Category Archives: Dear Hope

Summer Couch Sitting


Its summer, schools out and all you want to do is sleep in, play video games and maybe go out to the movies or Taco Bell once in a while. Sounds fun! But you still need money to buy you a taco and movie tickets aint cheap. So unless you’ve got an endless supply from mommy and daddy ,you need money. I’m not talking loads of money. Just enough to get by. Yes, there will be plenty of kids working there tushies off all summer saving for a car or for college, but maybe that’s not you.
So what can you do to make some coin?

Here are five ways teens can be lazy this summer and still buy a taco:

1. Dig through your couches and find loose change.

Find change anywhere and take it to a change machine at your local grocery store and cash it in. Change adds up – I see a burrito with your name on it.

2. Talk to a neighbor about mowing their lawn.

They may want it mowed every week or every two weeks or even once a month. How long does it take to mow a yard and it doesn’t have to be done every day. It’s a great way to make some money, but only have to work a few hours a month. You can set up to do several lawns, the more you do the more dollars you make.

3. See if anyone wants their dog walked.

Walking a dog for 30-60 minutes a day. Yes it is daily, but only for an hour. Still less than a part time job and still gives you plenty of gaming time.

4. Find out if any neighborhood parents need a date night.

You could babysit once a week so they can have a night out. Or you can be a mother’s helper, offer to play with the kids once a week for an hour for a small fee so mom can have some me time.

5. Look for neighbors that could use some help with things like carrying in their groceries or getting their mail.

I had a lady that lived by me and she could not walk to far, so she was not able to get her own mail. She paid me to get her mail and bring it to her. It took five to ten minutes out of my day. You can take a bathroom break longer than that.
So for all those who are choosing a lazy summer have fun and enjoy your tacos.

– NBL V –

Dear Hope: I Have Different Interests

 Dear Hope,

I’m kinda lonely.  I have a great family and I have friends, but they don’t completely get me.  I like things they don’t so we can never really talk about the things I’m into.  I’m not trying to complain they try, and we talk about other things, but since we don’t have the same interests I don’t usually get opportunities to really talk about some of the things I’m into. 

–          Different interests

Dear Different Interests,

It’s good to know you have great family and friends who support you.  What you need now are people to talk to with similar interests.  Without knowing your interests I cannot suggest specific things to do, but I can give you some ideas.

–          Ask a counselor at school if there are any classes or clubs at school with your interests.

–          Look in your area for clubs or classes.  (Clubs can have a small fee or be free and classes can have scholarships if needed.)

–          Start a blog- write about the things you like and you can connect with people of similar likes.

–          Look for websites, forums, or chat rooms where you can have conversations about your topic.

Have fun and remember just because family and friends can’t completely talk about your interest they still like to hear about you.  When you find new people with similar interest don’t cut everyone else off.

Good Luck!