Some of these tips could work in New York City: involve grandparents, hold an online auction, try this Yahoo-powered search engine that pays the school a penny for every search.

And here’s an auction item that could really counteract coming budget cuts, if pulled off in the city:

8. Reserved parking spot for a family for the school year

Does your school have limited parking space? Take the stress out of daily drop-offs and pick-ups with reserved parking for a year! The winner of this items will be designated a prime parking spot reserved solely for the use of their family. You’ll be the envy Caravans everywhere!

The envy of caravans — and teachers.