Saving $$ on Your Child’s Hobby


Tips for Saving Money on Your Child’s Hobby


From video games to basket weaving, the internet offers a range of activity ideas for people of all ages. However, this means that it can be difficult for parents to figure out which hobby options are best for their children. Additionally, many parents may have trouble finding a hobby for their children that doesn’t obliterate their bank accounts. The good thing is that there are many varieties of fun activities your children can explore that are both easy to put together and light on the financial burden. Here are a few starting suggestions.


Become a Scientist at Home


Not every hobby has to be a complicated, heavily regimented team sport requiring pricey equipment and extensive training. Many children find a great deal of joy in simple home science projects and other kinds of similar experiments or crafts. Often, home science projects use very few hard-to-find items, more frequently relying on basic kinds of ingredients you probably have lying around your house already. For example, all your child needs to make their own glass of lava is a container, some vegetable oil, water, salt, and food coloring.


As your child becomes more experienced with home science projects, they may want to explore other types of science, like robotics, that require slightly more specialized tools and parts. In this case, you should still not feel like you have to spend a quarter of each month’s paycheck on an exclusive membership. You can generally find starter kits or hobby essentials at online retailers, often for a fraction of the cost you would pay at a specialty store, especially if you use daily deals and use coupons for retailers like Amazon. You can also find offers and promo codes for brick-and-mortar stores like Target. Science lets your child explore the uses of their creativity through concrete, tangible actions. It can help foster a lifelong love of learning and reasoning.


Learn to Play an Instrument


Some hobbies are typically on the expensive side, including playing an instrument. However, the same ideas apply. There is no need to pay full price for an instrument (particularly when your child is just getting started) when you can buy a used instrument or rent one on a temporary basis. Of course, you can always pick up a new one, but remember to look for weekly sales and get cash back at stores like Walmart to save money. Additionally, many music programs also offer rebates if your child is of a certain age or intends to use their instrument in a school program such as marching band.


Playing an instrument offers a wide variety of avenues for your child — if your child enjoys folk or rock, they may want to pick up an acoustic or electric guitar, bass, or harmonica. If your child is into jazz, they may be suited to a saxophone, trumpet, violin, or piano. The whole array of strings, brass, and woodwinds is available if your child is of a more orchestral bent. When getting started musically, let your child make the choice as to what instrument they would like to play. (While there are limitations — smaller children may find it difficult to support a tuba or stand-up bass — most instruments depend on technique, not physical strength or size.)


If you take the traditional route of paying full price for gear and memberships, hobbies can be expensive.  However, by using online shopping, discounts, and rebates, you can find a less expensive path.  Remember to let your child have a voice in selecting their preferred hobby — if they are passionate about it, they will be much more likely to stick with it over the years and learn from their experiences.


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