This is the last part of our series about being a Dance Mom on a Budget. If you missed any of the previous parts, you can catch up through the links below.
Part One Tuition
Part Two Competition Fees
Part Three Travel Expenses
For our last installment, we will be looking at ways to cut the cost of dancewear and shoes. This goes from class basics to the staples needed for your competition bag.
Booster Club - I can't stress this enough. If your studio doesn't have a booster club, look into getting one set up. Anything that is required for class such as shoes, tights, leotards, and hair pins and nets can be purchased with booster funds.
Credit Card Cash Back - I know a few moms that use cash back bonuses from a credit card to lower dancewear costs. The card they use is for dance items only and they pay it off immediately, but with the money they get back it adds up to a small discount.
Dancewear Sales - Most dancewear stores (including Dancetastic Dancewear) run sales from time to time. Try to stock up when items you use are on sale, even if you don't need them yet. Also check with local studios as they often have used dancewear sales where you can pick up some real bargains!
Group Orders - Dancetastic Dancewear works with studios placing large orders and depending on the items and brands needed, can sometimes offer discounts up to 40% off when placed in one large order. Another option is the Eurotard Dress Code Solution which offers 5% back on all purchases when a studio enrolls.
Loyalty Programs - Wherever you purchase your dancewear, check for a loyalty program of some sort. Dancetastic Dancewear has one for every $200 you spend, you get $10 off your next purchase. This is especially helpful when purchasing shoes and dancewear for the new dance year.
We hope you enjoyed our series and we would love to know your ideas for how to be a Dance Mom on a Budget!