How To Have A 2 Dollar Lemonade Stand


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Pre-video games, lemonade stands were a great way to teach kids about business. But guess what, it still is!

Pre-video games, lemonade stands were a great way to teach kids about business. But guess what, it still is!

It’s a sweltering July day and the kids are playing video games. Again. Then you think back to your paper route when you delivered the news up hill in no shoes, and your first lemonade stand when you sold 10 cent Dixie cups full of that delicious, thirst-quenching lemonade… It’s time for a revisit with the time-tested lemonade stand, isn’t it?

With just 2 dollars, you can have a simple, eco-friendly lemonade stand which will be a fun way to hang with your kids and a great way to teach them the basics on business while staying green.

Use fresh lemons to make a great homemade lemonade.

Use fresh lemons to make a great homemade lemonade.

To start, take your 2 dollar budget and head over to the store to buy as many lemons as you can. While there, ask to have 3 or 4 empty boxes they were planning on tossing anyway. When you get home, have the kids deconstruct the boxes and with markers and paints, turn them into some simple, homemade signage to put around the neighborhood and in front of the lemonade stand.

It’s time to make the lemonade.

Prep time: 20 minutes

2 cups sugar
3 cups water (for the simple syrup)
3 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice
9 to 12 cups cold water

1. Make simple syrup by heating the sugar and 3 cups of water in a small saucepan until the sugar is dissolved completely.
2. Add the juice and the sugar water to a pitcher. Add 9 to 12 cups of cold water, more or less to the desired strength.
3. Refrigerate 30 to 40 minutes.

Serves 20

Checklist and Setup

What you’ll need:

  • Grab a card table or whatever small table you have lying around and pull it outside.
  • Bring your chilled lemonade and a small cooler of ice.
  • Don’t forget a box or jar for the money with some change to give to people.
  • And of course, your homemade signs.
  • Glasses to serve with. Consider using old mugs and glasses instead of plastic or paper. You’ll have to wash them after but you’ll be creating much less garbage.
  • Make sure your table is in a visible and convenient place to gain foot traffic. And as you’re getting set up, let your neighbors know there’s a lemonade stand coming for their mouth-watering needs. When setting your price point, consider how much you invested so that you can at least double your profits (ie., if you spend 2 dollars on 20 cups of lemonade, you’ll need to charge at least 20 cents per cup).


  • Feeling fancy? Add some fresh mint or basil to your lemonade.
  • Set out some cookies or granola bars to sell along with the drink.
  • If you’re planning ahead, post your sale to to an extra marketing push.
  • Get the neighbor’s kids involved and make it a group thing!
  • Plan your stand on the same day as a public event around town, like a sports game or flea market.
  • Consider donating a portion of the proceeds to a local charity or cause that is important to your family.
  • Any Way You Slice It

    The key is to keep it simple and easy, and the pay off will be grand—financial or not. Seeing your kids take on a project like this in the summer sun will be it’s own awesome reward.

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    • Most delicious lemonade EVER. We had a yard sale this weekend and our daughter manned the lemonade stand. She made out like a bandit and everybody asked us how we did it. Thanks, Jessica!!

    • Also, if you’re wondering how to serve the lemonade, consider these compostable cups, available on Amazon: Just ordered some of these for the stand we’re going to have at our yard sale this weekend!

    • good idea! don’t forget to post your sale on too!

    • Van

      Clever post! I’m going to try this for my yard sale, $2.00 to offer free lemonade to the buyers :) !