Mia great question. Budgeting and finance are key parts of adult life that while not fun, are key skills to develop when you are young. If you know ahead of time that you are probably not going to be able to afford a cost, I would suggest trying to find a part time job. I am not sure if you are working already, but if you are not I would try and work at least part time to earn some extra money. This will help decrease the amount of money you are short for the program cost. Additionally, I would cut any and all unnecessary expenses. Cutting expenses again is not fun, but it will allow you to save money for what you really want, your music program. Think of all the times you buy something and ask yourself whether you truly need that or not. I used to go to Starbucks everyday and after awhile I realized that I only went once a week to Starbucks, I'd save myself $24!! While not necessarily a ton of money, every dollar counts when you are saving up for a big expense.
I hope this helps and I hope you are able to join that winter music program!!
Austin recommends the following next steps:
- Find a part time job to make some extra money
- Cut unnecessary spending