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School is almost out. It's great for about a week or so then your down to keeping your kids busy and out of your hair! If your a stay home parent, it can drive you crazy.
So get four other stay home parents together, and agree for everyone to watch all the kids one day of the week. Oh, you will be super busy on the day it's your turn. But if you plan out activities and rest time, it will be worth it, because you have the other four days off.
You can make it easier if you have parents provide the lunches and snacks. The older children are really good at entertaining the younger ones, and it's good social time for the kids. The greatest thing is no cost for summer child care! If you're worried about the amount of children, then stick with families with one or two kids. That's a very doable group. For safety reasons, be sure to work with families and relatives you know well.
By Tracey from Thomasville, GA
During the summer months, child care costs can skyrocket for families with kids getting out of school. What are your tips for saving money on child care?
Until I was able to work at home full time, my daycare was my next door neighbor. She watched my baby Ethan from the time he was two months old and is like a second mom to him. She charged me less for my two kids than I was paying for one toddler in Boston. She doesn't advertise, just word of mouth but she is pretty much always full. Look around your neighborhood or ask your circle of friends if they know anyone like this.
By Billie Jo
Several couples that I have met manage child care expenses by working different shifts. A nurse I know works the night shift at the hospital. Her husband works days.They never need a sitter for longer than 1-2 hours in a day. It works for them.
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Here are questions related to Saving Money on Daycare.
I am having a very hard time finding cheap child care. The day care people here ask way too much money and think we are being selfish by saying it's too much. With their rates, I may make $1.00 an hour myself, while the rest goes to support the sitter. Any ideas please? I have to go to work.
Cindy from Oakley, KS
Just call around. use goodle maps to find day cares in you're area and call all of them. I have found the prices are very different! I'm in Louisville and I was taking my boys to kindercare (big chain but nice) just for a good social day for them once a week. It was crazy. Almost $50 a half day per child and $70 a year registration, which I had to renew every time they were away for more than 2 weeks.
Anyhow I finally took the time to call around and found a really nice place called Genesis for half the price. It's like anything, you really have to shop around and don't let them guilt you into feeling like you have to spend a million dollars on your child all the time. I love my kids, that is why I work hard, I save money. Working moms are a staple of the economy. We are the modern Rosie the riveter!
P.S. If you are reading this and you live in Louisville check out http://genesischilddevelopment.com/ We love them and they have been so good to us! Good luck to everyone else!
We need extra money so I am going to need to go back to work. I found a job that will likely have me working similar hours as my husband. Anyone have some childcare tips? Its looking quite expensive at the moment.
Tammy in SC
Check out this new website http://DaycareTrade.com Tell your friends about it too. The more people who know about the site, the more likely we are to find the right person to trade daycare with. I'm searching too.
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