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Every parent knows how much kids cost. Heck, every non-parent at least has a clue that kids aren’t free. Typically the older they get the more involved they are with things like dance, Boy Scouts, t-ball, swimming, preschool, etc. All of these activities cost money. Money spent = more points. Of course, $50 a month dance lessons aren’t going to add up to a whole ton of points over the course of a year even if you do pay with a rewards earning credit card (which I do). That is, unless you are in charge of helping set-up the recital. Other than tuition, preschool is only going to get you so far in the points world…unless you are active in the parent association and rack up tons of reimbursable expenses. You see where this is going. The more involved you get, the more points you can earn.
For example, my daughter is at an awesome preschool that has a very active parent association. I’ve gotten pretty active in this association over the last few months, and a light bulb went off for me while paying for the ponies and petting zoo at their “Western Day” event this week. A ton of money gets spent on the kid’s activities, the catering for the fundraisers, ordering things for the classrooms, etc. Much of the time a parent pays for these things directly and then gets reimbursed by the parent association’s account. This means you don’t have to be Mr. Corporate BigShot Expense Account to rack up reimbursable expenses that earn points. Being a parent involved in your kid’s activities can net the same result.
I don’t really participate in the world of true manufactured spending, so there is a real limit on the number of minimum spending requirements and annual spending bonuses I can hit. However, by being helpful with C’s dance class, preschool, etc. I can stretch those limits much further than my regular old budget would allow. This is a situation where everyone involved is a winner.
I am more involved with her activities. They have someone who can pull the trigger on big purchases and get reimbursed. I earn more points and can hit more spending thresholds. Win, win, win.
You can bet I will be even more “helpful” with her activities as she gets older. Honestly I would do this in a heartbeat even without any points reward, but this added bonus doesn’t hurt. I’m sure other parents have already figured this out, so I’d love to hear how you help out with your child’s activities while racking up lots of points for yourself.