- Another hockey season has arrived. Parents are wondering how they can afford equipment, travel and time off. Here are 6 tips to help you manage this season and not break the bank. These tips can be applied equally to all sports.
1) Food and drink - Arena cafeterias and canteen snacks can add up. For less than $5.00 you can purchase bottled water and snacks for those hunger attacks.
2) Used Equipment and Supplies - Most organized teams will have options for trading used equipment. Keep your eyes peeled for local swaps. A little imagination will go a long way.
3) Travel Discounts and Group Rates - Away games are perhaps the most difficult to overcome financially. A great way to save on hotel costs is to book as a group or use membership discounts such as CAA to reduce rates.
4) Strength in Numbers - Trade off with other parents for a week to get the kids to practices or games. Form a buddy system. Create a Facebook group or text thread and take turns running the kid to games. Technology is your friend when it comes to coordination.
5) Helpful and Free Resources - Look for non-profits or sports organizations offering recreational solutions for children. Organizations such as Kid Sport or ROC Eastman offer great opportunities for children of all ages to get involved in the sport.
6) Claim It! - The Children's Fitness Tax Credit is available to offset the cost of registration and membership to various prescribed programs of physical activities. For 2015's tax year, you can claim to a maximum of $1,000 per child, under the age of 16.
Any further questions - Ask Edna. I'd love to hear from you.