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Monday, March 27, 2006
Hi Bubby,

I just turned 13 years old a few days ago and I am in the 7th grade. I really want to make some money, and I mean, I really do. I don't care how, I just do.

I can't get a serious job for 3 more years, and I can't mow yards, or get an allowance from my parents, or find someone who will let me clean their house for money. The reason is because those things, besides a serious job, are not around where I live, like mowing and cleaning.

I want to set up a bank account so I can pull the money out when I need it. I am tired of asking people to borrow money. My step-brother always goes to the big malls in huge cites and I won't go with him unless I have money because I hate having him pay for me. Everyone can tell that I never go anywhere because I have no money.

So please Bubby, help me and give some advice for what I could do. It will be appreciated greatly. I need a job.

Please help,
Penniless Girl

Dear Penniless Girl,

At this time if you want to work you can go on errands for your neighbors, you can go to the library and ask for some work. And -- there is nothing wrong with baby sitting. You can make money at that very easily. You can go to the supermarket and try to get a job filling up the shelves. In the winter you can sweep away the snow.
I have boys who do that and are very happy with the money they make.

I do think the best job at this time for you is babysitting. Try it. I think you will like it.

You can put an ad in your local paper stating your age and ask for a light job that won't interfere with your school work. And when you get answers you can pick the work you will like.


Dear Bubby,
i'm 14. recently, i've been losing alot of weight by working out and watching what I eat. Lately, I've come to realize that I've been depriving my body of food. I've basically been starving myself without even realizing it. I'd think I was full, but I'd be cold all the time, tired, and not have good sleep. That's when I realized it's because I wasn't receiving enough food. So today I decided to change my way of eating. I'm going to let myself eat more, but still watch what I eat. I will also continue to exercise, (but not overdo it). I'm also deciding whether or not I should allow myself to eat the hot lunch (instead of the salad) every Monday. Do you think this is a good idea?

Please answer if you can,
love, Freefooder

P.S. I love the advice you give. You remind me of my mom. She helped me realize that it's o.k. to eat. Your inspirational. :)

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:07 PM  

Dear Freefooder,
I am not Bubby but I am responding to your message anyway to tell you that you should absolutely eat a hot meal. A salad may be low in carbs but if it does not have a protein (like a piece of grilled chicken or hard boiled eggs) mixed in you will not be giving your body the fuel it needs to get through the day, let alone exercise! Feeding your body is really important. Think about how much Michael Phelps eats! eat..Eat...EAT!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:11 PM  

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