Is it cost effective?

My daughters had their first dance recital with their new studio this weekend.

For the past 3 years my girls have attended a studio in the next town over on Saturday mornings.  But this year, my oldest would have been taking a few classes that were on two different days and her sister would be taking a class on a different afternoon.  Trying to get the schedules to work and not have to take my oldest out of school early 3 days in a row was just not working so I chose a new studio and the girls have been pretty happy there this year.

The recital today was fun to watch but there was quite a difference between the past 3 recitals we went to and this recital:

  • Past recitals were at a different location with a larger seating capacity.
  • There were parent volunteers who made sure the dancers were dressed and in appropriate costumes so other parents could sit and watch the recital without interruption.
  • Dress rehearsal started at an exact time and you could leave once your dances were finished.
  • Once the doors were shut, you could not leave or come back in during performances – you had to wait until the ushers allowed you back to your seat.
  • This recital was at a small venue that was not filled to capacity and there was a lot of getting up and sitting down.
  • Parents were expected to make sure their children were dressed appropriately and ready to go for the stage mom to take them back to their proper stage door.
  • Dress rehearsal had no set time, just be there 30 minutes prior to stage time but that ended up being incorrect as they were running ahead of the printed schedule.
  • People could come and go as they wanted and while most people waited for performances to finish before they took their seats, some did not.
  • I’m not saying that either studio took the right or the wrong approach.  The studio we are with now is a smaller studio and because of that, I’m sure it’s harder for them to find people who are willing to take on the responsibility of watching someone else’s children.  But there were definitely things I preferred with a larger studio and miss now that we have moved on.  But there are definitely some things that I see as being more beneficial with this smaller studio.
  • My daughters’ confidence levels have both gone up tremendously.
  • My oldest daughter’s dancing has improved with smaller class size and more one and one attention.

You’re probably wondering why I’m sharing this on a blog about personal finance but there is a reason, and that reason is that there is no one size fits all when it comes to budgeting, setting financial goals or really any area of personal finance.  There are many different ways to set up a budget, create goals or find financial stability.  You may find that the approach you are using isn’t working for you and I want to encourage you to try something else.  See if you can find something that does work for you.  And if that approach doesn’t work for you, keep trying.

I also want to encourage you to figure out what works for you and what doesn’t work for you and create a pros and cons list.  You may find that for you the benefits out-weigh the cons; that the hassle of a new normal is worth it because your entire family is benefiting from that change.