Save Money & Support Your Child’s Hobby

November 1, 2018

As a parent, it’s normal to be concerned about how well your child does in school. Our kids need for us to support and encourage them with schoolwork, but they also need to spend time doing something they love outside of school. Hobbies help kids build self-esteem, develop a talent, and hone skills that will serve them in school and throughout their lives. There’s no mistaking that hobbies can put a strain on your family’s budget, but they don’t have to when you help your child find their dream hobby with these money-saving tips.

Tips to Make Hobbies Fit in Your Budget

The first step is to help your kids find the hobby that’s right for them. The blog My Stay at Home Adventures suggests encouraging an activity they have been drawn to on TV, such as admiration for a certain athlete or famous ballerina. Taking a cue from their interests increases the chance that they’ll stick with it, which means you can feel good about investing in the necessary supplies. Even better, encouraging children’s interests is not only money-smart, but it also helps develop a love of learning. When you’re ready to get a hobby starter kit or other essentials, look for deals from online retailers to help keep costs down, especially if it’s a hobby that tends to be expensive. You can often find weekly sales and coupon codes for stores like Walmart and special offers and cashback offers from Target.

Once you have an idea of what you can expect to spend on supplies and lessons, set a hobby budget. This can actually be a good money lesson for your child, and it’s also a great incentive for you both to give it your all. That doesn’t mean you should force them to do a hobby they hate, which could backfire. However, since your budget doesn’t allow for trying new hobbies every week, do what you can to encourage them and really set them up for success. Help them get to lessons on time, and set up a spot in your home where they can practice their hobby.

Ideas for Budget-Friendly Hobbies

  • Dance – Of course, we recommend dance as one of the best hobbies for kids! Having any hobby helps build self-esteem, and this is especially true for dance. Along with self-esteem, dance develops coordination, improves physical fitness, and helps with focus. Dance can also be very budget-friendly. You can save money on dance wear and accessories by finding daily specials and online deals for retailers like Amazon.
  • Music – Learning to play an instrument is another great way for kids to be exposed to the arts, and music lessons develop skills that help kids do well in school. There are ways you can make music lessons affordable, such as group lessons, swapping services if you have a talent to offer, and buying a used instrument.
  • Free Online Activities – Whether your child’s interests are in science, computers, the arts, or some combination, the internet is an endless source for activities kids can do online as well as instructions for things to do in real life. For example, Earth Science Jr. is a great online springboard for discovering fun and educational activities. You can turn a love of science into a hobby by doing kitchen experiments like making a glass of “lava.” Many of today’s kids will end up having careers that involve computers, making computer hobbies ideal for preparing for their future. Most tech hobbies are free to do, and your local library can be a great resource for getting started. For those that aren’t free, the Washington Post recommends discount websites for activities such as learning computer coding, graphic design, and animation.

Even if your child’s hobby doesn’t turn into a future career, it is guaranteed to help them in school and in life. Education is much more than what goes on in the classroom, and what better way to learn about the world than by doing something they love? And with these smart, money-saving tips, your child’s new hobby may be much more affordable than you think.

Lillian Brooks is the founder of http://learningdisabilities.info. For years, Lillian worked as a special education teacher with a focus on teaching children with learning disabilities. She created http://learningdisabilities.info/ to offer information and understanding to parents of children with learning disabilities, as well as adults who are in need of continued support in order to succeed.

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