We all know that fostering costs money. Many foster parents end up using their own money to provide for their foster children, so it’s nice when you come across the opportunity to save! If you are a foster parent, you need to be taking advantage of these deals!
Ashley Furniture Bed Give-Away
If you have a foster child that’s 3 years old or older, you can nominate them for a free bed from Ashley Furniture. They partner with Hope to Dream and give out 50,000 beds to children who could benefit from proper sleep conditions. They give out a bed, bed frame, bedding, and pillow (which amounts to a $399 value)! Click here to nominate a child in your home.
$5.99 Amazon Prime Discount
Amazon has a reduced Prime rate for individuals with an active EBT or Medicaid card. This discount also applies to families with adoptive or long-term foster children who have a Medicaid card, even if the account holder is not on government assistance (I even chatted with an Amazon associate to verify). All you have to do is go here and upload a copy of the card. Be aware that there is a 48 month limit on this discount, so your family won’t be able to enjoy the lower price indefinitely (not that we’re complaining!).
Zoos and Museums
Individual zoos and museums across the country offer reduced or free admission if you present an MA health insurance card or your WIC booklet. I have even heard of state parks giving out passes for foster families. Since it changes by region, you’ll have to ask the next time you’re thinking of taking the kids to the children’s museum!
2 Free Games of Bowling
Certain bowling centers across the country are participating in a program called Kids Bowl Free. The program is intended to give children a safe and fun summer activity. Click here to find out if your city is participating.
Most YMCA’s offer a discount for foster families. You can usually qualify for half the membership cost if sign up as a foster family (I have heard of up to 80% off!). Since it’s National Foster Care Month, YMCA offers free swimming passes for foster families. Take advantage of the pool because the offer only lasts this month!
4moms is the maker of the coveted Mamaroo infant swing, which has been a lifesaver for many a mom with a newborn going through withdrawals. 4moms Care has donated almost $1.5 million worth of products to deserving families. You can submit a request here for a 4moms product, and you may be chosen for a donation!
Once Upon a Child
Many Once Upon a Child stores offer a 10% discount for foster families. Contact your local store to find out if you can take advantage of this discount!
ABC Mouse has been known to offer 2 free months for foster children using the program. The discount is on an individual basis, so you would need to contact costumer support to see if your foster child qualifies.
Similac Strong Moms and Enfamil Family Beginnings
We all know that formula is expensive. WIC is amazing and so worth it, but it doesn’t always cover all the formula you go through in a month. You can sign up for Similac Strong Moms and Enfamil Family Beginnings to receive coupons and free samples in the mail.
I tried to stick to national offers, but there are likely state and citywide organizations and programs that support and donate to foster families. Aside from what’s listed above, you could also check into summer camp discounts for foster children in your area. Happy savings and let us know if there is anything you think we should add to the list!
Stayed tuned for an upcoming post on foster grants!