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5 Craft Ideas that will Earn Your Child Money

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Handmade goods are everywhere, and people are making a living off their passions. Everyone is looking for that cool, original gift to buy. The good news is, anyone can get in on the fun. Your kids can learn a craft and become entrepreneurs in their free time. Though there are all kinds of crafts that sell, some of them are easier and cheaper than others. Here are a few crafts that are easy to learn, quick to produce, and could earn your child some extra pocket money.

  1. Stickers

Everybody loves stickers! Kindergarteners love to get them on school reports, teens cover their notebooks in them, hikers cover their water bottles in them, and crafters dedicate entire drawers to their sticker collections. Stickers have taken on a new life, outside of the scrapbook aisle and teacher supply store.  Plus, stickers are super easy to make! If your kid is artistic, they should turn their artwork into original sticker designs.

All your child needs to get started selling stickers is some matte sticker paper. They can doodle, draw, and paint right onto the paper and cut those stickers out by hand to sell in person. If you have the resources, they can up their sticker game by digitizing their artwork. A high-resolution photo of their art on a white background can be uploaded into any free photo editing software. Cut the background out of the photo and leave it transparent. Digital images can be printed onto high quality vinyl sticker paper for a more professional look. Partner with local paper or art supply stores to sell your kid’s stickers to a wider marker. Or, start an online store!

  • Knit hats

Lots of kids learn to knit or crochet as a quick, easy craft. Once they’ve mastered the basic techniques, they can start selling knit goods. Hats are a fast, simple project that can be made en masse, depending on the pattern. Knit beanies are very popular, and are a wardrobe staple from fall through spring. After factoring in the cost of yarn, you can sell a handknit beanie for a fair profit.

Knit or crochet hats are a more expensive and time-consuming product to sell, but it’s great for crafty kiddos that need something to do with their hands. A single ball of inexpensive yarn can yield an adorable beanie in one evening. It’s a great craft to sell during the fall and winter to make money for holiday gift giving!

  • Baby Blankets

Baby blankets are the simplest of sewing projects. All you sew is a straight line around all four sides. The nice thing about baby blankets is the size. Material for a full-sized blanket is expensive, and they can take days to construct. A baby blanket is significantly smaller, meaning you get more blanket per yard of fabric.

A quick, simple baby blanket project is the minky blanket. Minky is that super soft fabric that almost feels like fur. The blankets are usually minky on one side, and an inexpensive synthetic satin on the other side. You can even buy folded blanket binding to finish off the edges like a professional. These fabrics come in a multitude of colors and patterns, so your child can get creative with it. After making a sizable inventory, these blankets can be sold at craft fairs, online, or to local businesses. 

  • Photography

If your child has access to a camera or smartphone, they can start making money with no initial spending on materials. Though some photography is more art than craft, it is a profitable business that is easier to get started than you might think. There are several digital platforms that will pay people for stock photos, like still lives or nature photography. Some free stock photo sites work on a donation basis, meaning the more followers and downloads your child gets the more money they could be making.

For teens 14 years old and up, photography is a legitimate service industry job. They can focus on portraits, like senior photos, or events like birthdays. Teens who offer their photography services can market themselves through word of mouth, free platforms like Craigslist, or a personal website. As a parent, it’s important that you teach your teens how to meet with clients safely. They should never go to a photoshoot alone, and you should always know who the client is and where they will be. If your teen is smart and safe, photography can be a lifelong career path.

  • Upcycled Clothing

We all do our best to limit our environmental impact, and thrift shopping is one way of saving money and saving the earth.  Unfortunately, many charity shops seem to cater mostly to the over fifty crowd. For a creative teen, those outdated threads could mean a fashion goldmine! Upcycling is the act of finding gems in charity shops (or just the back of your closet), and re-imagining them into something new! No Pinterest board is complete without a couple of t-shirt crafts or button-down shirts turned into dresses. There are plenty of genius upcycling ideas floating around the internet, and plenty of gently used clothing that can be turned into something unique!

So, how can your child actually make money on arts and crafts? The key is to find the appropriate audience and venue. It might take some help and support from you, but your child can find a market for their handmade goods. Craft fairs, farmers markets, and even local boutiques are great for handmade goods. Ecommerce platforms like Etsy and Shopify offer a professional level audience for your child’s crafts. Even starting small, like selling their homemade slime to their friends at school, gives kids a taste of running a handmade business. Encourage your kids to be entrepreneurs! It is a lesson in healthy risk taking that can reap significant rewards.

Byline:

Ron Stefanski is the founder of JobsForTeensHQ.com and has a passion for helping teenagers find jobs.  He created the website because he feels that teenagers need to focus on their professional passions much earlier in life and aims to teach them how they can do that.  When he’s not working on his website, Ron is a college professor and loves to travel the world. 

Spring Home Make-over

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Spring is the time when I start to think about all things home. I know lots of people Spring Clean, but I feel as though I almost start nesting in Spring! I think it’s because over the winter months we spend much longer indoors. Things don’t get put away properly, and everything begins to look tired. Our living room needs some serious TLC!

