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The Best Summer Jobs for Teens

Looking for ideas for summer jobs for teens? I’ve compiled some of my favorite ideas to help you get your creative wheels turning!

You might also be interested in 5 Work-at-Home Jobs for Beginners and Over 40 Different Income-Earning Ideas.

Summer Jobs for Teens

Summer Jobs for Teens

Recently, a follower asked me if I had any ideas for some good summer jobs for teens. I asked my Facebook followers for their suggestions and they did not disappoint.

You can read the entire post with over 200+ comments here. I’ve picked some of what I felt like were some of the best summer jobs for teens submitted.

Hopefully this list will at least give you some ideas if you’re looking for some great summer jobs for your teen (or jobs they can do year-round!)

1. Tutor

Of all the suggestions submitted, this one was the top one suggested! Michelle said: “Tutor!!! Summer us great time to offer reading tutoring. There are lesson plans out there and it is a great way to make $$$.”

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2. Teach Music Lessons

Andrea says: “My friend’s teenage daughter was an accomplished piano player by the time she was in high school and gave lessons as her ‘after school job’ to young kids/beginners. She taught my daughter for over a year. She did her lessons at the children’s homes and it was perfect – she didn’t have to have a ‘studio’ of her own and none of us parents had to worry about shuttling our kids somewhere for lessons!!”

By the way, this was something I did as a teen. I taught violin to a number of different students and it was such a good learning and growing experience for me! Oh and parents especially love if you’re willing to drive to their house and teach the lessons!

3. Pet Sit/Walk Dogs

Geri said: “My daughters both did pet sitting in their teens. They sat for everything from boa constrictors and hissing cockroaches to dogs and cats. They even took care of goats, chickens, cows, horses and other livestock. Not a skill set every teen has, but they grew up on our farm caring for our animals.”

If you love animals, you could also consider working for your local vet. Shannon said, “As a teen, I worked for my local vet clinic cleaning cages, walking dogs, washing laundry, mopping floors, etc. That turned into occasional and then part-time admin work plus assisting vets on house calls as I was just available and willing to learn. Got to interact with so many people and their pets!”

4. Referee Sports Games

This is one that we’re looking into having Kathrynne possibly do. Camille said: “My kids referee soccer. They could take the class once they turned 12. It’s been a great experience for all 3 of mine. They are responsible for submitting their availability online, accepting games, and communicating with their assignor.”

Andrea said: “My 14-year-old and 12-year-old referee soccer games! They don’t have time to earn as much as a regular job, but my 14-year-old bought himself his own computer after just a couple months of work last summer.”

Tracy also posted and said: “My 15-year-old has been doing this for 2 years. It is pretty decent income for that age. Having thick skin to ignore the fans helps.”

5. Babysit (& clean a little, too!)

Of course you knew this one had to be on the list! But take note of Melissa’s tip: “Babysitting will absolutely pay the most. If she interacts with the children, does the dishes and tidies up the house she’ll be in more demand and will earn more.”

And Celena said: “I have a hard time finding sitters who do more than the bare minimum. When I babysat in college, I always got massive tips and had people calling me all the time. I never understood why until I hired my first babysitter and came home after a late night out to a super messy house, dinner dishes still in the sink, and the sitter on the couch on her phone. Argh.”

I 100% agree! Go above and beyond and leave the house cleaner than you found it and you will likely have more jobs than you can take!

6. Wash Windows

Danna commented: “I’m a merit badge counselor for Boy Scouts in Entrepreneurship. I recently taught a merit badge clinic and one of the boys in the clinic runs a very successful business. He’s 14 and he washes windows. He started on his own house and his neighbors’ houses when he was 11. He advertises using referrals and NextDoor.com to keep jobs close to his home. At 14 he has 2 employees and makes about $400 a weekend that he works.”

7. Teach Classes

Have a skill you are good at or passionate about? Consider teaching a class for younger kids!

Hollie suggested this and said: “My daughter and her friend started a cooking class for kids ages 7-12. They did the class 3 times a week for 45 min to 1 hour. Kids could do a week or all 6 weeks. Each day was a different recipe/technique. All recipes were mom approved. They had a good turnout and really enjoyed themselves.”

