What Are You Worth? Volunteering in Exchange for Products & Services

It’s National Volunteer Week! For parents who have sacrificed their own hobbies and activities for the sake of the family budget, finding a way to exchange your time & talents in exchange for a perk might be a something to consider.

A shout out to the numerous volunteers who give their time in my community at the YMCA, our kids’ school, and at the town festivals! #NVW2014

Christa Clips

The job I was applying for turned out to be a volunteer position with "perks". How do we measure our worth as volunteers? The job I was applying for turned out to be a volunteer position with “perks”. How do we measure our worth as volunteers?

I recently applied for an aquafit instructor position at the YMCA in my town. I’ve fallen in love with aquafit … the workout it provides ROCKS if you do it right and it’s low impact enough to keep my arthritis at bay. But in true Pursuit of Happyness style, what I had assumed was a paying job turned out to be a volunteer position with the possibility of earning a FREE YMCA membership (a $715 value) if I can commit to 3 hours of volunteering/week.

At first glance, the offer was very appealing. As part of my Save-at-Home-Mom savings strategy, I’ve sacrificed having a Y membership and only make use of their facilities when admission is free.

Our local YMCA-YWCA has free admission during these times:

  • Fall…

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About christaclips

Christa is a Save-at-Home-Mom who writes about money saving tips with hopes of inspiring other families who might want to keep one parent at home but aren't sure they can swing it financially. Christa left her career as a teacher trainer when it started costing her $47,000/yr to work outside the home and now works from home as a social media consultant and freelance writer. She shares her full story and money saving tips here on her blog and as co-host of the weekly #cdnmoney twitter chat on Tuesdays from 7-8pm ET. Wife, and mother of 2, Christa lives in Rockland, Ontario and loves skating & nordic skiing on the Ottawa River.

Posted on April 9, 2014, in Christa Clips. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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