Saving/Earning Some Extra Cash for #BackToSchool

I’m happy to introduce you to Simply Shaye. She’s a fellow single mom who asked if I would accept guest posts, and I said sure! She came up with this little gem that I hope you like…how to save/earn some money over the summer to help with those Back to School expenses.  I always do the first two, but haven’t tried the second two suggestions. Thanks for the post Shaye!

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4 Clever Ways for Moms to Save and Earn Money This Summer

For most families, going back to school is a task that introduces the kids to new places, people and activities. Those shared summer experiences soon become treasured memories that you and your children will cherish for the rest of your lives. For busy moms, however, finding the extra money to fund back to school supplies can be challenging. Fortunately, you have a variety of ways to save money and lots of opportunities to earn extra money too. Here are four unique ways to save and earn money while your summer comes to a close, so that you can enjoy quality time spent with your family.

Keep Your Cool

When the temperature outside begins to soar, it’s natural to want to lower the setting on your air conditioner’s thermostat, but the cost of keeping your AC on all day can quickly deplete your vacation funds. Using a fan allows you to raise the thermostat setting up to four degrees without sacrificing comfort. Fans only cost around five cents per hour to operate. Because they circulate air throughout a room, they’ll make your AC equipment run more efficiently too. For each degree that you raise your thermostat’s setting, you’ll lower your cooling costs by around three percent.

Try This Money-Saving Cooking Strategy

Operating your oven on summer days drives up indoor temperatures, forcing you to run your air conditioner longer to stay cool and comfortable. Cut down on cooking time by doubling your recipes. You’ll not only save money on your energy bills but will have more time to spend with the kids too.

Top-Dog Earning Opportunity

Most dog owners hate the idea of leaving a beloved pet in a kennel when work or pleasure takes them far from home. Providing dog boarding services in your home offers pet owners a more loving alternative. Caring for someone’s pet companion is a boon for your kids too. They’ll have a dog to play with on long summer’s days and you’ll have earned some extra money to help pay for a family vacation.

Make Money Off of Your Photos

It’s so easy these days to take photographs with smart phones that many of us collect a library of photos before we know it. Sites like iStockphoto offer you the opportunity to make money with your snapshots. Sign up for free and submit your photos. You’ll make some extra cash whenever a consumer buys your photo!

Scraping together enough money to take the kids back to school can be challenging for busy moms. A little creativity and healthy dose of determination can inspire imaginative solutions and make it easier to fund for those back to school expenses that will make each family member happy.

Shaye is a single mom that has a passion for family, budgeting, healthy living, fitness, and travel.

She loves finding new ways to cook healthier and stay fit, all while doing it on a budget.

She has a beautiful son and one eccentric dog, but wouldn’t have it any other way.

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