4 easy ways to earn extra Christmas money

I know it's only October but the holiday season is creeping up fast and before you know it Thanksgiving will be here with Christmas right on its heels. So why not take some time to prep?

Christmas should be a time of peace, hope and worship. Not a time of stress because you fear the credit card bills coming in January. Credit card debt sky rockets in January and February according to this report

So instead why not set up a cash budget? Here are some ways to earn a little extra money before the holidays begin. 

1. Sell your old tech and toys on eBay

Do you have an old and broken smart phone or tablet stashed away in a drawer? What about ALL those Legos your kid don'ts play with anymore? Why not sell them on eBay.

I have had great luck selling broken tech, designer hand bags and old toys.

Here are a few of my tips for maximizing your eBay profits. 

2. Put your garage on Craigslist

Do you have an old weed eater? Some old play equipment or baby items cluttering up your garage? Put that stuff on Craigslist. 

In the past three years we have made THOUSANDS of dollars via Craigslist getting rid of stuff we didn't want, need or use. It is the best place to sell things like furniture and large baby items.

Just make sure you ALWAYS meet in a public place to exchange your goods. I recommend a busy shopping area or even the police station parking lot. 

Here are a few tips for making the MOST money on Craigslist

3. Earn Amazon credits

If you're anything like me you buy pretty much everything on Amazon. If Amazon sold milk I would never have to leave my house again. 

Why not take some time to round up that dusty collection of DVDs and those books you will never read again and trade them in for Amazon gift cards? 

I wracked up $155.78 in one day just trading in DVDs for gift cards. 

You can read the FULL details here. The process is so simple. 

4. Wrack up free gift cards 

Another great way to pay for holiday expenses is by scoring some free gift cards. 

There are so many options for this, whether it's through taking quick surveys or signing up for an awards program through your health insurance. 

Check out a list of four ways to earn free gift cards.