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Did you work odd jobs when you were young to make money? And how much did you get paid?

I used to iron for people in my neighborhood for $2.00/basket of clothes and clean houses for $5 - $10. Also, lots of babysitting jobs at .25 cents/hr. I can remember when that went up to .50/hr. It helped pay for my Beatles records and material to make clothes.

Asked By: shirleyf - 6/8/2009
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My first job was a paper route, I delivered roughly 200 throw away papers on Thursday and Sunday mornings. Since it was a throw away paper (the paper costs a dime a week if the reader wanted to pay) , so my monthly pay varied 7 - 14 dollars. When I was eleven I went to work through a local youth employment agency, I... More
Answered By: ggraves1724 - 6/8/2009
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Well I'm 14 at the moment and have a job. I teach little kids gymnatics and get paid roughly 10 pounds an hour (not sure what that is in dollars?) :D Lifes good
Answered By: Josh - 6/8/2009
 
In my day 1950's the usual was paper route, cut grass, winter snow no school shovel sidewalks for $5 bucks a piece. Saturday mornings walk around and find bottles to turn in to the store for 2 cents apiece. Movies 25 cents candy maybe 15 cents for that you get two movies, cartoons now you need a diners club to got the... More
Answered By: Tag23 - 6/8/2009
 
I dug for and dried golden seal and ginseng root for a local herbalist. It was quick (but not so easy) money for a teenager. I was able to save enough money in one summer to buy my first car. Ten years ago, I made $30/lb, I noticed that the price for goldenseal recently went up to almost $100/lb. I also babysat for... More
Answered By: .·:*¨`*:·. .·:*Hå®sH ®EåLíTy - 6/8/2009
 
since 12 always mow lawns, pull weeds and go the grocery store. Had a paper route too. It helped pay for my model cars which I love to do and summer camp in Scouts. Did not worry about liability or child labor laws then.
Answered By: Ken H - 6/8/2009
 
I baby sat a lot. 50 cents an hour seemed like a lot. I bought records (Beatles and others) and clothes and even contact lenses (part of them... More
Answered By: meerkat uno - 6/8/2009
 
Work for corporate or private farms. I know I was under 16 because no driving. Probably 15 yrs old... More
Answered By: glen And Then? - 6/8/2009
 
Shoveled snow for a dollar, mowed grass for a few bucks, babysat for 50c an hour, walked dogs for 50c.
Answered By: Baw - 6/8/2009
 
When I was 13-15 yrs old, I had a paper route (120 customers) and delivered the newspaper 6 nights a week and before 7am on Sunday morning. I made around 8 or 9 dollars (plus tips) a week. I mowed lawns and I did baby sitting for 50 cents an hour. I would hire out to help people clean yards or basements... More
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Answered By: Jeff (weseye) Wesley - 6/8/2009
 
I baby sat, washed cars and cut grass. Fifty cents an hour for child sitting and a dollar or two for washing cars and cutting grass.
Answered By: Ginger H - 6/8/2009
 
My parents ran a country gas and grocery, and I do mean country. We raised our own chickens and I got a penny for each dozen I gathered and cleaned as well a a penny for each gallon of gas I pumped. Gas was 19.9 per gallon and you could get a soda for a nickel.
Answered By: jonds - 6/8/2009
 
Yes. I did the ironing job too, 3.00 a basket I put the sign in the laundry room at our apartment building. Babysat for 1.50 an hour... More
Answered By: Ronnie - 6/8/2009
 
Before I turned a teenager, I got an allowance of $1.00/week if I did all my chores without complaint. After I turned a teenager, I started putting up the farmer's hay for 7, 8, maybe 9 cents/bail and did all my chores for free.
Answered By: oldman - 6/8/2009
 
I mowed lawns for $2.50 And shoveled snow for $3.00. Big bucks in '65.
Answered By: Sly Snake - 6/8/2009
 
What I did at home was part of my responsibility, I went to work next door at a care home t 14 and as a nurse aide at 15at the hospital.50 cents an hour.
Answered By: June smiles - 6/8/2009
 
Well, living on a farm, we were assigned chores around the barn, caring for the animals, gardening and tending to crops, and then just normal household tasks. As far as getting paid, as my father would say: "you have a roof over your head and food on the table, don't you?"
Answered By: Gladys - 6/8/2009
 
I baby sat for $.50 an hour. I did odd jobs for people, like going to the store, house setting, and etc. . I didn't charge a set price. I accepted what ever they could pay. Some was real good and some was pretty poor. But it gave me the money I needed for my Elvis records and extras.
Answered By: HappyCamper - 6/8/2009
 
Did babysitting and mowed lawns with a push mower ( no motor )- I still have that no motor mower, and it still works ! I don't remember how much I got paid, it wasn't much- but back then it seemed like a lot to me.
Answered By: Windy - 6/8/2009
 
I use to get paid .50 cents to hold Effie Watson's goat while she milked her. had a paper route, and mowed a wealthy family's lawn every other week took 9 hrs at $1. per hr., during harvest a dollar a day from sun up to sun down meals included.
Answered By: Micol - 6/8/2009
 
I did baby sitting in the late 50's and got 35 cents an hour. In 1960, I raised my rates to 50 cents an hour. Believe it or not, I had one family, with 4 kids, who complained and said they would not pay 50 cents! When I turned down baby sitting jobs from them, they quickly changed their minds... More
Answered By: janet a - 6/8/2009
 
Babysat the neighbor's 3 small kids for .35 cents an hour-holy cow! I must have been desperate.
Answered By: Bogey - 6/8/2009
 
Yes I did and I 'm proud of it,it wasn't enough to pay even for my beer.
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Answered By: chillyoung - 6/8/2009
 
12 to 15, late 1940's early 50's.........Baby sat, $ whatever they gave me, weeded pickles, tomatoes, 25 cents hour, that didn't last long. Popped corn for vending machines, that was solo. 10cents for every bag I popped. Mowed grass at home and other chores for free.
Answered By: jenny - 6/8/2009
 
.50-.75 per hour. Pulling mustard and driving tractor (and other odds and ends)
Answered By: Snuffy - 6/8/2009
 
I, too, did the .50/hr baby sitting. Additionally, I pulled weeds, mowed lawns, raked leaves, shoveled snow, and ran errands (all on a "donation" basis ... we were expected to help our childless neighbors out, if they paid us great ... if they didn't, it was considered Christian Charity ... which, of course, always... More
Answered By: RT 66 - 6/8/2009
 
All I ever done was go shopping for old people.
Answered By: Jim's Mother. - 6/8/2009
 
I used to babysit and made .50 an hour.
Answered By: Moe - 6/8/2009
 
Of course, how else did we get any spending money--parents back then didn't just hand you money. I remember picking strawberries and peaches and apples--after the main season was over (the professionals did the seasonal picking) when there were still viable fruit on the plants but the adults were too big to get at... More
Answered By: Inundated in SF - 6/8/2009
 
Worked on a dairy farm as a kid - dollar an hour no over time.
Answered By: Dave M - 6/8/2009
 
we used to pick ground pine for 9 cents a pound...you would fill a burlap bag as full as you could and drag itout of the woods to the guy who bought it...a bag would hold a bit less than 40 pounds of pine...so we made over 3 bucks for a full mornings work...
Answered By: Dan the brick man - 6/8/2009
 
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