Christmas 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!
Snag 100 Days to Christmas: A Daily Dose of Inspiration & Motivation for a Busy Holiday Season. Grab an ebook that begins on September 16, and leads you day-by-day toward a peaceful and meaningful holiday season. Also included is a companion workbook containing 31 interactive lists from ListPlanIt.com for all of your holiday gift, card, party, and meal planning needs! eBook buyers will get a code for a FREE 60-Day trial to ListPlanIt.com!
- View the whole 100 Days of Saving on Christmas here.
- Day 1, Shop Groupon and Other Deal Sites
- Day 2, Use FFD and Other Deal Blogs
- Day 3, Use Kohls Coupons for Freebies
- Day 4, Use Swagbucks
- Day 5, Save Your Change Throughout the Year
- Day 6, Recycle for Cash
- Day 7, Sell Old Items on Ebay or Craigslist
- Day 8, Have a Garage Sale
- Day 9, Create an Etsy Store
- Day 10, Eat at Home
- Day 11, Buy From the Thrift Store and Save the Difference
- Day 12, Shop at Garage Sales for New Items
- Day 13, Make Lunches to Take to Work
- Day 14,Turn Your Thermostat Up or Down
- Day 15, Shop the Dollar Store for Gifts
- Day 16, Bake or Make Gifts
- Day 17, Give Acts of Service
- Day 18, Start a Family Tradition of Volunteering
- Day 19, Stockpile Gifts Throughout the Year
- Day 20, Make a Christmas Budget
- Day 21, Drive Less During the Year
- Day 22, Trade Babysitting with Friends
- Day 23, Sign Up for Goldstar
- Day 24, Sell Your Clothing to a Resale Store
- Day 25, Sign up for Plink
- Day 26, Try Ebay, Craigslist, and Local Facebook for Gifts
- Day 27, Create Gift Baskets
- Day 28, Trade Services
- Day 29, Use Coupons at Restaurants
- Day 30, Find a Work at Home Job
- Day 31: Shop Garage Sales for Christmas Decorations
- Day 32, Downsize Your Gift List
- Day 33, Sell Your Service on Fivver
- Day 34, Enter Blog Giveaways for Gifts
- Day 35, Save Your Tax Refund for Christmas
This Post Contains Affiliate Links - Disclosure Policy