As a mom of 2 ice hockey players, I generally dread the month of July when all the notices of upcoming fundraisers are placed into my email box. Ice hockey comes with a steep price tag that seems to get a little more ‘icy’ each year. My children are vested in the sport so travel hockey is a priority. While they may not be headed for the NHL(even though their coaches may be from there), if your ice hockey kids loves the sport, you may find yourself, like ours traveling non-stop! The season creeps up pretty quick and while tryouts just finished and summer league is in full swing, payments of your new mini mortgage is about to begin, are you ready? Get ready to lavishly live life out loud and start saving for ice hockey! Here’s a few things I have found out over many years of playing ice hockey.
First and foremost know that many travel hockey organizations have figured out way to help you not force your fundraising on your neighbors, friends and family, rather they let you shoulder the ‘burden’ by showing up, working a refreshment booth and in exchange you get money that you can use towards, sticks, payments, shirts, and so on without ever ‘bothering’, or hustling your friends, family and neighbors. The hours you gave turn into money in your child’s travel hockey account. Many of these accounts are tax-free dollars.
You will earn camaraderie between parents and really bond as you are all there for your kids, and you are all working hard. Your blood, sweat and tears(after all working a refreshment stand is hard!) will bring you a new appreciation of what your common goal, providing your children a means to play a sport they love, without channeling all your budget out the door!
IF your organization has not found this method, it is definitely worth looking into! Many large facilities will offer the training needed to set you into the refreshment booths and get you started saving without touching your finances. What you will need is a slot of time in your busy schedule in order to work these fundraisers, but it better to give 4 hours of time to earn than give up salary that is much needed in the household budget! Your child can help by doing the chores you would have been doing while you would have been at home and they can also help by encouraging their friends parents to kick in some time! Most kids just have to mention that “such and such will be there” and parents gather, after all isn’t that half the fun of travel hockey; the parent time!
If you do have fundraisers that require others to purchase things you can try this method that a few of my friends have done and scored well for their little hockey players: IF you work in a large office, leave the sign up form in the break/lunch room, with a small note that says what it benefits and HOW it benefits the purchaser. (DON’T COOK DINNER, WE’LL DO IT FOR YOU– DELIVERED RIGHT TO THIS OFFICE ON SUCH AND SUCH A DATE!) If you are a parent, the one that cooks dinner, this is enticing and helps someone out ~ a win-win for everyone!
Have a Facebook page? Sell it there.. Upload the forms on the page, or direct people to your website, online sales are easy! IF all else fails, buy a few yourself, every dollar earned is a dollar saved! There are always ways to earn and save for those hockey kids! Car washes, bake sales, odor-eater sales and bumper stickers all add up, and there are also a lot of independent consultants that offer up their online sales up to a percentage in return for your friends and family shopping on their site, so make sure to ask and inquire to everyone you know.
Get ready for a fun, upcoming travel ice hockey season, lavishly living life out loud while you fund raise and make new friends. Your kids will have a puck of a time playing and you will reap the benefits of saving money while earning dollars for a sport that not only creates friendships that last a life time but memories you will cherish! Go hockey pucks go!
I’d love to hear if you have a great fundraising suggestion!