Regardless of income, marital status, or overall socioeconomic situation, we all have a hefty bill to pay in the childcare department.
Let's face it, paying for proper, reliable childcare is like paying rent! Here are some tips that I've learned as a parent to help save money on childcare.
Parent-Child Exchange Hub
One of your goals should be to stay in the loop with other parents. These are your people. Some parents like to group up into “hubs.” There can be hubs for everything: homeschooling field trips, homework checks, study groups.
Even if you have no intention to join, some community churches will still offer free to low-cost daycare, school, and summer camps or Vacation Bible School to families in need!
Ask the State
If you are a low-income family, there is always government assistance. There are programs specially designed to help low-income families with childcare. It is ok to use your community resources when you're in a pinch – you help pay for them with your taxes.
Work from Home or Take Courses Online
Another option worth considering is online college classes instead of in-person classes. You get more flexibility and can attend classes while simultaneously cooking dinner or folding laundry. It's a win win!
Shift Hours / Change Schedule
Whether it's you working nights while your partner works days, or taking a weekend job while your significant other works weekdays, you both get to spend time with your children and save on expenses.
Most childcare facilities offer sibling discounts! They may not mention it, so be bold and ask! Most facilities will offer a 10% to 15% discount if you plan to have your child stay full time.