If you're an aspiringsomething, it can be hard to practice your true passion in life and maintain a 9-5 job at the same time. Therefore, odd jobs can be the perfect solution to keeping the lights on and chasing your dreams. Thanks to the Internet, a wealth of databases, apps, and services have arisen, helping job seekers find flexible, high-paying odd jobs. Being located in a major city is where the odd jobs pay the most, as professionals in the city are commonly stretched thin in life and willing to pay big bucks for someone to do the simplest of everyday tasks for them. We've compiled some of the top paying odd jobs to help you get creative.

Nanny:

If you enjoy the company of kids, nannying for a family can be a rewarding and flexible way to earn some serious cash. Supervising a child is serious, and the pay is commensurate to the level of responsibility. In New York City, it is easy to find nannying gigs that pay around $20. It's a simple gig: pick up the kids from school, take them out to a recreational activity, help them with their homework. The tricky bit: getting your foot in the door. Families can be reluctant to hire a nanny that does not have prior childcare experience, so you may have to score your first gig through a winning personality or a strong reference. Speak a second language? That can work in your favor, as families may be wanting to immerse their children in a new language or someone who shares their native tongue.

How to snag a job?

If you're in college check out your campus career site, as families often turn to those to find young, flexible nannies. Also, Craigslist and newspaper classifieds are also great places to check out.

Surveys:

There are a wealth of legitimate paid surveys to complete online. The pay on these surveys can go from $10-$500. It usually depends on how long they run, how in-depth the answers need to be, and whether they are a questionnaire or interview. Sounds simple. The catch? Oftentimes these surveys are looking for very specific focus group subjects, ex: white men under 35 who live in the northeast and shop at Old Navy. So passing the screening process is the only real hard part. There are a number of sites that are constantly running new surveys to check out:

Focus Pointe Global

Pinecone Center

Inbox Dollars

Dog Walker:

Dog walking can pay around $15-$20 an hour. Add in the fact that you can secure multiple dogs to walk at once, and you're looking at a pretty nice paycheck each week. It may be a simple job, but securing a gig is not. Sometimes dog owners require a lengthy application process, requiring potential walkers to provide up to 3 pet-related references.

Here are some walking services to check out:

Ruffcity.com

Swifto.com

Pawfessionals.com

Delivery:

Have the stamina to bike around town? Thanks to the rise of apps and websites offering high-scale delivery options, the pay and tips associated with delivery has gone up. Postmates, which delivers practically about anything to customers' front doors, is always hiring. Other high scale deliver providers like Goldbely and TryCaviar offer up high tips with their pricey dishes.

Laundry Care:

This service is definitely the easiest and most convenient on our list. Make money doing other's people laundry! With Laundry Care, you have the power to select your clients. You pick up their laundry, clean and dry it, and return it to them. The app allows for flexible hours. The only requirements are owning a car, washer and dryer, and completing a phone interview. The service is available in cities across the nation from Milwaukee to Memphis.

LaundryCare.com

So there you go! Now you have multiple options on how to make a nice buck on the side.

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Over the past month, both Haiti and Afghanistan have been pummeled by tragic disasters that left devastation in their wake.

In Haiti, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake erupted, leading over to 2,189 deaths and counting. A few hours later, in Afghanistan, Kabul fell to the Taliban just after U.S. troops had pulled out after 20 years of war.

In many ways, these disasters are both chillingly connected to US interference. The United States invaded Haiti in 1915, ostensibly promising to restore order after a presidential assassination but really intending to preserve the route to the Panama Canal and to defend US creditors, among other reasons.

But the US forces soon realized that they were not able to control the country alone, and so formed an army of Haitian enlistees, powered by US air power and intended to quell Haitian insurrection against US controls. Then, in 1934, the US pulled out on its own, disappointed with how slow progress was going. Haiti's institutions were never really able to rebuild themselves, leaving them immensely vulnerable to natural disasters.

Something similar happened in Afghanistan, where the US sent troops and supported an insurgent Afghan army – only to pull out, abandoning the country they left in ruins, with many Afghans supporting the Taliban.

In both cases, defense contractors benefited by far the most from the conflict, making billions in profits while civilians faced fallout and devastation. While the conflicts and circumstances are extremely different and while the US is obviously not solely to blame for either crisis, it's hard not to see the US-based roots of these disasters.

