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4 Ways to Cut Summer Camp Costs

by on May 25, 2012

By Samantha Savory

The first official day of summer, known as the summer solstice, is June 20. Although the new season doesn’t officially kick off until the end of June, kids across the nation will be ending the school year between now and the next few weeks.  This means, if you are a parent, now is the time to start budgeting and planning for what activities your kids will be partaking in this summer.  The money experts at PowerWallet know summer camp costs can be a huge burden, which is why we have devised a list of 4 ways you can reduce summer camp costs for the 2012 summer.

1. Have your kids volunteer at a non-profit – Many middle school and high school kids need a certain amount of community service hours in order to graduate, use a portion of the summer time to help them achieve this goal.  By volunteering at a local library or animal shelter, your child will learn great work ethic, take care of their school responsibilities and be monitored by supervision without costing anything. This will not only help them with their school goals but it will save you a nice chunk of cash.

2. Check early bird specials for local summer camps – Many summer camps offer early enrollment discounts which can cut summer camp costs by up to 20% for the first few weeks.

3. Summer job – If your child is 14 years old or older, they can become a grocery bagger at your local grocery store.  This is a great opportunity for them to learn about work ethic while saving you summer camp expenses.  The best part is that your child will be making money that they can save and use for back-to-school shopping expenses when the fall comes around.

4. Get a night job – If you and your partner both work, one could get a day job while the other one has a night job.  This will prevent the need of summer camp all together so one parent is home every day with the kids. This may only fit a few people’s job skills and lifestyle but explore the option and see if it can work for you – you never know!

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