6 Ways your Kids can Make Money This Summer

It’s summer, and your children are no doubt looking for ways to spend their time. They may be saving up for a new video game, tech device, or vacation – so they are likely looking for ways to make a little cash too. Before you go emptying your wallet paying them to do every little thing in your home, have them consider working around the neighborhood for money.

Below are 6 ways that kids can make a little extra dough this summer!

6 Ways Kids Can Earn Money this Summer

Babysitting

This is perfect for a responsible teen that loves kids, especially those that have little siblings. Babysitters can offer their services for moms needing to run errands or who want a date night without their spouse. The job typically pays $10-$20/hour, depending on the number of kids being watched.

Washing cars

Everyone wants to drive a nice looking car, but most people don’t have the time to do anything more than run through a cash wash. Kids can set up their own washing service in their own driveway. Before allowing this, be sure to talk about investments (car soap, sponges, water usage) and how they will pay for these things. Many children will make enough to cover the expenses and still pocket some cash when washing cars.

Selling lemonade and other treats

It’s been around for decades, but this art of making a little money still works! If you live in a neighborhood with a decent amount of traffic, encourage your kids to get creative and sell something. Lemonade is the go to, but they could also sell pastries, cookies, or other goodies to go along with the drink. Investments would need to be considered for this type of money as well.

Walking Dogs

This is a daily job that could easily be done by a couple kids. Since it’s a constant need, those offering the service of dog walking could have a nice piggy bank by the end of the summer. Most dog walkers charge $2-$3 per walk, but you could always suggest your children negotiate a rate for a week or month worth of the service.

Mowing/Caring for lawns

This is yet another service that is needed regularly throughout the summer. Mowing is a hot and sweaty job – so most would gladly pay a kid to push the mower rather than having to do it themselves. Other services that could be offered include watering plants, pulling weeds, and trimming shrubs and hedges.

Hosting a yard sale

Most kids have toys, books, clothes, and other items they no longer want and need. Let them go through their things and set up a yard sale. This would likely be a one or two time deal only, but it could bring in a substantial amount of money for their summer savings.

How do your kids make money during the summer?

Tips for Making Great Sports Drinks at Home

Those sports drinks you are purchasing at the grocery store or health club may come in fancy packaging and be convenient, but you are paying four to five times more than you would for the raw ingredients to make these nutritious drinks at home. Sports drinks are great for helping to replenish the body’s energy either before or during exercise and every nutritious sports drink requires a combination of water, electrolytes such as sodium and potassium, and carbohydrates.

The Most Economical Mixtures.

One of the most economical and satisfying sports drinks you can concoct at home that costs only pennies per serving uses 8 ounces of water seasoned with two tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice, a dash of sea salt and one-half teaspoon honey. This concoction can be prepared in the morning, then refrigerated and taken with you to your health club or other workout location.

Good old chocolate milk makes a good sports drink because it contains both protein and carbohydrates to replenish the body’s energy reserves. Unsweetened coconut water, mixed with a little bit of honey, orange juice or green tea is another winning sports drink mixture that is easy on the budget.

The Gatorade Alternative

Buying bottles of Gatorade at the supermarket on a weekly basis can really cut into your household’s food budget and  what you are really paying a premium price for for is the marketing and advertising of this popular sports drink. Did you know that you can create your very own healthful version of Gatorade in your home kitchen? Squeeze enough Valencia oranges to make one-half cup of juice, then blend this with three and a half cups of water, two and a half tablespoons of local honey, and one-quarter teaspoon salt. This recipe will make four 8-ounce servings, each containing 14 grams of carbohydrate and 160 milligrams of sodium, all packaged in a delicious low-calorie (50 calories) drink.

You can vary this Gatorade recipe by using one-half cup of lemonade, grape juice or cranberry juice in place of orange juice. You can also help to bump up the flavor of this beverage by mixing in a little sugar-free lemonade mix without increasing the calorie count beyond 50 calories per serving.

Go Organic

It’s easy to create an organic sports drink at home by filling a juice bottle with one-half water or freshly brewed green tea, and then blending with your choice of organic fruit juice, such as orange, lemon, apple, grapefruit or blueberry. Shake the container after you’ve added a pinch of organic sea salt and you are ready to enjoy.

Replenish Electrolytes

It’s important to keep replenishing your electrolytes during exercise and workout routines, and consuming sports drinks rich in electrolytes can help you maintain your energy level even during the most challenging workouts. For a great tasting homemade sports drink, combine 4 cups of hot water with the juice of one whole lemon, which is about one-fourth cup of lemon juice. Fresh is always the best ingredient, but use bottled lemons if you don’t have fresh. Then blend this mixture with one-fourth teaspoon sea salt and two tablespoons of your favorite honey variety, perhaps clover or orange blossom. Then chill this mixture overnight and pour it into several different sports bottles for easy transportation to and from your health club.

Experiment with different fruit juices and honey varieties and always taste the mixture right after you prepare it to ensure that it offers you a refreshing taste. Store homemade sports drinks in clean containers and be sure to wash and dry containers after use before refilling with a new sports drink mixture.

Susan writes for allpro.eu, mostly about college football.

HEXBUG Nano Easter Egg Party

So Easter is well over, but you can still have HEXBUG Nano party, and here is how! First you want to have HEXBUG Nano’s to rock the party and these little species are awesome and addictive to play with.

To throw the best HEXBUG non party you must start with what to serve. My daughter chose this recipe:

BUG JUICE

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed.
  • 2 liters ginger ale
  • 1 small container, green sherbert
  • 1 cup raisins

Instructions:

  1. In a large punch bowl, combine frozen lemonade and ginger ale, mixing until lemonade is completely dissolved.
  2. When ready to serve, add scoops of green sherbert to the bowl to chill, placing raisins on top to resemble teeny tiny bugs!

DIRT CUPS

Ingredients:

  • 3.9 oz JELL-O Chocolate instant pudding
  • 1 cup cold milk
  • 8 oz cool whip topping
  • 15 OREO cookies, finely crushed
  • 1 package gummy worms
  • Small paper or plastic cups

Instructions:

  1. Mix pudding & milk in a large bowl, let stand for 5 minutes
  2. Stir in Cool Whip and 1/2 of the OREO cookie crumbs
  3. Spoon mixture into paper or plastic cups and refrigerate for 1 hour
  4. Before serving, top off the cups with remaining cookie crumbs and a few gummy worms

Overall this was an awsome party! Want to learn more about MomParties? Check out MomParties on Facebook. Also make sure to check out Amazon.com for more HEXBUG nano & species!

 

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Disclosure: I received products for free from Mom Select, all opinions are that of my own.

 

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