A Few Bonus Ideas

  • Sell things you get for free:My brother, last summer when he was 14, collected free things off of Facebook groups and Craigslist. He needed help from my mom to go collect the items, but when he got them home he cleaned them up and did his own yard sale/sold some things online. With the money he made, he was able to pay for a summer trip. He and my mom also like to do that by going to the thrift store. It’s amazing what you can find to resell. -Jaclyn”
  • Sell photos:Also, if she has access to a smart phone, she can take and upload her photos to an app called “foap.” People who want digital images (like for blogs or small businesses, etc.) can buy a license to use her photos she uploads. Foap splits the purchase 50/50 and generally each license is $10 so she’d earn $5 per license sold. If one photo sells 20 licenses, that’s $100 in her pocket. -Crystal”
  • Become a Lifeguard:My son got certified at the local YMCA and is a Life Guard. He is able to have a flexible schedule with school and the swim team. Works well for him. -Julie”

What other ideas for good summer jobs for teens would you add to this list?

Become a Postmates Driver to Earn Money!

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Looking for ways to earn extra income on the side? Become a Postmates Driver!

{Psst! Looking for other ways to earn money? Check out our huge list of Over 40 Income Earning Ideas!}

Postmates Driver on Bicycle

What Is Postmates?

Postmates is a delivery company that originally started in 2011 in San Francisco.

Their goal is to be an on-demand delivery service for customers to locally order restaurant food, groceries, and more.

Customers simply order what they want through the Postmates mobile app and a Postmates delivery driver picks it up and delivers it to the customer.

Where is Postmates available?

Postmates encourages people to shop locally by partnering with local businesses.

Postmates is more popular in larger urban areas, such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, Seattle, New York City, Atlanta, Denver, Chicago, Las Vegas, and more.

But they have expanded to include smaller areas, too! You might be surprised to find that this service is available where you live! (I just checked and saw all kinds of restaurants available for delivery in my area!)

Female Postmates Drive Picking Up Food

How Much Can You Earn as a Postmates Driver?

It’s really easy to earn with Postmates!

You get paid for the pickup, delivery, and wait time on each order. And you get to keep 100% of what you earn from each completed delivery.

You can easily earn up to $22-$25 per hour as a Postmates driver, and that’s not including the tips you earn on top of your delivery earnings!

The best part? Being a Postmates driver is really flexible and you can set your own hours.

How Do You Become a Postmates Driver?

If you’re interested in earning some extra cash with Postmates, it’s super simple to become a Postmates driver!

Just go HERE and scroll down to click on the “Get Started” button.

Complete the simple sign-up process. There are only a few basic requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Pass a basic background check.
  • Have a driver’s license and have access to an insured vehicle (or bicycle, if you prefer).

Once your identity is verified, you’ll be sent a Postmates delivery bag to get started right away!

Go here to sign up!

Free Things To Do in Madison, Wisconsin

Looking for free things to do in Madison, Wisconsin? Here are some places our family visited and did on a recent road trip there.

Want more free and cheap road trip ideas? Check out my 14-day series on our East Coast Road Trip.

Free Things to Do In Madison, Wisconsin

An Impromptu Road Trip to 3 States

A few weeks ago, we took a sort of impromptu road trip to Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa. If you’ve been following along here, you know our family goal to visit all 50 states and 7 continents by the time Kathrynne is 18 (she’s currently 14 and before this trip, we had 16 states and 5 continents to go).

We only had 5 days to hit the 3 states, so we decided to just pick one city to focus on in each state. After looking at the map, we looked at routes, and we ended up picking Madison, WI, Minneapolis, MN, and Des Moines, IA.

We had such a fun time in Madison and Minneapolis that I wanted to devote an entire post to each city to share photos and some of free and cheap things we did in Madison, WI and Minneapolis, MN. (Note: It was pouring rain and cold the whole time we were in Iowa so we didn’t end up getting to do much there. We’ll have to go back!)

Free Things to Do In Madison, Wisconsin

Jesse and I had both been to Wisconsin before many years ago, but the kids had never been. And none of us had ever been to Madison.

I did what I often do when we visit a new area and asked on Facebook and Instagram for your best suggestions of free and frugal things to do. You all give the best recommendations! I went through all of them and picked the top places that were suggested over and over again.

And here’s what we ended up doing…

Olbrich Botanical Gardens

First off, we went to the Olbrich Botanical Gardens. Many of you had suggested this and you were so right.

The gardens were gorgeous! (It was also a completely beautiful day, which made the experience that much better!)

Admission to the outdoor gardens is completely FREE! There are 16 acres of gardens to walk through including:

  • A Thai Pavilion and Garden (This Thai Pavilion is the only one in the continental United States and the only one outside of Thailand surrounded by a garden.)
  • Rose Garden
  • Perennial Garden
  • Sunken Garden
  • Herb Garden

We loved the Rose Garden and the Herb Garden the best. They had a sundial in the Rose Garden that the kids had fun trying to read.

