First off....yay me for saving for this stuff. Second, I randomly chose $10 a payperiod just because it seemed like a small amount per check, but enough that it should cover the incidentals as they came up. Third, I had no idea what the expenses were actually going to be.
This year, the kids had NUMEROUS field trips. And to my dismay, several of them have been in the past several weeks (Between May 12 and June 20, they have FOUR). Since September they:
- Went to the big agricultural fair - $3 per child
- Went to a play - $20 per child
- Walked to the high school for plays and productions (3x, I think)- free
- Went to the zoo - $20 per child
- Went to a state park - free
- College tour the last week of school - $12 per child
Add in 3 school dances ticket.....$15 total.
Scout fees for the year, camping, and other trips - $90
And the latest thing....yearbooks...at $16 each. Now, I really don't think the yearbooks are NEEDED. Particularly for Bossy. But Sassy worked on the yearbook staff, and Bossy won "Best Smile" for his team (which we think is hysterical since we go back to the orthodontist in 2 weeks to see if we can get started with the $6000 work!!). ***And we will not be buying yearbooks again until their Senior Year of highschool....if they want them in between....that is piggy bank money!***
And the result of all of this:
- Total spent: $247
- Total Deposited so far: $250
- Balance left: $3
I am very happy with the results from the year and very happy that we were able to budget for this. But I think I am going to up the amount to $15 per paycheck, which will save an additional $130 per year. Hopefully this will cover any activities that Sassy may have next year, and if she doesn't need it, it will just roll over. At some point it will get used (heck, the kid is going to go to homecoming, prom, etc eventually!)
I am sure our activity fees are small compared to alot of families who are active in sports, dance, etc. A few years ago I would not have even thought about budgeting for this.....but I am glad I did!