Kim emailed in the following tip:
I’m a little late in the earning extra money for Christmas category, but I have a suggestion for your readers who work outside the home to make some extra money: Ask your employer if there is any extra work that you can do from home for extra pay.
Recently I went on maternity leave, and since I’m a contract employee, I do not get FMLA. I simply asked if they had anything for me to do while I was out.
I didn’t get an answer immediately, but they eventually gave me a stack of work to do easily while the kids were napping. It was several hundred dollars more than I was going to make while out, and it did not hurt to just ask. If they say no then they say no, but if they say yes then — yay!