How to earn almost £2,000 before Christmas

How to earn over £3,500 before Christmas

Scraping cash together at the end of the month is tough at the best of times but what about when it's December and it's not just bills you need to pay but Christmas lands right in the final week!

We all have the best of intentions when it comes to saving up for the festive season but it doesn't always go to plan.

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Not only are there presents to buy, trees to decorate and Christmas parties to attend but a whole host of other things that come hand in hand with the end of the year.

Magic Freebies UK have come up with an answer on how you can get cash quickly, and it's not as tricky or risky as you may think: you could end up with more than £1,000 before the end of the year.

1. Sell an old phone
You could put your old iPhone 2g or Nokia 3310 on eBay and potentially get more than £100.

2. Open a new current account
Plenty of banks (Halifax, TSB or First Direct) offer rewards schemes when you open an account, which could mean credit of £100.

3. Drive for Uber
Like spending time behind the wheel? If you can face ferrying people to and fro from their festive fun then you could be looking at potential earnings of £960. This is based on taking £15 per hour on a 16 hours per week contract for a month.

4. Deliver food with Deliveroo
Similar to driving for Uber, working for a delivery company can be a real earner, and everyone knows that ordering in is all you can face after a big night at the office party, so its popularity booms at this time of year. You could be pocketing a whopping £640. This is based on you earning £7 per hour plus £1 based on three deliveries an hour on a 16 hours per week contract for a month.

5. Take part in surveys
Take a seat, sit back, relax and click your way to a nice little earner. You could earn £50 per survey - although usually it's much less.

6. Check out cashback introduction deals
If you're a savvy shopper this is ideal for you. Make a little extra through cashback with potential earnings of £32 (Topcashback Thorntons Bundle - £15 plus Quidco Pie Face game £17).

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Christmas gift ideas for kids
After the success of Pie Face last year, we should have known that the follow-up would be huge this year. Just load up the throwing arm with whipped cream and get ready to ruin your Christmas jumpers. John Lewis is selling it for a competitive £17.97.

No list for this Christmas would be complete without the hard-to-buy toy of 2016. Hatchimals come in at £64.99, but have been selling for much more on eBay as parents get desperate to snap them up.

The good news is that you don't need to panic and over-pay just yet. The manufacturers are continuing to deliver stock, so if you check in with the major players on a regular basis, there’s still every chance you will strike lucky before Christmas Day.

If you have a Star Wars fan in the family, then Rogue One’s release is probably more of an event than Christmas this year.

You can capitalise on the new Best. Film. Ever. by getting them an AT-ST Walker from the film. It's £39.99 from Tesco Direct.

The Furby has been around forever, but has now been updated with its own app. As well as talking Furbish and doing all the usual Furby stuff, its antenna glows when the app has been updated with something new.

This toy has been recommended all over the place as a hot toy for 2016. It’s available from Toys R Us for £79.99.

Argos put this in its list of hot gifts this Christmas. There are three ways to blast foam bullets at your friends and family - which must surely be fantastic news for little sisters and slow-moving targets everywhere.

With a price tag of £59.99 from Argos it’s quite an investment, but you’ll get plenty of action for your money.

Just what the wannabe pop star needs - a microphone with a selfie stick, so you can film yourself singing along to your favourite tracks.

It might be a bit of a Christmas fad, but at £19.99 from Argos, it’s a relatively affordable one.

The robot dog trend continues, and the tie in with the Paw Patrol TV show is likely to make this a must-have. You can get all of the main characters, but Marshall is likely to be particularly popular.

Hamleys put it on its list of top gifts this Christmas, and John Lewis is selling it for £69.99.

The film is still doing well in the Box Office top 10, and the tie-ins remain incredibly popular. This doll wears a bracelet, and you have a matching one, which you can use to interact with her. You can also press her tummy and hear 25 phrases - plus of course there's plenty of opportunity for obligatory hair styling.

Toys R Us and Hamleys both tipped this interactive doll as a must-have for Christmas, so lots of retailers have run out of stock. Argos may have one in a store near you, and is selling them for £49.99.

This Chad Valley doll is £39.99 and is notable for how similar to a newborn the manufacturers have made it. It's meant to be the same height and weight, so children can play with their own child.

It’s exclusive to Argos - which is one of the reasons it's on the store’s list of the hottest gifts of the year - the other one being that small children are often obsessed with having a baby of their own.

The game made famous by so many You Tubers has been super-sized for Christmas. The general joy of the game remains the same: with identical jelly beans either being delicious flavours or completely grim ones. This version just makes it into more of an organised family game than a bean-eating free-for-all.

It was one gift that Hamleys tipped for this Christmas, so it has sold out all over the place. You can, however, still get it through Amazon for £28.49.


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