At a young age, your kids cost you daycare, diapers wipes. Right when you think you're going to have some "extra" spending cash, here comes school activities. Before you groan and moan that maybe you won't get that special treat until your kids graduate, look at your budget and see how it is affected and keep those new expenses in check.
1. Don't be afraid to buy used items. Kids are always growing and for each season, sport or activity, you will most likely need to buy something new for them. If need be, make your kids pick a limited number of activities to be involved in. Or as my parent's did, if I was not involved in something during a season, I had to have a job to fill my time.
2. Family time is important too. If activities are taking your children away from the home too much, be straight forward with them and tell them that. Or if you are constantly skipping church to attend an event, that is sending the wrong message to your kids. Church and Family should be a priority and your kids should see that.
3. Your food budget can be completely blown when kids are going back and forth from one activity to the next. Packing meals may take a little extra time and planning, but your budget will be smiling and so will your kid's stomachs. Possibly try an "Activities" envelope to prepare for this spending, but not if it means continual dipping into other envelopes to maintain.
4. Special Clubs and Teams cost more than you think. The extra traveling and lodging costs can really add up. If you can't afford it, tell your child so and get them involved in local activities.
5. Make sure your kids WANT to be involved in these activities. One activity they may have loved last summer, may be out the window the next.
Be honest with your kids if your budget does not allow for certain activities. Think of other fun ideas you can do at a lower cost. Your kids won't care they're missing that sporting event when they're on the slip and slide in the backyard!
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