16 Ways to Save on Children's Activities
- 16) Barter
Bartering still works in the 20th Century. If your kid desires to attend a private activity that is out of your price range do not immediately dismiss the idea. Instead, try to first barter one of your many talents or skills.
- 15) Coach
Waive your child's sports enrollment fee by offering to help coach. Your child's free attendance can act as compensation for your time.
- 14) Scholarships
Always ask if scholarships are available. You may have to fill out an application or two but plenty of organizations offer scholarships on case-by-case basis.
- 13) Community College
Several community colleges invite high school students to enroll in courses at half the cost to serve as extra curricular activities.
- 12) Discounts
- 11) County Programs
It is not uncommon for county or city governments to offer publicly funded programs through their parks and recs departments. These departments are known to put together recreational activities that include dance, foreign languages, and even engineering.
- 10) Government Grants
Sometimes states are allotted government grants for children in certain cities, counties, ethnic or social groups to participate in non-government activities. For instance, children of National Guard families are often offered financial assistance to attend extra curricular activities.
- 9) Free Trials
If your child has yet to find their niche in the world of extra curricular activities then ask about a free trial before committing them to a particular sport or hobby. This is a sure fire way to gain a couple of free classes out of the deal.
- 8) Internships
Internship programs give your child the chance to learn at no expense to you or the company.
- 7) Fundraising Groups
Extra curricular activities that regularly engage in fundraising are often times much more affordable than those who do not. Check out enrolling your child in the Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts of America programs.
- 6) Nonprofits
Nonprofit organizations like the YMCA will never turn a family away that is in need. Plus, these organizations are able to offer financial aid more readily than others. Not to mention some nonprofit programs like the Boys and Girls Clubs only charge a $5 dollar attendance fee once per year.
- 5) Package Deals
Ask for a package deal or major discount when enrolling more than one kid at a time. Some organizations will outright offer these amazing deals while others will make you beg.
- 4) Private Classes
Yes, private classes are traditionally more expensive than regular group courses. However, if you band together with several parents in your neighborhood or at your school then having your kids attend private classes together can be quite economical.
- 3) Online Classes
Millennials are already glued to their digital screens so why not enroll them in a free educational online course. Just research a topic they are already interested in and you are bound to find some kind of free online course based around the subject.
- 2) Refer Friends
One easy way to receive discounted tuition or free extra curricular activities is to refer friends to the organization. Organizations are always looking to grow and rely heavily on referrals. It does not hurt to ask for a reward in return.
- 1) Pay Annually
Is your child absolutely smitten with their current extracurricular activity? If so, pay for the entire year in advance as doing so will more often than not earn you a steep discount on the activity's fee.