100 Days of Christmas Savings: Day 36, Get a Seasonal Job

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100daysjobChristmas gifts can be expensive, no doubt about it!

Take the edge off with a part-time retail job during the holiday season. Most retailers start hiring part-time help in October in order to prepare for Black Friday and the rest of the Christmas season. You’ll earn a few extra bucks for Christmas presents, but the real value in this tip is in your employee discount.

Retailers all offer varying employee discounts. Pick a place where you can do the majority of your Christmas shopping.

If you have a family full of technology addicts, pick up a few hours at Best Buy. Their employee discount charges 10% over production cost for almost everything in the store. The savings are smaller for items like DVDs and computers, but bigger for things like phone cases, blank media, and computer games. If you have a wide variety of people to buy for, try a place like Target, which gives its employees a 10% discount. Before you take a part-time job, make sure that holiday employees are immediately eligible for the discount. Stores usually have a time limit for regular employees, but it is typically waived for holiday employees. But double check because you don’t want to get a job for the discount only to find out that you don’t get a discount!

Most stores are very flexible with your schedule, and lots of places will let you work as little as one or two shifts a week! Just give up 6-10 hours of your week and get big discounts on your Christmas shopping. It’s a great payoff!

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