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25 wonderful ways to make money and save money this Summer

Kamal Khurana 7th May 2017 No Comments

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Whether you’re planning a cheap getaway this summer or simply want to spruce up the garden we are showing you 25 wonderful ways to make money and save money along the way.

Summer is here and the sun’s out… so lets get going!


June – Be happy and make money

1. Be happy this month.

Couple Smiling in the sunshine

We’re eight months into 2023 and even though Summer is full of sunshine (fingers crossed), we think everyone needs to smile a little more.

We here at MoneyMagpie HQ think there’s always something to be happy about, so to help cheer you up we have found a few things to make you smile including some great bargains and events and also some good things we have all the time that we often forget about.

Take a look at 63 reasons to be cheerful this year and make the next six months the best you can.


2. Save money at the airport.

Group walking through the airport

Going on holiday can be an expensive business so the last thing you want to do is spend a fortune whilst you’re at the airport.

Luckily for you, Moneymagpie has ten great ways for you to save money at the airport here.


3. Calling all students and graduates.

University student in graduation gown

It’s that time of year again when students are scrambling around applying for their loans.

The rise in tuition fees means it’s now even harder to pay of your debts once you leave university.

Not to worry, to make life a little easier we have a lost of 10 easy ways for students to make money this summer.


4. Father’s Day Holiday.

Father and daughter on holiday

In 2019 Father’s day is on Sunday 16th June.

How about treating him to a holiday in the UK? We have a whole list of ideas on how to holiday for cheap in the UK here. 

This way you’ll save some money and be in your Dad’s good books.


5. Grab yourself freebies and discounts.

Free stuff sign

Check out all our latest freebies and deals here. We had around 5-8 new ones weekly!

If you’re looking for more great freebies then websites like Gumtree and Freecycle have loads of adverts for free things – quite often they might need repairing or doing up, but you could find a real bargain.

For group discounts and deals check out great sites like GrouponMighty Deals and Wowcher.co.uk.


6. Credit crunch weddings.

Bride and bridesmaids

With the average UK wedding costing a staggering £20,000+, it’s no wonder that so many couples start married life together in debt.

June is a favourite month for weddings so if you’re getting married but you want to save money and still have the wedding of your dreams you must start planning early.

Click here for more ideas on how to save money when planning a really wonderful day in your life.


7. National Home Security month.

Home security camera

A nationwide initiative has been launched to encourage people to consider their home security and how to protect their possessions.

It’s also encouraging people to use their DIY skills to make their homes securer.

It’s a good time to consider house insurance in case the worst happens.


8. Make money from your home.

Hands holding model house and coins

Your home is a treasure trove for generating some extra cash – you just need to know where to look.

Take a look at our nine-step guide for everything you need to know.


9. Save with green cleaning products

Basic cleaners - white vinegar, baking soda

We can’t do without them can we?

But cleaning supplies are notoriously expensive – and they can contain as much as 90% water!

Once again, clever marketing has tricked us into buying expensive and potentially harmful cleaning solutions. Trust us, the same result can be achieved by cleaning with natural products.

So if being green is important to you or you just want to save some cash, here’s how you can make your own cheap, effective and green cleaning products.


10. Text and earnthis summer

Are you a general knowledge freak? Do you love looking things up online?

Couple browsing internet

You could be using your knowledge to make £10 an hour answering questions that people send in by text.

Find out how to make money working for a text service here.


July – Summer holiday savings

11. Make and save money from your garden

Woman gardening

No matter how small your garden may be, you can earn a sweet mint this summer with some of our clever garden ideas and money-making plans.

From using the soil for growing saleable produce to renting your garden for private functions, there are loads of ways to earn pretty pounds from those lovely petals.

Here are a few tops tips on how to make money from your garden.


12. Airport parking savings

Airport Carpark

If you’re going away book airport parking before you get to the airport to save loads.

Go online to Essentialtravel or
Holidayextras and you can compare multiple car parks services and their rates at once.

For example, if you’re departing from Stansted you could save as much as £157.50 for a fortnight’s parking just by pre-booking.


13. House swapping holiday

House swapping

If you think you can’t afford to go away, look into house-swapping.

It’s a much cheaper option, particularly for families, as you only have to pay for your travel and food while you’re away.