Declutter

Firstly, I need to declutter the entire room! Toys need to be put in a toy box or back into the children’s bedrooms. I think I need to consider if we need as many DVD’s as we currently seem to have accumulated too!

Plan a colour scheme

I really like the grey and yellow colour schemes which have been popular for a while. However, I’m not sure it will really work in my home. Unless I go for a more subtle take on it. My plan is to keep the walls a very neutral cream colour, then add some light grey and mustard yellow accessories. Cushions and throws are relatively inexpensive and I think they’re a great way to quickly try out a colour scheme – without spending a fortune!

One problem with choosing a colour scheme can be getting your flooring to work with the colour scheme! I’m quite lucky that our carpets are a good neutral colour which works with most colour schemes, although I could buy Cheap Carpets if ours needed to be replaced. Another quick fix might be to look at adding a rug in the right colour way.

I like to replace curtains and blinds in Spring too, it’s a lovely way to refresh a room with new colour! I tend to opt for bold coloured curtains which add brightness to the room when they are drawn in the evening. If you’re not replacing them make sure you clean your current curtains or blinds! It really does make a huge difference to have fresh curtains hanging in a room.

Spring Clean!

Before you start, empty out as much of the room as you can and give it a really deep clean. If you need tips there are some great cleaning blogs out there –  like Queen of Clean. If you don’t already get your windows cleaned regularly consider getting them done, or write them onto your calendar to do weekly yourself if you’re able! Another job which is vital to my Spring makeover is cleaning the lampshades! It’s one of those jobs I tend to forget, so they gather dust over the winter, though maybe I should replace them this year?

Finishing Touches

Finishing touches to a room for me are a beautiful bunch of spring blooms in a tall vase. I also like to choose a candle with a “summery” fragrance – a move away from the spicy fragrances I’ve used all winter! These finishing touches are a really important part of a Spring makeover to me, they are such a simple addition to a room, but do make it feel “finished”.

How to Increase the Value of your Home

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If you are looking for a few ideas to help you increase the value of your home you’re in the right place. Websites such as https://www.dinodecking.co.uk/ can help you add some value to your home but before we consider those options let’s take a look at a few of our own:

Convert your Loft

If your loft is fully insulated you may want to think about converting it. Adding some more room to your home will make it more attractive to prospective buyers. Teenagers and anyone who need privacy will love nothing more than to spend time in the loft.

While you may need planning permission to covert your loft, depending on where you live, a house with more rooms than the rest of the street is attractive. Consider adding a few windows to increase the amount of light that comes into the loft.

Update your Kitchen

Very few people want to buy a home that has an old kitchen in it unless the price is reasonable. If you want to make as much money as possible from the sale of your house you may need to make improvements.

Rip out your old kitchen and add a more modern one that has plenty of cupboards. Use corner cupboards, wine holders and any nook and cranny that could be filled with cupboards. The more kitchen units you add the more appealing it will be.

Don’t forget to leave plenty of space for a cooker and a washing machine. You may also want to leave room for a dishwasher too. If your kitchen is big enough, you could always build a wall and add a utility room. This will add a bit more appeal to your home and value too.

Build a Conservatory

It would be lovely if you could add a large conservatory but this may not be possible. Even if you can only add a small conservatory it’s worth doing. Some people love to sit in a conservatory, whereas others are happy to grow plants. A conservatory is considered to be an extra room and is, therefore, very valuable to have. Don’t forget to add a few sockets so electrical items can be used.

Consider adding a curtain or some blinds to the conservatory so it’s ready to use. The more appealing your conservatory is the more likely someone will want to buy your home.

Build some Decking

Now we’re moving the home improvements to the garden which is an area people often overlook. When it comes to your garden you may find that you need to do a bit of work. If your garden is quite large or you may want to add some decking. Composite decking will not only break the garden up a little but it will also add a bit of value. This is because it makes your garden look much more attractive. Anyone who comes to look at your home will notice the decking and imagine what it would be like to use it.

You may want to stick some furniture on your decking as it adds that special touch. Decking can be used for all sorts of things such as parties, barbecues and sunbathing.

Don’t forget to keep your garden as tidy as you can. A tidy garden will appear to be cared for and is much more attractive than a messy one.

Update your Bathroom

There’s nothing quite like a new bathroom suite. If you would like to impress anyone who is looking around your home you may want to invest in a new bathroom suite. Suites that are typically more than 10 years old can start to look outdated. The good news is if you do decide to replace your bathroom you don’t have to buy the most expensive suite. A clean, white bathroom suite can suffice, just as long as it’s big enough for the bathroom.

Have an Open Plan Living Area

If your living area and your dining room are divided by walls you may want to rethink things. An open plan living area not only lightens the place up but it adds more room. You want prospective buyers to think your home has a lot of room. You can pull this off by knocking down walls and opening the living area up. You may need to call in a few professionals to help you do this but you could add more value to your property.

Increasing the value of your home is easy when you know how. You may have to spend a bit of money on your property but it could be worth it. Try to look at your home from the point of view of a prospective buyer and see where you would make some changes. A little bit of work could go a long way.

