19 Ways To Turn Your Smartphone Into A Money Making Machine

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Are you looking for ways to generate a part-time to full-time income while working a flexible schedule? What if I told you your smartphone could help you do just that?

I spent some time researching ways to make money using smartphone apps. I was happily surprised by what I found. I had no idea there were so many ways to use your smartphone to earn anywhere from a few dollars a month to thousands of dollars a month.


19 Ways To Turn Your Smartphone Into A Money Making Machine: Earn a part-time to full-time income through apps on your smartphone.

How much you can earn depends largely on your skill set and your location. Anyone can use a coupon app to earn a gift card, but not everyone is going to be able to use a tutor app to help someone study for college level psychology. The more populated areas have more opportunities so if you live in a small town you won’t have as many app earning opportunities as those who live in the major cities–but that doesn’t mean you can’t earn something.

19 Ways To Turn YourSmartphone Into A Money Making Machine

Please note that this is one of those rare times where I have listed apps that I have not tried out myself. I wanted to make sure that all ways to earn money with your smartphone were covered so you know all your options and that means I ran into ways I haven’t tried. I did, however, take the time to check the app’s ratings and read a few reviews.

Use caution when signing up to work for all apps. Spend time researching them, read reviews, ask your Facebook friends if they have tried them. If you can, try them out as a buyer first to give you a feel of how they work.

1. Earn Money By Taking Photos


Snap a picture and upload it to Foap. If someone buys it, Foap gets half the proceeds and you get to keep the other half--this video says the current selling price is $10–meaning you would get $5 per photo. Brands are also willing to pay people to perform photo missions. If your photo gets picked for a photo mission, you could earn some serious cash; some are reported to pay well over $1,000. (info all came from video)


Snapwire also offers a 50/50 share with photographers. I clicked around and discovered photos ranging from $5 to $500. They have what they call a leveling system–basically you earn points for good work, and those points can boost your exposure on the site. They also have a request area where you can submit a photo for a specific meme that a company is requesting. Should yours be chosen you get 70% of the selling price.

2. Earn Money By Reselling Your Stuff


Poshmark is an app for selling clothing. You can sell women’s, boys’, girls’ and even baby clothing. You can also sell accessories, bags, and shoes. Press the “sell tab” in the app to upload pictures of items from you closest you don’t want, follow the directions and within minutes have it for sale (get $5 off your first purchase when you use my referral code SNAILPACER when you download and sign up in the app).

Poshmark takes a $2.95 fee for all items that sell and are under $15. For those over $15 you get 80% and Poshmark gets 20%.


Simply sign up for an account here (this is my referral link and when you use it you get $10 off your first order) then download the app. Whenever you clean out your closet or your children’s closet, request a Clean Out Kit and send your clothes into ThredUp free of charge. Make sure everything you send is defect free, on trend and brand name (there is a full list of accepted brands on their site–might be in the app too, I am not sure). You can either take store credit, a PayPal deposit (fee applied) or a ThredUP prepaid visa card.


I sold items on eBay on a relatively regular basis for a few years when my children were all little. Back then I listed things using my desktop computer, but now it is possible to list items using just the eBay app on your smartphone.

Here is my list of eBay tips that will help you sell your items. It was written for people using a personal computer or laptop to list, but the tips mostly apply to selling in the app as well.


Letgo is a 100% free to use app for reselling your no longer wanted items. From cars to electronics, to the kitchen sink, you can sell it all on Letgo.  Although free, I did notice that it says there are some in-app purchases you can make if you want to gain your item better exposure.


19 Ways To Turn Your Smartphone Into A Money Making Machine

3. Earn Money By Giving Others A Ride

Turn your vehicle into a taxi. The app that gets you the most work might depend on your area.

Lyft Driver

Uber Driver

4. Earn Money Watching Videos


When you sign up for Swagbucks, you gain a way to earn gift cards for things you already do online like search the web and shopping. But Swagbucks also allows you to earn points by watching videos through seven different apps.

