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The Priced, and the Priceless
The Priced, and the Priceless

The Priced, and the Priceless

Dinner at a restaurant, a baseball game, a day at the rodeo, a video game — material things come and go; they have a price.

But with education and tutoring — knowledge is forever; it is priceless. What you can take with you from a good teacher or tutor you can use forever, as is captured in the proverb “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Good tutoring is worth the investment.

Compare the prices of other services:

Piano lessons can run $30 to $150 for an hour. The Parents Music Guide agrees with this. And on Answers.com someone makes the good point that (read carefully!) “In my opinion, paying $50 for 45 minutes of high standard tuition is much better than paying $25 for lessons that are next to useless.” This applies to tutoring as well.

Guitar lessons are a little cheaper, at $20 to $45 per hour. (Or more, I’d imagine!)

Horseback riding lessons are usually $25 to $60 per hour, or more.

Voice lessons can be $30 to $100 per hour, or more. Costhelper.com agrees.

Dance lessons cost $45 to $120 per hour, or more.

Personal trainers charge on average $60-$70 per hour.

In a recent article in the Houston Chronicle, “The ABCs on cutting tutoring costs: Studying the options can result in high marks for the money saved” (Mon 09/07/2009 Houston Chronicle, Section B, Page 6, 3 STAR R.O. Edition), Candice Choi (of Associated Press) writes:

THE arithmetic of hiring a tutor can keep you up at night. At $100 an hour, once a week, for the next several months or more, what are the costs?

Even as you scale back spending in the downturn, you’re probably not willing to compromise on your children’s education.

One way to cut costs is to team up with other families. If you’re using a tutoring company, the firm will generally do the grouping for you. At Kaplan Test Prep, for example, small-group tutoring of three kindergarten through eighth-grade students costs about $45 to $55 per session. That’s compared to about $60 to $75 for a one-on-one session.

Copyright © 2009 The Houston Chronicle

The best deal for your money — the best deal, period — is Gold Academy.

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