Show me the money for Christmas

We all need a bit of extra financial muscle at Christmas, so don’t forget you may have an untapped source of cash hidden in your attic or tucked down the back of your sofa The golden rule in many households is that the C word must not be mentioned until the last trick-or-treating monster disappears into the dusk on Halloween night. But in spite of this, preparation – at least of the financial kind – can be made for Christmas all year-round, especially if it’s a year in which you have tired of various household items enough to remove them from your home altogether. Have you ever thought about reselling goods in addition to the ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’ approach? Christmas can come early when you have extra cash in your back pocket through selling your unwanted belongings on DoneDeal. Look around your home, garage and garden – chances are there are items gathering dust that you would not miss if you found a buyer for them tomorrow. Things DoneDealers have sold include everything from real aeroplanes to train sets, with many users reporting selling items within days. You can start working on your Christmas fund no matter what time of year it is, but it’s important to have a plan of action. So whether it’s January and you’ve 11 months of salvaging, selling and saving ahead of you, or it’s December and you’re in a panic to get some cash together, consider the following: The golden rule in many households is that the C word must not be mentioned until the last trick-or-treating monster disappears into the dusk on Halloween night. But in spite of this, preparation – at least of the financial kind – can be made for Christmas all year-round, especially if it’s a year in which you have tired of various household items enough to remove them from your home altogether. Have you ever thought about reselling goods in addition to the ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’ approach? Your Christmas could sparkle by offloading possessions you no longer need (Photo: Kevin Dooley) Christmas can come early when you have extra cash in your back pocket through selling your unwanted belongings on DoneDeal. Look around your home, garage and garden – chances are there are items gathering dust that you would not miss if you found a buyer for them tomorrow. Things DoneDealers have sold include everything from real airplanes to train sets, with many users reporting selling items within days. You can start working on your Christmas fund no matter what time of year it is, but it’s important to have a plan of action. So whether it’s January and you’ve 11 months of salvaging, selling and saving ahead of you, or it’s December and you’re in a panic to get some cash together, consider the following: How much money do you need to raise? Is there anything you no longer need or use? Can you put aside time for rummaging around in the attic/garage/cupboards to find saleable items? What items are you willing to part with? Have you looked through all the sections on DoneDeal to get an idea of what other people are selling? What’s the asking price for these goods? What’s the lowest you would accept for each item? Do you have any items that are being sought by other DoneDealers in the Wanted section? Do you have cleaning products to help you make the items as presentable as possible? Do you have access to a digital camera to take photos or videos of the goods for sale? Do you know what you’ll write in the description when placing an ad? Have you made plans as to where and when suits you to meet potential buyers? Have you read our safety guide? Have you considered all of the benefits? If that special someone in your life has their heart set on a Christmas gift that’s beyond your usual budget, reselling long-forgotten items may be just the solution. However, cash isn’t the only benefit. Turning your attic contents into currency in time for the annual Christmas splurge also means that: You’re making use of those unopened, unwanted gifts; You’re creating space in your home (including space for next year’s Christmas presents); You’re decluttering your life; You can get rid of possessions that remind you of your ex or a bad time in your life; You’re doing someone else a favour – the buyer is getting a good deal. #Christmas