Discounts Foster Families Could Use

 Let’s face it parenting can be expensive these days, throw in the fact that you have now decided to become a foster family doesn’t necessarily make things easier on your pockets. Plus, we all know those stipends don’t as far a we would like leaving majority of foster parents reaching into the personal funds to provide for their foster children. Here’s a list of places that offer discounts to families who open there home to children in care. 

Disclaimer: Please check with your local retailers to be sure these discounts are still available.  


 Power Company 

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Check with you local power company to see if they offer discounts for having foster children in your care. So far, I’ve been told discounts are offered in California and Massachusetts. One person said they were able to sign up through their WIC office(Women, Infant, Children Food and Nutrition Office). I’ll update as I find what other states offer this discount program. Email me @yourblogazine if your state offer this program.


Dollywood 

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Found out the other day that Dollywood does free passes for foster families once a year depending on what state you live in. You have to get a letter or something from your local agency though. That might extend to silver dollar city in branson too but I'm not sure. 

As of 2019 this discount is only available to residents in Tennessee  



Kid to Kid 

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Kid to kid gives 10% off purchases for foster families


Ashley Furniture Bed Give-Away

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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

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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!).


2 Free Games of Bowling

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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.

YMCA

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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!).  May is National Foster Care Month, and the YMCA offers free swimming passes for foster families.  Take advantage of the pool because the offer is only valid in May! https://www.ymcasuncoast.org/foster-care-memberships

4moms Care

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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!

Thrive Market

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Thrive Market is an online health food store.  They sell wholesale items at 25-50% off the retail price, and you get all those savings by signing up for an annual membership.  It’s kind of the perfect way for foster parents to shop because you can do all your shopping from the couch and are guaranteed that quality, healthy foods.  What’s really awesome about this company is that they give back to low-income families, teachers, and veterans through Thrive Gives.  It’s a very simple application, and you’ll hear back in just a few days whether if you’ve qualified for a free membership.

Once Upon a Child

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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

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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.

The Rebecca Foundation

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The Rebecca Foundation is a non-profit cloth diaper lending program.  They provide military, low-income, special needs, and foster families 12-18 diapers for a year.  You’ll need to be ready with documentation, but once you get through the paperwork, they will send you the diapers and you can switch them out for larger sizes throughout the year.  If you’re not in the diapering stage anymore, it’s a fantastic organization to donate to and support.  Click here to apply.

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.

Mattress Firm beds for foster families

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Mattress Firm Foster Kids, a program of The Ticket to Dream Foundation™, a recognized 501(c)3 non-profit, is joining forces with local foster care non-profit partners and our communities in an effort to help foster kids beat the odds.

 

Museums 4 All  

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Through Museums for All, those receiving food assistance (SNAP benefits) can gain free or reduced admission to more than 300 museums throughout the United States simply by presenting their SNAP EBT (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Electronic Benefit Transfer) card. Find a participating museum near you or browse our full list of participating museums.  Click the link below. 

 https://museums4all.org

 

If you have anything else we can add to this list please email @yourblogazine and I’ll gladly add it.  

 

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barry farmer