Save for the Holidays with Online Surveys (and More!)

Hello readers, can you run marathons?

I just walked 5k to see if I could, and I’m dead. Since I’m short of time this week, I’m re-purposing posts from my money tag as ideas to make some money for the holidays. I also wanted to post it early so that should you sign up for a service, you can have more time to earn a little before December (as some panels take a while to process!).

Please note that I do not claim that any of these will replace your job! I consider surveys as putting a dent in costs not eliminate them. Some people may be able to make a living from other methods I mention, but I think that they really treat it like a full time job, so it’s not an additional income. 

This post contains referral links.

Surveys & Panels

There are a plethora of online survey sites, and it can be difficult to determine if one is trustworthy, effective, and worthwhile. I wouldn’t recommend something I haven’t tried, but it kind of seems like everyone has a horror story. It’s ultimately up to you! My dad actually does in real life survey groups he finds on Craigslist, but I wouldn’t go near Craigslist in a million years, lol.

All of these sites provide the option of paying “cash” that is, sending payment to a Paypal account. Gift cards are also a popular payment option (for some survey sites the only) which could be a useful present. Survey frequency may depend on one’s demographics (age, gender, income, etc) and may not be available for certain locations. For more info and groups, check out my 11 Survey Sites That Pay Cash post.


Did you know that there are apps that pay you to put ads on your smartphone lock screen? This is the method I know the least about. I’ve only tried one app for this, Slidejoy, and it seems to take me 6 months to get $10. 😕 I know that seems very long, but it’s incredibly passive. You don’t even have to watch ads. And hey, maybe you check your phone more than me and will earn more quicker!


Perhaps if you’re some kind of Wolf of Wall Street you could make some funds through Mary Kay or Herbalife type selling. But cleaning out your closet throughout the year or maybe selling crafts if you’re artistic can add up! I haven’t sold on Etsy, but I have on eBay, Amazon, Poshmark and Mercari. Poshmark is more fashion-focused, but IMO, it’s the easiest because the fees are minimal, flat rate shipping, and there’s a fresh marketplace.

Make money online

To find out a little bit more about these sites, my intro is here. In the future, I may write up about each specifically to elaborate about those fees, but I don’t really have plans for something like drop shopping. I may be experimenting with Amazon, so stay tuned!

Printables on Etsy look appealing because you don’t have to worry about shipping. And I suppose there’s always the classic baby/house/pet sitting. Should I have mentioned stuff like that? Uber? Even if you don’t earn that much before the holidays, these can continue to help chip away at those bills afterwards.

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