This awesome tip comes from my reader Dany…
One of the best ways I found to make the sports fees more affordable is to work for the team. I run the concessions/hospitality program for my daughter’s swim club at our pool. This saves me 50% of the cost of her fall fees – about $700! I set up the concession room, making sure we meet all health dept requirements, solicit donations for food for our coaches/officials hospitality, and recruit parents to work shifts in the concession. Since the concession is both a service and a money maker, the club needed to make sure that they were well run. They have been offering the fee break for a number of years; I found out from a parent who did this job previously. I am usually responsible for 5 concession days per season, from 6am to 8pm. Since I recruit help I am able to leave the event when I need to and I can also watch my daughter swim. My daughter loves to swim, and she is great at it. I am so happy that I can help her pursue her passion, and if I did not get the discount on the fees I could not afford for her to do this program. She is happy to help me in the concessions when she is not swimming. If concessions is not for you, ask if the officials get a discount.
If your child participates in a program with an large concession operation, ask if they give a discount to the folks who work there. If your sport team does not have a concession you could offer to start one. We sell candy, soda, water, gatorade and coffee as well as hot foods like hot dogs and nachos and the team makes a ton of money, which keeps the costs lower for everyone. I would think this would also work for drama groups and other nonsports groups as well.
Of course the biggest kid is my husband and his sports cost more than anyone elses. My big kid (hubby) is a golfer. He loves to play and this is a very expensive sport. A friend told me that her husband was putting in a few hours on the weekend working at a local country club and getting free golf in exchange. My husband joined this group of “weekend warriors” who set up the course, filled the water containers, cut the cups and did other maintenance on the weekend and has been playing free golf every since. We estimated the amount saved over the past 7 years is $10,000 or more!!! (counting greens fees, range balls, etc). The best part – he not only plays for free, but gets paid for the work. One year he saved his checks and bought a new refrigerator. He has to get there extra early, which is hard since he works so hard at his other job, but it is so worth it to him.
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