Feb 172020

Teaching your child about the value of a dollar is a lot than you think. It just takes action. One of the ways we teach our kids about budgeting is through games. Two of our favorite grocery store games are called Budgeting Yourself and Need VS Want. It’s perfect for when the kids ask for items at the store.

To help our kids earn money, we give them a task to complete in a week or two weeks. Oftentimes it’s to behave and not fight each other throughout the week. This works well during the holiday season when they know someone’s watching.

Your child doesn’t need to be school-age or a teenager to make some cash simply by completing tasks. In fact, you’re probably aware of how often they can get into the habit of asking for money or to do things that cost money.

Help Kids Earn Money

Getting into the habit of denying your child certain things can be tough, but it helps if you’re experiencing financial issues.

We started telling our kids to budget themselves every month after dealing with some financial issues of our own. Instead of handing your kids money for their favorite activities or to buy items, find ways for kids to earn the cash. This way, when you pay them, you’ll also be teaching them how hard work equals more money.

There are a number of ways you can help the children make some cash this summer. Below are some ideas to do just that!

1. Have them complete uncommon chores

While regular chores should be a part of daily life, things that are harder – such as cleaning the garage or cleaning out gutters are a great way to get the kids to earn some money.

These types of chores are typically the ones you would pay someone to do anyhow. It’s always cheaper to pay your child to help or do the work for you, why not give them the money?

The harder chores can be handed off to the older kids. However, that doesn’t mean the younger should not be given the chance to earn. There are uncommon chores for kids to complete as well, such as watering plants and preparing food. You can always assist the younger ones until they’re comfortable with doing it on their own.

2. Ask around and offer to babysit

Whether your child is looking to babysit a younger sibling or someone else’s child, they will get a better understanding of what it means to be patient. Also, it will be a paid opportunity for them.

With time, your child can offer their services to others and ask around to see if anyone would be interested in having them help while their away.

In the meantime, get your child to complete Red Cross Babysitting classes, as well as first aid and CPR classes.

3. Help clean someone’s front yard

Do you remember cutting someone’s grass during the summer months? These same methods can help your kids earn money the same way!

The best part is that even a younger school-age child of eight or nine can help with cleaning up the yard. This is a great way for the kids to make money with friends.

4. Become a Personal Shopper

If your child has their own vehicle, then they can make money working as a personal shopper for busy locals. This is a great way to make use of those grocery pick-up mobile apps. Make certain they are fully insured – which they should be already – but also that they come up with pricing that will cover the cost of fuel and their time.

Work with your child on their hours so that it fits both their daily schedule and other commitments they may already have.

What jobs help your kids earn money in the summer?

Help your kids earn money this summer by teaching them what hard work is all about! 

These summer job ideas can help with learning the value of a dollar.

Fatima Torres

What's life like with three kids and two pups? It's entertaining, that's for sure! MTME breaks down family fun ideas and shares personal insights from a former B2B editor and digital marketer turned mom running a business and a household -- all under one roof. With her husband as her #1 fan, there isn't anything she can't accomplish. Read on to learn how she breathes in fire and exhales success.

Reader Comments

  1. Thank you for these ideas and encouraging parents for the kids to go out and earn some money this summer! And it’ll create so many awesome memories! As a kid, around 10 my friends and I would always do a lemonade stand whenever we were craving some candy, and would take our money right up to the convenience store to buy some after! And when my dad was a kid he used to use his hose to fill up buckets and water his neighbors yard in hope of them throwing him some change. Way more fun than TV and will teach kids money skills too!

  2. Those are all great jobs for kids to do in the summer. I always had chores growing up. I also was a little entrepreneur. I had a paper route and delivered newspapers. I had lemonade stands. I baked cinnamon raisin bread and my mom took them to her work and sold them for me. Good times! haha

  3. These are great suggestions. My kids are starting to approach the age where I want them to start earning some of their own money.

  4. My boys are a little young for most of these things, but they have chores that they do around the house that they get paid for. During the summer, I give them a few more chores to earn allowance since they have more time.

  5. These are great ways for a child to earn an extra yet honest income. Another great thing would be dog walking or dog sitting. Pet sitting is a great way to make money also. And of course the traditional lemonade stand is one that sells great too. Great blog post.

  6. It’s a wonderful article for kids as well as parents. I really like the ways that you have shared. Yes we all should encourage our kids to earn money. The sooner you take the first step, the sooner you can start making money as a kid. But remember not to spend everything you earn.

  7. Very useful tips! It’s a great idea to combine training your kids to earn some extra pocket money, while being helpful to others. Personal budgeting is of vital importance.

  8. really nice tips and important things in our life, but I guess children should have a time to enjoy their childhood, no work just relax.

  9. These are great tips. If you live in a condo or apartment community with older adults, you can have your child offer to take their garbage to the dumpster for a certain amount per bag. Our kids also walk neighbors pets.

  10. This is a cute way of teaching children the value of money and by this way they can also become responsible in helping our and their daily tasks. I often rewards my children when they behave well and help me in my daily duties.

  11. Great ideas! I wonder if the old school lemonade stand still OK to have kids set up and run in the neighborhood? It has been a while since I been to the US and that was popular when I was a kid.

  12. Awesome ideas! I give my children an allowance during school days. They can spend, splurge or do whatever they want with it, but when school’s out, they have to work to earn their keep. They usually offer to run errands for the elderly members in the community. My son has a regular “customer” during weekends and during the summer. He cleans the house, helps with the laundry and shops for groceries for our next door neighbor. An elderly man in his 70s and lives alone.

  13. I truly appreciate these great ways for not only help the kids earn some money during the summer but also to install in them the value of self sufficiency. Such parenting is the ideal way to bring up one’s child. Truly appreciate.

  14. I love this idea. Light work that teaches children responsibility and entrepreneurship is a great idea. I remember from my childhood that children naturally showed a desire to earn some money, but in my country it was not always the acceptance or support of adults.

  15. These are really interesting ideas! We have a different concept of money in Europe I guess, but I agree we need to start early to teach the value of things and hard work to children.

  16. All great ways to get the famy working and earning together. I must confess I didn’t ask mine to do any because they went out and earned on their own from Tutoring and other age appropriate gigs.

  17. I left a comment before… Could you check please? Anyway, giving kids ways to earn some money from an early age is good training. Once they connect work with income, they’d want to earn more. My kids found paying work starting in HS and never looked back.

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