Are you a parent that loves to put your children in every summer camp possible? Or are you a parent of children who want to play every sport possible in school? While I’m sure we would love to be able to let the kids attend every camp and play every sport sometimes it’s just not possible, the one thing looming over the heads of many is a budget!
When you’re a parent of multiple children expenses can add up quickly. I’ve looked at several summer camps for my kids and they averaged between $75-$100 for the week! Some of those camps offered discounts for multiple children but not enough to make it worthwhile. $300 for one week of camp could be someones grocery money for the month! So how do you save on extra curricular activities for the kids?
We posted this question on our weekly Penny For Your Thoughts post on our Facebook page. Here are a couple of the tips which were shared by our readers.
“The last couple of years our daughter has wanted to attend a pricey theater camp. We presented the idea of making a deal – camp instead of a large birthday party. She went for it and even asked this year if we were going to have the same deal.” – Martha K.
“I search the free events happening in our area and try to attend as many of those as possible! It can get pricey when kids get involved but I think it’s important to keep them involved and active in extra curricular activities.” – Miranda R.
Sometimes speaking with your kids can give you solutions. If you truly don’t have the funds in your budget to allow for camps or sports, talk to your kids… See if there is something they could cut back on, or would be willing to give up to make their camp or sport realistic.
If you have multiple kids check for less expensive camps (1/2 days or only so many days a week) and check for multiple children discounts to help cut the cost as much as possible.
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