Summer is already here, which means days full of shopping, eating and going on fun adventures. Unfortunately, a majority of these super fun activities cost money and leave your bank account looking rather small. You don’t want to miss out on summer fun simply because your wallet only has change, so we have 20 ways to help you boost your bank account. From jobs to saving tips, this list is the perf guide to make your cash last all summer long.
Do chores around the house.
Sure, they’re not the most fun thing to do,
but chores are a quick way to rake in extra cash. Bonus points if you vacuum
the living room before your parents even ask!
Watch the kids.
Babysitting is a super easy—and super fun—way
to make some money. If you’re not old enough or don’t feel comfy doing it
alone, find a family to help while the parents are still there. The parents can
do laundry or just relax knowing their kiddos are safe with you.
Use your skills.
Heart painting landscapes? Live for writing
essays? Use your skills to your advantage! Sell your paintings to your family
friend or tutor your neighbor who’s stumbling with their summer reading
assignment. If you’re doing something you love, how can you resist?
Give yourself an allowance.
Every week, jot down each time you plan to
spend money and how much. Keeping goals will make your money last longer.
Find the freebies.
Not all fun things cost money! Flip through
newspapers and magazines for local festivals, block parties or concerts that
are free. You and your buds can have a blast without spending a dime.
Go through your closet and find the clothes
that you don’t wear anymore and give them away. There are tons of places, like
Plato’s Closet, that will buy your cute, gently used clothes. You can make room
in your closet while putting some cash back in your wallet.
Go thrift store-chic.
Forget the pricey duds from the mall.
Thrift stores are full of fab clothes with itty-bitty price tags. From vintage
designer purses to on-trend high-waisted shorts, thrift stores have it all!
Enlist your buds.
Put your heads together and think of fun
way to rake in the cash. Whether it’s starting dog walking business or working
at the local snowcone stand, having your crew by your side will make
money-making that much more awesome.
Think outside the box.
Don’t limit yourself to babysitting or the
pizza parlor—get creative! See if your local animal shelter needs help cleaning
out the crates or if the hair salon needs a sweeper. These jobs aren’t
glamorous, but they’re easy to do and will give you money to spend.
Ahh, nothing like spending some QT with
Mother Nature. Post fliers and offer gardening services to your neighbors. Who
wouldn’t want a fresh garden full of flowers in full bloom?
at local businesses.
If you’re not old enough for a job at your
fave local boutique, ask around and see what there is for you to do. Chances
are they would love to have some help setting up new inventory or having a
helping hand the store gets busy.
Hit up our Pinterest for DIY jewelry inspo that will have everyone’s heads turning. Make amazing statement pieces that will give you the fabulousness you want without making a hole in your wallet.
a helping hand.
Grab your buds and volunteer. You may not
make major bucks, but you also won’t be spending any either.
a spending limit.
When you go out for the day, put a cap on
how much money you’re going to spend. This will help you pay attention better
attention to price tags.
When you give yourself an allowance or a
spending limit, let your friends know. They will help you find the best things
in your budget and encourage you to shop smart!
Is your fave artist performing nearby or
have you had your eye on a super cute pair of shoes? Every week put aside money
specifically for that item, so that when they go on sale you can buy them
without making a huge dent in your bank account.
You and your crew hit up the bakery so much
they know you by name. Put a pause on your weekly visits and whip up your own
batch of treats. Now you can hang out with your besties without dropping $7 per
Don’t be afraid to ask your buds to pitch
in to help buy something! If your gang is planning a Fourth of July BBQ at the
local park, split the cost evenly. That way, the bill doesn’t drain just one
person’s bank account.
Before purchasing something, ask yourself
if it is really worth it or if it’s just an impulse buy. If you have something
similar or if it’s food that you can get at home, save your money for something
else. Make sure that every purchase is worth the price.
Even if you’re strapped for cash, don’t let
your bank account control your summer. This summer is all about friends, fun,
the sun and making memories. Enjoy it!
BY CAITLIN MOYNIHAN ON 6/11/2014 1:00:00 PM
POSTED IN summer, life, On the Job, How to get a job, Make more money, advice, GL's 20th birthday