How To Make Quick & Easy Money!

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Bailey Buckingham Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Now that summer is here, you are probably deciding whether you’re going to do summer school, where you’re going to go on vacation, or what concerts you’ll go to. Making summer plans then makes you think about where the money is going to come from. Whether you have a job already, or you have some free time and would like to make some cash on the side, I’m going to share with you a few ways I’ve made some quick, extra, easy money!

1. Pet & Baby Sitting

You’re probably more comfortable with one over the other, but I personally enjoy doing both. Lately I have been doing a lot more pet sitting because it’s a lot less time consuming. If you know a lot of people in your area, just start spreading the word of your interest to get started! If you don’t know a lot of people nearby, you can join the free site, www.care.com. This allows you to set up a profile for both pet and baby sitting, and have people find you!

Pet and Baby Sitting Odd Job

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2. Sell Your Stuff

Several times a year, I do a major cleaning of my entire house. When I do this, I always find a lot of stuff that we just don’t use or wear anymore. I’ve sold things like old iPods, broken iPhones, jewelry, and clothing. You won’t get what you paid for it, but you’ll get more out of it than it just sitting in your closet! Selling your stuff is easy. You can turn to a pawn shop, eBay, consignment shops, and craigslist! Just always make sure you’re being safe with whatever outlet you choose.

Selling Old Stuff For Money

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3. Odd Jobs

Okay, so this one definitely isn’t going to be for everyone, but just hear me out. I am not a person that is a huge fan of cleaning. However, I have a little more incentive when I’m being paid to do so. I started by cleaning up one day for the family I pet sit for, and then she asked if she could pay me to do so once a week! I made even more cash for a place I was already going to! Care.com also has job listings for cleaning and odd jobs, which could mean something as easy as going to get groceries for someone!

Cleaning For Cash

Photo © Cleaning Dolls

There are so many ways to make some extra cash so that you can enjoy your summer without have a 40+ hour a week job! Just be creative, and dedicated to what you do, and you’ll be at your favorite music festival in no time! Who knows, you might even find out you have an interest for doing something you never knew about before.

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Crash Course Guide To Living At Home This Summer

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Cameron Tranchemontagne Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

If you are like most college students, you are probably going to be living back home this summer and working at some temporary job to try to save up money for the next semester. Summer with your friends back home can be memorable, exciting, adventurous, and pure fun, but living at home also means you live under your parents’ roof. Clashes can naturally occur between your free spirit and you parents’ authority imposing rules and expectations. I have found that there are certain measures you can take to keep your cool and live harmoniously with your family when you head back home for college break.

1. Accept The Reality

You are not living in a dorm anymore. That means you have to clean up and do laundry on at least a regular schedule. By showing your parents that you are responsible, you may even impress them and have them allow you more liberties. Keeping tensions low by acting and behaving like the full functioning adult we all strive to become one day will earn you the respect of other adults. Save your desire to cut loose, relax, and have fun for nights and weekends.

Doing Laundry At Home With Parents

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2. Balance Your Time

Don’t be a ghost in the house and only be home for when you need a place to sleep. Your family is just as important as your best friends and you should want to spend time with them. It is important to go out with your friends and practice a healthy social life, but just balance it. No college student has ever lasted a week at home without thinking to themselves, “Oh my god, I need to get out of this house!” So, I recommend dedicating three days out of the week to spending time with your family (playing games, eating dinner, attending family barbecues or reunions) and spending the rest of your free time either with your friends or doing something you find relaxing. Don’t be afraid to bring your friends around the house for some hybrid family-friend fun too.

College male with mom at home

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3. Always Tell Your Parents Your Plans

Your family cares about you and wants to see you having fun while being safe and responsible at the same time. By telling your parents where you will be, what you will be doing, who you will be with, and when you will be back is a sure fire way to appease their concerns and allow you to participate in worry free fun. If plans change, let them know with a quick text or phone call. Not only is this a courtesy to your family, but it is also a smart safety tactic. If something were to happen, someone will know where you last were and how long it has been before you were supposed to come back. It’s better to be extra careful and to show your parents you are responsible enough without them having to nag you for your plans.

Talking With Parents About Curfew Plans

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Although it may not be the easiest thing to move back home after living on your own, make the best of it. You will be heading back to campus before you know it and you will actually miss your family. How do you deal with adjusting back to home life?

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Tinder: Dating App Review

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Described as the modern “Hot-or-Not” and quite possibly the most superficial dating app available, Tinder has made a splash in college life. I recently decided to give this app a try.

