Food Sampler…not just at Costco anymore

#59 – Food sampling in grocery stores, Walmart  & Wholesale stores like Costco, Sam’s Club or BJ’s Wholesale

If you have an outgoing personality, like people and don’t mind wearing a hair net, being a food sampler during the holidays might be a great way to make some money.  Some stores hire food samplers directly but most often these type of positions are hired through promotion companies.  If there’s a store (or a few) in your area that you’d like to be a food sampler at, call the store and ask the manager or assistant manager who you should contact to be able to sample different products during the holidays.  Be prepared to work evenings and weekends.  Most stores only sample food items during the busy times.  You might find a new product that you didn’t know you love while making money sharing it at your local grocery or wholesale store.

Banquet Server or Bartender for the Holidays…

#64 – Banquet serving or bar-tending is a great way to make some cash during the holidays…

Holiday parties will be in full swing before we know it.  You might want to check with local hotels, convention centers, or social clubs (Elks Lodge, American Legions or VFW Posts) to see if they need help serving for banquets and upcoming holiday parties.  Holiday parties go into January often times.  So you could have at least two months of work evenings and weekends.  The pay for banquet serving varies depending on what part of the country you live, but I know you get gratuities or tips for all of them.

If you have experience bar-tending, you might prefer tending bar at the holiday parties over serving food.  Most parties have limited drinks that they offer so you probably won’t have to serve anything too fancy or hard to mix up.  If  it’s been awhile since you mixed up a great Martini or Manhattan…you might want to download a “mixology” app for your smartphone then you’ll have drink recipes at your fingertips.  I know several people who tend bar for holiday parties and they generally make anywhere from $100 and up in tips when serving drinks at these parties.  Even if it’s an “Open Bar”, people still tend to tip like they are out at a bar for the evening.  So smile, be friendly and mix up some tasty beverages…then count your mula on your way home!


Girls…If you can “Rock” a Promotional Tank or Dress to make some extra money, why not?!

#80 – Promotional gigs at pubs, nightclubs and bars…

I was out this weekend with some friends and the “Jameson Girls” came into the Irish Pub we were hanging out at “rockin” long sleeve t-shirt type, green Jameson branded dresses (they weren’t too revealing but hugged their bodies nicely…so if you have nice curves…this dress would work for sure!) and passing out FREE samples of Jameson and Ginger drinks…pretty tasty!  They were also doing a pop quiz on an iPad where if you got the answers correct they’d give you a Jameson branded  hats or ear-buds. Pretty cool give-aways…better than a t-shirt, in my opinion anyway.  They all looked like they were having a great time, so I asked one of the girls how she found out about this gig and what did it really entail?  She was very generous with the information she shared and told me she found it on Craigslist and that it was pretty easy and really fun.   She not only did promotions for Jameson, but some other libation companies as well.  She said she made anywhere between $8 and $25 an hour depending on the night and what “brand” she was working for.  She also shared that weekends usually pay a little more than weeknights but she never worked more than about 4 hours a night, no matter week night or weekend.  As she was telling me all of this, I couldn’t wait to blog about it and share this idea.  I’ve seen the “Bud Girls” and other beer girls walking around giving away promotional items at bars before, but I hadn’t really thought about this as a viable part-time money maker.  My one caution…save the money you make “rockin” the hot dress or tank top and let the “boys” buy you drinks after your shift is over…then you can use the money for cab fare or a new pair of fall boots!