Here’s a guide to help you know how to save money for your LDS mission. Below is a helpful list of 10+ ways to save money for a mission. Hopefully these tips will be helpful for you!
Saving money can be difficult. In the world today, it seems to be more and more important to save money- even to just “get by.” However, as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, our young men and women ages 18 to 26, are finding the need to save a little more.
To serve a mission, young adults need roughly $400 dollars a month for 18 months to 2 years. Many find it difficult. There are several things that young men and women can do to pay for their missions.
The most important is to START SAVING NOW! President Spencer W. Kimball, the 12th President of the Church said in May of 1981, speaking to the youth preparing to serve missions:
“Remember it costs money to go to the various parts of the world and preach the gospel. Remember, then, it is your privilege now to begin to save your money. Every time money comes into your hands, through gifts or earnings, set at least part of it away in a savings account to be used for your mission. It is your mission; it is your opportunity and responsibility.”
*To Read More of President Kimball Click Here
Important Things To Know
With an important task such as earning money for a mission, it is helpful to know a few helpful points.
“Mormon Mission Prep” suggests 6 points to help raise funds for a mission.
- Start early.
- Find ways to earn money.
- Open a saving account.
- Get a part-time job.
- Talk to your parents.
For more on their explanation on how to save and earn money for a mission, click the link below.
Ways To Make The Money For A Mission
So what are some ways to make money? Here are a few ideas to raise the funds to pay for your mission.
- Bake Sale
Do you like to cook? Well guess what? There are plenty of people that like to eat and a few more that would love to support you and get food. A bake sale is a simple way to add to your fund. Check out Allrecipes.com for a great selection of recipes that are sure to help you reach your goal.
- Yard sale
Do you have stuff? Yes! How much will you need on your mission? Very little of it. How much of it will you use after your mission? Very little of it if your mom hasn’t already thrown it way or your dad has sold it. A yard sale can help you pay your way on a mission and clean out your room so that your mom can move your brothers or sisters into it.
- Yard work
No matter the season there is always stuff to do in the yard. From mowing the neighbor’s yard to pulling the weeds. Or perhaps it is winter and Grandma needs her driveway shoveled. Many people could use an extra and willing hand to keep their yard looking nice.
- Miscellaneous Things/ Odd Jobs
Odd jobs are random things that people are willing to pay money for you to do. In some states, recycling is available. It offers a way to help the neighbors and the environment. There is a way to get a few extra bucks for that trash. Look for opportunities to help with miscellaneous things near you.
Parenting is demanding and parents could use a break or even just a night out to actually be able to talk to each other without interruption. Babysitting is a great and even fun way to earn the funds for your mission. The rate can differ whether it be for family friends or just families in the neighborhood as well as the number of kids you are caring for.
- Pet Care
Let’s be real. Some people love their pets as much as their kids. Even if it isn’t true people could use an extra hand. You can walk dogs, pet sit for a few days, or even bathe them. Whatever it may be, taking care of peoples’ pets can really help them and help you raise money for a mission.
Do you really know your stuff? Tutoring is a great way to help others that need a different way of explaining concepts or just extra help in school.
- Sell your College Textbooks
Are you going to a semester or a year of College before your mission? Your books will likely be outdated by the time you come back and you probably won’t review the old textbooks when you get back because you will have other classes. Sell your books for up to a couple hundred dollars to put towards your mission.
- Donate Plasma
Help save lives now so that you can go save more lives. Donating plasma often is a quick way to earn some cash. Usually it takes a little longer your first visit but after that you are ready to go.
- Get a part-time job
Even a minimum wage job is better than no job. Working even a few hours a week can help and help build a good work ethic for the mission.
- Get a seasonal job
There are lots of jobs that are just for the time being. Whether you pressure wash a driveway or shovel snow or rake leaves, it’s a great way to earn extra cash.
Plan ahead and do your research but investing could help turn a few hundred bucks into the 10,000 you need. It can be a waiting game so it requires an early start but can help make the difference in the long run.
- Recycle old phones
Recycling old phones from around the house could help you pick up a few extra bucks to a hundred bucks. To learn more check out 10 places to recycle your old phones.
How To Handle Stress
Are you finding yourself stressed or concerned about saving money? The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints offers 6 tips to reducing stress when it comes to saving money.
Others Like You
You aren’t the only one trying to follow the council of President Kimball and save money for your mission. Read more about the journey of a few young men that saved for their missions.