Nine easy jobs that'll make you some extra cash in time for Christmas

December is the most expensive month of the year for millions of households - but there is a way to get around it

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The soaring cost of Christmas is pushing millions of families into debt, with a third of households already turning to credit to keep afloat in the run up to December 25.

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Woman charges pSome 37% are taking out loans, according to research from the National Debtline, to help cover the cost of the festive spell, which, according to eBuyer, now stands at £475 per household.

But what if you could make that extra money to spend for Christmas, instead of having to borrow it from elsewhere?

With three weeks to go until Santa's visit, we've handpicked some of the most fruitful ways to get some cash, fast - and they're all pretty straightforward, too.

1. Rent your car out

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The demand for car hires is set to spike in the run up to Christmas when people start their big festive shop - which comes hand in hand with a lot of shopping bags to carry.

Which brings us to point one - if you've a car sitting dormant on your driveway or idle on the road in front of your house, you might want to rent it out for a quick buck.

One firm that offers this service is Hiyacar - it's a peer-to-peer car rental firm that connects people who don't own a car with individuals nearby who do.

This means you can hire out your vehicle to a stranger when you're not using it, and earn some easy money along the way.

To get started, you simply make your own profile and list your car – all for free. You then pay a 30% commission each time you rent it out. Cars must be insured, taxed and have a valid MOT.

When you first sign up, the firm will suggest guide rental rates (based on the age of your car and where you live), but you can then opt to set your own rates.

Users can search for – and book – vehicles in their area, and car owners and renters can contact one another via instant messaging. They can then meet in a chosen location to exchange keys.

Comprehensive cover is offered to car owners via Axa insurance. In the event that any damage takes place to your vehicle, the policy will cover 100% of the costs – and will not affect your current personal insurance policy in any way.

In addition to the rental cost, hirers pay a £3 booking fee and the cost of the insurance. Cover starts from around £6 a day.

Aside from Hiyacar, you might also want to check out Easy Car Club, another site where you can list your car for free. According to the site, users can earn up to £3,000 a year.

2. Share your car

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If renting is not an option, why not split the costs? Car sharing allows you to treat your car like a taxi - dropping and picking people off on the route you're heading on anyway.

Sites like liftshare.com and blablacar.co.uk give car owners the chance to make money - and commuters the chance to cut back on their costs.

Just let BlaBlaCar know where you're going, and whether it's a one-way or round trip or a regular commute, and set a price within the limits allowed by the site.

Passengers pay a commission, but the driver gets the full price.

A lift from north London to Leicester could make the driver £18 if three passengers opted for the lift.

With Liftshare, the fee is based on HM Revenue and Customs Approved Mileage Payment Allowance. GoCarShare, is similar to BlaBlacar in the sense that's it's free to use. You basically just list your car and passengers will get in touch with you for a cheap ride. This one's not got its own car insurance cover through, so you will have to let your provider know you're sharing your ride, first.

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3. Hire out your driveway

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We all know of the headache that can come with finding an affordable parking space. However, if your house is in a location where people struggle, why not rent out your driveway?

Websites like yourparkingspace.co.uk, parkonmydrive.com and justpark.com can give you an estimate of how much your space is worth - you can then list it for free.

According to YourParkingSpace's data, the average member last year raked in £1,000 from renting out empty driveways and garages, in London, typical earnings were almost double - at £2,303 on average over 12 months.

Rachel Mok, a graduate from Cambridge told us she earns £90 a year from it, she says it's important to make sure your prices are competitive - as once the rates are low - the customers will find you.

If you want to find out how much your space is worth, you can use this handy search tool on Parklet.co.uk.

It's worth also considering local rates too - how much is your local car park charging? Are the nearby streets all 'permit holders' only'? Are there any free spaces that drivers are already taking advantage of in the local area?

4. Got a spare room?

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Over Christmas, thousands of people will be travelling the country for seasonal getaways, parties and family visits. All in, this can become very expensive.

That's where you come in. If you're away - or if you have a spare room going - why not offer them a cheap place to stay in exchange for some cash?

Whether you've an apartment or your loft conversion going empty - let it out and you can be quids in.

Websites such as AirBnB are great for this sort of thing - and they take a deposit (from the tenant) to protect you should anything go wrong.