The Easiest Ways to Score Free Food and Drinks

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We all know that finances are quite the struggle. It seems as though there is never enough money in your wallet or purse to enjoy those simple things, such as food!


However, we have some news that is sure to brighten your day!

There are several ways you can get your hands on great food and drinks for absolutely no cost? Yes, even with the high cost of everything in this world, there are some things available for free.

Here are 4 incredibly easy ways to score some free food and drinks. WOW Free Stuff want to ensure you that you will not have to jump through hoops to get some free food, very little effort is involved.

Apps

There are a wide number of meals that can be easily accessed directly through the apps on your phone. Whether you are looking for some tasty junk food or a healthy meal, an app is a great way to score some free food.

Let’s look at this deal: Fast food apps are one of the best way to save a lot of money off your meals plus earn some great freebies. For example you can score a free Classic of Leggera pizza from Pizza Express when you sign up for their app.

If you want to get healthy, there is an app you can download called Olio. This advertises great deals that are available in your local area. All you have to do is click and collect to earn some wonderful freebies.

There is no reason to wait, go ahead and do it today. Apps are the best way to fill up your belly without spending a penny. Go ahead and start swiping for some great free food!

Need a pick me up?

Free Tea & Coffee

Retail therapy has taken the nation by storm in recent years. Whether you plan to spend or not, just browsing in a shop at items you desire can be quite therapeutic.

Quench your thirst. If you visit your local Ikea with a loyalty card you can grab a free drink at no charge. This is not a bad way to spend an hour or so.

Of course, they will want something out of you for their generosity. They hope that you do make a purchase, so try to plan your trip when you plan on making some form of a purchase.

Meet & Greets

Your time at the university is perhaps one of the most sociable experiences you will ever have, it is one of the best ways to connect with other young individuals

While this is all well and good, it simply gets better. Universities know they need something to get young people to mingle together. They want you to get together to make new friends and contacts.

In addition to meeting some new people, they also supply an endless supply of free food and drinks. There is just something about a steady supply of sausage rolls and mini quiches to keep people in the same room.

Birthday Freebies

While few people enjoy getting older, retail shops and restaurants love it and are prepared to offer you some great freebies.

So what have we learned? There is always going to be some give and take involved in free food and drinks. For example, if you want a free doughnut from Greggs, you will have to download their app.

While there are some healthy options available, the vast majority of these freebies are designed to help you score a free treat. If you are not allowed to eat free junk food on a birthday, is there any day you should?

How I’m preparing for unexpected bills in 2019!

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I’m sure many of us have been there, it’s half way through the month, two weeks until pay day, and something needs paying for. Last month, my car decided to breakdown, it’s the first time it has ever let me down. I’ve got a bit complacent. I’d not allowed for a garage bill, and it was mid way through the month. 

This got me thinking, how can I deal with an unexpected bill better in 2019?

Savings

For 2019 I’m going to start transferring the pence balance of my current account into my savings every day. I’m hoping this will be an easy way to save a small amount over the year without noticing. Of course if you can save regularly, then it’s worth looking at a site which compares saving accounts to make sure you get the best rate. I’m hoping by June I’ll be able to do this, but I don’t want to commit to it just yet!

Look at spending.

Direct Debits are great, no more trying to remember when to pay what! But, unless you check up on what you’re paying and when, it is easy to end up paying for things you don’t necessarily want or need! So I need to be doing a direct debit audit.

I know that keeping a spending diary really helps me to stay on track and see where I can cut back on spending. For example, I have a tendency to pop to the shop for milk, but then I pick up a packet of biscuits too. By identifying this small (but expensive over a year..) habit, I now only take cash in to buy milk, therefore avoiding overspending.

Budget 

Budgeting for key events is really important. So I’m going to start saving now for next Christmas! It sounds silly but it really will make a difference next year. Ridding myself of a weekly coffee shop visit for the year and that’s roughly £120 for Christmas next year. 

I need to start a budget for the unexpected, or in other words I need to start a car repair fund! Of course sometimes you can’t plan for something really unexpected, especially if it is on top of another unexpected bill. There are times when borrowing the money to pay for a repair or eg. replacement washing machine may be an option. Some lenders consider those with bad credit, though it is best to try to improve your credit score. I’ve been trying to improve mine using a credit score checker.

Remember, if you’re worrying about debt, seek confidential advice from a debt adviser. 

A reason to declutter..

I am in the process of trying to de-clutter the house. When we moved home, I was horrified at how much “stuff” we had, and made a determined effort to declutter. I have to admit that the clutter has got worse over the last 12 months. Pregnancy makes me a hoarder, and having had a baby 7 months ago, I guess this explains why I just have not had the enthusiasm to work on the clutter until recently! Continue reading A reason to declutter..

Which Insurance?

Do you have insurance? Most adults have some form, whether it is for their car or mobile phone. Insurance is one of those things we have and hope we never have to use. It’s something sometimes we find annoying to be paying for, but then it’s also nice knowing it’s there. I always worry about what would happen if something happened to me, how would my family manage? But what if one of the children got ill? How would it work then?  Continue reading Which Insurance?