  • Swagbucks TV App: 36 daily SB points
  • EntertainNow App: 18 daily SB points
  • Sportly.TV App: 18 daily SB points
  • Lifestylz App: 18 daily SB points
  • MovieCli.ps: 18 daily SB points
  • Amped 360: 18 daily SB points
  • IndyMusic.tv: 18 daily SB points

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5. Earn Money By Helping Others Move Big Things

Do you own a truck and have a pretty good set of muscles? Well, you might want to look into apps where you can hire yourself out to do moving jobs big and small.


Sign up under the “Become a Lugger” tab on their website and then use the app to book jobs and get paid.


As with Lugg, you need to sign up on their website first using the “Become A Tasker” tab.


19 Ways To Turn Your Smartphone Into A Money Making Machine

6. Earn Money Delivering Restaurant Food

Sign up to work at one of the companies below, get their app and then get paid to deliver food from a restaurant to a hungry person. Some of these apps don’t even require you to have a car, a bike or a scooter might be OK too.



Uber Eats

7. Earn Money Answering Surveys

SB Answer

This is another way to earn Swagbucks through your smartphone. You can also find surveys that will earn you SB points that add up to gift card cash outs using the general Swagbucks app.

Go here and open up a Swagbucks account and then download the apps and start earning gift cards in those “waiting” moments; waiting on kids, waiting for food, waiting in line, etc.

Psst…Swagbucks is one of many points earning companies that allow you to cash out for Paypal gift cards. That is real money in your bank account! Here is my list of other programs that I know of that offer the Paypal option.

8. Earn Money Buying And Delivering Groceries


So I couldn’t tell if you could technically work through the Instacart app. But I do know that if you go to the website, you can sign up to be either a shopper or a cashier if you don’t have a car and if you do have a car, you could try for either a shopper/deliverer or just a delivery position. I assume once you are hired you would get work through the Instacart app somehow.

19 Ways To Turn Your Smartphone Into A Money Making Machine

9. Earn Money Renting Out A Room Or A Home


Got an extra room in your home? List it on Airbnb for others to rent and then communicate with guests and potential guests through the Airbnb app.

10. Earn Money By Being A Mystery Shopper

Download a Mystery Shopping app, sign up for an account and then see if there are any missions in your area. Complete a mission and you get paid. How you get paid and how much depends on the task and the app.

Easy Shift


I decided I wanted to try out this Mystery Shopping gig for myself so I signed up for mobee. Enter my referral code PN1F during sign-up (I get 300 points when you do and I think you get something too. If you use it, come back and tell me if you did get something and what it was).

11. Earn Money While Getting And Staying Fit

When I looked at apps that pay you to get and stay fit, I stayed away from ones that cost money. All the apps listed below are 100% free, but they do require that you own a device that tracks your activity or use an app that does so you may need to purchase one to use the app. Now I have another reason to add a Fitbit to my Christmas list.


Walgreens Balance Rewards (looks like it is done within the Walgreens app)


19 Ways To Turn Your Smartphone Into A Money Making Machine

12. Earn Money Babysitting

Love children? Sign up to be a babysitter. You, of course, have to go through a series of background checks first through the app you want to use.


100% free to join. Urbansitter does not take a percentage of your earnings or charge fees for jobs.


I found the hiring fees a bit difficult to understand when I researched Care.com, but from what I understand there are fees involved. I would assume that when you sign up those fees would be explained.

13. Earn Money Dogsitting

If you love pets and love walking them, then working through a pet sitting app might be a good source of income for you.


Through Rover you can get the following doggy oriented jobs: dog boarding, house sitting, drop-in sitting, dog daycare or dog walking.  You get to set your fees.

14. Earn Money Housecleaning

Like to clean? Sign up and find a housekeeping job through these apps.



19 Ways To Turn Your Smartphone Into A Money Making Machine

15. Earn Money Tutoring

Apply and find tutoring jobs that are either in person ones or through video or text with these apps. Please note: as with other apps on this list you may have to sign up online to be a tutor, then you will use the app to find jobs and interact with students.

Wyzant for Tutors

Chegg Tutor


16. Earn Money As A Handyman


Sign up online and offer your handyman services to others. Anything from assembling a desk, to raking leaves, to minor home repairs. Handle jobs and payments through the app.

