Now Christmas is just around the corner, yes I know that Halloween and Bonfire Night haven't happened yet but shush you! As such I am sure that you would all like to know how to earn some extra pounds to spend for Christmas for all those lovely presents and all that food.
Now who could not love the idea that you will get paid to go out shopping or to have a meal at a restaurant. That is exactly what mystery shopping is you will be paid to do these and reimbursed any expenses up to a certain amount.
There are a variety of differing companies out there that do this but some of the best that my wife and myself use are Market Force, which has a massive client list of companies that most if not everyone will recognize, Amber Arch and Grassroots.
Now you don't even have to leave the comfort of your own home to do some mystery shopping. eDigital Reseach offers jobs online from app testing for smartphones to ordering items to be delivered to your home.
Now how does it sound to just open up an app in your phone and make a few pounds for doing a quick job whilst you are out and about? That is exactly what some smartphone apps can do for you now. These are a great way to earn a few quid from just a few minutes of your time. They can range from making sure a store is displaying a product correctly and that staff know what they are informing us about to making sure a road or street is where and what it should for a satellite survey.
My favorite ones to use are Field Agent (iOS only), Streetspotr (Android & iOS), BeMyEye (Android & iOS), Roamler (Android & iOS) and Task 360 (iOS only). Each of these are so simple to register for and set up. Just remember to check each time you are setting out or out and about.
For a great set of money making apps for your iPhone then be sure to check out my wife's kindle book 50 iPhone Apps to Earn Cash.
Now most of us avoid surveys and avoid them as much as we can, especially when in the street as we are usually in a rush. But when in the comfort of your own home online surveys can be a great little money earner. Market research companies are always on the lookout for more information and as such there is a wide variety of categorizes to help create new products, advertising and so much more.
There are a wide selection of companies out there that you can use but for the run up to Christmas I would recommend using our favorite ones below, as they all have a low payment threshold so you are going to definitely get that money before Christmas.
Prolific Academic has a threshold of £5 which is paid via Paypal. These are mostly made by researchers and students the world over, so you can get some quite interesting ones. Also you will not be screened out as you will only see those surveys you are eligible for, which is a great time saver.
Viewsbank have short surveys which can be great to do between little jobs at home or a spare few minutes, their payment threshold is also quite low at £6 which will be paid once you have earned it each month, via Paypal. MintVine offer daily surveys which you do for points which you can redeem once you reach 1,000 points for $10, which would be around £6-7.
Now these do exactly as the name says, they give cashback for some items that you buy online. Topcashback and Quidco are my favorites and are visited each time a go to buy something online. Now you must visit the site first and go through a link on their site before you make your buy then you will get a percentage back.
These two sites are very quick and easy to register for, and simple to set up.
Seems strange this being on here but most of us will always have at some point a gift voucher or card that we ourselves will not use. So instead of giving it away or using it as a present you are not even sure the receiver would like, give a gift card.
Unwanted Books, Games, Cds & Dvds
Now these are usually the staple of many people's wish lists but as we all know we do eventually get bored of them or just want to declutter due to the great inventions of Netflix and Amazon Prime. Now you don't even need to leave the house to sell these you can use the websites Music Magpie, Zapper and Ziffit, they even have apps on their phone which are so easy and quick to use.
You can also use eBay to get rid of your unwanted items and make some cash.
I hope you have found these tips helpful.