Simple Ways To Help Your Kids Earn Money This Summer

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.


  1. Surekha

    I think these are all excellent suggestions. They’re easy for the kids to do, and they build a lot of character because many of them involve helping others.

  2. Stephanie

    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.

  3. Sarah

    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.

  4. mommye

    These are some great suggestions. I like the idea of having them do uncommon chores.

  5. Stacy B Miller

    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.

  6. Ntensibe Edgar Michael

    Hhhhmmm….I love these ideas! I think I will start with the uncommon chores.

  7. Shar

    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. yana

    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. lisajoythompson

    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. Toni

    I love these awesome ideas! Great ways to teach kids a valuable lesson too.

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