Tis the Season…for Paying Down Debt

The end of year holiday season has become much more than “the most wonderful time of year.” It’s become one of the most debt-inducing times of year, with many people going a little too crazy at the mall. However, if you have too much debt, this can also be a great time of year to pay it down by generating some extra income. As a recent _ABC News_ story pointed out, lots of retailers hire extra staff for the holidays. _ABC_ also offered up some more creative ways to earn some extra income. For example, if you have specialized knowledge, look into becoming a Guide on “About.com”:http://beaguide.about.com. In exchange for posting an article every two weeks and keeping a blog fresh, the site claims you can earn anywhere from $500 per month to over $100,000 per year. Or, consider working from home as a part-time customer service rep, making $8 to $15 per hour. Companies that hire such reps include: “Alpine Access”:http://www.alpineaccess.com, “LiveOps”:http://www.liveops.com, “West”:http://www.workathomeagent.com, and “Willow”:http://www.willowcsn.com.
h3(matt). Matt’s View
p(matt). One danger to watch out for if you pick up a seasonal retail job is the all-too-tempting employee discount. It won’t make any sense to take on some added work if you end up spending all of your earnings while “saving” on all the great deals you’ll have access to.

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