Planning for the holidays

If you are buying gifts during the holidays, it’s time to start planning your budget if you haven’t already. I already decided on mine. I plan on spending around $500-$600 on Christmas presents. I’m going to be driving for uber over the next several weeks to save up the money. I calculated that I will only need to drive about 4-6 hours a week to get to my goal. My goal is to make $75 per week for the next 8 weeks. I need to factor in fuel costs, so my actual net earnings will be a little less than $600. Each week when I get paid for driving, I will set the money aside in a savings account. As I buy presents I will transfer the money back to checking (or get cash from the ATM). I already started this week on Halloween. I drove for less than two hours and made $39, so not a bad start. I spent the night driving college students from one party to the next. I picked up a few groups from parties that the cops had been called.

I like uber because I don’t have a certain schedule. I can drive when I feel like driving and stop when I feel like stopping. And driving around doesn’t feel like work.

If you want to set up an uber account, use the following link:
https://partners.uber.com/i/michellen10357ue

There are plenty of other ways to make extra money. Here are a few that I thought of:

Retail stores are gearing up for the holiday season by hiring extra employees. This is a great time to get a part-time job. Many retail stores are great about working around your current work schedule. If you love retail like I do, this would be a great gig. The pay is pretty low for these jobs. If you make $8 an hour, you will need to work 75 hours to make $600 by Christmas. Over an 8 week time period that is less than 10 hours per week. But I’m sure the store would give you more than 10 hours each week.

Another idea is to set up an account on care.com to offer tutoring, babysitting, housekeeping, senior care, or pet sitting services. You can offer more than one service which is a nice feature. I set up an account not long ago, but I haven’t tried to get any jobs yet. I’m not sure I can fit something like that into my schedule.

You could also sell some of the items in your house that you don’t need. Selling some of your kids’ toys that they don’t play with anymore will free up some space for any new toys that they receive for Christmas. Plus it will help another family that may not have enough money to buy brand new toys.

Please comment below with your money-making ideas!

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