This post was sponsored, and paid for, by SunTrust. All opinions are my own.
My mommy was a ballerina. She wanted me to be a dancer too, but I’m more like Carlton Banks than Misty Copeland when it comes to dance. Actually, I’m more like Usain Bolt because I can sprint my booty off!
Unlike me, Kaya seems to be born to dance, and my mom loves it. Remember her “Despacito” groove? My aunt has already purchased tutus and leotards for her, and she hasn’t even started a class yet! She will soon, though. My husband and I have priced out a few places nearby and got reviews from parents of current students.
Right now, Rohan and Kaya are in soccer and swim. They both love it and have a lot of fun. Kai swears she’s Michael Phelps, but the poor little thing sinks like a stone. At 3 and 5, it’s still “friendly” and fun, but people take child sports SO seriously down here in Florida.
I know some kids are on school teams, travel teams and neighborhood teams. It’s a lot. Like, when do they get a chance to chill? And, are parents mortgaging their houses to pay for these doggone teams?
Rohan has mentioned wanting to do martial arts and with Kaya eventually doing dance, we’ll have a hefty chunk of money to put down on these extracurricular activities.
I put some of my blog money aside to save for the kids’ expenses, but I have to start taking this upcoming hit to the budget more seriously.
So I tried out the SunTrust budgeting worksheet tool here.
I’m a budgeter in general, so this was right up my alley. The sheet comes pre-filled with a few categories, but allows you to add in things for yourself. One thing I didn’t take into consideration that is included here are private coaching and lessons. Good lookin’ out, SunTrust!
So far, I have put in my estimated costs, and once the kids start up I’ll be able to use the tool with John to move money around appropriately. It got John more into the finances, too. I’m glad I tried it.
You should try it too if you also have kids in sports and activities. Don’t forget to budget for things like travel to games in and out of the area, hotel stays, new equipment, and of course, the many uniforms and footwear that they’ll constantly outgrow. Not to mention eating on the road, extra snacks to pack, child care, and more.
I don’t know if we’ll ever be a “travel team” kind of family. I’m not opposed to it if the kids’ desire and their talents take them in that direction. Until then, I’ll just be grateful they’re young and not that good at anything yet! Haha. #realtalk
I ran track in high school and college, and sometimes wonder what would or could have happened if I (or my parents) had taken my sports more seriously when I was younger. I won’t let Ro or Kai have to wonder “what if” in the event they rock out at some sport or activity.
SunTrust has great articles to help you plan your finances while keeping your children’s activities top of mind. Visit onUp.com to learn more. Don’t forget to try the budgeting worksheet too.