Since the move, I’ve scouted out frugal to free experiences including a science club at the local library (free), a Roots & Shoots chapter (free and fantastic!), a local naturalist that leads groups for a small family-based fee; there is quite a bit out there to check-out!
But stuff like dance classes and sporting teams don’t come inexpensively. With multiple activities and two children participating in them, the outflow of cash from our checking account is painful.
Most recently, I was thrilled to find a dance studio that is giving free classes to boys this year if a sister is enrolled at $70/month. Our son has been really interested in tap & hip-hop, so this was the perfect opportunity to try it out. In our second week, we were informed that we needed to make a decision as to whether or not we want the kids to participate in the year end recital before mid-December. I thought- great! We will be able to see all they’ve learned! So fun! Well. Yes, that is true. But it will also cost $240 for our daughter and $350 for our oldest. A grand total of $590 for a one day event. I was shell-shocked.
I’ve come to find out that this is standard operating procedure! I’m fairly certain that some of the other activity options they have to participate in can be just as costly. For some reason, this really doesn’t sit well with me….and I’m going to be the parent either opting not to let them participate or pulling them from the program. At least while we are on the path we’re on.
Those dollars, not spent, could go:
- towards airline tickets toward a mini-family holiday (it could purchase 2 round-trip!)
- towards our emergency fund
- it could eliminate a massive chunk of one of our (many) debts
- College savings, anyone!?