17. Earn Money Freelancing


Are you good at making image quotes? Can you proofread? Edit video? If so you might want to look into the Fiverr app if your income could use a boost.

19 Ways To Turn Your Smartphone Into A Money Making Machine

18. Earn Money Back On Your Grocery Shopping Or Almost Any Other Purchase

19. Earn Money Sharing Your Knowledge Of Your Hometown With Others


I knew you could post a room or a home for overnight guests at Airbnb, but I didn’t know until researching for this article that you can also create an experience for tourists and charge for it. Perhaps you have vast knowledge about the plants found on local trails. If so, create a guided nature hike experience. Or are you an instructor of some sort–yoga, surfing, etc.? Can you use your expertise to create a tourist specific class? Like a yoga class while watching the sunrise at the local park.

My suggestion: go over to Airbnb and check out the “Experiences” area for ideas of what you might be able to offer tourists for a fee.

Am I missing any great apps? Or perhaps a different way to make money through an app? If so, list them in the comment area below. I am looking forward to learning new ways to earn money with a smartphone.

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10 Simple Decluttering Habits You Need To Develop To Become Clutter Free

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What if your house could shift from constantly cluttered to clutter free without complicated routines to get it and keep it that way? Well, it can–if you are willing to develop decluttering habits to replace your current clutter habits.

Develop these decluttering habits and blast clutter out of your home for good!

A Bit Of Background On The Power Of Habits

Habits are powerful tools allowing you to do routine tasks with little thought–tasks like tossing clutter on a continual basis.

In this article, which reviews the book The Power Of Habits: Why We Do What We Do In Life And Business, the “habit loop” is explained. Basically to form a habit you need a cue, a routine, and a reward. For instance, let’s say you want to start taking vitamins regularly. To set a cue, you leave them out on the kitchen counter where you can see them (physical cue) you then start taking them each morning after breakfast (routine), soon you start feeling more energetic throughout the day (reward). The reward of more energy then strengthens your desire to keep your routine until it becomes a habit so ingrained you don’t even need to keep the vitamins on the kitchen counter anymore, you now just automatically think of taking them the moment you finish breakfast.

So how long does it take to create a habit loop?  In The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results the author shares a study by the University College of London that states that it takes on average 66 days to form a new habit. Since that is an “average” my snail pacing self-says, “Give yourself 90 days to form a new habit.” Why 90? First, it seems like an easier number to remember than 66. Secondly, 90 days is essentially three calendar months, give or take a day or two, so you can set goals to form a new habit every three months–allowing you to aim for four new habits a year.

Want less clutter in your home? Read the list of 10 decluttering habits below and pick one to develop over the next three months. When you are done with that one choose and create a habit loop for another. Repeat until you have developed enough clutter tossing habits to keep your home organized.

10 Decluttering Habits You Need To Develop To Become Clutter Free

1. One In One Out

Buy a new shirt, give one away–right away. Buy new jeans, donate a pair–before you even get a chance to wear the new ones.  This goes for replacing broken items too; throw the broken ones away before you even purchase the new ones. Admit it: how many times have you bought a new item to replace a broken one and then never gotten around to tossing the unusable item away?

I know our family has. One example that comes to mind is when our washing machine broke down. We bought and hauled a new one down to our basement, but were too tired that evening to haul the old broken one out. That broken machine sat in our basement for six months before we finally made it a priority to get rid of it.

2. Attack Clutter 15 Minutes A Day, 6 Days A Week

Clutter grows because we don’t prioritize attacking it on a regular basis. An excellent way to keep your clutter away for good is to schedule 15 minutes a day to attack it. Perhaps right after your morning coffee or the first 15 minutes you get home after work.

For most homes, this will keep clutter from growing and it might even shrink a pile or two over time–depending on how much clutter you have and how large your home is.

10 Simple Decluttering Habits You Need To Develop To Become Clutter Free

3. Toss A Certain Number Of Items A Day, 6 Days A Week

This is a very simple habit to create and can be used to either rid your home of clutter or keep it clutter free. All you need to do is pick a number. Now toss that number of items each day, six days a week (you get a day off for good behavior 🙂 ).

