29 Ways for Preteens to Earn Extra Cash Around The House

We’ve finally come up with a way for our pre-teen to consistently earn extra cash around the house for his expenses while simultaneously taking some of the pressure off us to make every single event a lesson in personal finance.

We’ve gone from automatically opening our wallets to pay for movies, skating, middle school sporting events and dances (yes, school dances), and sweet treats to making the phrase “It’s easier to spend someone else’s money” finally have some meaning.

We know there are a few online survey sites that he can work with (under adult supervision) but many that allow teens have a minimum age requirement of 13.

So, in the meantime, he has to make withdrawals from the Bank of Parents. Here you’ll find our list of systems that allow our preteens to earn a bit of pocket change and learn some age-appropriate responsibility.

29 Ways for Preteens to Earn Extra Cash Around The House

We created a list of common household tasks our son can do to earn money around the house. Now, If there are events that are by their very nature a bit pricey we will contribute if (as parents) we deem it to be worth everyone’s money.

Ground Rules for What Jobs are Normal Chores vs. Paid Jobs

He does not get paid for basic tasks that are expected as a contributing member of the household. He does not earn extra cash:

  • Clean his own room
  • Clean his own bathroom
  • Sweep the front and back porch
  • Mow the yard as needed (Don’t worry – this is supervised)
  • Feed the dog
  • Empty trash cans
  • Take the trash out to the curb on trash day

He cannot begin to earn money for the day until his basic tasks are complete.

Rate of Pay for Tweens

Pay is task-based, not time-based. Adjusting for inflation, your kids will most likely want $5 for each task. DON’T OVERPAY. You’ll set them up for disappointment later in life when they get a real job. (Or, you could overpay them, then take taxes and insurance out and hand them back a dollar–ha!)

But seriously…

Here are 29 ways a pre-teen can earn extra money around the house:

Some tasks should be supervised depending on the exact age and level of maturity of the pre-teen.

  1. Pull weeds from the rock garden using a weeding tool
  2. Wiping baseboards using a dust cloth (paid by the room)
  3. Washing indoor trashcans using a cleanser and water (paid by the trashcan)
  4. Cleaning the trash out of each car
  5. Vacuuming the carpet in each car
  6. Wash the dog
  7. Dusting/polishing tables, consoles, or shelves
  8. Wipe all door handles with a rag and disinfectant cleaner (I like Simple Green for everything except mirrors)
  9. Wipe all light switches with a rag and cleaner
  10. Dust the window seals in each room (paid by the room)
  11. Clean the toaster over, panini press, and microwave
  12. Match/organize items in the storage container cabinet
  13. Sharpen pencils in my home office
  14. Water all houseplants (as needed)
  15. Clean the master bathroom sinks with a cleanser
  16. Clean the guest bathroom sink with a cleanser
  17. Clean the toilet bowl in the master bathroom
  18. Clean the toilet bowl in the guest bathroom
  19. Clean the mirrors in the master bathroom
  20. Clean the mirror in the guest bathroom
  21. Clean the ceiling fans with a ceiling fan duster
  22. Dust all televisions entertainment center units
  23. Clean/dust the front door (both sides)
  24. Wipe all remote controls with a disinfectant cloth
  25. Re-fill all soap dispensers (kitchen and bathrooms)
  26. Wipe all laptops and phones with a disinfectant cloth
  27. Wipe down pantry cabinets to remove any dust, dirt, or spills
  28. Shred all papers in our shredder pile
  29. Wipe down outside and top of washer and dryer

What household tasks does your preteen do to earn extra cash? I’m excited about this gigantic list and am going to have my kids do some work to earn money this weekend, how about you?

By Lauren Hunter

I'm Lauren, and I've been on a journey to earn money and save money for most of my life. As the editor-in-chief of EarnItSaveIt.com, and as a freelance writer, coach, musician, and entrepreneur, I love looking for new ways to make money and better ways to keep it. I'm also a wife and work-at-home mom (WAHM) to four kids, so budgeting is my middle name. I'm excited to be on this money journey with you!