PET SITTING, selling old clothes and doing DIY jobs are among the ways adults are starting a "side hustle" to make money for Christmas and beyond.
A study of 2,000 adults found a third expecting to have a shortfall of £239 on average this festive period.
And, 13 per cent anticipate being £500 or more short of what they need this year.
The research, commissioned by musicMagpie, also found one in three of those who are already earning some extra money started doing so before May this year.
But 55 per cent plan to continue even after Christmas.
Personal finance expert Lynn Beattie, aka Mrs Mummypenny, said: “This year has been a challenge for many financially and with one of the most expensive times of the year coming up, people may be feeling daunted about covering the cost of this year’s holiday season.
“We want people to know that there are so many ways you can raise some extra money these days to still have a special Christmas, and it’s interesting to see how many are already taking matters into their own hands.
“As well as things like pet sitting, DIY jobs, or selling crafts, you can sell old belongings you no longer need and have a clear out at the same time – which is a sure-fire way to make some extra cash.”
The study also found Christmas typically costs £619 to cover the expense of gifts, travel, presents, Christmas dinner and even charitable donations.
As a result, people are hoping to make around £192 from their side hustle, although a fifth are banking on earnings of £250 or more.
Lesley Finlayson, 59, from Walthamstow, London, has managed to rustle up hundreds of pounds of additional income from jumble sales, online surveys and selling old tech.
She said: “I started side hustling initially to clear out my clutter and make some money from it, but it then led me to raising money for a care home that I volunteered at.
“As I was doing well and was able to raise this money on the side, I then decided to build up a pot for Christmas and start other side hustle funds that I set aside for specific reasons, like birthdays.
“My side hustles have included selling old books, CDs, and DVDs. I was also able to collect old books from around the village which went towards my neighbour’s daughter’s Irish dancing lessons.
“There have also been a few jumble sales locally, where I have pitched my table. I have made £165, £150, £186, £55 respectively from all jumble sales and £120 from a big garage clear out.
“My Christmas fund is building up this year and I’m looking forward to treating my friends and family from my side hustle money.”
The study also revealed that among the reasons for earning extra money for the festive season are the rising costs of Christmas, having less in savings this year and wanting to make the holidays more memorable.
But three in 10 put their need for a side hustle down to a drop in their earnings during 2020, with a fifth seeing a reduction in their wages.
This has led to 50 per cent of those struggling to afford Christmas stating that their situation is specific to this year.
Because of this, 28 per cent are also looking to cut costs on gift buying with more than one in 10 planning a Secret Santa to ease the financial strain.
Almost one in five (18 per cent) will be making their own presents and 17 per cent will be buying second-hand gifts, such as refurbished tech, instead of brand new.
The research, conducted via OnePoll, also revealed that the festive period isn’t the only time adults look to earn some extra cash, with 35 per cent having ways of increasing their earnings throughout the year.
Taking on a second job and selling pre-loved items such as clothes, tech and toys are among the more popular ways of adding some extra money to the piggy bank.
Liam Howley, from musicMagpie, said: "Previous research has found the average Brit has £598 worth of unused tech at home, which could pay for Christmas dinner and gifts for the whole family.
"So it's worth digging through the cupboards and attic and seeing how you could make a few extra pounds this year."
The power of the “Side Hustle”
Mrs Mummypenny offers her top tips on how to make some money this Christmas.
- Raid your wardrobe: Raid your wardrobe for clothes you haven't worn for a year or that don't fit anymore. List these for sale on sites like eBay or Depop where branded clothes or vintage clothes work well.
- Selling old books, CDs and DVDs: Use websites to list all your unwanted items. I did this with my huge CD collection and made £70.
- Mystery shopping: A personal favourite of mine and something that I do every few weeks. Get paid to buy products and review the customer services of the brands that you love.
- Sell old tech, tablets, mobile phones, consoles: Many of us have a few of these stashed away in the kitchen drawer. Use a site like musicMagpie to sell those old tech devices.
- Sell old jewellery: Sell old unwanted gold jewellery for scrap value, which has risen in value recently. Do some online research for the price of gold per gram and take it to a cash for gold outlet for a valuation.
- Sell LEGO: If your house is anything like mine, I have boxes and boxes of mixed Lego. I was pleasantly surprised that you can get a price per kilo for Lego on sites like musicMagpie.
- Sell furniture: Bigger items to sell often work well on local Facebook selling sites and collection on Gumtree.
- Get crafting: Do you have a crafting talent that could make you money? Maybe you can paint, write beautifully, sew, knit or crochet. Can you make pieces and sell them online or locally?
- Pet sitting: Can you offer your services to pet sit? With many of us working from home, having a cat or dog to stay for the day can make you some extra money while making great company
- Doing odd jobs for others: Is there an odd job that you know people hate doing that you could offer as a service, maybe gardening, rubbish clearing or driveway weeding?
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