For many readers, the college years of  your kids is a long way down the road, but let’s face it – college is expensive!


Even if you put the tuition fees to one side, you then have rent, living expenses, travel costs and so on… indeed, the prospect of sending their kids to college can be a real uphill struggle for many families and whilst it’s nice to provide for your family, tackling the almighty cost of college isn’t something all families can manage – which is why this article looks at a number of inventive ways for students to make an extra income whilst at college.


There are little cost saving shortcuts you can make such as renting college textbooks rather than buying them, and if you’re looking for a more frugal way to provide a decent


college education, the majority of major universities are now offering distance learning opportunities; even in advanced courses like an online mba in finance programs that tend to save a huge amount of money in terms of tuition, travel, accommodation, and daily living.  


In any event, whether you’re interested in the true college experience or prefer the online alternative, it’s always good for students to earn some extra income to help fund their studies and lifestyle, so here are five simple ideas to inspire you to take action.


A quite enjoyable way to make money is to treasure hunt around thrift stores and yard sales, looking for items that you know have a strong desire on eBay.  Often, people aren’t aware of the value that’s in amongst the vats of items in thrift stores and with a bit of careful research and rummaging around boxes, you can find some incredible high profit deals.


Lots of people have items that are “free to a good home”, presuming you have the means and manpower to come and pick them up.  You could simple use eBay, but If you match this with people putting requests in the ‘want to buy’ sections of newspapers and online listings, such as Craigslist this will be the most efficient and reliable way to ensure you are gathering items that you can sell on; after-all, you don’t want to have to rent out a storage unit just to put things nobody wants in storage.  


There’s a limit to how much you can make doing this, as there is a restriction to how many times a week you can attend, but typically your time investment would be around three hours per week in order to make $250 to $350 per month.  Understandably, this isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but it’s a rewarding way to make money on the basis your blood plasma is necessary to help fuel life saving operations.


Babysitting can be easy money.  If you’re lucky, the kids will be asleep most the time, and you’ll get free time in someone’s home to study or earn even more income by, as an example, being paid to browse websites or answer online questionnaires.


Whilst this is clearly restricted to three seasons of the year, if you charge $25 per lawn, and mow ten lawns a week (basically a weekend’s work) you’ll make $250 per week – that’s a $1,000 per month… and the best part of this, is that once you get regular customers, you can build up a monthly ‘round’ of appointments that generates a reliable stream of income; and doesn’t require you constantly getting new customers.

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