We also found a nest of baby birds! They seemed crazy hungry (aren’t baby birds always hungry, though??) and we waited awhile to see if the mama bird would come back.

We were afraid that she might dive bomb us if we got too close so we had someone watch out for her while I took a picture and video. 🙂

There is also an indoor Tropical Conservatory that costs $2 per person for admission. It is probably fantastic, but we were happy to just visit the free gardens!

Ian’s Pizza

I asked for restaurant recommendations and this Ian’s Pizza was one you all recommended over and over again. And you were again correct — it was delicious and had such a fun vibe!

Ian’s Pizza sells a variety of unique pizzas — by the slice. Or, you can order a full pizza and customize it.

We ordered a large pizza that was half Mac & Cheese (it was delicious!) and half Macadilla Killa. Plus, we ordered a side of 9 breadsticks. Our total was around $25 and this was more than enough to fill us all up (plus we took some leftovers back to the hotel!)

Excitement Outside the Capitol Building

We had parked close to the capitol building (parking was free on the weekends), so after a very late afternoon lunch, we went to explore the capitol. It’s free and open to the public, too.

We were detoured from visiting the capitol building by two ambulances and a lot of police cars with sirens blaring. They all pulled up up at a bus stop right outside the capitol building. We weren’t sure what happened, but it appeared maybe two guys had gotten into a fight and gotten hurt.

I’ve never seen something like that up so close and I felt a little weird just watching the whole thing, but it was also kind of fascinating to see it all go down, too.

(I don’t know that fascinating is the right word because these were people’s lives we are talking about. However, it felt like a scene from a movie or something! Gratefully, it appeared like both men were going to be okay and they both were conscious and breathing on their own when they were put on the ambulances and taken to the hospital.)

Wisconsin State Capitol Building

After that commotion outside the capitol, we finally made it inside. It was pretty incredible — as most capitol buildings seem to be! We had heard that there was a cool observation deck on the 6th floor so we went about figuring out how to get to that.

We walked up a bunch of stairs and tried multiple elevators (some only went to certain floors, etc.) I couldn’t believe they just let you explore like this!

We finally asked the security guard at the front desk how to get up to the top. It was then that we found out that they don’t let anyone up through the special elevator 30 minutes before closing! We had literally walked in the door 29 minutes before the building closes.

Oh well! At least we had quite a fun time trying to find it! 🙂

Henry Vilas Zoo

We then headed to the Henry Vilas Zoo — a FREE zoo in Madison, Wisconsin. I honestly couldn’t believe it.

It’s small and it was pretty crowded, but you can’t beat the price point of free! And it far exceeded my expectations of what a free zoo would be!

To my knowledge, I don’t ever recall actually seeing a real badger. So that was cool to see!

Our favorite exhibit, by far, was the Polar Bear exhibit. Not only cannot ever remember seeing a Polar Bear, this guy was in rare form and showing off for us!

Vilas Park

Right outside the zoo was the Vilas Park beach. It would be a fun place to take a picnic or to swim in. It was also free and open to the public.

We didn’t have bathing suits on, but Silas and Kathrynne still got into the water for a bit!

The Cheese Chalet

Many people had told me we couldn’t come to Wisconsin without getting cheese curds. So we stopped at The Cheese Chalet on the way out of Madison to pick some up.

They had so many different kinds of cheese!

I wasn’t sure of the best kind of cheese curds to get (I forgot to ask you all about that!), so I just played it safe and went with marbled!

Culver’s

I had no idea the “cult following” that Culver’s has until I asked where we should eat in Madison. I learned that there will be one answer and one answer only for that question: Culver’s!

We actually have a Culver’s in our area, but I think Jesse has only taken the kids one time and that was a few years ago. I thought it was just a typical fast food place, but I was actually pretty impressed with it!

We each got to pick one treat (mine was the flavor of the day with double whipped cream — yum!). Needless to say, I’m pretty sure we will be back to Culver’s soon!

What other suggestions do you have for free or cheap things to do in Madison, Wisconsin? Tell us in the comments!

My Completely Honest Twigby Review (and why it’s a great option for teens!)

Looking for really honest Twigby reviews or searching for ways to save money on kids’ phones? This is a really comprehensive post on the pros and cons of Twigby phones, Twigby plans, and Twigby phone service!

