Five ways to make money this summer

<p>A problem many college students face is managing their finances. Some know how to spend wisely, while others spend their money carelessly on&nbsp;things to make them feel good.&nbsp;<em style="background-color: initial;">DN FILE ILLUSTRATION</em></p>

A problem many college students face is managing their finances. Some know how to spend wisely, while others spend their money carelessly on things to make them feel good. DN FILE ILLUSTRATION


With all the concerts and fun things to do over the summer, it can be challenging to come up with the money to do everything you want to. Here are five ways to get the cash you want and need this summer.

1. Donate to BioLife

Donating your plasma to BioLife goes to help — and quite possibly save — someone else’s life, and you get paid for your donation. BioLife is currently running a special for new donors that will get them $250 in five donations. If you’re money savvy, $250 can last you a while and can help you and someone who needs your plasma.

2. Sell old clothes

Purging your closet can help you stay better organized and rid your closet of the pieces you don’t care about and may never wear again. Plus, you can sell those clothes either online, at a garage sale or to places like Plato’s closet. The money you make can go to new summer pieces or anything else you may want to buy this summer.

3. House, pet or babysit

These jobs usually aren’t too difficult, save for the major responsibility. Chances are they aren’t going to be full time, so you’ll still be able to do what you want this summer. But wouldn’t it be nice to get paid to hang out with a dog or two this summer? And as for kids, the average rate for babysitters is $13.50 an hour, according to care.com.

4. Freelance doing something you’re good at

Are you good at fixing computers? Organizing things? Editing papers and reports? Put the word out there. Who knows, someone may really need those skills and will pay you to do it for them. You can most likely create your own hours, so it won't get in the way of your summer plans either.

5. Make and sell crafts

Getting crafty can be fun and profitable. Go onto Pinterest and find something that interests you. Chances are, you can get the craft supplies for cheap and can make a profit off whatever you make. Etsy and local craft fairs are great places to sell these things, but don’t be afraid to post a picture on Facebook and see if friends and family want to buy as well.

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