The more clutter you have the higher number you should pick.  Make sure to have a box ready to collect items that are in donation worthy condition.

4. Every Weekend Attack One Clutter Pile Until it is Gone

I made a huge dent in my grief clutter when I sat down and wrote out a plan to attack one area of our home each week for 52 weeks–you can too! Just grab a pen and some paper and walk around your home writing down cluttered areas you think you could attack in one afternoon. For me that was a bookshelf or a bathroom cupboard.

Keep the areas small so you can get that feeling of reward every time. If you have more time and you feel like it, then by all means keep tossing that clutter. However, if you don’t feel like tossing clutter that weekend, do your agreed upon area anyway–no excuses. Trust me, developing grit will pay off.

10 Simple Decluttering Habits You Need To Develop To Become Clutter Free

5. Every Weekend Attack The Clutter In One Room For 90 Minutes

Perhaps you brain just doesn’t work in areas like mine does–all you can see is a huge room of clutter. If that is you, then try the timer method for weekend decluttering sessions. Make yourself stick to decluttering for 90 minutes at the same time every weekend. Pick a room to begin in and then go at it weekend after weekend, 90 minutes at a time until it is done.

And again if your timer goes off after 90 minutes and you feel like you want to work longer, then go for it! But always do at least 90 minutes.

Housekeeping tip: There is just something about watching an old fashioned kitchen timer, instead of the one on your phone, count down to motivate you to work faster; you might want to consider investing in one.

6. After Dinner Tidy Up For 15 Minutes Before Hitting The Couch

A lot of clutter is essentially paper and items that never got put away correctly. To keep these two types of clutter from growing out of control, a daily tidy up is essential.

A perfect time for this is right after dinner. If you can get all the members of the household involved in the tidy session. Assign each person an area, and then set the timer for 15 minutes and put as many items as possible back in their proper homes and stack the miscellaneous  papers up in a basket to deal with later (more on paper handling in a minute).

10 Simple Decluttering Habits You Need To Develop To Become Clutter Free

7. Never Leave A Room Empty Handed

This habit right here is a HUGE game changer for those who are not great at putting things away the moment they are done with them–please tell me this isn’t just me. When I follow this rule, messy, every day clutter is kept to a minimum. Dirty socks are picked up on the way from the TV room to the bathroom and put in the laundry bin found there. School books found on the dining room table are transferred to backpacks found in the kids’ rooms on the way to my bedroom. Random garbage is regularly taken out of my car and placed in the kitchen trash because this habit applies to vehicles too.

8. Put Stuff Back The Moment You Are Finished Using It

For me, putting stuff back the moment you are finished using it is a habit I still need to form. I am better with rule seven, which makes me put stuff back as I move from room to room. However, after observing my tidy friends I noticed that this rule is a major game changer in the clutter department. Following this rule right here appears to be how they keep their homes tidy 24/7 with minimal effort.

There is some ground work to do before you can create this habit; you have to assign everything a place. To assign everything a place you first have to decide if you need it in your home in the first place. So this habit is for maintaining areas you have already decluttered.

Housekeeping tip: Tired of hearing the excuse “I didn’t put it away because I didn’t know where it went”? Buy a label maker (our family has one made by this brand) and label homes for everything–it will kill this excuse.

Oh, and if you are like me and you like having all you need for a current project at hand, here is my adaptation of this rule for projects. I create an ongoing project box, basket, or bin depending what the supplies for my current project fit best in. The container holds all I need to complete my project and sits in the room where I am working on it until I am done.

When I have time to work, I can grab my project bin and get to work. When I am done with work for the day, I make myself put all the tools and supplies back in the project bin. The bin is my project pile tamer. Best part: when we are cleaning up for guests, I just have to pick up the container and move it to my room temporarily. Easy-peasy.