Note: This post is sponsored by Twigby, but all opinions are my own. Read our disclosure policy here.

Save money on your cell phone bill with Twigby

Ready to get a phone for your teen or pre-teen?

Have you been thinking of getting a phone for your child? Wishing you could figure out how to add a phone without spending a lot of money?

I highly recommend checking out Twigby!

Twigby is a company dedicated to providing fantastic phone service at great prices and they are the perfect option for your pre-teen or teen’s first phone because they are so affordable, the offer great coverage, and they have so many different options for phone plans.

Mom and son using Twigby phone

Why You Should Consider Twigby

Twigby plans are super affordable with a lot of flexibility — which is perfect for a child’s first phone. You can custom build your plan for each individual phone line based upon how much data each family member needs. You can also put some restrictions or limits in place for kids.

In addition, Twigby offers a really great range of options when it comes to phones. They have everything from basic flip phones all the way up to iPhone 8’s and other smart phones.

If you don’t want to buy a smart phone for your teen or pre-teen and just want a basic phone with basic features, Twigby offers some incredible pricing! However, even if you want all the perks of a regular smart phone with a data plan each month for your teen or pre-teen, you will still likely save a lot of money by using Twigby.

There Are No Activation or Termination Fees!

Unlike traditional cell phone companies, Twigby gives you the ability to create your own custom, prepaid plan — without a contract or an unnecessary activation fee. (Be sure to check out the Twigby reviews from my readers below!)

My favorite part about their service (in addition to their great prices!) is that they offer the ability to change plans or phones at any time for free. You’re not locked into an expensive contract that has activation and termination fees.

We got locked into a phone plan a few years ago with another company and we wanted to switch, but it was going to be crazy expensive to do so. I think this is one of the biggest and best selling points of Twigby, personally!

Psst! If you end up switching over to their phone service, they also offer a referral program so you can email your friends a special link and, if your friend signs up through your link, you’ll both automatically receive a $10 credit 45 days from your friend’s activation date! Read more about their referral program here.

 

How Much Will You Save with Twigby?

Twigby has plans starting as low as $9 per month for just talk and text. And data plans start as low as $12 per month! Even a cell phone plan with unlimited talk and text and 10 GB of data only costs you $43 per month — which is a lot less than you’ll usually pay!

With these kinds of prices, don’t just think about using Twigby as a phone service for your teen or pre-teen. It’s also worth checking to see if Twigby might save you money each month on your family cell phone bill — even if you’ve been on a family plan with a provider for a decade!

Get this: The average family that switches to Twigby saves $60 on their cell phone bill, which equates to an annual savings of $720! See how much you could save by switching to Twigby when you use this handy-dandy calculator here.

(If you try out the calculator, let us know how much it says you could save on your phone service! I’m very curious to hear!)

Does Twigby Sell Phones?

Twigby doesn’t just offer fantastic prices on cell phone service; you can also get great deals on phones from them! So they are a one-stop shop for saving money on phones for your teen or pre-teen!

If you aren’t planning to buy your child a fancy iPhone, be sure to check out all of the simple and affordable phones they offer that are $75 or less. Plus, you can even get a $10 credit added to your account when you use code MOM at checkout!

Note: This $10 credit will be applied to your account when you purchase a phone or SIM card from Twigby with a new service and use the coupon code or when bring your own phone is activated.

Twigby Coverage Map

Is the Coverage Good?

A lot of times budget phone plans like this don’t offer very good coverage, but Twigby’s coverage is really exceptional!

In fact, their coverage is guaranteed because they utilize not just one, but two of the nation’s largest cellular networks (Sprint and Verizon)!

That means if you’re out of reach on their primary network (Sprint), you will still be able to access talk and text on their secondary network (Verizon). The best part is that it’s completely free and your phone automatically switches networks when necessary.

You can go HERE to enter your address and check your coverage.

Set kid limits with Twigby

Twigby Reviews from My Readers

Many MoneySavingMom.com readers have signed up to try Twigby and have absolutely loved it! We’ve heard SO many rave reviews about the affordability and their amazing customer service.

Here are just a couple of Twigby reviews from readers:

We have been THRILLED!!!!!  Love the service, the prices, the way things keep getting better and better (seriously, name another company that LOWERS your price or gives you more data????). We love Twigby!!!

“My husband decided to try out the coverage and it was much better (once we figured out to turn the roaming on!). Also, it was cheaper than PureTalk. We don’t use our phones much, so it is great to only pay for what we will use.”

