Published: Nov 08, 2010 1:54 PM EST
Updated: Nov 08, 2010 10:54 AM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Many families in Southwest Florida don't have disposable income for gifts. We're bringing you easy ways to raise money to buy gifts.

But you can always do a few things to make money. says everyone has a personal area of expertise, whether it's re-selling used items, running errands for someone in need, finding a part time job or even house or pet sitting.

Let's start with profiting from junk.

If you have anything around the house, you don't need.

Now's the time to sell it on Craigslist or another community bulletin board.

You can also utilize twitter and facebook to get rid of your unwanted items.

Second, sell your services.

It may be surprised that other people are willing to pay you to mow their law, dog walk, tutor, paint or run errands.

Third, updating your tax forms is an easy way to generate extra cash now without waiting until you file a tax return.

If you usually get money back on taxes paid over the year and you claim a higher withholding on your w-4 than you need, you can lower it to its exact number to decrease the amount taken out of your paycheck. But beware that you don't go this route if you end up owing the IRS most years.

The fourth idea is a part time holiday job. Many retail stores in southwest Florida are hiring and this can be a great way to make money and possibly get a discount at the store where you work.

And the final idea is to house or pet sit.

Offer the service at a reasonable price to family and friends leaving town for the holidays.