10 Simple Decluttering Habits You Need To Develop To Become Clutter Free

9. Set A Regular Donation Goal And Pickup Or Drop Off Date

Sometimes we have the best of intentions. We box up stuff to give away and then those boxes themselves become hallway clutter as they sit there month after month waiting for us to finally put them in our vehicles and drive to the donation site.

You can avoid this clutter by setting a regular day each month that you drop off at least one box to your local thrift store. Here is the bonus of creating this habit: you now have a goal of tossing at least one box a month of items you no longer need.

If you live in a larger area, you may be able to automate this goal by calling thrift stores in your area and seeing if one offers free pick up of donations, some even allow you to set a recurring pick up day.

10. Handle All Physical Mail, School Papers, And Other Paperwork ASAP

When you gather the mail walk right to the recycling bin and toss junk mail in it. Place a paper shredder (our family has this one and have been happy with it) near your recycle bin so you can shred unnecessary paper with personal information at the same time. Finish off you mail sorting by putting papers you need to keep in a basket. Don’t let that basket grow too high! Once a week at least deal with those papers–file, mail, pay, etc.

Make a habit of also doing this with the papers you kids bring home from school.

This should reduce the amount of paper found around your home during your after dinner tidy (number six), however, paper does seem to reproduce all on its own. Don’t allow that basket to hit the brim. When it is getting close, use the next daily 15 minute decluttering session to tame it.

Got another simple decluttering habit people can develop? Share it in the comments below.

Need decluttering support? Join the Snail Pace Clutter Removers Facebook Group where women cheer each other on in their decluttering journey.

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25 Fall Activities For Families On A Tight Budget

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Are you looking to slow the fall season down and savor it with your family, but your budget is tight? Here are 25 fall activities that you can enjoy with your family–all costing less than $10.

25 low cost or free Fall activities for the whole family. #fallcrafts #fallbucketlist


Before you read the list, I want to make sure that you understand a few things. I in no way expect your family to make this list of fall activities a to-do list. Instead, I want it to be an idea list. Families are busy and trying to fit 25 fall activities into fall isn’t going to create family bonding; it will create family stress.

Think of this list as an idea starter. Pick what ideas work for your family and your budget and forget about the rest.

25 Fall Activities For Families On A Tight Budget

1. Attend Free Community Events

Almost every town has a free fall festival of some type. Ask around on Facebook, check your local newspapers website, look at the bulletin boards in your local shops. If you have college in your town, check their Facebook for community events too as some put on free events for families from time to time.

2. Take A Nature Walk

Take a nature hike on a local walking trail in your community. You can take it spontaneously on a beautiful fall day or if you are more of a planner go wild preparing. Create a fall scavenger hunt sheet with five items or so that the kids need to look for on the walk. Give the kids each an empty grocery bag and tell them to collect different leaf specimens on the way.

25 Fall Activities For Families On A Tight Budget

3. Bake And Decorate Cookies Or Cupcakes

Time to break out the pumpkin shaped cookie cutters and the orange food coloring. Or perhaps the witch and cat cookie cutter and the black sprinkles. Of course, you could always make cupcakes topped with both orange icing and black sprinkles. In our family, we make cupcakes using my recipe for wacky cake (no milk or eggs and very moist), and we ice them using my super simple three ingredient icing recipe that even someone with minimal baking experience can make in under five minutes.

4. Hold A Fall Themed Movie Night

Make a batch of caramel crunch popcorn and a jug of frugal lemonade. Grab a free movie from your library, or use a free Redbox promo code (psst…the site Money Saving Mom regularly lists them.) If your library allows you access to the Hoopla app, pick one from there. If you can’t find a free one, Redbox movies are under $2 and most Amazon streaming movies are $6 and under. Both make for an inexpensive family night when compared to going to the movie theater.

5. Attend Free Church Events

Our church has thrown an annual trunk or treat for years. It is free and open to all. I know we are not the only church to offer such an event near Halloween. Check your local churches Facebook pages or websites for listings of such events.

25 Fall Activities For Families On A Tight Budget

6. Read A Fall Themed Book Aloud

Go to your local library and ask the librarian for suggestions of fall books that your family might enjoy reading together. You might also want to check out their selection of audio books that you could listen to as a family in the car. The Hoopla app is our family’s favorite source of great free downloadable audio books you can borrow.

