5 Ways to Make and Save Money This Summer

This article was written by Everly Mag Intern Bridget.

Summer is coming up fast, or for some of us its already here! Without homework, exams and extracurricular activities looming overhead, summer means plenty of time for relaxing and doing fun activities. But summer activities can be expensive! Here are five easy ways that you can enjoy your summer while saving your wallet.

1. Sell Your Clothes

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Selling your old clothes is easier than ever with apps such as Poshmark, Depop, Mercari and Letgo that allow you to safely sell your clothing online.  Additionally, these sites let you sell other used items such as jewelry, furniture, art and more. You can also sell clothes and other items you don’t want to your friends, or sell them at a garage sale right from your home. We all have a few clothing items that we haven’t worn in a while, or items that don’t fit us that sit in the back of our closet. Selling them is a perfect way to both help out our wallets, as well as make sure our items are still going to someone who really wants it.

2. Babysit Your Neighbors

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 Most working parents do not have the summer off, which means they need someone to watch their kids. Post flyers around your neighborhood or have your parents and friends help you ask around to see if anyone needs a sitter, and chances are someone will! There are also websites such as Care.com and Sittercity.com that help connect you to parents that need help with childcare. Babysitting is a fairly easy job if you have experience working with kids, and it often pays pretty well. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, you could even choose to run your own mini summer day camp from your home or backyard for children in your local area.

3. Do Chores for Friends and Neighbors

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People are always looking for help with things they don’t have time to do themselves, and don’t want to pay an expensive professional to do either, so you can come in handy! This option is good because it is extremely flexible and you get to choose exactly what you want to do. Services could include cleaning or painting people’s houses, walking their dogs, washing their cars, mowing their lawns or running errands for them. Ask around in person or even post on social media with any possible services you could provide. You might be surprised with how much people would appreciate your help!

4. Get a Summer Job

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While this is an obvious one, it is something a lot of young people don’t take advantage of. Even though you might want time to relax, summer is the perfect time to get a job. Many stores and business look to hire younger kids part-time during the summer, even as young as 14 years old. Even part-time jobs will give you some spending money, as well as giving you working experience that could help you in the future. Working in retail, grocery stores, restaurants, or camps are great places to start.

5. Look for Free Local Activities 

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There are plenty of ways to enjoy the summer without spending any money. Often, organizations or towns hold concerts, fairs and other outdoor events that are completely free during the summer. Additionally, many parks and museums have free admission, or at least have student discounts. Picnics, hikes, and exercising are great ways of taking advantage of free public spaces. Look at calendars for your local communities and check flyers in areas near you to find the fun free events going on!

How do you plan on saving money this summer? Comment Below!

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