Our budget is always a work in progress and yours should be too, to some extent. Growing families have needs that change frequently. Your grocery budget will go up as your children enter school age and especially so for a family with teenagers. Comparing budgets is like comparing apples to oranges. While our grocery budget is currently $75/week it used to be $50 and I imagine as our 3 boys and 1 girl enter the teen years it will likely go up and possibly even double. You can see what a recent $75 shopping trip looks like over here.
Today however I wanted to touch on another budget item – extra-curricular activities. This category is new to our budget, when the kids were little trips to the Library and park were all we needed and they were FREE! Since we’ve moved to Oregon though we knew we needed to get the kids involved in a few activities to meet new friends and integrate ourselves into the community here. Our current budget looks like this…
- Travis – 2 mornings/wk preschool – $50/month
- Tyler – Soccer 1hr/week – $40/month
- Haley – Horse 4-H + 1 Riding Lesson – $25/month
- Cody – Taekwon-Do - 1hr/week – $55/month
- All 4 Kids – Awana 2hrs/week – $12/month in dues + books
We were able to get a deal on the Tae Kwon Do lessons through Living Social, for $30 he got 1 month and a uniform. That was a GREAT way to test the waters. I’d encourage you to keep an eye open, especially for swimming lesson deals in the near future. Did you see these summer camp deals on Plum District? Look for your city, they’ve expanded into many areas nationwide!
Since this is new to us, we’d love to hear more about how your family budgets for these extras. Do you divide it evenly and say each child has X amount per month? How do you cut costs in this area? Is this an area where you splurge? We’d love to hear more!