For many parents daycare is an expensive yet necessary expense. There are ways to save money on daycare without sacrificing quality care. This is a guide about saving money on daycare.
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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.
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
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Here are questions related to Saving Money on Daycare.
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
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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!
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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
If you are making $1 an hour, then I see no reason for you to be working, stay at home and find some income for yourself would probably bring in more dollars. Not only that, it would make a huge impact on the life of your children. If you are working for benefits (I would assume so, since you said you were working for $1 and had to work) then you either need to find a co-op situation, or look for another position.
I come from a mom that had the patience to take others' children, it's a very thankless job. The parents would be late, complain about money, not pay, and yet they proclaim their children are "precious". I too am a nanny to one child, the mom says "she is my baby" (she really is the baby of 5) and yet has been late without asking, assumed I'll feed her child on the little money I do get and assumes that paying me next week is OK. This money is to supplement me staying home with my child, not spending money for Starbucks (where the mom loves to frequent at least once a day herself) or a new purse! It's my living.
I apologize if I sound like I am on a soap box, but I am very passionate about people understanding that good care costs money, if you have to work then you need to be willing to pay the care. Unfortunately, a lot of times you pay less, you get less. And nothing angers me more than people not taking care of their "precious children".
I hope you find a situation that will work out for you and leave your child with good memories, excellent care, hopefully yours, cuz' that's always the best" and happy times! (07/14/2007)
In the meantime, can you earn extra money doing something from home to keep you going? Offer to babysit, I did this years ago, I minded a child the same age as my son so they were great company for each other and it didn't feel so much like extra work. What about making crafts that you can sell for a little extra income.
The other thing you should give serious consideration to is getting a new job, maybe you could get one with a better wage or with childcare available. Good luck with whatever you decide to do.
By Ann S
Childcare "is" expensive, but there are costs involved. Huge costs. I just wish I had the guts to ask the process premium daycares charge for their tuition. (07/16/2007)
The daycare provider that you said was making $225 per day, that person has no life other than caring for children. She does it day and night. When does she get any time off? No vacation, no personal days, no sick days, no 8 hour days only. If you think she was making so much easy money, maybe you should try walking in her shoes since you have to work. Sorry, but it just irks me when people think day care providers are just rolling in the dough at an easy job. The one poster had it right that said you have to constantly hound parents to pay you. They act like being a child care provider isn't a "real" job. (07/20/2007)
My courses cost me over $10,000 plus books, transportation, clothing, food, etc. and I still had to pay all of my household bills while at college full time. My student loan is over $25000. I am legally allowed to care for 5 children and can charge $25/day. I have to have extra insurance for each child, food for snacks and lunches, I have to keep the house warm.
So heat bills, hydro bills, water bills, plus mortgage, toys, wipes, diapers, cellphone for when we go out, medical supplies for first aid kits, blankets and pillows for naps, laundry supplies for the nap stuff, cleaning and sterilizing stuff, fire extinguishers, furnace and duct cleaning, special child-proof safety equipment, etc. I'm not even breaking even! I get up at 6:00a.m. and don't get to bed until usually midnight, no holidays, no sick days. We don't do this because it's an "easy stay at home job" we do this because we love children. So don't complain about child care fees. We work hard for our money! This job takes a lot of patience, and a thick skin. The kids are great. It's the parents we have the most problems with. They think we are "just babysitters" and treat us like slaves. They don't pay on time because "something more important came up and I can't afford to pay you til next week".
They are late because "I really needed to stop and pick up a few groceries" . They arrive early without calling first because "oh, I'm sorry I woke you up. I don't mind if you're not dressed yet. You live here so you're always here, you can get dressed later". So appreciate your care giver. Treat them with respect, pay them on time, call if you are going to be late or early, and a box of chocolates for Christmas would be wonderful or even a thank you card. Your children are precious. (01/23/2009)