Today, in Haiti and Afghanistan, civilians are facing unimaginable tragedy.

Here are charities offering support in Afghanistan:

1. The International Rescue Committee is looking to raise $10 million to deliver aid directly to Afghanistan

2. CARE is matching donations for an Afghanistan relief fund. They are providing food, shelter, and water to families in need; a donation of $89.50 covers 1 family's emergency needs for a month.

3. Women for Women International is matching donations up to 500,000 for Afghan women, who will be facing unimaginable horrors under Taliban control.


4. AfghanAid offers support for people living in remote regions of Afghanistan.

5. VitalVoices supports female leaders and changemakers and survivors of gender-based violence around the world.

Here are charities offering support in Haiti:

1. Partners in Health has been working with Haiti for a long time, and they work with the Department of Health rather than around them, which is extremely important in a charity.

2. Health Equity International helps run Saint Boniface Hospital, a hospital in Haiti close to the earthquake's epicenter.

3. SOIL is an organization based Haiti, "a local organization with a track record of supporting after natural disasters." They are distributing hygiene kits and provisions on the ground to hospitals and to victims of the earthquake.

4. Hope for Haiti has been working in emergency response in Haiti for three decades, and their team is comprised of people who live and work in Haiti. They focus on supporting children and people in need across Haiti.

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Tiffany's, the iconic jewelry brand which does not (despite what some might be misled to believe) in fact serve breakfast, featured Jay Z, Beyoncé, and a rare Basquiat painting in their recent campaign.

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Road trips can be a lot of fun — but they can also drain your wallet quickly if you aren't careful.

From high gas costs and park admission fares to lodging and the price of eating out every night, the expenses can add up quickly. But at the same time, it's very possible to do road trips cheaply and efficiently. Without the headache of worrying about how much money you're leaking, you can enjoy the open road a whole lot more. Here's how to save money on a road trip.

1. Prepare Your Budget, Route, and Packing List in Advance

If you want to save money on a road trip, be sure you're ready to go. Try to count up all your expenses before you hit the road and create a budget. It's also a good idea to plan your route in advance so you don't end up taking unnecessary, gas-guzzling detours. And finally, be sure to pack in advance so you don't find yourself having to buy tons of things you forgot along the way.

2. Book Cheap Accommodations — Or Try Camping

All those motel rooms can add up surprisingly quick, but camping is often cheap or free, and it's a great way to get intimate with the place you're visiting. You can check the Bureau of Land Management's website for free campsites. Freecampsite.com also provides great information on If you don't have a tent or don't want to camp every night, try booking cheap Airbnbs or booking hotels in advance, making sure to compare prices.

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If you're planning on sleeping in your car, a few tips: WalMart allows all-night parking, as do many 24-hour gyms. (Buying a membership to Planet Fitness or something like it also gives you a great place to stop, shower, and recharge while on the road).

3. Bring Food From Home

Don't go on a road trip expecting to subsist on fast food alone. You'll wind up feeling like shit, and it'll drain your pocketbook stunningly quickly. Instead, be sure to bring food from home. Consider buying a gas stove and a coffee pot for easy on-the-go meals, and make sure you bring substantial snacks to satiate midday or late night cravings so you can avoid getting those late night Mickey D's expeditions.

Try bringing your own cooler, filling it with easy stuff for breakfast and lunch — some bread and peanut butter and jelly will go a long way. Bring your own utensils, plates, and napkins, and avoid buying bottled water by packing some big water jugs and a reusable water bottle. Alternatively, try staying at hotels or Airbnbs with kitchens so you can cook there.

4. Avoid Tolls

Apps like Google Maps and Waze point out toll locations, so be sure to avoid those to save those pennies. (If it takes you too far off route, you might have to bite the bullet and drive across that expensive bridge).

You can also save on parking fees by using sites like Parkopedia.

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5. Save on Gas

Gas can get pricy incredibly fast, so be sure that you're stopping at cheap gas stations. Free apps like GasBuddy help you find the most affordable gas prices in the area. Also, try going the speed limit on the highways — anything faster will burn through your tank. Be sure that you don't wait till you arrive at touristy locations or big cities to fill up.

6. Get a National Park Pass

All those parks can get really expensive really fast. If you're planning on visiting three or more parks, it's a great idea to get an America the Beautiful National Parks Pass. For $80 you can get into every National Park for one year.