First, ask around. Someone might have a child who is moving up in age and you can use their uniform for free! It can’t get any better then that. If they don’t have an entire uniform then you may be able to borrow pieces thereby saving you money.
Second, ask your group leaders if it is necessary to have every item in the uniform description. We did not have to buy the neckerchief, ring or belt. Despite what the salesman in the scout store said, we were able to get by with just the shirt and troop numbers. Also, it may not be necessary for you to purchase a book. Most of the info in the book is online. (Definitely check with your troop leaders on this one).
Third, do your research. I always check Amazon and other money saving sites to see if I can find an item cheaper online rather then in the store. I have saved us 100’s by doing this. You also want to walk into the store knowing exactly what you want so that they won’t up-sale you. There is a cheap version of almost everything listed. Be prepared to stand your ground.
Lastly, know your limits. I know that I can not sew. I have no desire to learn. Because of this I bought a shirt with the patches already sewn on. Now, I know that we are talking about saving money and purchasing a shirt like this is more expensive, but my time is just as precious. I did not want to waste it searching for someone to sew for me or to take the time to learn it myself.
Well, there you have it. I hope that this was helpful information. Share with me how you save money on your kids extracurricular activities in the comments below.