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Making money in this struggling economy can be difficult, even for kids.

Making money in this struggling economy can be difficult, even for kids.

At the age of 7, Wesley told his mom he wanted to earn some spending money. When he was taking the family's empty garbage can back to the house, his mother had an idea. He could charge his neighbors for the service, his mother told the Kansas City Star.

Young Wesley talked to the neighbors himself and charged 25 cents for the service, according to the article. He earns $12 a month doing this task, but he's gained even more than that in life lessons. Every week, Wesley divides his earnings into three categories: save, spend and give. He also has a chart so he can keep track of which customers have paid him. When the family goes out to get a treat, Wesley uses money from the "spend" category.

Wesley is still running his little business after almost nine months, according to the article. Sometimes his satisfied customers will talk to other neighbors and get them to take on his service.