Your first car is a big deal, and there’s nothing sweeter than being able to actually buy it with your own money. But buying a car can be a pretty hefty purchase, especially for a teen. It’s not impossible, though. Here are 10 simple and doable ways to rack up some extra cash on the side.
- Take part in referral programs for services you already use.
Make Dat Money
Most referral programs give you a monetary reward when you refer a friend and they end up using the service too. Some will even continue giving you money every time your friend makes a purchase or uses the service. Aceable’s referral program, for example, gives you $10 for every friend who purchases drivers ed via your unique link. That adds up fast!
- Choose your job wisely.
Sure, everyone says get a job, but be intelligent about how much you’re getting paid vs. time. For example, babysitting and tutoring will likely pay much more than a minimum wage job, but the hours may be more unpredictable.
- Do your research online.
Do your research
Do your research on what to expect in terms of pricing, vehicle condition, and extra fees. There are tons of websites out there that can help you with this search (like TrueCar, Insurify, even this comprehensive list of car scams). Aceable and Truecar partnered up to help you find fair and competitive pricing for the car you want. Shoppers have saved an average of $3,106 off MSRP.
- Use online apps to save.
- Try to negotiate labor for money from family, friends, and neighbors
Mow a lawn and make some money
It’s not glamorous, but it’s a pretty risk-free way to get some extra cash from the people who know you best. Ask your family, friends, and neighbors if they’d be willing to trade chores for payment, including housework, petsitting, cleaning, yard work, cleaning the family car, etc.
- Publish your own Kindle eBook
If you’re an aspiring writer, there’s no better way to practice your craft AND earn a few extra bucks than by writing and publishing your own eBook on Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing platform. The best part of this is that it can be a great source of passive income; once you’ve published your book, people can buy it (and thus you earn money) anytime.
- Crowdsource tried and true money saving tips.
- Sell your unused items
Have a garage sale
The internet and apps have made it exceptionally easy to sell your unused clothes, electronics, and gear. You could also go the old fashioned way, and hold a garage sale for your neighborhood.
- Get paid to take online surveys
Online surveys that pay for participation have been around for a while, and they don’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. Check out SwagBucks, Toluna, and Vivatic (just to name a few) for a reliable and quick way to earn extra money quickly.
- Be an extra in a movie
If you live in a bigger city, it’s highly likely that there will be extras casting for movies filming around you. Most professional extra gigs will pay $50-100 a day, and often include lunch, dinner, or snacks. Plus, you get to be in a movie!