How to Help Your Parents Earn Money

Three Methods:WorkingSellingSaving Money

If your parents have bumped into a problem, whether it is losing a job, getting a large bill, or so on, they probably are low on money. As a young kid, you may be able to help them! Keep reading to learn how.

Method 1

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    Make sure to communicate. If you have doubts, or are scared, do not feel as if you have to hide your feelings. Confide in a trusted sibling, or even talk to your parent about it. Also, it would be good if you knew exactly what financial circumstance your family is in.
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    Think of ways to earn money to help them. You can do small things frequently, which will soon add up to a lot of money.
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    Start a lemonade/hot chocolate stand. If it is boiling hot outside, pedestrians will find it hard to resist a cold cup of lemonade. Decide if you want to do this with a friend, since it will probably be more fun. But, make sure to pick a friend you trust with your circumstances. Then, ask if they want be your lemonade partner. Keep in mind, you probably will have to split the money.
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    Babysit. If you are older than the age of 13, check to see if a little kid on the street need a babysitter anytime soon. Make sure you have your parents' permission, and only babysit in houses that belong to people your parents know and trust.
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    Do seasonal yard tasks. On cold winter days, most people are too lazy to go outside and move the snow from their backyard. If you can nicely offer to move the snow, you can earn a lot of money, depending on how big the lawn is! You can also rake leaves, water plants, or mow lawns. Whatever you are comfortable with doing outside.
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    Start a club. You can start a club based on a topic that you are interested in. (Photography, acting, math, reading, etc.) You can pay a small entry fee. (No more than 10 dollars.) Plus, you can meet some kids on the block and have fun exploring your passion!

Method 2

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    Sell old books. Some books stores, like Half Price Books, will buy used books from you. Sometimes, it will be a total rip-off, but other times, you can get some pretty good cash! Make sure you flip through all of the books you want to sell, and see if there are any pencil marks you can erase, crinkles you can unfold, and rips you can tape up.
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    Sell handmade things. If you love to create thins, and are pretty good at it, you can make some pretty good money by selling them! You can make and sell, hats, scarves, DIY shoes, custom dolls, bracelets, necklaces, and anything else you can think of!
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    Buy and sell. This tip is good once you have done other things, and your family has some pocket money. You can buy something cool for pretty cheap, and sell it for more! This can be pretty risky, but can also give you lots of money!
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    Sell online. Make sure you have parental permission to sell stuff online, since everything on the internet is not safe. You can sell anything online really. Just make sure to be careful not to carelessly give your home address out or any other personal info.

Method 3
Saving Money

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    Even if you don't have much money, there are still things that you have to buy. This includes school supplies, clothes, food, and bills. What's important is that you don't pay the most expensive amount for them.
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    Sign up for school lunch discounts. If you have to buy lunch from school, most schools give out a lunch discount at the beginning of the year, which you can sign up for. It will help you get cheaper lunches. Some schools even offer free lunches if you qualify.
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    Make lunch at home. Preparing a packed lunch for school can be less expensive. How? Well, a loaf of bread can cost anywhere from $2-$5. Same thing with a school lunch. Except, if you buy toppings for a sandwich, you will get multiple toppings per package, unlike school. You will spend more money on buying lunch then you will on packing it. But, you can also sign up for lunch discounts so you can buy lunch when your school is selling your favorite meal.
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    Cut back on bills. Make sure to use less power until your parents are back on their steady feet again. Wake up earlier, so you have more natural lighting instead of using electrical lights. Take shorter showers as well. While showering, switch between colder and warmer water while showering instead of just having an all hot bath. This will also be better for your hair. Do laundry once a week only, unless you have no clean clothes.


  • Never give up! Everything happens for a reason, and things will get better!

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