Now is the time that your kids are going to start having several classroom parties. Because many schools are struggling economically as well as many families, each teacher may ask the parents to provide items so that the kids can have a nice classroom party with little expense to each person. Here are some simple ways that you can contribute to the classroom party without breaking the bank.
1. Don’t let your kids volunteer you!
Often times, kids will volunteer their parents to do something not thinking of how much it is going to cost them time or money wise. Request that the teacher send a list of items that they need and sign up for the items that you can afford. Often times, kids will try to one up their friends or suggest treats that are their favorites that they do not get all the time- most likely because they are expensive ones.
2. Offer items other than food
If they are still in need of cups, plates, napkins or other items, opt to chip in on those than shelling out big bucks for individual treats such as cupcakes- a popular treat among kid’s classroom parties.
3. Offer bulk items
If you have a membership to a bulk food store such as Costco or Sam’s Club. Purchase an entire box of popcorn for the classroom use or fruit snacks. This will give you an out the next few parties as an entire box of bulk fruit snacks will feed a classroom of thirty three times.
4. Volunteer your time
Most parents don’t bother to volunteer themselves to help out with the classroom parties. Offer to come in for a few hours and help distribute treats, play games and do crafts. Not only does this give you an affordable way to help out but you are giving the teacher time to grade some papers or do other things. Not to mention, you get to spend some time with your kid and what is more valuable than that??
5. Goody bags
If you are planning on giving out goody bags, look at the dollar store first and foremost! Often times you can get everything you need for a cute little treat bag right there. Give the kids a holiday pencil and eraser that come from a package of twelve. Buying items in this fashion gives you enough for everyone without breaking the bank purchasing toys and other items.