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Five Ways for Teens to Make Money during Summer 2016

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. Summer is a great time for teens to go to the local pool, golf course, tennis court, or mall. Of course, all of these things take money. It is not too early to start thinking about ways to make money this coming 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

One final way to earn money (or at least gift cards) is by signing up for SwagBucks. 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 Amazon.com 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. I’ve recently signed up for Bing Rewards, another search and earn site. I get a $5 gift card for Amazon every month or so.

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 to make money doing something you like is by starting 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.

Get Started Now in Planning to Make Money during the Summer of 2015

There are tons of ways for teens to make money during the 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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Are You Earning Money from Searching the Web?

Do you make internet searches for free? Most people do. They simply pull up Google or Yahoo! and then type in their search parameters. They do not get paid for this search. They do it for free. You do not have to be like them.

There are several websites that allow users to utilize a search feature to make internet searches while earning either money or points that can be turned in for money or prizes. Using one of these for most searches is a great way to earn a little bit of money while sitting on the couch during commercials. It is possible to make well over $100 per year just by making about 20 searches per day. $100 will not get you rich, but it can go toward Christmas presents, building up a retirement account, or saving for an emergency fund. If you decide to get e-gift cards, you can use proceeds for places like Wal-Mart, Amazon, or a number of other major retailers.

 

1. Search with Swagbucks

The second search engine that I use is through Swagbucks. You can sign up for Swagbucks here. I’ve found that sometime within the first five or ten searches I do on Swagbucks, I will earn some virtual currency that I can then cash in for real PayPal cash or e-gift cards to major retailers and restaurants. This is as good as cash. At times, I will use this in the morning and the evening because you can win again after a few hours (I’ve actually won as much as five times in a day). The searches will usually pay around 7 to 10 Swagbucks, but you can win as much as 100 on Mega Swagbucks Friday every week. My record is 49 for one search. Each Swagbucks has a redemption value of about $0.01, so if you were to win twice in the day and got 15 Swagbucks per day, you are over $50 in the course of a year. I’ve been turning my Swagbucks into PayPal cash in $25 increments, which I’ve been converting into shares of dividend-paying stocks.

I won over 20 Swagbucks with one search.
I won over 20 Swagbucks with one search.

2. I Use The Hawaiian Airlines Toolbar to Earn Miles

I know that this site is about making money in your pajamas so that you do not have to leave home to earn. However, you can earn more than money, and keeping money from leaving your pocket is just as good as earning in many instances. I downloaded the Hawaiian Airlines toolbar to use as a search engine. I only use it after I’ve cashed out on CashCrate and Swagbucks.

I can earn up to 1,000 miles per month. For every three searches, I get a mile. If I can max this out every month (which is unlikely), I can earn enough miles for a free flight to Hawaii in about 3.5 years. This is not the only way that I can use these miles, however. I can trade them in to Hilton Hotels and get 10,000 HHonors points for every 5,000 miles. That’s enough for a free night at many lower tier Hilton properties. I can also use the miles to get flights on partner airlines like Delta, so the redemption level would be less if I only chose to fly domestically.

There are other toolbars and search engines that can earn prizes. I would encourage you to look into the ones that will work best for you. Let me know how you’ve earned money or other benefits by searching the web.

A Word of Advice

I totally urge you to use these methods to search the web so that you can get money or other benefits that save money. However, I will point out that some of the search results at the top of the page will be paid results. It’s important to scroll down a little bit to find the most relevant searches at times. If you can’t find the best results, you can always turn to Google in a pinch. This way, you can find what you are looking for, and make money at the same time. I use them to look up everything, even if I know the address. That way, I’m sure to make as much as possible. Much of this can be done while watching television or doing other things that are just time killers. Some money is better than no money at all.