7. Color Fall Themed Coloring Sheets

A quick Google search will help you find free fall themed coloring sheets that you can print out. Make a family evening of this event by putting out some snacks, putting on music in the background and making sure everyone has plenty of coloring pencils, markers and crayons. A pencil sharpener is also a must if you are going to be using colored pencils.

psst… did you know Hollar often carries all the supplies you will need for a family coloring night at low prices? (they often have Crayola brand too) Use my referral credit (those words in blue) and you will get $2 off your first Hollar purchase.

8. Create Fall Decor Together Out Of What You Already Own

Spend a few minutes going through your home searching for possible fall art supplies then go to Pinterest and enter “fall crafts” into their search area and see what crafts you can make using either just what you have on hand or mostly what you have on hand. If you need a few supplies, dollar stores might have what you need at a very inexpensive cost.

25 Fall Activities For Families On A Tight Budget

9. Have A Backyard Campfire Night

Depending on where you live you may or may not be able to have a backyard campfire. If you can, make sure to enjoy a crisp fall evening as a family. Buy the supplies for a hot dog roast and turn it into a night long event. Try my chocolate chip cookie s’mores for a new twist on a campfire classic. Or just keep things super simple and gather around the fire and enjoy each other’s company.

10 Paint Or Carve Pumpkins Together

Aldi in our town sells pumpkins for less than $5 a piece. Chances are your city has a source for inexpensive pumpkins too. Grab one or a few depending on what your budget can afford and spend a bit of time one evening painting or carving the pumpkin together. If you carve it, don’t forget to roast the seeds. Even if no one ends up enjoying the taste of them, it is a super easy project that all kids should try at least once.

11. Make Some Fall Slime Or Playdough

Slime is all the rage with kids right now. So why not try making a fall themed batch of it (here is a recipe I found on Pinterest). Not a fan of slime? Try making a few batches of play dough and dye them fall colors then have fun making fall scenes with it all fall.

25 Fall Activities For Families On A Tight Budget

12. Grab A Can Of Pumpkin And Bake Something

Enter “pumpkin baking” into pumpkin recipes into the Pinterest search area, and you will find hundreds of yummy fall recipes to try (I have an entire Pinterest board full of them). My guess is you might also be able to earn a cash back on those cans of pumpkin you buy if you use a grocery app or two.

Here is a list of the ones I use most often:

13. Collect Leaves And Make Some Art With Them

If you took my nature walk suggestion, you might have collected leaves and are now wondering what to do with them. Make them into art. I entered “leaf art for kids” into the search feed on Pinterest, and some very original ideas came up. Ideas way beyond the simple wax paper placemats I use to make in school.

14. Earn A Few Gift Cards And Cash Them In For Pumpkin Lattes Or Another Fall Favorite

I know a $5 pumpkin latte is a splurge for those on tight budgets, but what if I told you there was a way to grab one for you and possibly a few more for your family without digging into your family’s current budget? I have been using point reward programs for years to treat myself to fancy coffee.

A few top earning sites for me are:

25 Fall Activities For Families On A Tight Budget

15. Organize A Halloween Costume Swap With Friends

Halloween costumes can add up. Yes, there is always the dress up bin as well as the recycling bin for supplies and Pinterest for inspiration, which can result in great 100% free costumes, but there is another way to get great costumes for no money. Invite all the families you know over a few weeks before Halloween for a costume swap.

Make the event fellowship friendly by asking people to bring a dish to share as well as their costumes to exchange. You can dine together and then swap. Any leftover costumes can be donated to your favorite thrift store.

Here is a list of 10 different swap parties families on tight budgets can throw to help each other out financially.

Here is a list of 7 Christmas themed swap parties you can use to help out a tight Christmas budget

16. Pick Out A New Soup And Bread Recipe And Make Dinner Together

What meal screams fall? Hot soup and warm bread smothered in butter–of course! Our family loves my husband’s bread machine white bread served warm come fall, and I am usually inspired by the season to try my hand at creating at least one new type of soup.

