It’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas, right? Let’s face it. Christmas is expensive. Not only are you paying for Christmas gifts for family members, but there’s also the cost of entertaining friends, travelling and that huge jar of whiskey pickles you’re bringing to work for the White Elephant gift swap.
So, with those expenses in mind, you can begin to start working on a free Christmas. There’s no time like the present! (Get it? Present?) Here are a few ways that you can earn extra money and have your Christmas paid for.
We’ve talked quite a bit about InstaGC on Julie’s Freebies. That’s because it’s one of the easiest ways to earn cash and gift cards. When you sign up for InstaGC, you’ll complete surveys, watch videos and even just surf the internet to accumulate points. Those points will add up quickly, and you can exchange them for gift cards.
If you’re looking to give gift cards as gifts this year, InstaGC is a great place to start. But you can always use those cards to buy Christmas gifts, or exchange your points for an American Express prepaid card. Those can be used anywhere! Go fill out a profile on InstaGC and you’ll be on your way to a free Christmas!
If you like survey sites, you’ll love Pinecone Research. Pinecone Research is similar to other survey sites, in that you’ll be assigned surveys based on your lifestyle and interests. But there are two things that you might like about Pinecone Research. The first is that panelists like you can participate in product testing. You’ll earn points for it, while trying out a new product before anyone else. The second is that there are oodles of ways you can cash out your points. You can redeem points for a check, for a prepaid Visa debit card, for merchandise or for sweepstakes entries.
Another way to earn a free Christmas is through the surveys at VIP Voice. VIP Voice works a little bit differently than the other survey sites, though. Instead of trading your points for cash or rewards, you’ll use them to enter auctions and sweepstakes. The sweepstakes prizes are awesome – you can win a chunk of cash or you might win a travel package. The auctions are nice, too. You’ll bid on everything from smart TVs to home appliances. Give your rewards away as Christmas presents, or use them to buy yourself something.
YouGov is another way to earn money toward a free Christmas. This company is a huge internet based market research firm. It’s been so successful that it’s actually a publicly traded company. The site is fun, too. When you visit the site, you’ll instantly be able to share your opinion on musicians and bands, movies and politics. As you complete surveys, you’ll earn points which can be traded out for cash or for gift cards to Amazon and other cool places.
It does take a while to accumulate enough points to redeem for gift cards on YouGov, though. So why not start now? You’ll have all the points you need by Christmas, and you can spend them any way you like.
MTurk isn’t a survey site. Instead, you’ll be able to complete tasks for money. Most of the tasks don’t require much thought, and you can do them while you’re watching TV. MTurk is owned and run by Amazon, and when you get paid for your tasks, you can either have the money deposited to your bank account or you can instantly convert the money to an Amazon gift card.
The tasks that you complete can be anything, and a lot of them are quite fun. For example, you can earn money by clicking on images of animals, or by writing a one sentence description of a website. Payment is very quick, and you can earn quite a bit on MTurk.
Are you saving up for Christmas? Check out these sites, and be sure to let us know if there are others that you like. Everyone wants a free Christmas – sign up and start earning today!