Earning Extra Money for College Classes

Does anyone have ideas on earning extra money to pay for summer college classes? I work FT, go to school FT and I'm a single mom. I have started saving for summer courses. Any money making ideas are welcome. Thanks!

yurika975 from Houston, TX

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February 20, 20090 found this helpful

if you have a talent you can do such as decorate cakes, cut hair, etc. you could advertize that you can do those for others and just charge lower prices than others do. our local radio stations has a call in program each morning to advertize of things to buy sell or trade, if you have that too and can do a trade on the side as speacial orders you could do that. my sister grows float bed plants seasonal and sells them by word of mouth, on that radio advertizement and flea markets to make extra money.

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You could sell items on Ebay or Half.com. You could post an offer to tutor others in reading or math, etc. for a fee.

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February 20, 20090 found this helpful

I forgot earlier in my post that you could take just a part time newspaper route, which is on Wednesdays and Saturday & Sundays. You can request a route closer to where you live and deliver them by car. Most times the ones for Sundays can be delivered very early that day as to not ruin your weekend.

A route would only take up too 2 hours of your day and while the pay is not grand it is extra money. They are always in need of part time paper route delivers. Just go by or call your local newspaper. Even if they are not taking on part times right then(which I highly doubt) you can get on a waiting list. And specify what route you would like closer to your home as to not drive to far.

In the summer months at least once a month on a Saturday go set up at your local flea market to sell your household items or used clothes etc. It only cost from $8 to $10 to set up at a booth and on a good warm day your sure to leave making $50 to $100 dollars from all your unwanted items.

Ebay too as the other poster suggested. And sell things in lots with the key word lot in your title description, a sure way to make extra money. Paypal is free and I would suggest only taking it as payment and the money goes into your free paypal account which you can get a free paypal debit card to use your money at walmart, post office lots of places or have it transferred to your checking account which is also free and takes up to 3-4 days for transfer. kids clothes in lots sell really good.

As do other things like health and beauty items like bath & body woks items, even used with some gone they sell good, just tell what you have so they know. My daughter buys & resells all my college books on ebay saving her lots of money. good luck too you.

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February 20, 20090 found this helpful

I use to do sewing for the public. Just put a small sign in front of your place or on mail box, "I sew", call the fabric stores, ask if they need help with sewing. You'll have more work than you can do even mending clothes, hemming pants & etc. I also baked cakes, made candy, breads, you name it. Even did baby sitting, and took in laundry from friends. Just let people know you want to work. Good luck.

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February 20, 20090 found this helpful

One thought would to tutor to elementary, middle, or high school students. You could arrange to meet at the local library for a safe place for both you and the student. I saw an advertisement from a high school student willing to tutor at $15.00 the first hour and $10.00 for any additional time. Teachers in Tampa Florida are charging 2 x 3 times what this student was offering.

This following advice will not earn you extra money, but will save you much money on Federal taxes. The first two years of attending college the government will give you a tax credit (this is the money owed on your tax return NOT from your gross income-tax credit is worth much more).

Check form 8863 from the IRS. It had been dollar for dollar credit for the first $1,000. and then $650. on the next $1,000 spent. So if you incurred $2,000. of tuition your tax credit would be $1,650 ! The government pays for the majority of the first two years of college ( at least at a community college). After the first two years you can continue with lifetime tax credits. I believe it is worth 10% of your tuition.

Form 8863 will give you more complete information and is easy to complete. You DO NOT need to itemize your taxes to receive either of these tax credits. Best wishes on earning extra $$$ while going to school, but please do not let your classes suffer because of working to long hours.

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I would check into getting a grant for school. They will pay for it if you qualify, they take your income and different things into consideration. Maybe you have already tried it, but if not it helps a ton. you can apply at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Good luck!

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February 21, 20090 found this helpful

I used to give tests - S.A.T. Test, required college tests, etc. - on Saturday mornings & some weeknights. The pay was pretty good for just a few hours work. No stress job. I think I grossed $90.00 for a few hours on a Saturday. Call your college's testing center.

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February 21, 20090 found this helpful

Thanks so much for all the feedback! I will take the ideas. I just did fafsa for next school year! I have 2 semesters left to graduate. I am trying to get out of school quickly as possible. Thanks again

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February 22, 20090 found this helpful

Look in your local events section of your newspaper and then create a 'sleepover camp" for kids. This way parents get a night out and don't have to pick up the kids till 11 am. $20 a child X 5 kids is $100

You can have the parents drop off after dinner then do a video or games, then bed and a great morning breakfast!

This works well for date nights, AA or NA dances, local conventions (where adults might bring kids), etc. so don't forget to make fliers for the Hotels!

The great thing about this is you get to choose when and how much you work.

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