My school is offering a trip through a program called close up to Washington DC and I would really like to go. I love to travel and yes Im one of those people who actually likes history class. The price is 1700 dollars, but I also need luggage and spending money so I need about 2000 dollars. My parents are willing
My school is offering a trip through a program called close up to Washington DC and I would really like to go. I love to travel and yes Im one of those people who actually likes history class. The price is 1700 dollars, but I also need luggage and spending money so I need about 2000 dollars. My parents are willing to pay 500 dollars of it. I dont get an allowance, can't mow lawns or do anything like that, and cant babysit as I'm not allowed. There is a fundraiser I can do, selling candles, which my moms friends daughter did when she went to DC last year. I've never had much luck with fundraisers though . Do you have any suggestions as to what I can do? I'm really determined to go on this trip! I also unfortunately don't have anything else I can sell. Please give me ways to make money. The trip money is due in November! Please help!
Deirdre: It depends on how badly you want it. You can ask your grandparents to chip in, you can sell the candles like your trip depended on it, or you can give up. Some stores let you set up a table near the entrance, but you have to arrange it ahead of time. I would also see if the people at your church and school have any ideas for how you can raise the money.
When I was that age it was not good at selling things door-to-door, but I had a paper route and my brother and I cut grass. I was also a babysitter.
Deliver newspapers, walk dogs, cut grass, gardening, rake leaves, trim bushes, laundry, clean houses, babysit, wash cars, bake sale, sell stuff you no longer need (yard sale), fence/house painting, and any number of services that neighbors might pay for you to perform (legally).
Are your parents willing and able to pay up front and have you work it off over time?
When I was your age I did the same thing (except mine was an 'educational' trip to Hawaii). I worked for the next year in the yard and around the house to pay it off. It was more than just regular chores and I didn't have the ability to tell them know since I was paying off a debt. We had a good size yard with a lot of maintenance needed including lawn, tree removal, and things like that. Think of what you could do though. Clean bathrooms. All the laundry or dishes. Painting maybe?
If your parents aren't willing to give you an allowance or do any jobs of any kind (you can babysit at 13 in my opinion, but I don't know you or where you live), then they need to pony up the money for the trip.
What do you do with any other money you receive? Save every penny if this trip is important, no snacks, no sodas, etc.