Families with kids often find it too hard to accommodate the expense of the many extra-curricular activities children want to do throughout the school year and especially in the summer. While some communities may offer free activities, much of what is out there costs fees and requires accessories and equipment.
Finding the extra cash in a family’s budget is not often possible but there are ways to fund the activities the kids want to do. Kids can also participate in the process to learn what it actually costs to be involved. It’s a good early lesson in the value of money and hard work.
Here are some ways to get cash for kid’s activities quick!…
Get the Cash for Kids Activities Quick! 1 of 6
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Ask About Financial Aid 2 of 6
There may be opportunities for kids to get financial aid or a scholarship that will cover the costs of registration and equipment. For instance, scouting programs offer applications for financial assistance parents can fill out when help is needed. If you are unsure about these options for other programs, just ask. There is no shame is asking for help.
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Research Options through Family and Friends 3 of 6
Kids have been participating in same types of activities for decades so make sure to ask family, friends, and neighbors who have kids about borrowing equipment and supplies your child may need. Many people are more than happy to lend your kids what they need. Just be sure to take care of what you have acquired and make note of who gave you what to make the return process easier.
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Shop Thrifty 4 of 6
Many people clean out their basements and garages and donate useable sports equipment and other supplies to the neighborhood thrift stores. Before shopping new at the sporting goods store, check out the local thrift stores to see what you can get at a lower cost. Yard sales are also a great place to find the gear you need.
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Host Your Own Yard Sale 5 of 6
To earn some extra cash to cover activity fees, get the kids together to clean out their own closets. Host a yard sale to de-clutter your living space and put all of the money earned towards the kids' activity costs.
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Gift It 6 of 6
When you know your child is interested in upcoming activities, make a plan to purchase birthday gifts geared toward the activity. Provide family with a list of practical things that would be useful for the activity. Any gift cards or gifted money can be earmarked in savings for activity fees and equipment.
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