Five Ways That Teens Make Money during Summer

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Teens make money during summer via many side hustles online.
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Summer is a great time of the year for kids all over the US. Most students in those districts that have not gone over to year-round schooling get to take nearly three months away from book learning. A great time for teens to go to the local pool, golf course, tennis court, or mall is summer. Of course, all of these things take money. It is not too early to start thinking about the ways that teens make money during summer.

The question then comes about, who should pay? Many parents have enough to fund their kids’ fun during the summer, but with aftereffects of the Great Recession, many families have budgets that are quite tight. There are several ways for teens to make money to pay for their fun and (hopefully) save some money for college, a car, or a home. Here are just five ideas for teens to make money in the summer of 2014:

1. Sign up for a GPT Site or Two

There are many sites up online that will allow any American over 13 to fill out surveys and watch videos to make money online. Most jobs require an employee to be at least 16 or to have parental permission if 14 or 15. These sites can let younger students start to get an entrepreneurial start.

A couple of the more common GPT sites are CashCrate and Treasure Trooper. Both have a long history of paying literally millions to users. Of course, most people will only earn about $50 or $100 per month if they work at these sites, but they pay without having to go out and work for someone else. They can also be used in free time in conjunction with another job.

You can sign up for CashCrate here. I have a more extensive review of the site here, as well to show how easy it is to make money on CashCrate. You can also sign up for Treasure Trooper here. I have reviewed Treasure Trooper here. Join the blog to get updates.

2. Sign up for SwagBucks or Another Paid to Search Site

Another way that teens earn money during summer (or at least gift cards) is by signing up for SwagBucks or another such site. This site is open to anyone who is at least 13 years old. Users can perform tasks like searching the web through the site and earn virtual currency known as SwagBucks, which can then be used to purchase a number of items including gift cards or actual cash in a PayPal account. I’m currently using my SwagBucks earnings to buy stock via Loyal3. These earnings from Swagbucks should pay off over time.

Gift card redemption options are at great retailers and restaurants. Among the leading options are and WalMart. e-Gift cards from the latter can be used in the stores, so they are just as good as cash. Also, there are options to redeem a few SwagBucks for discounts at local attractions like golf courses. I have a more lengthy review of SwagBucks here.

GiftHulk is another similar site that allows users to earn from searching the web and watching videos, among other things. I’ve earned PayPal cash from this site, and teens make money during summer from this site as long as they’ve reached 13 years of age. You can sign up for GiftHulk here.

Teens who make money and save will be more likely to balance their budgets in the future.
Teens who make money and save will find it easier to balance their budgets in adulthood.

3. Get a Part-time Job

This recommendation can sometime be easier said than done. Many businesses have cut back on the traditional summer hires. What are some good part-time opportunities for students? Many local retail outlets or fast food restaurants might be in the process of hiring for summer.

Those who like to play golf or swim might be able to land a job at one of their favorite places of all. These establishments are frequently seasonal, so they hire specifically during the summer. Those with a full-time job are not likely to apply, so students have a great opportunity to land their first paying gig.

4. Start a Business

One of the best ways that teens make money during summer is through doing something that they like and using it to start a business. High school students can start summer jobs and make decent money in the process. Cutting grass and babysitting are two great methods for teens to make money during the summer. Many of the kids who need babysitting only need it during summer months. Make sure to charge the going rate and do a good job so that you can get repeat business.

5. Sell Lightly Worn Toys or Games

Online businesses like Amazon and eBay allow just about anyone to set up an account and sell items to the world. Most teenagers have no need for the toys that they had in their earlier years. People also start to like different types of video games as they get older.

It is very easy to set up an account on an online dealer like Amazon or eBay with a parent and sell these items. While you will not get the full retail price, you can get some money that can go to something more desirable for a teenager.

Lots of Teens Make Money During Summer So Get Started Now

There are tons of ways that teens make money during summer. Some of the options allow people to actually make money in pajamas without leaving home. Some of the opportunities listed above are seasonal. Others, like CashCrate, Treasure Trooper, and SwagBucks can earn some money year-round. The sooner one signs up, the more quickly they can start to earn money.

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23 thoughts on “Five Ways That Teens Make Money during Summer

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  2. The first three options are good, but to any teens reading this, don’t sign up for the survey sites. Many of them actually do pay, but besides being a waste of time, the mentality required to be willing to work for pennies on the hour is sure to prevent you from manifesting any true financial abundance into your life.

    • cp913 says:

      These sites are actually decent for when you’d otherwise be sitting watching TV or playing video games. I’ve earned a few bucks while watching football before. That’s money that I would not otherwise have had.

    • James Michae says:

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    • cp913 says:

      Hello, Linda,

      There is no real catch. You sign up for the sites and do the surveys, offers or searches and earn money. I’ve gotten gift cards or checks from several sites. I only avoid doing offers that require me to buy something or give out my phone number. There are some people who will do both, but that is my choice. I would recommend a separate email address to cut down on spam.

      • Cheyenne says:

        How do you receive the money/giftcards? In the mail? And, have you ever actually received anything? Thanks. 🙂

        • cp913 says:

          I have gotten gift cards from Swagbucks. The biggest I’ve gotten is a $50 to Walmart. They are e-gift cards that you can print off and take to Walmart. Other retail cards can be used on online purchases. You have to check with the individual vendor to see how they will let you redeem.

  3. 2013 Boss Money says:

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  4. Katelyn says:

    Im 15, but I dont have a Credit Card. Do I just get money for filling out surveys in the mail as a check? What websites will you recommend me filling out surveys for money on? Thank you

    • cp913 says:

      Some surveys will allow minors to earn money. CashCrate and Treasure Trooper will both pay with a check. I have gotten checks from both of these sites. There are other sites that offer surveys, but they vary as to the benefits.

  5. Amy says:

    Hi, I don’t know a lot about survey sites like Swagbucks and the others you’ve mentioned. I’ve heard of them, but can you give me any tips? And what’s the best site? Thanks!

    • cp913 says:

      Swagbucks is better for searching and watching videos. They pay mostly with gift cards, although you can get money into a Paypal account, too. Some others like CashCrate and Treasure Trooper pay out in a check (PayPal if you make enough). You can do surveys with Swagbucks, but the others will send a check.

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