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5. Deliver Christmas gifts

If you have spare time, you can actually get paid to drop bags off for Christmas shoppers as you go about your daily errands.

Website Nimber transfers deliveries to where people need it to be - it's almost like playing Santa.

To use it, people join for free, and log what they'd like to send. A 'bring' driver will then drop it off to the recipient wherever they may be in the country.

Nimber can be used whether you are on the road, cycling, taking the train or travelling by other means. You also set your own price - useful if you've got a target to reach.

6. Wrap presents - or change a lightbulb

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Are you a handyman, gardener or a stay-at-home mum with a penchant for wrapping? Whatever your skill, there are people out there in need of it, and that's where Taskrabbit comes in handy.

The online service allows you to register your talent - it currently has 50,000 workers worldwide - that earn money alongside their day job. It can be anything from mounting a new TV to helping someone move into their new home.

To become a Tasker - you'll have to join here. You can then amend your schedule, choose your rates and advertise the jobs you're capable of. It'll then notify you next time a suitable task pops up in your region.

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7. Share your clothes - or your vacuum

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If you've got a load of dresses hanging in your wardrobe just desperate to be worn, why not let someone else have a whirl?

Website Fatlama gives people the chance to let out their own goods (it can be absolutely anything) in exchange for a rent fee.

In similar vein to eBay (except local), you simply list the items you'd like to let out - and someone will get in touch if they fancy taking it out on loan (they can't actually buy it). It includes anything from your old wedding decor to a large dining table suitable for a dinner party.

To lend, create an account, enter the details of your item, upload photos, set your price, location and upload it. You'll then get a ping if someone wants to borrow it. All payments are made through the app, for each transaction, they'll take a 15% cut.

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8. Sell old clothes, books, DVDs, gadgets

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This is probably one of the easiest ways to make money on a deadline - and there are plenty of ways to do it for free, too.

To start with, give yourself a day to sort through your clutter. Go from room to room and target the places where you dump things, such as cupboards or under beds.

Gather the clothes you haven't worn in over a year, gadgets and gizmos you'll never use and anything you have too many duplicates of. Then sort them into piles of similar items.

eBay is probably one of the best places to start - and here are 5 ways to boost listings. On the auction website, you can list up to 20 items for free a month, thereafter it's 35p per listing (regardless of whether it sells, or not).

When your item sells, you then pay 10% of the final transaction value - which is billed to you once a month. Final value fees are capped at £250 - though it's unlikely you'll be selling anything for £2,500 on eBay.

For CDs, games and DVDs, www.musicMagpie.co.uk might come in handy - they'll basically buy any of these items off you, providing it's in good - or at least working - condition.

Other useful trade-in sites which offer cash for goods such as books, CDs, DVDs and computer games include Zapper.co.uk, Momox.co.uk and Ziffit.com.

Shpock, Facebook Marketplace and Gumtree are two free online selling websites (though there are a few more out there). You basically list the items you want to flog, and people will come to you if they're interested. These always work best on a local level.

Ahead of Christmas is probably the best time to start listing these items as if you've goods in mint condition, people will buy them off you as gifts and stocking fillers. As a top tip, the better your pictures the more you'll get. It's also worth digging out original boxes for shoes, and electricals you're selling as this makes it easier to re-gift.

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9. Host a car boot sale

Car boot sales run all over the country at the weekends and are a perfect way to sell those odds and sods you've had lingering in your loft. Everything will sell if it is cheap enough so be prepared to drop your prices.

Hot sellers include posh cosmetics (even if they're slightly used), ­perfume bottles (even half full), vinyl singles and LPs, clothing, jewellery and accessories, electronics, antiques, crafts and toys.

Don't be scared to tell overeager buyers who pounce on your car the minute you ­arrive to come back later or form a queue. This gives you a chance to set up properly without getting in a panic.

Don't forget to present your goods nicely. People are more likely to buy clothes displayed well on a rail than dumped in heaps on the table. Likewise jewellery laid out nicely rather than tangled in a box will catch the eyes of passers-by.

Useful sites for events and locations include Carbootcalendar.com and Carbootjunction.com, a stall usually costs around £15.


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