Woman Using Twigby Cell Phone

Other Features of Twigby

In addition to their affordability, flexibility, and great coverage, Twigby also offers:

  • Ease of getting started. You don’t have to mess with going to a store and picking out a phone plan. You just go to their site, pick your phone plan and either switch your current phone over or get a new phone, and they get it all set up for you.
  • Ability to keep your same phone number. When you switch to Twigby, you get to keep your current number that you’ve had for years. You don’t have to switch to a new number.
  • International calling and texting. With Twigby, you can use your minutes to call numbers in Canada, China, and Mexico at no additional charge. You also get Unlimited Global Texting to over 180 other countries. As long as you’re inside the U.S. when sending and receiving texts, you can send those texts to anyone in another country!
  • Risk-Free Satisfaction Guarantee. If for any reason you’re not satisfied within 30 days of switching to Twigby, you’ll get a 100% full refund!
  • Free overage protection. You can rest easy in knowing that you will never be charged for overages without your go-ahead! You have complete control.

Switch and Save with Twigby

Mom and Daughter looking at Twigby phone

Sign Up and Save 25% Off Your First Six Months!

Want to try out Twigby and save 25% off your first six months on their plan?

Twigby is offering MoneySavingMom.com readers 25% off your first six months of phone service right now!

Valid for a limited time only. (And if you’re not completely satisfied within 30 days of activating your service, you’ll get a full refund!)

Go here to get started with Twigby.

Want to learn how to make money on Etsy?

If you’ve ever wanted to figure out how to make money on Etsy, you will want to register for this class! You’ll learn how to get traffic to your shop, how to market your shop, and how to make sales!

How to Make Money on Etsy: Free Class!

Ever thought about setting up an Etsy shop? Don’t miss this opportunity!

Tomorrow night, I’m co-hosting a free online class with Lauren Keplinger. She is a wife, mom of three young kids, and very successful Etsy shop owner. Lauren is also passionate about helping other women learn how to set up a profitable Etsy shop!

The Etsy class will be held Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 7 p.m. CST/8 p.m. EST. In this class, Lauren will teach you three behind-the-scenes secrets to being highly profitable on Etsy in 2019.

She’ll help you learn:

  1. How to Drive Traffic — How you can optimize your Etsy shop to drive traffic to your listings even while you sleep.
  2. The Secret to Converting Sales — Driving traffic is one thing, but how do you convert that traffic to actual sales so you can make money with your shop.
  3. How to Market Your Shop — Marketing your Etsy shop is not a matter of just putting up some listings and hoping for the best – it takes focused effort. Learn what works and what doesn’t as you scale your shop.

Yes! I Want to Make Money on Etsy!

Even if you feel like you’ve been thinking about starting an Etsy shop for years and you’re just too intimidated – by the technology, the marketing, and the competition… 2019 can be the year you finally take that leap and make it happen.

Whether you are a total newbie to the world of e-commerce or you’ve created an Etsy shop but are stalled without consistent sales, this workshop can be your ticket to a clear cut plan of action to get started building that flexible business you desire.

This Etsy Class is for you if…

  • You feel stuck (and discouraged) by your desire to build an Etsy shop and make it profitable but your lack of direction in how to get there.
  • You have opened your Etsy shop but haven’t seen the sales you were expecting, and you don’t know how to get seen.
  • You’re overwhelmed by the steps it takes to build a profitable online business – the technology, the marketing, the social media – and you need a clear cut plan that gets you from point A to point B.

With Lauren’s proven tips, you’ll be well on your way to Etsy success! I hope I’ll see you there!

I Don’t Want to Miss Out! Sign Me Up!

Shopkick Review: An easy way to earn gift cards! (Plus, get a $5 gift card when you sign up!)

This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here.

Have you been interested in trying Shopkick but you’re just not quite sure how it works or what it’s all about? If you’re looking for honest Shopkick reviews, this is your go-to post on all things Shopkick!

And be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post for a special Shopkick promo code that will give you a FREE $5 gift card upon sign-up!

{Looking for other ways to earn gift cards? Check out our list of The Best Legitimate Paid Online Surveys!}

Earn gift cards with the Shopkick app

What is Shopkick?

Shopkick is an app that you can download to your mobile device and use to earn gift cards.

And the best part of Shopkick? You don’t even have to buy anything to earn gift cards!!

All you have to do is walk into stores and scan products (if you want to) — and it can be done when you’re already out and about running errands and doing your shopping.

Is Shopkick Legitimate?

