Extracurricular activities adding up for parents

EAST LONGMEADOW Mass. (WWLP) – We all know sending our kids to school can be very expensive, but that’s just the start of it.

A RetailMeNot survey finds on average, parents pays more than $4 hundred for after school activities, and 9 in 10 parents pay for those expenses by sacrificing their own.

Whether it’s a team, an instrument, or a school play, parents will pay to keep their child involved. Danell Tavella, a mother from East Longmeadow, told 22News she’s made financial sacrifices over the years to pay for her children’s activities.

“It’s a choice you have to make. If it’s something you feel will benefit your child and it’s something they’ll gain a lot of life experience from it’s a worthwhile expense.”

Choosing fewer activities and starting with recreational-level programs can lower costs, and parents can save time and gas money by car pooling. Colin Drury, East Longmeadow’s director of recreation told 22News outdoor sports like baseball and lacrosse can be less expensive than indoor sports.

“There are league fees but there are also facility fees. You know it’s not just putting some lines down on soccer field you have to actually pay to be in the facility to actually use it,” he said.

Renting or buying used sporting equipment is another way parents can lower costs.

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