How I’m Funding Christmas 2016 Through Rewards Programs and Side Hustles
I had used the service several years ago, and had earned $40 in Amazon gift cards by the time I decided to cash out. I remember I had used the credit to buy a computer game for my son for Christmas that year. With the holidays fresh in my mind, it got me thinking that 2016 is the year that I finally decide to plan ahead for the holidays.
I’m going to pay for all of my 2016 Christmas gifts through rewards programs and side hustles.
Here’s how it breaks down:
- Free Swagbucks : The service has a handful of things you can do each day that take literally seconds to earn a few Swagbucks.
- Swagbucks Browser : A Swagbucks plugin can be installed for my favorite internet browser. If I happen to search on a term that’s interesting to the service, I’ll earn Swagbucks.
- Social Media : I’m on social media pretty much all the time. Occasionally the Swagbucks social media accounts will post codes that can be entered into their site to earn Swagbucks.
- Surveys : Occasionally, I might go through a survey or two. These might not be the best use of my time, so I might limit this activity to when I’m watching TV and not really interested in what’s on.
As the holiday approaches, I will cash out my Swagbucks for gift cards to use towards purchasing gifts.
Employer Activity Rewards
I wear a Fitbit during my waking hours to track my activity. My Fitbit account is linked to an activity rewards site through my employer. I earn points through an employer sponsored program that I can redeem for amazon gift cards.
I had a goal to earn money to use towards gifts in 2015….but I never used them. I’ll continue to accumulate these points throughout the year and then cash them out for Amazon gift cards to use towards purchasing Christmas presents.
I do a handful of mystery shopping jobs each month, earning between $50 and $100. I’m going to save the payment of one mystery shopping job each month and put it towards my Christmas gift fund.
By formulating a plan now, putting it into action and consistently working at it for the next 11 months that I can generate enough funds to completely fund my gift giving for Christmas 2016, or at least take a giant bite out of it.
Do you earn cash through side hustles or rewards programs? Are you already saving for the 2016 holidays?
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