Take a look at Jasmine’s experience and thoughts  – p.s she highly recommends it!


14. Teens and kids can make money too. 

Group of teenagers

Although making a few quid here and there can be easy if you’re under 18, making money can be difficult without the advantages of work experience or other factors such as a driving licence.

To help out those who do want to make some extra cash this summer we’ve come up with some great ways for under 18s to earn a bit of pocket money. Take a look at our ideas here.


15. Commute for less.

Group carpooling to work

It’s an unavoidable fact of life that we have to work. That means we also have to get to work, and the commute can eat up a fair whack of our hard-earned cash.

Find out how to save money and commute for less here.


16. Save money on Beauty 

Woman having eyeshadow applied to her eyelid with a brush

July 29th 2016 is National lipstick day (yes people really love a good lipstick). To celebrate take a look at these top 10 money-saving beauty websites.

Want to know how to bag yourself a beauty freebie? Or pick up the cheapest designer beauty brands? These top ten sites can save you money, time and effort on skincare, hair-care and perfume.


17. Make cash from your driveway

Home Driveway

If you don’t use your garage or driveway you could rent it out for money – particularly if you are in London or another parking-unfriendly city.

Just register with a site like JustPark, put your postcode in and wait for desperate would-be parkers to contact you.

For more details read our full article on making money renting out your driveway or garage.


18. Creative money making

Arts and crafts materials for greetings card making

The UK’s creative industries are now worth £71.4 billion per year to the UK economy.

So with this in mind we’ve put together a list of 12 ways to make money creatively from taking photos to making Youtube videos, scrap-booking to writing. See how you could make money with your fave hobby here.


19. Festival season is here

Crowd watching music performance at festival

Festaff supplies casual staff for over a dozen music festivals in the UK including Bestival, Creamfields, Wickerman, Camp Bestival, Isle of Wight Festival, Sonispshere, Rockness and Beachdown.

This work is seasonal, but they’re always recruiting, so if you fancy going to a festival next year for free keep an eye on Festaff for recruitment opportunities. Pay is minimum wage – but you do get free entrance to the festival and camp facilities.

If you like the idea of free festival tickets then read our full article.


20. Grab a few freebies with mystery shopping

Mystery Shopper

Mystery shopping is a fun way to earn some extra money while shopping, or testing services at local restaurants and pubs. Sounds like a dream job!

TNS is looking for new shoppers nationwide to assess a variety of different businesses such as shops and restaurants.

Read our essential article about mystery shopping for more useful links and information.


August – Soak up the pennys and pounds 

21. Switch your gas and electricity.

Woman looking at an energy price comparison website

The utilities companies tend to put prices up at the beginning of the Autumn so fix yours now to avoid the rise.

It is true, seriously, that you could save yourself around £200 (depending on what your bills are like now) by switching to a different gas and electricity company…or just switching to a different plan with your current provider.

Find the ‘Kilowatthours’ you have used in the last year (it will be on your bills) and put that figure into one or two comparison sites to see which company will offer you a better price.

You can compare prices here!


22. Make money on Twitter

Twitter app on tablet

OK, so just joining Twitter won’t make you a millionaire – but it is a fantastic, quick paced forum for picking up little extra jobs to make money on the side.

Try @extrapeopleltd who tweet ads for lookalikes and extras or go to TwitJobSearch, type in what work you want to do and see how many tweets pop up!

Read our 5 ways to make money using Twitter.


23. Make money travelling this summer


Would you like to do something different this summer and make money too? How about spending it in America?

If you’re a recent graduate, a teacher, a student off for the summer, or have some time off and you’re just looking for a challenge, how about working at a summer camp?

It’s a great way to tick off a travel destination from your bucket list. It’s also an opportunity to make money and meet a load of new people, take a look here.


24. Do winter things in the summer

Someone applying insulation tape to windows

Although it’s still summer, now is the time to get prepared for the winter if you want to save money!

As well as being a fantastic opportunity to clear out and cash in on unwanted items, you should also conduct an ‘energy spring clean’ which could save you an absolute fortune!

Take a look at our tips for saving money by doing winter things in the summer here.


25. Sign up to our newsletter.

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How are you planning on cutting back this summer? Let us know in the comments below. 

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