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!