Today I’m happy to introduce a guest post from Shaye of SimplyShaye. She has some ideas about saving and earning money in green ways.

Summer’s here and the kids have draped themselves in various locations around the house looking like they were wishing they had something fun and exciting to do. You would love to come up with a way to provide them with something to liven things up and give them something to talk about when that inevitable after-summer question comes up at school. What did you do for summer vacation that was healthy and green?

Although thinking up places to go and things to do may be easy for you, the hard part is squeezing a fun getaway into a summer of long workweeks and tight budgets. Before your stress meter registers and your head is about to explode, you should take some time to consider a few creative ways you can use to earn some extra money. Would you believe that some of these methods involve things you might normally do for fun? You might be surprised to learn about the variety of things you can do right in your own home that could bring in the extra income you need to inject a dose of fun into your summer with a well-earned excursion to the beach, mountains, theme park or other destination that suits you and yours. Consider these 4 creative ways to both save money and earn some extra green in a natural and green sense this summer.

Pet Sitter

Going away for a while is something many pet owners struggle with. Dropping Fido off at the local kennel often doesn’t seem like the best choice for keeping their tail-wagging family member happy, loved and well cared for. A love for animals and some extra room at your place is the perfect recipe for setting up your own dog boarding home. Pet owners will feel better knowing they are leaving their pet with a loving family, and you’ll earn some extra income from a job that probably won’t even seem like work at all!

Saving Pays Off

From piggy banks to money jars, all that spare change has to go somewhere. Instead of dipping in for that extra 50 cents to buy a stamp at the post office, start treating all that spare change like a savings account. You might be surprised to find out how much a few months’ worth of change adds up to if you put it all somewhere and just let it grow. And cashing in is easier than ever thanks to those nifty Coinstar machines that have been popping up all over.

Make Money Online

You’ve seen the infomercials and the e-mail spam that promises you thousands of dollars per week working online from the comfort of your own home, but did you realize there are real, legitimate ways to make money online? Freelancing is something that more people are doing these days and there are many websites that pair tasks that people need completed with people who are willing and able to get the job done. Sites like oDesk offer great opportunities to put your skills to work and put extra money in your pocket.

Who Doesn’t Love Free?

You would love to have a new dresser for the kids’ room or perhaps a new TV stand for the family room, but instead of thinking new, think free! It might surprise you to learn that people give perfectly good stuff away for free all the time. You just need to know where to look! With a little search engine savvy and a dash of patience, you have a good chance of finding stuff you’d normally buy at the store for free. The only downside is that you normally have to go pick the items up yourself, but usually, it’s well worth the trip!

 

Pick an idea that appeals to you and run with it! You could even combine a few ideas and supercharge your moneymaking potential. Summertime is traditionally the time of year for vacations and fun, so let these four ideas help you turn your summer dreams into reality.

 
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. Follow her blog at http://simplyshaye.wordpress.com!