Parents May Be Surprised By Increased Cost Of After School Activities

(NBC News) So many schools across the country are so strapped for funds that parents are now being asked to pony up even more, especially when it comes to after school activities.

A recent survey found parents will now spend about $400 a year for their child to participate in extracurricular activities.

"Schools aren't paying for as many things as they use to. So, maybe schools might have provided uniforms for the band, but now parents are expected to contribute, or uniforms for the sports team and parents are expected to contribute there," says RetailMeNot's Trae Bodge.

She says that's why budgeting for the extracurriculars has never been more important, and to seize upon another teachable moment, she says have the child contribute to the fund, too.

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