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Saving on Summer Camps

02/28/2019 01:18PM ● By Digital Media Director

By: Shaina Herrmann

We look forward to our kids developing new skills, making new friends, and enjoying their camp experience to the fullest. But of course, as with many summer activities, camp is often not free! This means that now is the perfect time to begin preparing a summer budget. Whether it’s shopping for supplies, considering transportation costs, or paying camp fees, being prepared with a budget will be a tremendous help.  Once you’ve created your summer budget, here are a few additional summer camp saving ideas for you, especially if you intend for your child to attend these camps for multiple years.

●       Call ahead and ask if there are any available discounts or scholarships. The price is often lowered for early birds, multiple kids, returning kids, or they may offer discounts for teachers or members of the military.

●       This one is more money up front, but could save you much over time: If your child is going to attend a camp annually, invest in high quality items that will not need to be replaced each year.

●       Check local consignment stores or online rummage sale sites for basic camp clothing needs.

●       Always keep an eye out online for printable coupons for toiletries and many of the popular sunscreens and bug repellants.

●       The cost of summer camp may qualify you for a tax credit. Contact a tax professional to find out if you qualify for this.

●       Save and reuse items for multiple years. Designate specific supplies as “for camp use only”.  Put away in a storage bin that you can quickly gather up each year.  This way you will not be searching all over the house for your child’s favorite flashlight!

●       For one time sleep-away camps, borrowing sleeping bags and suitcases from friends and family can be one way to save.

●       If your children will be attending a camp annually, be sure to label everything so as to not lose anything. The less that is lost is less for you to purchase again next year.