Keeping busy and learning new things will be a large part of your child’s self-discovery. There will be many activities to try, extracurricular activities being a large part of this.
School provides many learning opportunities, but there is a limit on what it can give to your child. Involving your child in extracurricular activities will be an essential part of the overall process of finding out what they are passionate about and what they want to pursue long term. The cost adds up very quickly, however. How can you save money on extracurricular pursuits for your child?
Find Out What Discounts You Qualify For
Depending on where you live, there are often programs you can sign up if you are below a low income cut-off level, or if you qualify in some other way. Sometimes these programs are run through your city, and sometimes through private organizations. Do an internet search, or ask what may be available for your family at whatever location you wish for your child to take classes.
Find Out If There Is a Tax Break
Also depending on where you live, there may be a tax break for lessons that contribute to children’s health and wellbeing. Although you may initially spend the regular amount of money, the tax break adds up to savings in the long run. Ask an accountant, or check the government websites for your area.
If your child knows what activity they want to try, search around instead of picking the first location you find that offers the activity. There may be several places where you live that offer classes for the same activity. Costs of classes and lessons can vary widely, even for the same kind, so search around before committing.
Your child may have a particular activity in mind, but sometimes if they are willing to be flexible in their options, it can add up to savings. If your child wants to try a particular martial art, for example, look at other martial arts as well. You may be able to find something similar for a much lower cost.
See If There Is a Trial Class
Many businesses that have classes offer a trial class before you have to commit. Have your child try out as many of these trial classes as you can. The more exposure to different activities, the more likely it is that your child will find the activity that will become their passion.
Do a Class Teaching Swap
Are you handy in a certain area? Consider putting together a teaching co-op with a group of parents who are able to each teach a different class of their choice. In this way, you can cut the cost of several classes down to supplies only, as every teacher is simply sharing in the teaching workload.
Although extracurricular classes can be expensive, they don’t have to be. Save your money for other expenses, while still exposing your child to many different activities. Even with a limited budget, your child can learn and find their passion.