1. How It Works

Everyone who downloads the free app has to have a Facebook account. The app pulls a few photos from your Facebook profile and you fill in your own mini-biography. You control who shows up in your “matches” by setting a geographical range and you can get an idea of who they are based on their photos and biography. You can even see which mutual friends and interests you have in common. Swipe their photo left if you aren’t interested, or swipe it right if you are. If they “like” you back, you’ll both receive a notification. From there, one of you can initiate a conversation. The nice thing is that the only way someone knows you’ve liked them is if they have liked you back.

Tinder Dating App

Photo © Digital Trends

2. My Experience

Most matches in my feed have been frat guys with most of their photos being shirtless and/or with other women. I’ve met some guys capable of great conversation and some not so much; some that are interested in long-term relationships and some clearly looking for casual fun. Fortunately, those people only looking for “hookups” or “fun” usually mention it in their biography, but sometimes you have to find out the hard way, after conversation connection has been made. Although, some good ones are out there!

Tinder Male Profile Dating App

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3. My Recommendation

No matter if you are seeking new friends, a possible date, or just some fun – check out Tinder. Even if you don’t meet “The One,” chances are still pretty good you’ll have some good stories to tell your friends instead.

Tinder Dating App 2

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Have you used Tinder? What about other dating apps? What has your experience been like?

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3 DIY Fashion Tips Of The Season

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Warm weather is nearing and as the weather changes, so does fashion! Maxi skirts, high-waisted shorts and crop tops are all the rage for this season. Recycle last year’s style by dressing it up with fun accessories. These accessories are this year’s trends, so instead of purchasing them, you can personalize and make it on your own!

1. Headbands

Flower headbands are all the rage this year! Rather than spending $6-10 for headbands, you can easily make it yourself. All you need is a hot glue gun, a headband, and some fake flowers. All of which you can purchase at a nearby dollar store or a local crafts store! Take out the stems of each flower and glue the flower onto the headband. Voila! You have your very own personalized flower headband. For more detailed instructions, check out Xteeener’s video tutorial:

2. Floral Designs

Floral print is taking over! From dresses, shoes, skirts, tops, and shorts – the floral print design brings life to your old pair of jeans. You can buy floral print fabric at a local crafts store to transform an old pair of shorts (or another item). Using scissors, fabric glue, and some shorts, you can easily create your own floral print shorts. For detailed instructions, check out KrissSuperMiss’s video:

3. High-Waisted Bikinis

Sit poolside in your very own DIY high-waisted swimsuit! All you need is a one piece swimsuit, scissors, a marker, and some fabric glue. Check out PieceofCheapCake’s video for instructions on how to create your own high-waisted swimsuit:

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Budget-Friendly Mother’s Day Gifts

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It has been another year and now another Mother’s Day is approaching! Do you know what you’re getting your mom (or mother figure in your life) yet? Flowers and chocolate work well, but why not try something different this year?

Check out this list of budget-friendly ideas:

1. Music

If you know her favorite songs, compile them all together for her to bring along wherever she goes (a CD, on her iPod, or whatever). Not sure what she’ll like? Make a list of some songs that make you think about her – that remind you of good times spent together, or even just a playlist of songs you think she will like. It’s the thought that counts!

Music Mixed CD Playlist

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2. Collage

Make a collage of all your own photos of the two of you together over the years, or just your favorite moments as a family. You can even put it in a fancy frame to spiff it up!

Mother Daughter Photo Collage Gift

Photo © kaitykrakz

3. Handwritten Letter

Not creative with photo art? Put your heart to words. Write a list of all the reasons she means a lot to you, ways she’s helped you over the years, or your favorite memories. Also, fight the urge to type it up. It may be quicker and less of a strain on your hand, but handwritten shows real effort and adds a personal touch.

Happy Mother's Day Homemade Handwritten Letter Card Gift

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4. Pampering

Not all spa services cost an arm and a leg. Either a chair massage or a simple pedicure – moms like to be taken care of and feel pretty too! This is a great way to remind her she isn’t just a mom, she’s a woman too!

Mom Spa Massage

Photo © spaweekblog

5. Her Guilty Pleasure

It can be as simple as a card, a hug, and her favorite candy! Surprisingly, my mom pointed out a coloring book (of all things) she wanted. Of course it’s not the only thing I’ll get for her, but the point is, all moms have things they do or indulge in to relax. What does your mom do? Let her know you pay attention by picking her up that special something!

Chocolate Guilty Pleasure Mother's Day Gift

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No matter what you choose, the goal is to make your mom feel appreciated. Put a little thought and time into your gift, and you can’t go wrong!

Happy Mother’s Day!

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