30 per hour and offers competitive pay and flexible hours while working from home.
Here is a free workshop that will show you if proofreading is right for you.
19. Plan your meals ahead of time
Prepping your meals ahead of time gives you the benefit of making sure you don’t run out to a restaurant last minute, which helps both your wallet and health.
$5 Meal Plan eliminates all of the meal planning and worrying and gives you everything you need in order to succeed.
Do you shop online? If so, you’ll want to use Ebates from now on.
Ebates is a website that gives you cash back for your purchases, giving up to 40% cash back.
All you have to do is log on to Ebates, find out which store you want to shop at, and you’ll start getting cash back.
Use Honey, a free money-saving service that connects to your internet browser for free.
Honey tells you when a certain product is decreasing in price, on sale, AND it even finds all coupons online to give you the best coupon.
22. Switch cell phone plans
Are you overpaying for cell phone service? Probably.
After seeing ads for low-priced mobile plans for years, I decided to take the leap and try out a mobile plan that isn’t AT&T, T-Mobile, or Sprint. I tested out Tello Mobile for only $19 per month.
What I learned from testing out a new mobile plan: Just because you pay more doesn’t always mean you’re getting better service. T-Mobile charges me $80 per month while Tello Mobile charges me $19. I got the same coverage with both phones in my city. I went out to different locations in my town and tested both phone plans. They got the same exact service. This is why I recommend moving to a cheaper phone plan.
Why pay more for the same thing?
Most of us are going to have cell phone plans for forever. A savings of $100 a month can be roughly $1,200 a year.
In 10 years, you’d save $12,000.
In 20 years, you’d save $24,000.
Tello Mobile uses the SAME towers as Sprint to get service. Tello Mobile has NO contract and NO fees, with flexible plans starting $5 to $39. Yes, the most expensive plan is $39 per month. Tello has Nationwide 4GB LTE coverage Calls to Canada, Mexico, and China is even included.
If you’re hesitant on switching carriers, think about all the money you’ll save over the years to come. You can even test out Tello Mobile for 1 month before totally switching over.
23. Walk dogs
Did you know you can make money by pet sitting and walking dogs?
Or that you can find a reliable and trustworthy pet sitter online? I’ve used Rover several times myself and also walk dogs from Rover as a side hustle.
25. Find out what foods are in season
Finding out what foods are in season allows you to save money and eat plenty of healthy foods on a budget.
The summertime is the best time for affordable produce since it’s in season and plentiful.
Still, the fall and winter have many options when it comes to affordable healthy foods. Check out #1 listed here to find out what foods are in season.
26. Practice Minimalism
Minimalism is the new craze lately and for good reason. Minimalism is the practice of living simply and living with fewer things.
You’ll save a lot of money, have less clutter in your life, and feel more relaxed and happy by putting your happiness into experiencing life instead of experiencing “things.”
You can check out this minimalism guide here to get you started.
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know I’m a huge fan of Ibotta. What I haven’t been a fan of with Ibotta is having to upload receipts.
Drop is essentially Ibotta, but you don’t have to upload any receipts. Your credit or debit card is linked to your Drop account, you automatically get points. You can get points from Uber, Walmart, HEB, Whole Foods, Instacart, and many others. You redeem points for gift cards. This makes saving money effortless.
28. Trade stocks with WeBull
WeBull is a free commission trading app with many benefits and features that make it superior to similar trading apps.
WeBull is designed for intermediate and experienced traders, with many tools that beginner traders will enjoy as well.
As an added bonuses, all new WeBull customers get free stocks.
How can I get started with WeBull?
- Sign up for a WeBull account here.
- Download the app on iOS or Android.
- Go to menu > “My Free Stock” > Click “Get It Now” which starts your registration and open a brokerage account.
That’s it! Getting started is really easy. When you sign up here, you get the option of depositing at least $100 and getting a free stock worth up to $1,000.
29. Programmable thermostat
A programmable thermostat saves you money and time. Your AC or heat will turn off on a certain schedule, and some can even be connected with WIFI, letting you
30. Save up for Christmas ahead of time
A Christmas savings plan can help you by making sure you save enough money ahead of time on gifts.
Or, you can talk to your friends or family about starting a secret Santa gift exchange every year. Less clutter in your house with things you don’t need and less money to spend. Start new traditions.
31. Save on travel
There are so many ways to save on travel to make it more affordable and not just a once a year thing.
Below are a few articles to get you to start saving on traveling:
32. Save on pets
Before getting a pet, make sure you have money saved and are prepared to spend money.
Pets can get into unexpected accidents or get diagnosed with diseases. And always make sure to get your animal spayed or neutered to decrease the stray population.
I wrote a detailed post on how to save money on pets that you can check out here.
33. Learn how to DIY
Learning how to DIY items can save you a ton of money. Here is a list of 50 ways to save money with DIYs.
34. Set money-saving goals
Setting goals and planning to succeed ensures that you won’t get off track.
For example, you can set a goal to save $500 this month, and then write down the steps to get you to that goal.
You can challenge yourself to only eat out once or twice a week, do a no spend challenge (no clothes spending or electronic spending), and track your progress throughout the month.
Telling a friend of the challenge can even inspire them to do the same, which adds some accountability!
Do you have a goal of investing? Find out how to invest $1000 right now!
35. Sell your stuff
If and when you get into minimalism, I recommend selling your things instead of throwing them away or donating.
While donating can be great and useful to others, if you’re trying to save and make money, you should be selling your goods instead. (and throwing away items that can be reused should always be a big no-no).
You can sell your stuff on or at:
- Plato’s Closet
- Facebook Marketplace
- Consignment shops
36. Set automatic transfers
Most banks will let you set automatic transfers so that you can transfer a certain amount of money every week (or whatever you set it to).
By making these transfers automated, you’re making sure that money gets put into your savings as we can be forgetful. It also eliminates the painful part of putting money away into savings since it’s done for you without you thinking about it.
37. Learn how to take care of your car
Learning how to take care of your vehicle is crucial in making sure it lasts a long time and doesn’t break.
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What are you doing to save money this holiday season?
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