Last week I introduced part one in our Dance Mom on a Budget series by looking at ways you could save on tuition costs. If you missed it, you can still read it here. This week, we are taking a look at another money suck…Competition Fees.
Competition fees can range from a minimal fee for a group dance to a couple hundred dollars for a solo. So how do you cut costs without cutting dances?
FlipGive.com – We went over the benefits of this program last week, but long story short, you make money by shopping online at your favorite stores. You can learn more here.
Booster Club—A booster club is a great way to organize fundraising and take some of the bite out of dance expenses. A well run booster club can provide funds for competition fees, dancewear, shoes, hotels, and more. If your studio doesn’t have one, consider starting one ASAP.
Credit Cards—Believe it or not, a credit card can actually help you cut costs. Look for one with no interest for an extended period and one that offers cashback for purchases. Pay off any balances as soon as the bill comes in and take advantage of the cash back discounts.
Eurotard’s Dress Code Solution—One easy way to earn extra money for competition fees is through Eurotard’s Dress Code Solution. Your studio signs up at Eurotard.com, selects their dress code (can also select the entire catalog), and then dancers earn 5% cash back on any purchases. So, when you’re buying tights, leotards, or jazz shoes, you are earning back 5% of what you spend.
Check back with us next week for the third part in our series!
I wouldn’t trade my years as a dance mom for anything. I relished every minute of it, the rehearsals, the performances, all of it. But I also know how financially draining it can be.
Over the years, I’ve developed several ways to support my daughter’s passion for dance and I’m going to share them in this four-part series. So, let’s get started!
No doubt, the largest expense of dance is your child’s tuition. Depending on their level of involvement, this can range from around one hundred dollars a month to almost equaling a mortgage payment. To take some of the bite out of it, all you have to do is get a little creative with your financing.
FlipGive.com – This is an awesome site that allows you to earn back a percentage of what you spend. The earning can vary from 5-20% and you can share the information with family and friends. You earn a percentage of what is spent and can then use those earnings toward your child’s dance tuition. All you have to do:
Ebates.com - Another way to reduce the expense is to use Ebates.com. Get up to 40% Cash Back at over 2,500 stores. No points. No fees. No forms. Stores pay Ebates a commission for sending you their way, and Ebates shares the commission with you as Cash Back. All you have to do is:
Now this is by no means a complete list, but most of us are shopping online anyway, so why not put some of that money back in our pockets and toward our child’s dance education? I would love to hear some of your ideas for taking the sting out of those tuition payment! Comment below or on our Facebook Page with your favorite!
Also watch for Part Two of our series next week!
Every dance mom knows that feeling. It's the looming sense that you forgot something, that you're running late, or maybe that fear that you read the schedule wrong and you're in the entirely wrong city.
I'm talking about the mix of emotions and stress that accompany every dance competition and make us wonder exactly why we put ourselves through this. I mean, do the kids really enjoy it THAT much. (I know the answer is a resounding yes, but logic and reality have no place in dance mom panic mode)
So what do you do? Start drinking right away and just try to make it through it? Plaster on a smile and go to your "happy place"? Calm down, while I'm not opposed to either of these methods, you can relieve some of that fear and anxiety by creating and following a checklist.
Our friends at Covet Dance have created a wonderful one that you can download or even better get their app so that you can have an interactive one directly on your phone!
Dance Competition Checklist