Yes, Shopkick is 100% legitimate. I’ve been using Shopkick for a couple of years now and love it!

And many readers have commented in the past with positive Shopkick reviews, too! (See a couple of those reviews here and here.)

If you’re looking for a legitimate way to earn some extra gift cards without much extra effort, Shopkick is a really great app to try.

Earn Kicks in Shopkick

How Does Shopkick Work?

To get started with Shopkick, you simply download the app, turn on Bluetooth, and look under the “Earn” tab to see what kind of kicks are available at stores near you!

If you look in the photo above, you can see the three different symbols that represent the three different ways to earn: walk-in, scanning, or kick bates.

Many stores will give you “kicks” just for walking in! {Hint: Sometimes you don’t even have to walk all the way in. You can just walk by the store and you’ll earn your walk-in kicks!}

You can also earn kicks for scanning product barcodes — no purchase necessary! There are other ways to earn, such as purchasing products that offer “kick bates,” but I don’t bother with linking up my debit card to the account.

So that you don’t waste a lot of extra time, I recommend that you only Shopkick at stores that you’re already planning on shopping at or that you’re nearby when you have a few extra minutes to spare.

Sign up with Shopkick to earn free gift cards!

How Do I Redeem Kicks on Shopkick for Gift Cards?

It’s super easy to redeem your kicks for rewards in the Shopkick app. Just select which reward you want to try to earn kicks towards, and the app will let you know when it’s time to cash in! It’s SO simple.

And there are some great rewards to choose from, including Amazon, Starbucks, TJMaxx, Target, Walmart, Old Navy, Best Buy, Lowe’s, Macy’s, Barnes & Noble, and more!

When you’ve earned enough kicks to redeem for a reward, here’s what to do:

  1. Go to the “kicks center” in your app by clicking on your number of kicks at the top center of your screen.
  2. Click on the image of the gift card you’ve chosen as your reward.
  3. Click on “redeem kicks” at the bottom of the screen.
  4. (Or you can choose to “change goal” if you’d like to keep earning towards a higher valued gift card.)

You can find all of your rewards under the “my rewards” tab in the kicks center! When you’re ready to use one, just have the cashier scan the barcode of the gift card right from your Shopkick app!

Download the Shopkick app to earn gift cards

How Much Can You Realistically Earn With Shopkick?

Here’s the cool thing! By simply walking into stores and scanning products, you can easily earn at least one $5 gift card per week!

Shopkick is one of the quickest and easiest ways to earn gift cards of just about any app I’ve tried.

And you could choose to spend your smaller gift cards on splurges as you receive them OR save them up throughout the year to stretch your Christmas budget! (If you earn $5 per week, you’ll have almost $250 to use for Christmas gifts when December rolls around!)

And honestly? You can definitely earn more than that, but I like to keep it simple and not waste extra time. I only use Shopkick when I’m already out and about, shopping in a particular store, or have some extra time to kill. I never go out of my way to get kicks!

Some Final Shopkick Tips

Here are just a few more tips to make you even more successful on your Shopkick adventures:

  • Walk-ins are often the most prevalent and highest in value on the weekends.
  • Pay special attention to the holiday weekends, because they often offer higher value bonus walk-in kicks on those weekends!
  • Consider getting a group of frugal-minded friends together for a fun, free afternoon of Shopkicking. It also gives you good exercise from walking around shopping centers!

Shopkick Bonus

Get a $5 Gift Card When You Sign Up!

If this Shopkick review made you curious to try it out, I have a special bonus opportunity for you!

Shopkick is currently offering MSM readers an exclusive FREE $5 gift card when you sign up!

If you’re ready to get started, here’s what to do:

  1. Go here to download the app.
  2. Register and use promo code MOM5 during the registration process.
  3. Scan a product in-store to earn scan kicks within 7 days of signing up.
  4. A bonus of 1250 kicks will be added to your account when you earn kicks within the first 7 days.
  5. The 1250 kicks can be traded in for a $5 gift card of your choice!

This is a super rare offer (and one that I’ve honestly never seen). Typical referral Shopkick bonuses are 250 kicks, so this is a really GREAT deal to get a FREE $5 gift card just for signing up and trying the app once!

Note: If you miss inserting your promo code during the initial registration process you can still add it by clicking on the gear icon and then adding the MOM5 code in the “add friend code” box.

Sign up here with Shopkick to get started.

What’s your experience with Shopkick? Leave your Shopkick reviews in the comments! I’d love to hear!