The Simplest Way to Stretch Your Holiday Gifting Budget

Stress less about finances this season. We’ve got the secret to earning extra cash for your holiday gifting budget.

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Sure, the holidays are a joyful time of year. But they’re also one of the most stressful times of year with money and time being two of the biggest stressors leading up to the holiday season. What if there was an easy way to make some extra cash around the holidays that didn’t require any extra time? Good news, there is!

This year, eBay is encouraging Canadians to list and sell their unwanted items to help fund their holiday shopping. Now until Nov. 17, when you list and sell an item on the site, eBay will match the value you sold the item for (up to a maximum of $50) in the form of a coupon to be used on your next eBay purchase. If you’re like the 69 percent of Canadians who start holiday shopping before the end of November, this timing is perfect. You’ll even receive your coupon in time for Black Friday sales on, which is another great way to save money this year!

For example, by selling a used ski jacket ($120) and a pair of new hockey skates that you don’t need ($132), you could earn enough money to purchase a new NHL hockey jersey ($240). The perfect gift for the sports enthusiast in your family! Plus, you’ll receive that $50 eBay coupon if you sell your items before Nov. 17, which means a little extra cash for your budget or to buy yourself something nice!

So how does it work? It’s simple: first, go to to opt into the promotion, and get some simple selling tips. Then, start creating a listing with photos and item details – it’s super easy to do right from your phone. Next, watch your item sell and get paid! Then, you’ll ship the item off to its new owner using the steps provided by eBay.

While donating unused items is a worthy cause, the idea of selling your items for a little extra cash might be a bit more appealing when you consider how much money you’ll spend this season. Last year, Canadians spent an average of nearly $700 on holiday gifts. That’s a lot when you consider you’ll also be spending money on dinners out, holiday drinks with co-workers and more. According to the Retail Council of Canada, only 65 percent of Canadians plan to have a firm budget when it comes to holiday season spending, so it’s easy to see how finances can get out of control.

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And don’t forget another perk of buying and selling on — no holiday traffic or crowds to contend with! Save time, save money, make money and enjoy the holidays stress-free.

Head to to opt into this offer, and find tips on how to sell on eBay.

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