Budget for After School Activities

It’s that time again! You have already spent a small fortune on school clothes and supplies and now you will be spending another one on after school activities.

Here a few ideas on trying, if possible, to reduce the costs associated with these activities.

Establish a budget and respect it.

Choose the activities that are important to your children and you. Why spend money on piano lessons, for example, that you believe are important but your child has no interest in? In the end, they won’t enjoy themselves, not remember what they have learned and it will be “money sent down the drain”.

Determine if your child needs to be in two activities or more per week. For my older daughter, two is plenty! After having spent all day in school, she likes to come home and play with friends or have some down time by herself.

Enquire if your community or local organizations offer after school programs or lessons that are either free or at lower cost.

Enquire if your community or local organizations offer scholarships or funding.

Enquire if you can obtain a lower rate by volunteering your time.

Find a family that has children practicing the same activity and buy or trade gear.

After school activities are great. They allow our children to explore different interests, grow socially and increase their self-confidence. Of course, we would like to enrol them in all the activities that they like but we need to teach them that there is a cost associated to these, that money doesn’t grow on trees and that they need to make choices accordingly.

The Emily Brydon Youth Foundation was created in 2006 with the goal of “providing the youth of the Elk Valley opportunity and support through education, sport and the arts”. They are currently accepting applications for funding, head to www.emilybrydonyouthfoundation.com/ for more information or to fill out an application and help your child pursue his or her dream today!