26 Smart Ways Parents Can Save Money on Daycare

Raising kids is one of life’s greatest joys. It’s also one of the most expensive. Think about how much you fork over for the cost of daycare every month and you’ll know what I mean. With rising prices, it’s getting more and more difficult to find ways to save on daycare. 

A study by Care.com found that almost half of families in the US are spending at least 15% of their income on childcare costs. But what’s interesting is that the US government defines “affordable care” as 7% or less of household income.

So how can you save on daycare to make it more affordable? It depends on where you live, whether you have family nearby, and how old your kids are. 

Saving money on daycare is possible. Here’s how to do it.

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Living Paycheck to Paycheck on $100,000. How can we improve?

Our first question of the month comes in from Julie. Well, it’s really a half question/half statement but nevertheless, here we go …


Try this on: $92,000 income family with one baby.

We live in a crummy small 2 bedroom rental with poor heat and cracks in the walls. It’s on the edge of the city, the best balance of travel time to work vs price we could find.

My field (international aid/development) is generally in major cities and we like our secure jobs so not ideal to leave.

My round trip to work is 1.5hrs with driving our baby to daycare then transiting myself to work. If I transit all the way, it’s 2.5 hrs each way. If I drive all the way it’s $300+ in parking/month. There is no transit to my husband’s work so we need 2 cars.

Tell me how to do better.

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15 Ways to Save More Money When You’re Living Paycheck to Paycheck

Our question of the month comes in from Anonymous … we’ll just call her Jane Dough:

Andy! Help!

We make $120,000 per year, but we spend nearly all of it. We want to get rid of our student loans, but there’s just no money left at the end of the month. And retirement … we’re so behind.

We’re married, we have one kid and another on the way. Daycare is crazy expensive. We want to fix our money situation, but don’t know where we can save money.

What can we do to save more money?

Jane

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