If there's one time of year when most people could probably use a bit of extra cash in their wallets, this would be the one. Gifts. Holiday parties. Secret Santa Swaps. A fabulous new outfit to go with the fabulous little holiday soirée.
It all adds up.
One way to help lighten the proverbial holiday load is to make some extra cash. We're not talking a second job or taking out a mortgage on your house. There are tons of easy ways for you to make money these days, some of which require very little actual "work" from you.
Here are five of our favorite, easy ways to make some extra moolah this holiday season. Just try not to spend it all in one place.
One of life's great ironies is that when you're younger, you can't
wait to get out of school, but as you get older, all you want is to
return to it.
Maybe that's because the world seemed simpler during those years,
but for me it's the growing realization that there's so much more
to learn about life, the universe, and everything--and a shrinking
amount of time in which to learn it. (Bonus points if you caught
that Douglas Adams reference.)
Alas, I lack the mountains of money usually required to go back to
I can't remember a time with more economic uncertainty than today. The unemployment rate has not fallen as predicted, there is talk that Social Security checks won't even be sent out next month, and our country is currently in debt up to its eyeballs.
Given all the fiscal turmoil, I decided that right now is a great time to set aside as much as I can for the future. Fortunately, I am still gainfully employed and I try to live frugally. But questions still constantly gnaw at the back of my mind: Am I saving enough for my retirement? Am I saving enough for my son's education?
So for my Savings Pledge, I decided to do something more about my concerns. I'll outline for you my new goals and how I plan to go about achieving them.
Question: I'm a college student majoring in finance. How did you get started in your financial planning career?
As with most professions, successful careers may begin in many different ways and take many different paths. With that said, the most common starting point for financial planners is a sales trainee position.