My favorite source of free soup recipes isn’t Pinterest though–I know, shocking! Nope, I prefer trying out recipes I find in the magazines I enjoy for free! I earn most of them through RecycleBank where one-year magazine subscriptions vary from 100 points up to 300 points.

With some point earning emails providing ways to earn 100 points or more, it doesn’t take long for me to cash in for my favorites magazines. In fall you will find me curled up under a blanket on my porch swing: a hot cup of something in one hand and a magazine in the other.

17. Attend Free Library Events

One more place to look for free family events is your local library. Often libraries will bring in people to do free to the public puppet shows or short plays. They also offer free book readings for children, movie showings, arts and craft lessons and more. What they offer depends on where you live.

25 Fall Activities For Families On A Tight Budget

18. Do Fall Themed Volunteering

Chances are some people in your neighborhood could use help with raking leaves, cleaning gutters, or perhaps picking their fall fruit trees. Gather around the table as a family and make a list of those residents in your community you think could use a hand with their fall chores and then just show up with tools in hand and do the job for them. Better yet, find out when they won’t be home so they come back to a leaf free yard and no idea who did it. That right there will warm your family’s hearts and the recipient’s for days on end.

19. Take Part In National Candy Corn Day (October 30th) or another Fun National Day

Sometimes ordinary days start to string together and life seems a little boring. When that happens in our home, I often will take a peek at a National Day calendar listing online and see when the next one is that my family can take part in for little effort and money. National Candy Corn day is one of those days. On October 30th each year my family gets candy corn–they just don’t know when it is going to show up!

You could take this idea a step further and share a history lesson on candy corn, make a candy dish for the candy corn, or make button art in the shape of a candy corn. How much effort and cash you want to put into the national day is up to you. In our home, I keep it simple and pass out the candy with a loud “HAPPY CANDY CORN DAY!”

20. Create A Thankful Tree

Thanksgiving is of course in the late fall. To put your family in the thankfulness mindset create a thankful tree.  It doesn’t have to be elaborate. Buy a piece of white poster board from the dollar store then use a sharpie to draw an outline of a tree without its leaves.

Grab some fall leaf colored construction paper and a roll of tape. Cut the paper into leaf shapes and put them in a bowl on your dining room table as well as the tape and the marker. Each night at dinner time have everyone pick a leaf and write something on it that they are thankful for. Do this each night the week before Thanksgiving and by the big day, you will have a tree full of gratitude reminders.

25 Fall Activities For Families On A Tight Budget

21. Have A Chili Cook-off Night With Friends

Another classic fall dish is Chili. Why not bring the dish back into your lives for the season with a bang by throwing a chili cook-off night. Invite several families and ask them all to bring a crockpot full of their favorite chili recipe. Make a voting area where everyone can vote on their favorites. The winner goes home with a prize–many dollar stores sell medals in the birthday party area.

22. Try A New Apple Recipe

Fall is apple season. Either buy a bag from your grocery store or go to a local orchard and pick your own. Once you have some google apple recipes and create something yummy with them together as a family.

24. Jump In The Leaves Or Puddles

When my kids were little, they used to love it when I not only raked up the leaves in one big pile for them to jump in, but also took the time to jump in it with them. They also loved it when we would all put on rain boots after a fall rain storm and I would take them out to find puddles to jump in.

I am sure a few drivers of the cars passing by wondered what on earth a 30+ lady was doing jumping in puddles, but I didn’t care; I knew why I was doing it, my children’s memories mean more to me than the stares of strangers.

Go out there mom’s and dad’s and not only set the stage for fall fun, but join the kids and jump in those leaves and puddles!

25. Spend An Evening Planning Your Fall Activities Together

Now that you have read my list, grab the whole family and plan a fun filled fall. Make the planning session more fun by including fall themed snacks and fall themed coloring sheets to work on while you talk. Remember: just a sprinkle will do, too much can turn fun to stress.

Have each person in the family come up with one event they want to do and get it on the calendar during your planning night or work together to come up with two fun ideas you all want to do for each month of the fall season.

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