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
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:
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