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Ways to Save $$$ When Your Kid Wants To Try A New Hobby

Posted by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 12:00 AM
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Say "afterschool activity" and who automatically thinks of signing up for the local little league team or a class at the neighborhood dance school? Right...me too. But, those lessons or membership dues cost money...and, as we talked about before, if your kiddo loves soccer but wants to try ballet and tennis, well, then, that family piggy bank is going to take a huge hit.

These days, a mom has to be creative...and that goes for how to afford those lessons or help your kiddo have a shot at learning a new instrument without busting your budget. Okay, it's impossible to create your own soccer league, but for those other activities, think outside the box and try some of these less costly ways to enrich your kid's lives or let them try a new hobby before investing a lot in formal classes.

-- Look online. There are many online courses and schools these days that offer great video lecture series and tutorials. Does your child want to learn to speak Mandarin or play chess? Click on the mouse and see what you can find for half the price of in-person lessons, if not for free.

-- Give What You Know.  Say you know to knit or crochet and the teenager down the street who is the star of the dance school wants to make throw blankets. Have her come over and teach your little one (who wants to dance like The Fresh Beat Band) a few moves in the basement once a week. In return, you can sit with her and offer the basics on making scarves and Christmas stockings. If your husband knows the in's and out's of web design and the computer science-studying college kid next door is a whiz at soccer, have him coach Junior a couple of times and then give him some pointers and shortcuts to help him with his major.

-- Call local colleges. Your kid wants to take up tennis, and you haven't picked up a racket in years (or ever). Contact your local college and ask to speak to the tennis coach. See if she has any students she could recommend as an instructor. Paying a college student would definitely be less than a private coach or class at the community center. This idea works great if your child wants to learn to play guitar or piano--contact the university's orchestra and see what student musicians are looking to make some extra cash.

How do you find ways to encourage your kid to try new hobbies without breaking the bank?


by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 12:00 AM
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jen113000
by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 9:10 AM

 Thanks for the tips!

AzariahsMother
by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 9:29 AM

Thanks for the tips. 

ReesesPieces
by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 9:40 AM
Great idea on the piano kessons. We were just given a piano and are looking at starting lessons for the kids.
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mommyprice09
by Ashley on Sep. 14, 2011 at 10:18 AM

Wow, I never thought of these :)

ta2dirishlass
by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 11:13 AM

Contacting colleges for student tutors is a great idea!!!

suziejax
by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 11:30 AM

These are great tips! :-)

suziejax
by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 11:31 AM

I am actually going to use this advice..... its very good!

jerzeetomato
by Member on Sep. 14, 2011 at 12:32 PM

 bartering for services is a great idea, and we have employed neighborhood teenagers in the past to help our kids with their sports endeavors.  It's win-win for everyone.

Tabby57
by Bronze Member on Sep. 14, 2011 at 12:51 PM

Thanks for sharing!

bhwrn1
by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 9:46 PM

Thanks!!!

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