How to make extra money in time for Christmas

Christmas is going to be expensive, so now is the time to take some actions to boost your budget.

A couple of hundred quid would no doubt come in handy at any time of the year, but no more so than over the next few months.

In this video I share seven places to find money you might have forgotten about that you can use now. Plus three ways to make some cash on your Christmas spending without making too much effort.

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Here’s more on the places you might have forgotten you have money. And you can also read my guides to the getting a new member bonus at cashback sites, the best cashback credit cards, and the current bank switching offers.

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6 thoughts on “How to make extra money in time for Christmas

  1. Hi, I’ve lost a few hundred quid on gift cards that I’ve purchased from Zeek — the company you were doing promotional videos for and probably earning a tidy sum for before they went bust taking everyone’s gift cards with them and failing to pay many more for gift cards they’d purchased … I think it might be a good idea in the interest of full disclosure if you suggested how those affected might be able to claim their money back. This wasn’t really a good example of being clever with your cash!

    1. Hi XC, that’s so frustrating to hear about you losing so much money when Zeek went under, and I know you weren’t alone. As I always say, it’s important to withdraw money from these kinds of accounts and spend gift cards asap in case things like this happen – though that’s not much help for you now.

      I think chances of getting that money back are low. How did you get the gift card in the first place? If you paid with a credit card it’s worth seeing if Section 75 of the consumer credit act works for you. If debit card, then you could ask your bank about the chargeback scheme. If it was Quidco/TopCashback credit then you could contact them, though I don’t know if they’ll be able to reissue the credit – especially as it’s now quite a while since Zeek went bust. However I’ve seen cases here of some customer able to get some money back https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/news/2019/02/zeek-customer-left-out-of-pocket–here-s-what-you-can-do/

      Best of luck.

  2. Thanks Andy! I’ve just added all my loyalty & rewards totals from bank accounts and supermarkets and I’ve got £191.25 available to spend… that will buy me a few presents!

    1. Wow! That’s fantastic!

    1. Is it an iron maiden video?

  3. Thanks for the tip about Oyster cards. Got myself a nice little bonus for cancelling mine. Even if there’s no credit on them you might still get a £5 deposit back.

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