Sports equipment, dance shoes, art supplies...Are your kids' after school activities emptying your wallet? We talked to money-saving experts to get their tips on how to save money on after-school enrichment programs.
Save Money on After School Activities
After-school activity costs can add up quickly and sap your savings, in fact, the average parent spends $400 on enrichment activities during the year. We talked to Kim Anderson of thriftylittlemom.com, Joanie Demer of thekrazycouponlady.com, Amy Suardi of frugal-mama.com and Sara Tetreault of gogingham.com to get their tips on ways for moms to save on after-school activities.
Reality Checker Approved:
"Soccer seemed like a good starter sport when my son was 3, but the programs were expensive. So my husband coached. I handled the outreach. We charged $25 for nets, balls, cones and T-shirts. All the parents contributed snacks and helped out at games. We used what was left over for a picnic on the last day."—Becky H., 43, Brooklyn, N.Y.