The holidays are basically a recipe for hemorrhaging money, but when you're strapped for cash, working a crappy job, or in the middle of a job search, all of the "Sale!" signs can make experience major FOMO. But, instead of spending money you don't have or giving your mom that craft you made in kindergarten, why not use the holiday season as a way to perfect your hustle and make some money? They don't call it the "most wonderful time of the year" for nothing!

1. Cop a Retail Gig

Lots of retailers hire short-term workers to help staff their stores over the busy holiday season. which means it's uber-easy to cop a gig. If you're struggling to find a job, a retail position might be the perfect thing to tide you over, keep you busy, and help you learn new skills while you still look for your dream job. And, who knows? It might lead to a job and career that you really love.

2. Offer a Service

Many hands make light work, and people are busy during the holiday season. You can offer a service as a side hustle and make money while giving people a hand. Think about services like personal shopping, babysitting, house cleaning, or even taking on some extra baking. Just think about something you can offer to help busy people out over the holidays, and then post about your services on social media to see if friends and neighbors want some extra help.

3. Sell Your Stuff

The holidays are a great time to get rid of stuff you don't need. Try selling stuff like electronics on eBay, or get rid of your old clothes via consignment shops or online yard sales. You'll get a cleaner closet and some cash to help you make it through the holidays.

4. Network Like Crazy

You're going to be attending parties all holiday season long, so make them work for you. Go out of your way to talk to new people and ask questions about their career paths. Make nice with relatives and friends' parents, who could become awesome job search resources. Resist the urge to hide in your basement and watch "Christmas Vacation" for the hundredth and get out there. Networking might not immediately pay off, but it can lay the foundation for a better career in the future.

5. Prep for Your New Year's Resolutions

You probably have some goals in mind for the new year, but why wait? The holidays usually mean extra free time, so use that to prep for your goals and resolutions. You want a better job? Then dust off your resume and make improvements. Hoping for a promotion? Spend the season taking on extra working and showing your boss you deserve it. Starting your own business? Create a plan and get the gears in motion so it's ready to launch in January.

Sure, you should totally take the time to eat amazing food, hang out with friends, and binge-watch all of your favorite movies. But the holidays are also the perfect time to make money and prepare for a new year. Don't waste all your time on gingerbread house making and you'll be amazed at what you can accomplish during the season.