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.
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.