This year we had to buy him a bunch of new equipment (helmet, skates, new stick, etc). Let me tell ya, hockey is not a cheap sport. Between hockey fees, and equipments it quickly adds up. We lucked out last year, since one of hubby's co-workers gave us a bunch of hockey equipment his son had outgrown. Hubby think's that we probably saved $500-600 in equipment costs alone.
This year Anthony is not playing competitive hockey yet, so our team fees are still pretty low, since we drive 15 minutes to a less-popular, but just as nice, arena. I've spoken to friends whose kids playcompetitive hockey and I've been shocked at some of the costs! There are try-out fees on top of try-out fees, in addition to regular fees. And when they travel to away games, there is the cost of gas, hotels, food. Anthony is already asking try out for the competitive team next year. Last year, we didn't feel he was ready. At the end of this year, I think he will be ready.
The government of Canada, matches 20% of the first $2,500 you contribute to your child’s RESP each year, up to a lifetime maximum of $7,200 per child. That works out to an extra $500 paid directly into your child’s RESP every year. That is free money, my friends . And there are even more grants available. And with three kids, two of which will finish high school within two years apart of each other, we need the government's free money!! Cost of Post-secondary school tuition is going up every year.
- If you are on Twitter, Come join @CSTConsultants, @beyondtheblueline and @THNKenCampbell on December 17th at 9pm EST where they will be discussing the cost of hockey vs. Education and RESPs. Follow hashtag #hockeyvseducation - they will also be giving away 5 - $50 VISA gift cards.