Time is Greater Than Money

[vc_row full_width=”” parallax=”” parallax_image=””][vc_column width=”1/1″][fwp-anim-text animated=”true” animation=”enter right move 10px over 1s after”]As a mentor, the quality of time invested with your Little Brother or Little Sister is more valuable than the quantity of money you spend during an outing.

Through partnerships with local businesses, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County hosts free events every month for matches and compiles a list of free or low-cost outing ideas like festivals, shows and more happening throughout Orange County. (Note: Mentors can look for these events and ideas in our monthly newsletter delivered via email on the first Thursday of every month.) Mentors are also encouraged to ask their match support specialist for cost-effective outing ideas specific to your Little.

Today, hear how one Big Sister came up with a creative way to take her Little to places she’s never been before without costs adding up.[/fwp-anim-text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1475275760547{background-color: #dddddd !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner el_class=”” width=”1/2″][fwp-anim-text animated=”true” animation=”enter right move 10px over 1s after”]

Big Sister Chris has been matched with her Little Sister Yuritzi since November 2015. When Yuritzi told her Big Sister she would love to go to Knott’s Berry Farm one day, Chris took the opportunity to combine fun and learning by teaching Yuritzi about budgeting. Every month, they start with a budget of $60 to spend on their outings and any leftover amount goes into a “joint savings account” for Knott’s tickets.

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Together, they created a budget log to keep track of their spending. The log also helps Yuritzi with math as she adds and subtracts how much they save and spend after every outing. For the first month they saved $10 but as they got closer and closer to their goal, they brainstormed ways to save even more to reach their end goal. For example on one outing, they opted for In-N-Out for lunch and reading books together while they ate instead of going to a restaurant. Their budgeting skills paid off this summer, as they saved up enough money to go to Knott’s together!

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Big Sister Chris and Little Sister Yuritzi’s
Budget Log

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“With the help of Big Sister Chris, Little Sister Yuritzi has learned so much. They came up with inexpensive outings to save money, which also improved Yuritzi’s math skills. Knott’s is somewhere Yuritzi had always wanted to go and she was so happy to spend the whole day there with her Big Sister!”
-Rocio Telumbre, Match Support Specialist

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