Summer was made for getting away from it all, but most cash-conscious families can’t afford to pack up and go at anytime. When your bored kids are slugging around the house and a real getaway seems impossible, remember that making and saving extra money is more viable than you might think.
Try these four unique tips if you want to make and save some extra cash this summer:
Be a Pet Sitter
If you enjoy being around animals, consider boarding and pet sitting this summer. Very few vacationers can take their furry friends along for the trip, but professional boarding fees add up quickly, especially during peak season. Offer your home through a service such as DogVacay by dog boarding is a great way to make money without the effort and expense associated with traditional money-making schemes like yard sales, eBay and home businesses.
Drop Your Gym Membership
During the summer, a gym membership should be moot. Let the world be your gym — go swimming at the community pool, join a charity walk/run, take the kids on a nature walk at a local park or head out for a family bike ride. On those inevitable rainy or 100 degree days, exercise indoors with a no or little-equipment workout program like Pilates or yoga. You can find free videos to follow at the library or on YouTube and Netflix and you can trade with friends.
Stop with the Bottled Water
Ditch the bottled water this summer and invest in a reusable water bottle instead. Tap water is just as healthy as bottled. If it doesn’t taste right, invest in a small filter for your faucet or add fresh lime, lemon, mint or even fruit. If you’re spending $6 or more on each case of water, the savings will add up drastically.
If you’ve got a particular skill or affinity for academics, you can offer your services as a tutor. Many students continue to receive tutoring over the summer months for the subjects they struggle in, so all you need to do is advertise yourself. Summer is also a perfect time to teach an instrument or other extracurricular activity. You can even trade these services with other families for home repairs, lawn maintenance or other expensive necessities.
Making money doesn’t need to be rocket science — it can even be fun!
Shaye is a single mom that has a passion for family, budgeting, healthy living, fitness, and travel. She loves finding new ways to cook healthier and stay fit, all while doing it on a budget. She has a beautiful son and one eccentric dog, but wouldn’t have it any other way. Follow her blog at Simply Shaye.