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3 ways to save an extra $1,500 before the end of 2022

Seller packing item to save money
If you have unwanted items in good working order that are taking up space at home, sell them through online marketplaces so you can save some cash before the new year. (Source: Getty)

Have you been a bit slack with your savings goals this year? Need some extra cash for Christmas or a summer holiday? Here are three top tips for drumming up some extra cash before 2023.

1. Sell things you don't need

Whether it's old video game consoles, Pokémon cards or that Hamptons upcycle you've been meaning to get around to since 2020, your house is probably full of things you don't need, and some of these things may even be worth big money.

Nintendo 64 consoles can be sold on eBay for as much as $400, while an original Xbox or PlayStation could nab you $250 or $150 respectively.


Games for these systems sell for anywhere from $10 to more than $1,000, so if there's a box of games in your garage collecting dust, you could be sitting on a treasure trove.

Pokémon cards, Harry Potter books, and Star Wars memorabilia can also be big earners, nabbing you anywhere from $10 to more than $10,000 for rare editions.

2. Drive Uber

The gig economy is often in the news for all the wrong reasons, but as far as jobs go, Uber isn't that bad, with drivers in the big cities earning an average of $30 per hour or more.

Driving Uber is incredibly flexible so you'll be able to drive as much or as little as you need between now and the end of the year to hit your savings goals.

50 hours will get you to $1,500 by the end of the year, but with NYE surge pricing, you could even make close to that in a single night.

3. Get a Christmas casual role

With many workplaces shutting down over the holiday season and forcing employees to take leave, you might well find yourself with more time on your hands than you actually want or need.

The good news is, for every business shutting down over the holiday period, there's another that's going to be incredibly busy and in need of willing workers.

Christmas casual roles are great because they tend to be filled in bulk, pay 25% more than working in the same role full-time, and no one expects you to stick around any longer than you want to.

Pick up a shift on Boxing Day or the 27th to take advantage of public holiday loading and maximise your earnings.

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